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

Publications:

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
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

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

Publications:

Education:

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

Professor & Special Assistant to the 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

Publications:

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

Publications:

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

Publications:

Education:

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

Publications:

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.

Publications:

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:

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
Dr. Ning Sui, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor