Graduate Student Directory

Yogesh Ahlawat

Yogesh Ahlawat

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

906-275-8419
Cell: 906-275-8419
ykahlawa@mtu.edu
Dow 717

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cellulose Synthesis-Biofuels
  • Genomics of Plant Cell Wall
  • Virology

Education

  • MS, Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central) University, New Delhi, India
  • BS, Life Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central) University, New Delhi, India
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Faten Almuhanna

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Interests

  • Plant physiology
  • Microorganisms and molecular biology

Education

  • MS, Plant Physiology, King Faisal University, SA
  • BS, Botany and Microorganisms, Dammam University, SA
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Alex Bales

MS Student, Biological Sciences

albales@mtu.edu
Dow 728

Research Interests

  • Plant Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Plant-Insect Interactions

Education

  • BS, Biology, Purdue University North Central
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Catherine Bammert

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

cebammer@mtu.edu
Department of Chemistry

Advisor

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Rupsa Basu

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

906-370-7281
rupsab@mtu.edu
Dow 522

Research Interests

  • Oncology and Vaccine formulations
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Immunology

Education

  • MSc, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Presidency University, India
  • BSc, Zoology, Bethune College, University of Calcutta, India
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Komal Kumar Bollepogu Raja

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

216-926-0218
kbollepo@mtu.edu
Dow 527

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Biochemistry

Education

  • Bachelors, Engineering in Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Institute
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Colin N. Brooks

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Cell: 734-913-6858
cnbrooks@mtu.edu
MTRI - Ann Arbor

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Great Lakes ecology
  • Geospatial data applications
  • Land cover change
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Transportation infrastructure assessment
  • Relationships between land use and water quality

Education

  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University, NC
  • BS, Pre-Forestry, Lenoir-Rhyne College, NC
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Andrew D. Chapp

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

achapp@mtu.edu
Dow 524

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control of cardiovascular function
  • Ethanol and ethanol metabolites on neuronal activity
  • Organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry

Education

  • MS, Chemistry, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Chemistry and Computer Science, St. Lawrence University
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Brian Danhoff

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

bmdanhof@mtu.edu
GLRC 213

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Stream habitat restoration
  • Woody debris in rivers
  • Spatial heterogeneity in fluvial systems

Education

  • MS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Environmental Science, University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • BA, Environmental Studies, University of Michigan - Dearborn
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Kyle M. Driscoll

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Signaling and Inflammatory Response
  • Secondary Metabolites and Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Pre Professional, Michigan Technological University
  • Minor, Psychology
Erin K. Eberhard

Erin K. Eberhard

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology

Education

  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
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David Fenlon

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

dcfenlon@mtu.edu
Off campus

Advisor

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Ida Fonkoue

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control and autonomic regulation of blood pressure
  • Race differences in cardiovascular reactivity to stress
  • Acute alcohol ingestion and sympathetic neural activity

Education

  • MD, Faculty of Medicine and Bio-medical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
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Emily M. Geiger

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Fermentation Science
  • Biofuels
  • Phytoremediation

Education

  • BS, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Michigan Technological University
  • Minor, Microbiology, Michigan Technological University
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Cameron W. Goble

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

cwgoble@mtu.edu
GLRC 210

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Fisheries Biology and Management
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Native Species Restoration

Education

  • MS, Aquatic Ecology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • BS, Forestry Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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Yiyou Gu

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

906-370-7054
yiyoug@mtu.edu
Dow 510

Advisor

Research Interests

  • RNA interference
  • miRNA network

Education

  • BS, Animal Science College, Nanjing Agricultural University
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Lucy Hatfield

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Biology

Education

  • BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
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Martin M. Hobmeier

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

mmhobmei@mtu.edu
GLRC 209

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Zooplankton

Education

  • BA, Biology and History, Lakeland College
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Michael Huber

MS Student, Biological Sciences

mjhuber@mtu.edu
Dow 522

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control of the autonomic nervous system
  • Neural mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases

Education

  • BS, Biology, Michigan Technological University
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Gwendolyn Jacobson

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

gjacobso@mtu.edu
Off campus

Advisor

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Andrew Kennedy

MS Student, Biological Sciences

906-231-4535
aakenned@mtu.edu
Dow 526

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Antibiotic Remediation
  • Pathogenic Bacteria

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences (General Biology), Michigan Technological University
  • Minors, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
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Jeffrey D. Kiiskila

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • Minors in Biochemistry and Ecology
Matt Kilgas

Matt Kilgas

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Cell: 906-450-2153
makilgas@mtu.edu
SDC P105

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Active Workstations and Non-exercise Activity

Education

  • MS, Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
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Robert A. Larson

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neurophysiology
  • Central Neural Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Disease

Education

  • MS, Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Science Technology, Northern Michigan University
  • AAS, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Northern Michigan University
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Carmen Leguizamon

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Aquatic and Fisheries Ecology

Education

  • BS, Biology, Western Michigan University
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Haiping Liu

PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • RNAi
  • miRNA function in tomato
  • Virus-induced gene silencing

Education

  • MS, Department of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering, China Agricultural University
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Weixiang Liu

MS Student, Biological Sciences

wliu1@mtu.edu
Dow 509

Advisor

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Yiping Mao

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

906-231-3678
yipingm@mtu.edu
Dow 408

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Beta-cell function
  • microRNAs

Education

  • BS, Clinical Medicine, Bengbu Medicine College, China
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Tony Matthys

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

admatthy@mtu.edu
GLRC 213

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Habitat Use and Preference
  • Stream Restoration

Education

  • BS, Biology, Saint Norbert College
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Barbara Michel

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

blmichel@mtu.edu
Off campus

Advisor

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Chelsea Mitchell

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Alpha-amanitin resistance in Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila guttiffera

Education

  • BA, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan Technological University
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Ramkumar Mohan

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

rmohan1@mtu.edu
Dow 508

Advisor

Research Interests

  • MicroRNA
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Molecular Biology

Education

  • BTech, Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University-Chennai, India
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Kristine Nachbor

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

kmnachbo@mtu.edu
Off campus

Advisor

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Lindsey R. Perry

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

lrperry@mtu.edu
Dow 507

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Education

  • BS, Biology, West Virginia University
Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

kcphilli@mtu.edu
SDC 121A

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Physiological / biomechanical aspects of sport performance
  • Effects of cold on physical performance
  • Effects of fatigue on physical performance

Education

  • MS, Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Athletic Training, Marywood University
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Nafeesa Rahman

MS Student, Biological Sciences

nrahman@mtu.edu
Dow 509

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Plant Secondary Metabolites in Cancer Treatment

Education

  • Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery, ZHSWMC, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Pedro Rodriguez

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • MicroRNA

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan Technological University
  • Associate of Science, University of South Carolina Lancaster
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Kavitha Satish Kumar

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
  • Stem Cell Technology
  • Plant Biology and Genetics
  • Biofuels
  • Cancer Biology

Education

  • Masters, Applied Genetics, Bangalore University, India
  • Bachelors, Microbiology, Mumbai University, India
Nikko Sirdenis

Nikko Sirdenis

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Human and Sports Biomechanics
  • Cardio Physiology

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Travis R. Wakeham

Travis R. Wakeham

MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation of Blood Pressure
  • Physiological Responses to Stress
  • Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Diseases through Lifestyle Modifications

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
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Bradley A. Wells

MS Student, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Laundry detergent impacts on benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Invasive Species Ecology
  • Fisheries Conservation

Education

  • BS, Environmental Science, Bridgewater College
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A. Sunflower Wilson

MS Student, Biological Sciences

aswilson@mtu.edu
GLRC 211

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Early Life History & Larval Fish
  • Fish Physiology
  • Endangered Fish Species Restoration

Education

  • Bachelor's, Aquaculture & Fisheries Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Lukai Zhai

Lukai Zhai

PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Cell: 906-231-4632
lzhai@mtu.edu
Dow 408

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Virus-like particles, prophylactic & therapeutic vaccines for Human papillomavirus

Education

  • Neurobiology, Shandong University, China
  • BS, Biotechnology, Shandong Normal University, China