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Philip Rock

Philip Rock

Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department


B.S., Nasson College
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Office Location: Blocker 7
Phone: 757-757-455-3382
Department/s: Biology

I am a microbiologist by degree.  I also teach: genetics, cell and molecular biology and a senior class on fermentation.  I have maintained the VWC worm farm for many years, using scraps from the dining hall to produce quality vermicompost.  My research interests are varied.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

A Way with Worms

Fuller, C.A., Rock, P., Philips, T.J. 2003. Behavior, Color Changes and Predation Risk Induced by Acanthocephalan Parasitism in theCaribbean Termite Nasutitermes acajutlae, Caribbean Journal of Science 39: (1):128-135.
I dapple in microbiology, genetics, vermicomposting and fermentation science.

Wesleyan Welcomes High School Biology Students

Honors students from Nansemond-Suffolk Academy study microscopy at VWC on Oct. 29

My office hours vary by semester.  Please contact me at 455 3382 or via email:, should you wish to meet with me.

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Genetics;Genetics;Zymurgy: Sci of Fermentation;Research in Natural Sciences;Intrnshp in Natural Sciences


TU: Internship in Natural Sci


Genetics;Research in Natural Sciences;Prin of Bio I: Evol & Ecology;Intrnshp in Natural Sciences;Prin of Bio I: Evol & Ecology;Cell and Molecular Biology;HNRS: Cell and Molecular Bio