Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty

Faculty

Rupali Datta

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

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, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis
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

Guiliang Tang

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)
  • RNA Silencing in Plant Germ Extract and Drosophila Embryo Lysate.
  • Fungal RNAi and microRNA
  • MicroRNA Technologies: Small Tandem Target mimic (STTM) and MicroRNA Array
  • Plant Electrophysiology in Plant microRNA STTM lines and Venus flytrap.

Xiaohu (Mark) Tang

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Links

  • CV

Research Interests

  • Cancer Genetics and Metabolism
  • Mechanisms of Cancer Initiation and Progression
  • Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Interactions of Diet and Nutrition with Cancer

Xiaoqing Tang

Associate 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

Stephen Techtmann

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-3250
smtechtm@mtu.edu
Dow 531

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination

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

Adjunct/Research Faculty and Instructors

Purnima Bandyopadhyay

Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Lanrong Bi

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1868
lanrong@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 620A

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Chemical biology: development of novel molecular probes for DNA sequencing analysis and disease gene discovery
  • Medicinal chemistry: development of new imaging and therapeutic agents towards cancer and cardiovascular disease; Design and synthesis of novel prodrugs of peptides and peptide mimetics.

Caryn Heldt

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1134
heldt@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 202J

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors
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