Professor Jordan Balaban

Jordan Balaban

Lecturer in Biological Sciences




Office Hours: Mondays 11am -12pm & Wednesdays 2 - 3pm
1109 Altschul Hall


Dr. Jordan Balaban is a lecturer in biology and joined the faculty in Fall 2021. He is a broadly trained comparative physiologist and has used techniques in muscle physiology and biomechanics to study how daily and seasonal shifts in environmental temperature impact muscle function from the tissue to the organismal level. 

  • B.S., M.S., University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Postdoctoral training, University of Leeds, UK

  • BIOL BC1501 Introductory Lab in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL BC1510 Discussion Section
  • BIOL BC1503 Introductory Lab in Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL BC1512 Discussion Section
  • BIOL BC3591-BC3592 Guided Research & Seminar
  • BIOL BC3593-BC3594 Senior Thesis Research & Seminar

Nguyen, A., Balaban, J. P., Azizi, E., Talmadge, R. J. and Lappin, A. K. (2020). Fatigue resistant jaw muscles facilitate long-lasting courtship behaviour in the southern alligator lizard ( Elgaria multicarinata ). Proc. R. Soc. B.287, 20201578. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.1578

Balaban, J. and Azizi, E. (2017). Lowering metabolic rate mitigates muscle atrophy in western fence lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 220, 2748–2756. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.154294

Balaban, J. P., Summers, A. P. and Wilga, C. D. (2015). Mechanical properties of the hyomandibula in four shark species. Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological genetics and physiology 323, 1–9. DOI: 10.1002/jez.1888

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