Jolene Cogbill

Jolene Cogbill, Ph.D.

Wesselkamper 106
Tel (808) 739-4630
3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816


Dr. Cogbill holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and the Ph.D. degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Dr. Cogbill is a native of Hawaii and is strongly committed to decreasing education disparities in Hawaii and the Pacific. During her Ph.D. work with Dr. Steven Robinow she combined both cutting-edge molecular biology and the mentoring of numerous undergraduate students through the University of Hawaii's Haumana MARC program. Dr. Cogbill's doctoral work was on the molecular biology of multi-drug resistance proteins (MRPs) in Drosophila melanogaster. These proteins are extremely important in cellular detoxification, for example playing a key role in the resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents and in the response of most species to xenobiotic compounds. Dr. Cogbill has taught at Chaminade since 2008. She specializes in Cell Biology and in the teaching and design of biological laboratory techniques courses. Her experience makes her ideally positioned to use research methodologies to inform her undergraduate teaching, and to mentor students who are considering careers in biotechnology, biomedicine as either researchers or practitioners.


B.S., University of California (Irvine)
Ph.D., University of Hawaii