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Areas of Research

Many biology majors elect to participate in the research programs of individual faculty members for which they receive course credit (BIO 490). The student must initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their programs. Don't wait for senior year to do this! Other students work one-on-one with faculty members to carry out a library literature search (BIO 405). A paper, based on one of these two options, is required for the B.S. degree.

BIOCHEMISTRY
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BIOLOGY
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ECOLOGY/
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MICROBIOLOGY

Dvir, Arik: The biochemistry of gene expression, rate-limiting steps in gene transcription by RNA polymerase II.

Govind, Chhabi: Eukaryotic transcription; recruitment and functional analysis of histone modifying and chromatin remodeling complexes.

Song, Mi Hye: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly and regulation.


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Battistuzzi, Fabia: Assessment and development of bioinformatics tools  to address established areas of research and develop new tools to answer the needs arising from a growing community of researchers in evolution.

Jiang, Lan: Mechanisms of biological tube formation in Drosophila tracheal system

Lal, Shailesh: Mechanism and regulation of pre-mRNA processing in plants.

Song, Mi Hye: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly and regulation.

Wendell, Douglas: Mechanisms of growth control; genetics of complex traits; genetic mapping and molecular cloning of tumor growth genes.

Westrick, Randal: Genetics of cardiovascular disease.


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Banes-Berceli, Amy : Physiology of hypertension and cell signaling, with a particular focus on JAK/STAT pathway; involvement of JAK/STAT in diabetes mellitus and ANG-induced hypertension.

Chaudhry, Rasul: Human embryonic stem cell research - molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation and applications in tissue engineering; molecular genetics of developmental, degradative, and virulent genes

Gordon, Sheldon: Cytoskeleton regulation of cell migration and cell cycle progression. Interactions between the basement membrane and cytoskeleton during wound repair.

Govind, Chhabi : Eukaryotic transcription; recruitment and functional analysis of histone modifying and chromatin remodeling complexes.

Hitt, Anne : Cellular and molecular biology of the membrane skeleton of amoeboid cells, membrane protein structure and function.

Jiang, Lan : Mechanisms of biological tube formation in Drosophila tracheal system

Liu, Zijuan : Molecular mechanisms of metalloid transport in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Madlambayan, Gerard : Defining the biological mechanisms underlying primary stem cell function in different cancers; applying these findings towards developing clinically relevant drugs and drug delivery strategies to treat these diseases.

Song, Mi Hye: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly and regulation.


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Banes-Berceli, Amy : Physiology of hypertension and cell signaling, with a particular focus on JAK/STAT pathway; involvement of JAK/STAT in diabetes mellitus and ANG-induced hypertension.

Blumer-Schuette, Sara: Microbial physiology and genomics relating to life in extreme environments. 

Gordon, Sheldon: Cytoskeleton regulation of cell migration and cell cycle progression. Interactions between the basement membrane and cytoskeleton during wound repair.

Madlambayan, Gerard : Defining the biological mechanisms underlying primary stem cell function in different cancers; applying these findings towards developing clinically relevant drugs and drug delivery strategies to treat these diseases.

Westrick, Randal: Genetics of cardiovascular disease.


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Battistuzzi, Fabia: Assessment and development of bioinformatics tools  to address established areas of research and develop new tools to answer the needs arising from a growing community of researchers in evolution.

Berven, Keith: Amphibian population biology and evolution of life history patterns.

Hansen, Fay: Organic farming; Permaculture; Biology of Food.

Raffel, Thomas : Ecology and evolution of host/parasite interactions.

Tiegs, Scott : Stream and river ecology; river restoration; resource subsidies; organic matter decomposition; human impacts to riverine ecosystems; stream-watershed interactions; roles of species in ecosystems.


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Blumer-Schuette, SaraMicrobial physiology and genomics relating to life in extreme environments.  

Liu, Zijuan: Molecular mechanisms of metalloid transport in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

Walia, Satish: Molecular microbiology; ecology, epidemiology and mechanism of bacterial antibiotic resistance and virulence genes. Biotechnological approaches for sensitive assay development and engineering of hybrid catabolic pathways for bioremediation of toxic substituted organic chemicals.

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