Biological Sciences

Faculty and Staff Directory

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

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

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

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
Tori Connors

Tori Connors

  • Departmental Coordinator

John J. Durocher

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

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Autonomic Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mindfulness and Cardiovascular Health
  • Physiological Responses to Stress and Exercise
  • Specificity of Exercise Testing and Prescription

Karyn Fay

  • Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Biological Sciences
  • Professor of Practice, Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Administration and Management
  • Medical Mycology/Virology

Paul D. Goetsch

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
  • Genomics / Bioinformatics

Research Interests

  • Developmental Biology
  • Transcriptional Biology
  • Cancer Biology
Raquel Heitor

Raquel Heitor

  • Office Assistant, Biological Sciences

Erika I. Hersch-Green

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

Casey J Huckins

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Expertise

  • Ecology of lakes, streams, and their riparian interface with terrestrial systems
  • Fish ecology, biology, functional morphology
  • effects of land use on ecological systems
  • Biomonitoring for research and restoration
  • Effects of Invasive Species
Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson

  • MLS Clinical Practicum Coordinator
  • Instructor

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Practicum and Career Preparation Seminar
  • Medical Lab Instrumentation

Charles Kerfoot

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Amy M Marcarelli

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Ecosystem Ecology of Streams and Rivers
  • Biogeochemistry

Brigitte Morin

  • Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Lab Techniques
  • Clinical Immunology and Serology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Parasitology

Gord Paterson

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Legacy and emerging pollutants
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Great Lakes fisheries
  • Multiple stressors
  • Fisheries bioenergetics

Research Interests

  • Using pollutants as ecological tracers
  • Overwintering bioaccumulation and bioamplification
  • Energy dynamics in Great Lakes food-webs
  • Energetic costs of multiple stressors

Guiliang Tang

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

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • 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

Links

  • 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

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

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

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

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

Travis R. Wakeham

  • Biological Sciences Advisor
  • Instructor

Teaching Interests

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Zoology

Thomas Werner

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Developmental Biology