Faculty

Department of Biological Sciences

Susan T. Bagley

Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

906-487-2385
stbagley@mtu.edu
Dow 531

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Biofuels
  • Bioprocessing
  • Environmental Toxicology

Rupali Datta

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1783
rupdatta@mtu.edu
Dow 530

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Michael R. Gretz

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Biotechnology Research Center

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Ramakrishna Wusirika

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Program

906-487-3068
wusirika@mtu.edu
Dow 505

Research Interests

  • Plant Molecular Biology and Comparative Genomics
  • Plant Growth Promoting Metal Resistant Bacteria and their Role in Phytoremediation, Agriculture and Biofuels
  • Bioinformatic and Functional Analysis of Drought Responsive Genes
  • Role of Plant Natural Compounds as Anti-Cancer Agents
  • Bioinformatic and Functional Analysis of Plant Bidirectional promoters

Thomas Werner

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1209
twerner@mtu.edu
Dow 523

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology

Guiliang Tang

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2174
gtang1@mtu.edu
Dow 406 / Dow 416

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Gene Silencing
  • RNA Interference (RNAi)
  • MicroRNA (miRNA)
  • Wheat Germ Extract
  • Drosophila Embryo Lysate, Arabidopsis, and other Plant Systems
  • MicroRNA Technologies: Small Tandem Target mimic (STTM) and MicroRNA Array

Xiaoqing Tang

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1872
xtang2@mtu.edu
Dow 533

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Insulin Production, Secretion, and Signaling
  • microRNA and Human Diseases (Diabetes, Cancers, etc.)
  • microRNA Technologies for Plants and Animals: Small Tandem Target Mimic (STTM) and MicroRNA Array

Department of Chemical Engineering

Ching-An Peng

Professor, Chemical Engineering

James and Lorna Mack Endowed Chair in Bioengineering

Graduate Student Advisor, Chemical Engineering

906-487-2569
cpeng@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 202L

Research Interests

  • Drug/Gene Delivery
  • Nano/Bio Technology
  • Cellular/Tissue Engineering

Department of Chemistry

Tarun K. Dam

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2940
tkdam@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 510C

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Molecular basis of glycan (carbohydrate)-mediated biological functions
  • Glycan binding proteins or lectins
  • Glycan detection
  • Mechanistic glycobiology
  • Macromolecular communication
  • Biomolecular thermodynamics

Pushpalatha Murthy

Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2094
ppmurthy@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 505

Research Interests

  • Structure, metabolism, and biological role of phosphoinositides in plant cells
  • Catalytic and structural aspects of phytases, including specificity of hydrolysis, molecular weight and subunit structure, amino acid sequence, and molecular biology
  • Biosynthesis, subcellular localization, and biological role of novel scyllo-inositol containing phosphoinositides

Martin Thompson

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Undergraduate Advisor, Fourth-Year Students

906-487-3522
thompson@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 510B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the molecular recognition features and assembly mechanisms of gene regulation

Ashutosh Tiwari

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1840
tiwari@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Protein aggregation diseases
  • Consequences of protein misfolding in vitro and how it relates to misfolding in vivo
  • Molecular crowding

Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Qing-Hui Chen

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1629
qinghuic@mtu.edu
SDC 231/ Dow 407

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology and exercise science.
  • Neural mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders.
  • Neural mechanisms of exercise training in regulating autonomic and cardiovascular function.
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Jenny (Zhiying) Shan

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1757
zhiyings@mtu.edu
Dow 501

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanism of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Neuronal control of diabetes
  • Neuronal mechanism of obesity

Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Tolou Shokuhfar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3104
tshokuhf@mtu.edu
MEEM 907

Research Interests

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

Victor Busov
"I consider myself extremely fortunate to live in a time when genome revolution in many areas of biology is enabling unprecedented depth into our understanding of life."

Victor Busov

Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-1728
vbusov@mtu.edu
Horner Hall 185

Areas of Expertise

  • Functional genomics of plant development
  • Gibberellins metabolism and signal transduction pathway
  • Regulation of lateral root formation in relation to abiotic stress
  • Regulation and evolution of secondary growth in woody perennials
  • Micro and small RNAs regulation of development and response to environment
Oliver Gailing
"Genetic variation is the foundation for the ability of forest trees to adapt environmental changes"

Oliver Gailing

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecological genetics and genomics
  • Population genetics of forest trees
  • Conservation genetics
  • Genetic mapping and QTL analyses
  • Forensic genetics
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Department Chair, Biological Sciences

Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

906-487-2738 (Biology)
cpjoshi@mtu.edu
Dow 741, Noblet 168

Research Interests, Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise, Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics
Hairong Wei
"We are doing excellent job in describing how an individual gene functions, but not how life functions. Systems biology is to fill this gap."

Hairong Wei

Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Department of Computer Science (Adjunct)

Department of Mathematics (Adjunct)

906-487-1473
hairong@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 176

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of genes regulating complex traits via systems biology approaches
  • Gene expression data analysis
  • Gene network construction and decomposition
  • Developing software for mining large-scale biological data
  • Genomics of wood formation