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Ashley Haines

Dr. Ashley N. Haines
Professor of Biology
Office: WSB 200C
Lab: WSB 200B
Office Phone: (757) 823-2477
Chat: via MS Teams

Brief Biography

Dr. Ashley Neal Haines, is Program Director for Norfolk State University’s HHMI-funded Inclusive Excellence SEC3UREs Grant and Professor of Biology, at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.  NSU’s SECUREs grant focuses on creating novel, course-based undergraduate research experiences for all biology majors.  Dr. Haines supports the work of NSU’s team on these novel cross-curriculum CUREs and leads efforts to bring professional development around inclusive teaching to NSU faculty.  Her primary research interests are related to pathogens of fishes, non-vertebrate immune systems, and environmental restoration issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Since 2010 Dr. Haines has been teaching Microbiology, Integrative Zoology and Immunology courses and mentoring undergraduates through research opportunities in her lab.  She is dedicated to the training of minorities in STEM and to improving diversity in the field of Biology. 

Dr. Haines is also the Co-PI for the NSF-funded Coastlines & People grant awarded to NSU and UVA in 2022.  Entitled: "Enhancing Resilience and Equity in Urban Coastal Communities through the Co-Generation of Community Capitals”, the overarching goal of the project is to create transferable methods for enhancing resilience and equity in urban coastal communities.  For more information, read the grant announcment here


Detailed CV of Dr. Haines

Research Interests

  • Environmental restoration issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay watershedImproving inclusivity in STEM
  • Course-based undergraduate research 
  • Environmental Equity & Justice
  • Pathogens of fishes
  • Non-vertebrate immune systems 



  • Gauthier, D. T., A., Haines, M. W., Vogelbein. (2021). Elevated temperature inhibits Mycobacterium shottsii infection and Mycobacterium pseudoshottsii disease in striped bass (Morone saxatilis). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 144: 159-174.
  • Iacoangeli, A., Lui, A., Haines, A., Ohta, Y., Flajnik, M., & Hsu, E. (2017). Evidence for Ig Light Chain Isotype Exclusion in Shark B Lymphocytes Suggests Ordered Mechanisms. The Journal of Immunology, 199(5), 1875-1885.
  • Hoenig, J. M., Groner, M. L., Smith, M. W., Vogelbein, W. K., Taylor, D. M., Landers, D. F., Swenarton, J., Gauthier, D. T., Sadler, P., Matsche, M., Haines, A., Small, H. J., Pradel, R., Choquet, R. and Shields, J. D. (2017) Impact of disease on the survival of three commercially fished species. Ecological Applications. 27(7):2116-2127.
  • AN Haines, E Nebergall, E Besong*, K Council*, O Lambert*, DT Gauthier. (2016) Draft Genomes for Seven Streptococcus parauberis Isolates from Wild Fish in Chesapeake Bay. Genome Announcements. 4(4): e00741-16.
  • Bluford JT*, Cosanto M, Gauthier DG, Rhodes M, Vogelbein W, Haines, AN.  (2016). Identification of virulence genes in Vibrio sp. isolates from the 2009 Bermuda reef fish mortality event. Journal of Fish Diseases. doi:10.1111/jfd.12532.
  • Haines A, Arnold J.  (2014) Elasmobranch Blood Cells.  In: Immunobiology of the Shark. Eds.: Smith S, Sim B, Flajnik, M. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. Pg 89-104.
  • Haines AN, Gauthier DT, Nebergall EE, Cole SD, Nguyen KM, Rhodes MW, Vogelbein WK. (2013) First report of Streptococcus parauberis in wild finfish from North America.  Veterinary Microbiology. 166(1-2):270-5.