Biological Sciences

Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

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

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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  • 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

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.

Steven J. Elmer

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

Research Interests

  • Adaptations to exercise training
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Skeletal muscle function
  • Cycling biomechanics
  • Physiology education

Caryn Heldt

  • Director, Health Research Institute
  • James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering
  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors

Jill A. Olin

  • Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences

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
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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

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, PE

  • 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

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

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