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Graduate Faculty

There are openings in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Environmental Toxicology. Labs of faculty with a * next to their names are available for lab rotations for Ph.D. students.

You may contact individual faculty directly or fill out a graduate school inquiry form

Biological Sciences

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include specializations in one of three emphasis areas:

      1. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      2. Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
      3. Comparative Organismal Biology
Faculty Name Area of Study

Alper, Joshua*

molecular and cellular biophysics; biophysical mechanisms of eukaryotic pathogens

Baeza, J. Antonio*

behavioral and evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics and genomics

Bain, Lisa*

mechanisms of developmental toxicity

Baldwin, William*

interplay between obesity and toxicant exposure

Barrett, Kyle

global change ecology, conservation biology

Bewick, Sharon*

dynamical systems models applied to everything from disease to community ecology

Blob, Rick  

evolutionary morphology and biomechanics

Campbell, Barbara*    

microbial ecology and bioinformatics

Chapman, Susan*

developmental biology and genetics of autism

Cao, Min*

bacteria, host, and inter-kingdom communications

Childress, Michael

coral reef ecology and marine animal behavior

DeWalt, Saara

plant population and community ecology

Dhingra, Sourabh

fungal biology, pathogenesis and drug response

Dou, Zhicheng*   

nutrient metabolism in parasitic pathogens

Feliciano, David

regulation of immune cells in the brain

George, Julie*

neurobiology and neurogenomics

Karig, David*

synthetic biology; systems biology; microbiome analysis and engineering

Koski, Matthew*

plant evolutionary ecology, floral evolution

Lee, Cindy

fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants

Parkinson, Christopher

evolution of biodiversity, genomics, phylogenetics

Ptacek, Margaret

speciation; animal behavior and mating systems; population divergence in fishes; conservation genetics

Powder, Kara*

craniofacial development and evolution

Price, Samantha*

biodiversity and macroevolution; phylogenetics and paleontology

Rice, Charles

immunotoxicology, comparative marine immunobiology

Richards, Vincent*

microbial genomics

Rosowski, Emily*

host-pathogen interactions in zebrafish

Sears, Michael

physiological ecology, ecological modeling, climate change biology

Seekatz, Anna*

interactions between infectious diseases and the gut microbiota

Temesvari, Lesly*

molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the biogenesis and function of endosomes, protein trafficking in the pathogenicity of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica

Turnbull, Matt*

bioelectric patterns in insect guts

van den Hurk, Peter

toxicology of environmental pollutants in aquatic ecosystems, effects of contaminants, detoxification of pollutants

Wei, Yanzhang

NK cell-based anti-cancer immunotherapy

White, Sarah

water treatment, wetland (ecologically)-based chemical remediation

Yu, Xianzhong 

tumor immunotherapy and gene therapy

Microbiology

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees include specializations in one of three emphasis areas:

      1. Cellular and Physiological Microbiology
      2. Microbial Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
      3. Environmental Microbiology 
Faculty Name Area of Study

Campbell, Barbara*

microbial ecology and bioinformatics

Cao, Min*

bacteria, host, and inter-kingdom communications

Dhingra, Sourabh

fungal biology, pathogenesis and drug response

Dou, Zhicheng*  

nutrient metabolism in parasitic pathogens

Feliciano, David

Regulation of immune cells in the brain

Jiang, Xiuping*    

foodborne pathogen detection and inactivation; antibiotic resistance

Kurtz, Harry

microbial diversity and biogeochemistry

Richards, Vincent

microbial genomics

Rosowski, Emily*

host-pathogen interactions in zebrafish

Seekatz, Anna*

interactions between infectious diseases and the gut microbiota

Temesvari, Lesly*

molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern the biogenesis and function of endosomes, protein trafficking in the pathogenicity of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica

Tzeng, Jeremy

magnetic mediated energy delivery for selective killing of pathogens

Wells, Christina*

tree physiology and genomics; computational biology and bioinformatics; plant stress physiology; belowground image analysis and fine root demography

Environmental Toxicology

A diverse range of research interests within the environmental toxicology graduate program are grouped into three main emphasis areas:

      1. Chemical fate
      2. Biochemical toxicology
      3. Ecological and aquatic toxicology
Faculty Name Area of Study

Bain, Lisa*

mechanisms of developmental toxicity

Baldwin, William*

interplay between obesity and toxicant exposure

Johnson, Alan

landscape ecology, risk assessment

Lee, Cindy

transformation mechanisms and kinetics of organic contaminants

Macauley, Matthew

toxicokinetic modeling

Rice, Charles

comparative immunobiology and immunotoxicology

Strickland, James

toxicology of natural plant materials

van den Hurk, Peter

phase II detoxification enzymes and biomarkers

White, Sarah

nutrient remediation using constructed wetland systems


For more information about graduate students currently in the Biological Sciences and Microbiology graduate programs, visit the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association website.
 
If you have any additional questions about our degree programs, please contact Jay Lyn Martin, our Graduate Student Services Coordinator, or email: