Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Faculty


Rupali Datta

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director and Advisor, Graduate Program
Dow 530

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES
906-487-2738 (Biology)
Dow 741,

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

Guiliang Tang

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • 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
Dow 505


  • 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
Dow 533

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
Dow 531

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
Dow 430

Research Interests

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

Thomas Werner

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Dow 523 (Please use Dow 740 for shipping items!)

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology

Adjunct/Research Faculty and Instructors

Lanrong Bi

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Chem Sci 620A

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.

Caryn Heldt

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Chem Sci 202J

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors
Michael Owen
"Striving to better, oft we mar whats well"

Michael D.K. Owen

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Associate Chair, Agronomy Department (Iowa State University)
Cell: 515-291-0260
3218 Agronomy Hall

Research Interests

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