Faculty and Staff Directory

Robert A. Andersen

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Senior Research Scientist, University of Washington

Emeritus Director, Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (CCMP, now NCMA)

906-370-1886
raa48@uw.edu

Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing
Patricia A. Asselin

Patricia A. Asselin

Departmental Coordinator

906-487-1628
paass@mtu.edu
Dow 739

Nancy A. Auer

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

906-487-2353
naauer@mtu.edu
Dow 732, GLRC 110

New Link

  • The Great Lake Sturgeon http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-2626#.UwJzjfldV8E

Research Interests

  • Fish Biology
  • Zooplankton ecology
  • Limnology
  • Conservation Biology

Susan T. Bagley

Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

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

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Biofuels
  • Bioprocessing
  • Environmental Toxicology

Purnima Bandyopadhyay

Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2940
pbandyop@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 510C
Emily Betterly

Emily Betterly

Office Assistant

906-487-2025
egbetter@mtu.edu
Dow 740
Colin N. Brooks

Colin N. Brooks

Adjunct Instructor, Biological Sciences

Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor)

734-913-6858
cnbrooks@mtu.edu

Research interests

  • Resource Ecology

Eunice Carlson

Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Mycology
  • Toxicology

Jason R. Carter

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Arts

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

906-487-2994
jcarter@mtu.edu
SDC 231

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Autonomic and Cardiovascular Control in Humans
  • Neurovascular Responses to Mental Stress
  • Sleep and Autonomic Activity in Humans
  • Sex Differences and Sympathetic Activity
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Balance in Elite Athletes

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.
Stacy Cotey

Stacy Cotey

Academic Advisor

906-487-2546
srcotey@mtu.edu
Dow 733

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
Aparna Deshpande
""Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish." Albert Einstein"
—http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/alberteins100645.html

Aparna Digamber Deshpande

Research Assistant Professor

Adjunct Associate Professor

Cell: 906-369-3460
adeshpan@mtu.edu
Dow 409, Dept. of Biological Sciences,

Research Interests

  • Human Health and Natural Plant Compounds - An Awesome Link Known For Ages
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation and plant natural products
  • Attacking Cancer With Rice Stem Cell Culture
  • Plant Secondary Metabolites and Soil Micro-organisms: A Relationship That Benefits Plants and Us.
  • Rhizoremediation by Copper resistant Microorganisms
David Dixon

David C. Dixon

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Biosafety Officer

906-487-2131
dcdixon@mtu.edu
320D2 Lakeshore Center

John J. Durocher

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1659
jjduroch@mtu.edu
Dow 735

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Autonomic Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Specificity of Exercise Testing and Prescription

Gary Fahnenstiel

Senior Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center and Michigan Tech Research Institute

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology of the Great Lakes
  • Primary productivity
  • Phytoplankton dunamics
  • Laurentian Great Lakes

Karyn Fay

Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Biological Sciences

Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences

906-487-2254
kafay@mtu.edu
Dow 734

Teaching Interests

  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Administration and Management
  • Medical Mycology/Virology

Janice Glime

Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Bryology
  • Moss Gardening
  • Bog Ecology
  • Stream Biology
  • Stream Insect Ecology

Ronald Gratz

Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Respiratory Physiology

Michael R. Gretz

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Biotechnology Research Center

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis
Mingjun Gu

Mingjun Gu

Research Assistant, Biological Sciences

906-487-1632
mingjung@mtu.edu
Dow 519

Erika I. Hersch-Green

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

Casey J Huckins

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Program Director Peace Corps Master's International Program in Biological Sciences

906-487-2475
cjhuckin@mtu.edu
Dow 716, GLRC 112

Research Expertise

  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
Martha Janners

Martha Janners

Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Developmental and Cell Biology
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

Robert Keen

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Professor Emeritus

906-487-2346
rekeen@mtu.edu
Dow 724

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Biostatistics
  • Computer Simulation
  • Invertebrate Zoology

Charles Kerfoot

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Jeffrey Lewin

Departmental Laboratory Supervisor

906-487-3435
jclewin@mtu.edu
Dow 738

Amy M. Marcarelli

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2867
ammarcar@mtu.edu
Dow 727

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Brigitte Morin

Instructor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Clinical Lab Techniques
  • Clinical Immunology and Serology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Parasitology
Michael Owen
"Striving to better, oft we mar whats well"

Michael D.K. Owen

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Associate Chair, Agronomy Department (Iowa State University)

515-294-5936
Cell: 515-291-0260
mdowen@mtu.edu
3218 Agronomy Hall

Research Interests

  • Invasive plants
  • Herbicide resistance
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Gene introgression in plants

Dibyendu Sarkar

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State University

Research Interests

  • Application of Low-Temperature Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry in Environmental Contamination Problems
  • Application of Biogeochemistry in Waste Recycling and Nutrient Management in Soils
  • Application of Soil Chemistry and Biology in Environmental Remediation Problems
  • Estimation of Ecological and Human Health Risk for Environmental Decision-Making
Robert A. Shuchman

Robert A. Shuchman

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

734-913-6860
shuchman@mtu.edu
MTRI

Research Interests

  • Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources
  • AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography
  • Earth Resources
  • Military Coastal Environmental Assessment

Thomas P. Snyder

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2120
tpsnyder@mtu.edu
Dow 528

Research Interests

  • Tropical Island Community Ecology
  • Genetics and Molecular Evolution
Robert J. Stottlemyer

Robert J. Stottlemyer

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Quality

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
Dave Toczydlowski

Dave Toczydlowski

Research Engineer/Scientist

906-487-2478
t-11@mtu.edu
Dow 532

Thomas Werner

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology

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
Lucille Zelazny

Lucille Zelazny

Research Assistant, Biological Sciences

906-487-2791
lzelazny@mtu.edu
GLRC