Department of Biological Sciences

Rupali Datta

  • Professor, Biological Sciences


  • 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 Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

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

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/computational biology

Xiaohu (Mark) Tang

  • Assistant Professor
  • Dept. of Biological Sciences

Research Interests

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

Stephen Techtmann

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

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

Ebenezer Tumban

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

Research Interests

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

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Jeremy Goldman

  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • The biology and physiology of the lymphatic and blood vascular systems including vascular regeneration, remodeling and pathology
  • Vascular biomaterials, including polymeric, natural, and metallic, for vascular repair and regeneration

Smitha Rao Hatti

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interests

Research webpage

Research Interests

  • Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microfluidics for cancer research
  • Microenvironment platforms to characterize cellular interactions
  • Sensors and devices for biomedical sensing and implantable devices
  • Piezo-based polymeric sensors
  • Microscale devices for biomedical sensors
  • Electrospun fibers for scaffold and electrical sensing

Feng Zhao

  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering


  • Physical and chemical mechanisms guiding biomineralization in vascular and bone-related cell types and tissues
  • Biomimetic materials
  • Cell and tissue mechanics
  • The host response to implantable materials
  • Composite materials for hard and soft tissue engineering

Department of Chemistry

Tarun K. Dam

  • Professor, Chemistry
  • Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Program

Research Interests

  • Molecular basis of glycan (carbohydrate)-mediated biological functions
  • Glycan binding proteins or lectins
  • Glycan detection
  • Mechanistic glycobiology
  • Macromolecular communication
  • Biomolecular thermodynamics

Shiyue Fang

  • Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Nucleic Acid and Peptide Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Mechanochemistry
  • Epigenetics and Chemical Biology
  • Antisense Drug

Marina Tanasova

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Graduate Program Director

Links of Interest

  • Positions are open for undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students and Postdocs



Research Interests

  • Synthesis of molecular probes for evaluating substrate selection by carbohydrate transporters
  • Development of platforms for tumor imaging and drug delivery
  • Design and synthesis of bioreductively-activated DNA repair inhibitors

Martin Thompson

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the molecular recognition features and assembly mechanisms of gene regulation

Ashutosh Tiwari

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Identify experimental conditions that can generate diverse aggregated protein structures from the same proteins.
  • Develop novel tools and techniques to differentiate amongst the varied aggregated species of proteins.
  • Understand the relationship between aggregated protein species and its associated cellular toxicity.

Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

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

Research Interests

  • Central Mechanism of Salt Sensitive Hypertension
  • Brain Prorenin Receptor and Hypertension
  • Brain Orexin System and Hypertension
  • Stress and Neuroinflammation and Hypertension
  • Neuronal Mechanism of Metabolic Syndrome

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Parisa Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

  • Nanomaterials
  • Stem cell and tissue engineering
  • Nano-biomaterials
  • Mechanical characterization of advanced materials
  • Sensors and actuators in medical device
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

Victor Busov
"I consider myself extremely fortunate to live in a time when genome revolution in many areas of biology is enabling unprecedented depth into our understanding of life."

Victor Busov

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Regulation of winter bud dormancy
  • Gibberellins metabolism and signal transduction pathway
  • Regulation of lateral root formation in relation to nitrogen and drought stress
  • Regulation and evolution of secondary growth in woody perennials
  • Micro and small RNAs regulation of development and response to environment
Carsten Külheim
"Forestry will become a major provider of key materials; from construction to high-tech to biofuels. It is our job to ensure trees thrive."

Carsten Külheim

  • Associate Professor

Links of Interest

Kuelheim Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic basis of trait variation
  • Plant adaptation to local environment
  • Plant secondary metabolism
  • Chemical ecology including plant –herbivore interactions
  • Functional genomics of plant defences