Interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Biosciences

Program Faculty

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Dr. Elliot Altman - Professor, Department of Biology,   Director, Interdisciplinary Molecular Biosciences Ph.D. Program

Area of specialization: microbial physiology and metabolism, molecular genetics
Research interests: natural products, metabolic engineering, peptide therapeutics

Dr. Frank C. Bailey Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: environmental toxicology
Research interests: aquatic toxicology, wildlife toxicology, toxicology of metals

Dr. Sarah E. Bergemann - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: evolutionary ecology of fungi
Research interests: phylogeography, population genetics of plant pathogens and mycorrhizal fungi

Dr. Kevin Bicker - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: bioorganic chemistry; combinatorial library design and synthesis; assay development; drug development
Research interests: high-throughput screening methods; peptoid based therapeutics

Dr. Lynn Boyd - Professor and Chair, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: developmental and cellular biology
Research interests: role of ubiquitin in early embryogenesis

Dr. Andrew Brower - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: molecular systematics
Research interests: biogeography and evolution of butterflies

Dr. D. Andrew Burden - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: biochemistry
Research interests: mechanisms of DNA topoisomerases and topoisomerase-targeting drugs

Dr. A. Bruce Cahoon - Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: plant cell biology and molecular genetics
Research interests: chloroplast development and gene expression

Dr. Charles C. Chusuei - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: colloid and surface science, electron spectroscopy
Research interests: functionalization of carbon nanomaterials, materials remediation in aqueous environments

Dr. Keying Ding - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Graduate Faculty Membership [Renewal Date: Spring 2018]
Area of specialization: bioinorganic chemistry, catalysis, polymer science, green chemistry
Research interests: small molecule activations using earth-abundant metal catalysts; homogeneous biomass conversion; design, synthesis and characterization of polymeric biomaterials.

Dr. John P. DiVincenzo - Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: environmental chemistry, urban geochemistry.
Research interests: occurrence, reactions, and fate of contaminants in soil water environments.

Dr. Norma Dunlap - Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry
Research interests: design and synthesis of bioactive compounds, isolation, identification and synthesis of bioactive natural products

Dr. Daniel Erenso- Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Area of specialization: biophysics, optoelectronics, quantum optics and quantum information.
Research interests: hemoglobin disorders, photonic crystals, quantum teleportation, molecular dynamics.

Dr. Anthony L. Farone - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: microbial pathogenesis
Research interests: host-parasite interactions

Dr. Mary B. Farone - Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: microbiology
Research interests: intracellular microorganisms, pathogenesis

Dr. Robert Fischer- Dean, College of Basic and Applied Sciences

Area of Specialization: evolutionary biology, population ecology, stress biology
Research interests: life-history theory, parental investment theory, energy allocation theory and invasive species ecology

Dr. Scott T. Handy - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: organic chemistry
Research interests: organic synthesis, synthesis of bioactive compounds, cross-coupling chemistry

Dr. Christopher R. Herlihy - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: evolution, ecology, population genetics
Research interests: mating system evolution, maintenance of polymorphism

Dr. Jason R. Jessen – Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: molecular, cell, and developmental biology
Research interests: regulation of cell migration during embryonic morphogenesis and cancer

Dr. Paul C. Kline - Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, protein structure-function
Research interests: synthesis of biologically active molecules

Dr. Jeff Leblond - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: biochemistry, microbiology
Research interests: lipid biochemistry of algae

Dr. Preston J. MacDougall Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: theoretical chemistry
Research interests: molecular visualization, drug design, molecular electronics, molecular modeling

Dr. Erin McClelland - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: microbial pathogenesis, virulence
Research Interests: host-pathogen interactions

Dr. Ashley Morris - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: phylogeography, population genetics, and molecular systematics
Research interests: biogeography of species with geographic disjunctions, conservation genetics

David E. Nelson - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of Specialization: molecular and cellular biology
Research Interests: cell signaling dynamics, neurodegeneration and cancer

Dr. Anthony L. Newsome - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: eparasitology, bacteriology
Research interests: pathogenic protozoa and amoeba as a hosts for bacterial replication, naturally occurring and human-made antimicrobial compounds

Dr. Ryan Otter - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: environmental toxicology
Research interests: nanotoxicology, coal ash toxicology

Dr. Terry Quinn - Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Area of specialization: mathematics for biological systems
Research interests: mathematical modeling for biological systems, applied differential equations and analysis

Dr. J. Brian Robertson - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: chronobiology, molecular genetics
Research interests: bioluminescence, microbial timekeeping, and biotechnology

Dr. Mohamed (Moh) Salem- Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: animal genomics
Research interests: fish/aquaculture functional genomics and transcriptomics, genomic selection, molecular genetics, genetic markers, muscle development/degeneration

Dr. Rebecca L. Seipelt - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: gene regulation, biochemistry
Research interests: gene expression (especially mRNA splicing) and function (especially enzyme biochemistry)

Dr. Zachariah Sinkala - Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Area of specialization: ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations
Research interests: mathematical modeling in cancer biology, and protein folding

Dr. Jeff Walck - Professor, Department of Biology

Area of specialization: plant ecology
Research interests: seed ecology, cedar glade ecology

Dr. Chengshan Wang - Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Area of specialization: bioanalytical and Biophysical Chemistry
Research interests: drug development for Parkinson's disease, FTIR application in biophysical chemistry, and sensor development for pollutants