Faculty Directory

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

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

John J. Durocher

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

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

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

Michael R. Gretz

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Biotechnology Research Center

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

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
Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences

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

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

Research Interests, Biological Sciences

  • Plant Molecular Genetics

Areas of Expertise, Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics

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

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

Lecturer, Biological Sciences

906-487-3373
bemorin@mtu.edu
736 Dow

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Lab Techniques
  • Clinical Immunology and Serology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Parasitology

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

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

Ebenezer Tumban

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-2256
etumban@mtu.edu
Dow 430

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases, human papillomaviruses
  • Virus-like particles, prophylactic & therapeutic vaccines
  • Vaccine formulations
  • Peptide mimotopes discovery

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