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Research in the Department of Biological Sciences is unique and ever evolving. Our department’s collaborative environment—along with Michigan Tech’s emphasis on research—fosters a wide variety of inter-university research projects. Faculty research strengths in health, environmental science, ecology and evolution, and biochemistry and molecular biology provide a strong foundation for many fields in biological sciences.

Our research centers, diverse research groups, and state-of-the-art facilities in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and Great Lakes Research Center create an exciting research environment with exceptional opportunities for students and faculty members alike.

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Faculty Focus

Charles Kerfoot

Charles Kerfoot

PhD, University of Michigan

Contact

906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu

Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Kerfoot's laboratory specializes on the food web structure, ecology and paleoecology of lake communities. Recent projects in the laboratory include: 1) studies of the exotic spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus), a 3-year project ($300K) funded by the National Park Service; 2) developing a large ($7M) stamp sand restoration project

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Purnima Bandyopadhyay

Purnima Bandyopadhyay

PhD, Molecular Parasitology, University of Calcutta

Contact

906-487-2940
pbandyop@mtu.edu

Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a molecular and environmental microbiologist. She studied the immunobiology of the protozoan parasite Leishmania spp., the causative agents of a wide variety of diseases ranging from the innocuous oriental sore to the fatal kala-azar. Her research in this field focused on the changes occurring in Leishmania

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Gary Fahnenstiel

Gary Fahnenstiel

BS, Biology and Chemistry (cum laude), Eastern Michigan University

Contact

glfahnen@mtu.edu

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

My interest is the limnology of the Great Lakes.  While my expertise is very limited, i.e,  primary productivity, phytoplankton dynamics, etc.,  I am interested in almost anything to do with the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Moreover, I find it a privilege to have spent my entire life enjoying and studying