Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225
biology@oakland.edu

Two technicians wearing white coats, using lab research equipment.

Research

The department, with research labs mainly in Dodge Hall and the Mathematics and Science Center, is engaged in a variety of research projects, including aquatic and vertebrate ecology, biochemistry, cell physiology, cellular aging, evolution, gene regulation, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, parasitology, climate change biology and stem cell research. Many biology majors elect to participate in the research programs of individual faculty members for which they receive course credit (BIO 4995). The student must initiate the process by talking to faculty members about their programs. A list of faculty and a brief description of their research interests can be accessed on the tabs below.

Available facilities include a largely natural 1,500 acre campus (110 acres designated as a biological preserve), confocal microscopy laboratories, flow cytometry, darkroom and isotope laboratories, a herbarium collection, animal care facilities, cold rooms and a tissue culture suite with facilities for working with biohazardous materials. For an inventory of available equipment, visit the Center for Biomedical Research website.

Biochemistry
Delorme-Axford, ElizabethMolecular mechanisms regulating cellular autophagy.

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

Rhee, SangMucosal immunology; Molecular and biochemical aspects of immune regulation underlying the diseases and the development of preventive and therapeutic approaches in humans.

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

Oleksyk, Taras: Genome diversity and its implications to evolutionary processes of adaptation and speciation.
 
Song, Mi Hye: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly and regulation.
 
Wendell, Douglas: Genetics of  Brassicaceae (the mustard family).
 
Westrick, Randal: Genetics of cardiovascular disease.
Cellular/Molecular Biology
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
 
Delorme-Axford, Elizabeth: Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular autophagy.

Govind, Chhabi: Eukaryotic transcription; recruitment and functional analysis of histone modifying and chromatin remodeling complexes.
 
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.
Physiology
Blumer-Schuette, Sara: Microbial physiology and genomics relating to life in extreme environments.

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.
Ecology/Evolution
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.

Jamieson, Mary: Ecology of plant-insect interactions.

Oleksyk, Taras: Genome diversity and its implications to evolutionary processes of adaptation and speciation.

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

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

Rhee, Sang: Mucosal immunology; the effects of host-gut microbial interaction on immune system regulation associated with inflammatory diseases and cancer.

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.