Faculty

Dr. David Duvernell

Department Chair

Research Interests:

Population Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Fish Genetics, Conservation Biology

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Education:

  • Virginia Tech, Ph.D.
  • Saint Louis University, M.S.
  • Drury University, B.A.
Dr. Ronald Frank, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics

Specialization:

Plant Molecular Genetics

Research Interests:

Identification of gene families using computer algorithms/ Evolution and expression of gene families in plants / Structure and expression of phenylalanine ammonia lyase genes in soybean

Publications:

Education:

  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ph.D. in Genetics, 1985
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, M.S. in Genetics, 1981
  • Houghton College, Houghton, New York, B.S. in Biology, 1978
Dr. Chen Hou, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Laboratory of Animal Physiology

Specialization:

Metabolic basis of aging, Energetic basis of animal growth and reproduction, Mammalian respiratory physiology, Eusocial insects

Research Interests:

Life history tradeoffs, aging, and oxidative stress/ Behaviors and physiology of social insects/ Energetics of animal growth and reproduction/ Mammalian respiratory physiology

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Education:

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Ph.D. in Physics 2005
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, M.S. in Physics, 2000
  • Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, B.S. in Physics, 1997
Dr. Yue-Wern Huang, PhD

Professor

Director, Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology

Specialization:

Toxicology

Research Interests:

Develop nanocarrier platforms to deliver biologically active molecules in vitro and in vivo for basic science research and biomedical applications/ Investigate toxicity of nanomaterials to assess risk to human health; in particular, discover physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials that govern molecular mechanisms of nanotoxicity. Findings can be used for modeling and improvement of safer design of biocompatible nanomaterials/ Evaluate effects of environmental estrogens such as pharmaceuticals, phytochemicals, and industrial chemicals on humans and the environment

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Education:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Zoology, 1998
  • National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, B.A., 1986
Dr. Melanie Mormile, PhD

Professor & Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Environmental Microbiology

Specialization:

Environmental Microbiology

Research Interests:

Extremophilic Microorganisms in Hypersaline Environments/ Bioenergy Production/ Commodity Compound Production by Extremophilic Microorganisms/ Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Microorganisms

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Education:

  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Ph.D., 1995
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, M.S., 1988
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, B.S., 1985
Dr. Dev Niyogi, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology

Specialization:

Freshwater Ecology

Research Interests:

Effects of humanity on stream ecosystems/ Role of biodiversity in controlling ecosystem processes/ Nutrient uptake in streams and other aquatic systems

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Education:

  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Ph.D., 1999
  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, B.A, 1989
Dr. Julie Semon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine

Specialization:

Stem Cells

Research Interests:

Identifying molecular and therapeutic differences of mesenchymal stem cell subpopulations/Interactions of mesenchymal stem cells with extracellular matrix and endogenous cell populations/ Trafficking and fate determination of mesenchymal stem cells

Education:

  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, Ph.D. 2008
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, B.S. 1998
Dr. Ning Sui, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Research Interests:

Plant hormone Gibberellins (GAs) regulate various processes in plant growth and development, from seed germination to fruit development. The key repressors in the GA signaling pathway, DELLA proteins, serve as the central coordinator of multiple signaling networks through protein-protein interaction. SPINDLY (SPY), another negative regulator in the GA pathway, is a putative O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) identified 20 years ago. I am interested in the structure and function of DELLA and SPY proteins. Our recent study revealed SPY to be an O-fucosyltransferase rather than an OGT, and it O-fucosylates DELLA to activate it through promoting its interaction with binding partners. This is the first work to identify O-fucosylation of nuclear proteins in any organism.

Dr. Katie Shannon, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor

Director, Laboratory of Cytokinesis

Specialization:

Cells

Research Interests:

The temporal and spatial control of cell division/ Budding yeast as a model to determine how cytokinesis is cell-cycle regulated.

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Education:

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA , Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, 2000
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, B.A., 1994
Dr. Matthew Thimgan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Laboratory of Sleep Biology

Specialization:

Biochemistry, genetics and anatomy of the sleep loss response: role of lipid metabolism in Drosophila

Research Interests:

Biochemical and genetic factors of sleep regulation/ How sleep and wake transitions reflect health and aging/ Mitigating the consequences of sleep deprivation/ Physiological and molecular biomarkers of sleepiness in humans.

Education:

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 2005
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Microbiology, 1996
Dr. David Westenberg, PhD

Associate Professor

Laboratory of Microbiology Faculty Athletics Representative

Specialization:

Rhizosphere Microbiology

Research Interests:

Rhizosphere microbiology/ Antibacterial materials/ Microbiology education

Publications:

Personal Website:

Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 1991
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, B.S. Microbiology and Public Health, 1982
Terry Wilson, MS

Associate Teaching Professor &

Assistant Affiliate Director for Project Lead the Way-Biomedical

Education:

  • Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, M.S. in Biology, 1993
  • Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, B.S. in Education, 1983

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Roger Brown, PhD

PROFESSOR EMERITUS DIRECTOR

BIOMATERIALS LABORATORY

Specialization:

Biomaterials

Research Interests:

Biomaterials for bone repair and therapeutic applications/ Development of bioactive glass coatings on titanium implants for enhanced bonding at implant site/ Porous bioactive glass scaffolds for in vitro engineering of new bone tissue/ Bioabsorbable composite materials for bone fracture fixation/ Neutron-activatable glass microspheres for radiotherapeutic applications

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Education:

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Postdoctoral training, 1968-71
  • Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Ph.D., Physiology, 1968
  • Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, B.S. Zoology, 1964

Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Chang-Soo Kim

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Research Interests:

Solid-state devices, micro/nanofabrication, sensor engineering, nanotechnology applications, biological microdevices and systems

Education:

  • Sensors Engineering at Kyungpook National University, South Korea, Ph.D
  • Semiconductor Engineering at Kyungpook National University, South Korea, MS
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Kyungpook National University, South Korea, BS
Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe

Professor of Geology, Dept. Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests:

Palynology and Sedimentology

Education:

  • University of Cambridge, Ph.D.
  • University of Ife, MS and BS