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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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Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

Ph.D, Molecular Genetics, Nankai University, China

Contact

906-487-1757
zhiyings@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Dr. Zhiying Shan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Science at Michigan Technological University. Her research interests focus on the mechanisms of neurogenic hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases, particularly developing novel targets for the

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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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Stephen Techtmann

Stephen Techtmann

PhD Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore MD

Contact

906-487-3250
smtechtm@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

I am an environmental microbiologist who studies microbial communities in diverse ecosystems. Microbes (Bacteria and Archaea) are ubiquitous in the environment and play essential roles in the cycling of elements. These environmental microbes are capable of catalyzing a wide array of chemical reactions, many of which may have industrial