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Ramakrishna Wusirika

Ramakrishna Wusirika

Ph.D. (1995), National Chemical Laboratory/ University of Pune, Pune, India

Contact

906-487-3068
wusirika@mtu.edu

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Wusirika’s research group is presently working on the following projects.

Role of Heavy Metal Resistant Bacteria in Modulating Biochemical Pathways to Promote Plant Growth and Nutrient Uptake and their Application in Phytoremediation and Agriculture.  Marginal soils arise due to various industrial and agricultural practices reducing crop productivity. Deficiency of nitrogen, phosphorus and other macro and . . .

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Amy M. Marcarelli

Amy M. Marcarelli

PhD, Utah State University

Contact

906-487-2867
ammarcar@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

I am an ecosystem ecologist who studies biogeochemical cycles and linkages between physical, chemical and biological structure and function in watersheds. Linking these often requires understanding the underlying structure of microbial, algal, and animal communities. I am also working to place concepts of food webs into a broader ecosystem context by . . .

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Michael R. Gretz

Michael R. Gretz

PhD, Arizona State University

Contact

906-487-3175
mrgretz@mtu.edu

Professor, Biological Sciences

Our work is centered on the cell wall and associated extracellular polymers of algae. We are interested in what these algal extracellular matrices can tell us about: 1) the evolution of the land plant cell wall, 2) the unique characteristics that allow for life in aquatic habitats, 3) the interactions within . . .

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Positions for Graduate Students

Graduate Experience

Kefeng Li, a graduate student in Biological Sciences, was a grand prize winner at the Eight Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum this past March. Kefeng's research examined multiple metal resistant bacteria and their impacts and his advisor was Professor Ramakrishna Wusirika.

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Undergraduate Experience

Felicia Nip, a third-year biochemistry and molecular biology major, is immersed in the world of fruit flies. Research by her and her mentor, Professor Thomas Werner, could have significant implications for toxicology and cancer research. Her hands-on experiences are invaluable.

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