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Our Faculty

Please refer to our Lab Rotations section or this page (*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*) to view faculty accepting new Ph.D. Students for Fall 2022.

Faculty Members

The majority of our Faculty Members reside within the Department of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics. They are all approved Principal Investigators (PIs) for the BMOL Program.

  • Allan Allbig research

    Allan Albig, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Vascular Biology (Extracellular Matrix and Matricellular Proteins)
    • Treating Diseases by Manipulating Angiogenesis

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Molecular and Cell Biology
    • Vascular Biology (Extracellular Matrix and Matricellular Proteins)
    • Treating Diseases by Manipulating Angiogenesis
  • Charlier

    Henry Charlier, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Biochemistry
    • Enzymology
    • Protein Chemistry and Genetic Engineering Techniques
    • Medicinal Chemistry (Cancer Treatment and Drug Delivery)

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Biochemistry
    • Enzymology
    • Protein Chemistry and Genetic Engineering Techniques
    • Medicinal Chemistry (Cancer Treatment and Drug Delivery)
  • Cornell

    Ken Cornell, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Enzymology/Antibiotic & Antiparasitic Drug Development
    • Medical Devices for Chronic Wounds
    • Novel Materials with Antimicrobial Activity
    • Animal and Tissue Culture Models for Infectious Disease and Cancer
    Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Enzymology/Antibiotic & Antiparasitic Drug Development
    • Medical Devices for Chronic Wounds
    • Novel Materials with Antimicrobial Activity
    • Animal and Tissue Culture Models for Infectious Disease and Cancer
  • Dr. Matthew Ferguson

    Matthew Ferguson, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Transcriptional Regulation and RNA Processing
    • Live Cell Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy
    • Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Living Genome
    • Molecular and Brownian Dynamics

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Transcriptional Regulation and RNA Processing
    • Live Cell Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy
    • Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Living Genome
    • Molecular and Brownian Dynamics
  • Feris

    Kevin Feris, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Microbial Ecology
    • Novel Microbial Systems
    • Advanced Microbial-based Biotechnological Applications

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Microbial Ecology
    • Novel Microbial Systems
    • Advanced Microbial-based Biotechnological Applications
  • Dr. Daniel Fologea

    Daniel Fologea, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Biophysics of Membrane Transport
    • Liposome Carriers For Medical Applications
    • Quantification of Membrane-Ligand Interactions
    • Microcontroller-Based Applications in Biophysics Teaching and Research

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Biophysics of Membrane Transport
    • Liposome Carriers For Medical Applications
    • Quantification of Membrane-Ligand Interactions
    • Microcontroller-Based Applications in Biophysics Teaching and Research
  • Greg Hampikian

    Greg Hampikian, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Nullomers (Shortest Sequences Absent from Nature)
    • The Sewagome (Ecology and Genetics of Wastewater)
    • HIV and Genome Inoculation
    • Advanced Forensic DNA Technology

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Nullomers (Shortest Sequences Absent from Nature)
    • The Sewagome (Ecology and Genetics of Wastewater)
    • HIV and Genome Inoculation
    • Advanced Forensic DNA Technology
  • Hanna

    Charles Hanna, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Physical Interactions in Biophysical Systems
    • Quantum Effects in Low-Dimensional and Nanoscale Electron and Boson Systems
    • Bose-Einstein Condensates

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Physical Interactions in Biophysical Systems
    • Quantum Effects in Low-Dimensional and Nanoscale Electron and Boson Systems
    • Bose-Einstein Condensates
  • Eric Hayden

    Eric J. Hayden, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
  • Dr. Jorcyk and Ken Tawara.

    Cheryl Jorcyk, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Role of Oncostatin M (OSM) in Breast Cancer Metastasis
    • Cell Signaling (Inflammatory Cytokines) in Tumor Invasion and Metastasis
    • Extracellular Matrix Remodeling

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Role of Oncostatin M (OSM) in Breast Cancer Metastasis
    • Cell Signaling (Inflammatory Cytokines) in Tumor Invasion and Metastasis
    • Extracellular Matrix Remodeling
  • Kim

    Byung I. Kim, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Biomolecular Dynamics using High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy
    • Single Molecular Biophysics and Scanning Probe Microscopy

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Biomolecular Dynamics using High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy
    • Single Molecular Biophysics and Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Laxman Mainali, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Experimental Biophysics and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Techniques
    • Interaction of Alpha-Crystallin with Cholesterol Bilayer Domains in Cataract Formation
    • Cholesterol Membrane Domains and Cholesterol Crystals in Atherosclerosis
    • Structure, Dynamics, and Function of Model and Biological Membrane

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Experimental Biophysics and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Techniques
    • Interaction of Alpha-Crystallin with Cholesterol Bilayer Domains in Cataract Formation
    • Cholesterol Membrane Domains and Cholesterol Crystals in Atherosclerosis
    • Structure, Dynamics, and Function of Model and Biological Membrane
  • Dr. Owen McDougal in the lab

    Owen McDougal, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Food Chemistry and Dairy Science
    • Biomedical Natural Products (Biomedical Therapeutic Development from Agricultural Raw Materials)
    • Steroidal Alkaloids from Veratrum californicum and Veratrum parviflorum for Cancer Treatments
    • Nutraceuticals

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Food Chemistry and Dairy Science
    • Biomedical Natural Products (Biomedical Therapeutic Development from Agricultural Raw Materials)
    • Steroidal Alkaloids from Veratrum californicum and Veratrum parviflorum for Cancer Treatments
    • Nutraceuticals
  • Konrad Meister

    Konrad Meister, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Proteins, Ice, Cryopreservation, and Extremophiles
    • Biochemical, Biophysical, and Physicochemical Experiments to Understand Protein Functions and Biochemical Processes at Environmentally Relevant Interfaces
    • Antifreeze Proteins found in Freeze-Avoiding Organisms and their Ability to stop the Growth of Ice
    Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Proteins, Ice, Cryopreservation, and Extremophiles
    • Biochemical, Biophysical, and Physicochemical Experiments to Understand Protein Functions and Biochemical Processes at Environmentally Relevant Interfaces
    • Antifreeze Proteins found in Freeze-Avoiding Organisms and their Ability to stop the Growth of Ice
  • Dr. Brad Morrison

    Brad Morrison, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Stem Cell Contributions to Parkinson’s Disease
    • Parkinson’s Disease and Autophagy Dysfunction
    • Heightened Inflammatory Response in Parkinson’s Disease

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Stem Cell Contributions to Parkinson’s Disease
    • Parkinson’s Disease and Autophagy Dysfunction
    • Heightened Inflammatory Response in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Nagarajan

    Rajesh Nagarajan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Antibiotic Resistance, Bacterial Virulence and Quorum Sensing
    • Enzymology/Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
    • Bioorganic Chemistry/Protein Biochemistry/Chemical Biology
    • Biomolecular NMR to Investigate Structure-Function Relationships in Proteins

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Antibiotic Resistance, Bacterial Virulence and Quorum Sensing
    • Enzymology/Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
    • Bioorganic Chemistry/Protein Biochemistry/Chemical Biology
    • Biomolecular NMR to Investigate Structure-Function Relationships in Proteins
  • Javier Ochoa-Reparaz

    Javier Ochoa-Reparaz, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Mucosal Immunology and Clinical Microbiology
    • Study of Reciprocal Interaction between the Gut Microbiome and Neuroinflammatory Diseases
    • Immunomodulation Mediated by Gut Microbes and Microbiome-Modifying Treatments in CNS Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases (like Multiple Sclerosis)
    Department of Biological Sciences

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Mucosal Immunology and Clinical Microbiology
    • Study of Reciprocal Interaction between the Gut Microbiome and Neuroinflammatory Diseases
    • Immunomodulation Mediated by Gut Microbes and Microbiome-Modifying Treatments in CNS Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases (like Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Oxford

    Julia Oxford, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanoreception in Bone
    • Regulation of Cell Signaling by Col11a1 during Craniofacial Development in the Zebrafish
    • Extracellular Matrix Involvement in Cancer Progression
    • The Effects of Simulated Microgravity on Articular Cartilage

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Molecular Mechanisms of Cellular Mechanoreception in Bone
    • Regulation of Cell Signaling by Col11a1 during Craniofacial Development in the Zebrafish
    • Extracellular Matrix Involvement in Cancer Progression
    • The Effects of Simulated Microgravity on Articular Cartilage
  • Tinker

    Juliette Tinker, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Development and Characterization of Bacteria Enterotoxins/Pathogenesis to Prevent Disease
    • Mucosal Vaccine Adjuvants and Development in Animal Models
    • Medical Microbiology

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Development and Characterization of Bacteria Enterotoxins/Pathogenesis to Prevent Disease
    • Mucosal Vaccine Adjuvants and Development in Animal Models
    • Medical Microbiology
  • Warner

    Don Warner, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Synthesis of Small Molecules for Inhibition of Pro-Metastatic Cytokines (Synthetic Organic Chemistry)
    • Synthesis of Cytotoxic Anticancer Agents (Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development)
    • Mechanistic Studies of and Related to Anticancer Agents
    • Impact of Research Experiences on Student Learning (Chemical Education)
    Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Synthesis of Small Molecules for Inhibition of Pro-Metastatic Cytokines (Synthetic Organic Chemistry)
    • Synthesis of Cytotoxic Anticancer Agents (Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development)
    • Mechanistic Studies of and Related to Anticancer Agents
    • Impact of Research Experiences on Student Learning (Chemical Education)
  • Lisa Warner, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Protein and RNA Interactions (Structural Biology)
    • In-Cell NMR to Build Metabolic Flux Models of Carbon Utilization in Microbes
    • Structure-Based Drug Design for Cancer and Heart Disease Treatment
    Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Protein and RNA Interactions (Structural Biology)
    • In-Cell NMR to Build Metabolic Flux Models of Carbon Utilization in Microbes
    • Structure-Based Drug Design for Cancer and Heart Disease Treatment
  • Wingett

    Denise Wingett, Ph.D.

    Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Immunology, Nanobiology, and Therapeutic Interventions for Human Disease
    • Asthma and Beta-Adrenergic Agonists
    • Nanotechnology and Biomedical Applications
    • Novel Drug Candidates for Inflammatory Diseases

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Immunology, Nanobiology, and Therapeutic Interventions for Human Disease
    • Asthma and Beta-Adrenergic Agonists
    • Nanotechnology and Biomedical Applications
    • Novel Drug Candidates for Inflammatory Diseases

Affiliate Faculty Members

We have a few approved faculty members that reside outside of the three major science departments. They are all approved Principal Investigators (PIs) for the BMOL Program.

  • Richard Beard

    Richard Beard, Ph.D.

    Assistant Research Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Microvascular Pathobiology
    • Cytokine-Induced Transcriptional Repression of Microvascular Endothelial Tight Junctions during Inflammatory Responses
    • The Influence of Matrix-Endothelial Interactions on Endothelial Cell-Cell Adhesion

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Microvascular Pathobiology
    • Cytokine-Induced Transcriptional Repression of Microvascular Endothelial Tight Junctions during Inflammatory Responses
    • The Influence of Matrix-Endothelial Interactions on Endothelial Cell-Cell Adhesion
  • Jay Radke

    Jay Radke, Ph.D.

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Adenovirus Lung Pathogenesis
    • Macrophage Inflammatory Responses
    • Improving the Syrian Hamster as a Model Organism through Transcriptome Bioinformatic Analysis and Antibody Development

    Research Interests/Areas:

    • Adenovirus Lung Pathogenesis
    • Macrophage Inflammatory Responses
    • Improving the Syrian Hamster as a Model Organism through Transcriptome Bioinformatic Analysis and Antibody Development
  • Gunes Uzer, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Function and Regulation of Mechanosensitive Mechanisms in Cells
    • Tissue Level Factors Interaction at the Cellular Level
    • Novel Clinical Applications related to Aging, Microgravity, and Other Musculoskeletal Conditions (Ex: Progeria)
    Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

    Research Interests/Areas:

    *CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS*
    • Function and Regulation of Mechanosensitive Mechanisms in Cells
    • Tissue Level Factors Interaction at the Cellular Level
    • Novel Clinical Applications related to Aging, Microgravity, and Other Musculoskeletal Conditions (Ex: Progeria)
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