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Research Areas

The Department of Biological Sciences emphasizes the integrative nature of the biological sciences, focusing on programs that unite five major areas; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology; Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics; Physiology & Behavior; Biology Education Research.
Faculty research programs reflect the interdisciplinary strength of our department, while providing a firm foundation in theoretical focal areas. Recent faculty hires support our rich tradition of research training in these traditional fundamental disciplines while providing the specializations to foster interdisciplinary relationships.

cell mol bio

Cell & Molecular Biology

Amy Abell: epigenetic regulation of gene expression, EMT, signaling networks

Judith Cole: signal transduction, receptor pharmacology, cell physiology

Lewis Coons: parasitology

Bernie Daigle, Jr.: Bioinformatics, computational systems biology

Carlos Estrano: signal transduction, protein trafficking; parasitology

Charles Lessman: cell physiology, reproductive biology, development

Steven Schwartzbach: protein trafficking, chloroplast evolution

Omar Skalli: Cytoskeleton, cell motility and division

Carrie Sutter: aryl hydrocarbon receptor in skin, genetics of skin disease

Thomas Sutter: cancer prevention, environmental science, signal transduction    

eco evo con bio

Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology

Randall Bayer: Plant Systematic & Evolution

E. Keith Bowers: Avian evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral ecology

Shawn Brown: Microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, mycology

Michael Kennedy: wildlife ecology, mammal systematics

Jennifer Mandel: Population Genetics; Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics

Duane McKenna: Insect-plant interactions, Insect Systematics, Evolution

Matthew Parris: Evolutionary Ecology, herpetology

Emily Puckett: Evolutionary genetics; Population Genomics; Phylogeography

gen bio

Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics

Randall Bayer: Plant Systematic & Evolution

Melvin Beck: Genetics

Shawn Brown: Microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, mycology

Bernie Daigle, Jr.: Bioinformatics, computational systems biology

Jennifer Mandel: Population Genetics; Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics

Duane McKenna: Insect-plant interactions, Insect Systematics, Evolution

Emily Puckett: Evolutionary genetics; Population Genomics; Phylogeography

Carrie Sutter: aryl hydrocarbon receptor in skin, genetics of skin disease

Thomas Sutter: cancer prevention, environmental science, signal transduction

physio

Physiology & Behavior

E. Keith Bowers: Avian evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral ecology

Judith Cole: signal transduction, receptor pharmacology, cell physiology

Michael Ferkin: Animal behavior, animal cognition, hormones and behavior

David Freeman: Circadian rhythms, mammal neuroendocrinology

Charles Lessman: cell physiology, reproductive biology, development

bioed

Biology Education Research

Jaime Sabel: Biology student learning, scaffolds, metacognition