College of Arts, Sciences & Education Faculty

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Alejandro Barbieri - Endocytosis and Signal transduction. How the small GTP Rab5, is linked to the oncogene Ras, tyrosine receptor kinases and other intracellular signaling molecules. Curriculum Vitae
  • Niclas Engene – Marine microbial natural products: multidisciplinary research focused on the biosynthesis and distribution of bioactive secondary metabolites in marine cyanobacteria and other microorganisms. We are interested in elucidating the link between natural products diversity and biological diversity, as well as utilization of molecular-phylogenetic methods for directing and enhancing natural product discovery programs. Curriculum Vitae
  • Matthew DeGennaro - Understanding how mosquitoes sense their human and plant hosts is required for the development of new tools to control harmful mosquito behaviors. Using a molecular genetic approach, we seek to identify the odors and olfactory receptors that are necessary for mosquito host detection. Curriculum Vitae
  • Lou W. Kim - Multicellular development and eukaryotic chemotaxis using Dictyostelium as a model organism.
  • Lidia Kos - Neural Crest Development: Genes mutated in neurocristopathies such as Hirschprung’s Disease and Waardenburg syndrome. Curriculum Vitae
  • Jun Li - Mosquitoes transmit many diseases including malaria and the recent Zika virus. My research focuses on pathogen infection pathways using combinational approaches of genomics, chemistry and biochemistry. In particular, I use 1) bioinformatics approaches to analyze the genome sequences and to visualize data; 2) genome-wide association approach to find mosquito genes of interest, and 3) biochemical and molecular biology approaches to investigate the function of the candidate trait-related gene. Finally, we develop vaccines and small molecule drugs targeting the pathways. My group have successfully identified one novel pathway mediating Plasmodium parasite invasion in mosquitoes, a candidate protein as a malaria vaccine antigen, and a compound to block malaria transmission. As a PI, I lead several research projects supported by NSF CAREER award and NIH Research grants. Curriculum Vitae
  • Jessica Siltberg-Liberles – Evolutionary dynamics of protein structure and function. We use computational biology to perform a combination of large scale and applied studies aimed at elucidating how conformational flexibility, post-translational regulation, protein-protein interactions, and signal transduction evolve and its implications in for e.g. virulence and neurodegenerative disease. Curriculum Vitae
  • Jose Eirin Lopez - Structural, functional and evolutionary characterization of chromatin, epigenetics and its role during adaptive environmental responses in marine invertebrates. Curriculum Vitae
  • Fernando Noriega - Physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and proteomics to study mosquito’s physiological processes such as digestion, activity of the endocrine system and hormonal and nutritional regulation of gene expression. Curriculum Vitae
  • Laura Serbus - Host-microbe interactions, focusing on how Wolbachia bacteria interact with and manipulate insect cells at the molecular level. Curriculum Vitae

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • John P. Berry - Interdisciplinary research in my laboratory focuses on the chemistry and toxicology/pharmacology of bioactive metabolites from microbes, and particularly toxins from marine and freshwater micro algae. Curriculum Vitae
  • David Chatfield - Work in the Chatfield research group focuses on biomolecular simulation of heme proteins in order to understand, influence and design function. Curriculum Vitae
  • Konstantinos Kavallieratos - Organometallic, supramolecular and separations chemistry, and their biological applications: Organometallic dyes for Nitric Oxide detection. Coordination and extraction-based separation and sensing methods for toxic metals and biomedically important ions and pairs. Curriculum Vitae
  • Watson Lees - The use of organic chemistry to study biochemical problems such the folding of disulfide containing proteins. Curriculum Vitae
  • Francisco Fernandez-Lima - Development of new generation instrumentation and methodologies for biomedical and behavioral research, with emphasis in gas-phase, post-ionization separations, high resolution mass spectrometry, and new surface probes for mass spectrometry based molecular imaging. Curriculum Vitae
  • Jaroslava Miksovska - Research interest involves understanding the molecular mechanism of calcium signaling in potassium channel interacting proteins and conformational dynamics associated with ligand binding to hexa-coordinate globins. Curriculum Vitae
  • Kevin O'Shea - Research projects focus on mechanistic organic chemistry particularly related to radical and oxidative stress, using product and kinetic studies to establish the reaction pathways of hydroxyl radicals. Curriculum Vitae
  • Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh Director, Biomolecular Sciences Institute - The structure and function of DNA topoisomerases as the basis for discovery of antibacterial and anticancer drug leads from synthetic molecules and natural products. Curriculum Vitae
  • Xiaotang Wang - Structural and functional characterization of heme proteins containing thiolate axial ligand. Design and engineering of metalloproteins for asymmetric catalysis. Curriculum Vitae
  • Stanislaw Wnuk - Organic chemistry of nucleosides and nucleotides with applications in biochemistry and in anticancer and antiviral medicine Curriculum Vitae
  • Yi Xiao - Use of Biotechnologies, biomaterials and nanomaterials to develop sensitive, robust and disposable biosensors for point-of-care or on-site applications. Curriculum Vitae

Department of Physics

  • Bernard Gerstman - Biophysics: Computational investigations of molecular species hat are implicated in a variety of catastrophic neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Jin He - Experimental biophysics: Single molecule and single cell imaging by scanning probe microscopy; Quantitative investigations of molecular interactions by scanning probe and nanopore devices. Curriculum Vitae

Department of Psychology

  • Melanie Stollstorff - Neurobiological bases for higher cognition using genetics, MRI (neuroimaging), and neuro-cognitive testing in humans using a general framework: genes to brain to behavior. Dr. Stollstorff’s work primarily focuses on higher level thinking and feeling, such as executive function, emotional regulation, and deductive reasoning bias and how genetics contribute to individual differences in these functions, in both healthy adults and children and those with neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, depression). Curriculum Vitae