About me:

PhD: Cell Biology, Catholic University
MS: Tumor Biology, Georgetown University
BS: Biology, Minors: Chemistry, Psychology, Virginia Tech

2016 Outstanding Service to the College Award Recipient

I am an enthusiastic, energetic, and encouraging professor.



Fuchs LD,  Tupper TA, Aguilar R, Lorentz EB, Bozarth CA, Fernandez DJ, Lawlor DM. 2020. An investigation of snake fungal disease at two natural areas in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 14:21-28.

Fuchs LD, Tupper TA, Bozarth CA, Fernandez D, Aguilar R. 2018. An investigation of co-occurrence by Ranavirus (FV-3) and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis  in anurans of two natural areas in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, USA. Catesbeiana 38:45-54.

Todd A. Tupper, Lauren D. Fuchs, Caitlin O’Connor-Love, Robert Aguilar, Christine Bozarth, David Fernandez. Detection of the Pathogenic Fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in Anurans of Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia. Catesbeiana: Journal of the Virginia Herpetological Society, Volume 37 Fall 2017 Number 2

Doody EE, Groebner JL, Walker JR, Frizol BM, Tuma DJ, Fernandez DJ, Tuma PL. Ethanol metabolism by alcohol dehydrogenase or cytochrome P450 2E1 differentially impairs hepatic protein trafficking and growth hormone signaling. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2017 Dec 1;313(6):G558-G569.

JL Groebner, DJ Fernandez, DJ Tuma, PL Tuma. 2014. Alcohol-Induced Defects in Hepatic Transcytosis May Be Explained by Impaired Dynein Function. Mol Cell Biochem. 2014 Dec;397(1-2):223-33 

DJ Fernandez, DJ Tuma, PL Tuma. 2012. Microtubule acetylation and stability induced by chronic alcohol exposure impair nuclear translocation of STAT3 and STAT5B, but not Smad 2/3, in polarized hepatic cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2012 Dec 15;303 (12):G1402-15

DJ Fernandez, BL McVicker, DJ Tuma, PL Tuma. 2009. Ethanol selectively impairs clathrin-mediated internalization in polarized hepatic cells. Biochemical Pharmacology., 78(6):648-55

Invited Review:

Shepard BD*, DJ Fernandez*, PL Tuma. 2010. Alcohol consumption impairs hepatic protein trafficking: mechanisms and consequences. Review., Genes and Nutrition, Jun;5 (2):129-40., *contributed equally