Biological Sciences

Faculty 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)

Research Interests

  • Chrysophyte algae
  • Algal Systematics
  • Algal Culturing

Purnima Bandyopadhyay

  • Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Jennifer Becker

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Biological treatment processes

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Groundwater Environments
  • Microbial Ecology and Kinetics of Chlorinated Aliphatic Solvent Biodegradation
  • Conversion of Organic Solid Wastes and Cellulosic Feedstocks to Electricity via Microbial Fuel Cells

Lanrong Bi

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

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.

Colin N. Brooks

  • Adjunct Instructor, Biological Sciences
  • Transportation and UAS Program Leader, MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute
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  • cnbrooks@mtu.edu
  • Michigan Tech Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Invasive species mapping
  • Submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring
  • Applications of unmanned aerial systems
  • Assessment of transportation infrastructure condition using remote sensing
  • Automated road and bridge condition analysis
  • Multispectral sensing
  • 3D data creation and analysis
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Development and deployment of decision support systems
  • Land cover change mapping and monitoring

Jason R. Carter

  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Dr. Carter's Research

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

  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

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.

Rupali Datta

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Personal Home Page

Specialties

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

John J. Durocher

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Autonomic Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Health
  • Physiological Responses to Stress & Exercise
  • Specificity of Exercise Testing and Prescription

Steven J. Elmer

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Physiology education
  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise
  • Exercise-induced fatigue
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Cycling biomechanics

Karyn Fay

  • Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Biological Sciences
  • Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests

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

Paul D. Goetsch

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Genomics / Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Developmental Biology
  • Transcriptional Biology
  • Cancer Biology

Michael R. Gretz

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis

Caryn Heldt

  • James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors

Erika I. Hersch-Green

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

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

Casey J Huckins

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Expertise

  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
  • Effects of Invasive Species
Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Amy M Marcarelli

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Brigitte Morin

  • Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests

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

Jill A. Olin

  • Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center

Areas of Interest

  • Ecology of aquatic systems
  • Fisheries science
  • Aquatic-terrestrial energy linkages
  • Dietary biomarkers (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids, compound-specific isotopes of AA and FA)
  • Trophic ecology of top predators in marine, estuarine and coastal communities
  • Predator-prey interactions

Research Interests

  • Understanding species- and food web-level responses to environmental stressors using combined dietary biomarker, ecological and modeling approaches
  • Evaluating distributional patterns of organisms and the mechanisms that drive these patterns
  • Using abundance and biomass estimates to quantify nekton communities
  • Quantifying the mechanisms and processes that structure food webs and ecosystems
  • Developing ecosystem models to evaluate the effect of environmental change
Michael Owen
"Striving to better, oft we mar what's well"

Michael D.K. Owen

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Associate Chair, Agronomy Department (Iowa State University)

Research Interests

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

Gord Paterson

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Legacy and emerging pollutants
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Great Lakes fisheries
  • Multiple stressors
  • Fisheries bioenergetics

Research Interests

  • Using pollutants as ecological tracers
  • Overwintering bioaccumulation and bioamplification
  • Energy dynamics in Great Lakes food-webs
  • Energetic costs of multiple stressors

Dibyendu Sarkar

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Professor and Director, Sustainability Management Program
  • Stevens Institute of Technology

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

Eric Seagren

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental biotechnology, including in situ bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments, monitoring and evaluation of the performance of biological treatment processes, development of in situ biological treatment systems for urban storm water runoff, innovative reuse of waste materials, and in situ improvement of soils properties via microbially-mediated processes.

Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Mechanism of Neurogenic Hypertension
  • Brain Renin Angiotensin System and Hypertension
  • Neuroinflammation and Hypertension
  • Neuronal Mechanism of Metabolic Syndrome

Robert A. Shuchman

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

Research Interests

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

Robert J. Stottlemyer

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Quality

Guiliang Tang

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • 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

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

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

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

Research Interests

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

Thomas Werner

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology