H-STEM Building Project

H-STEM Planning Committee

John J. Durocher

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

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

Steven J. Elmer

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

Research Interests

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

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

Caryn Heldt

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioseparations
  • Virus removal and detection
  • Biosensors

Lydia Lytle

  • Undergraduate Internship Coordinator and Instructor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Professional Affiliations

  • Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Outpatient Therapy
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Health Policy and Administration Section Member
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association
  • American Kinesiology Association

Research, Clinical, and Teaching Interests

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Chronic Pain and Addiction Management
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Professional Career Preparation
  • Motor Development
  • Internship in Exercise Science
  • Internship in Sports and Fitness Management

Brigitte Morin

  • Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Teaching Interests

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

Rebecca G. Ong

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Links of Interest

Courses Taught

  • CM5300 – Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • CM1000 – Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Lignocellulosic-Based Biofuels and Biomaterials
  • Sustainability of Bioenergy Production Systems
Dean Seppala

Dean W. Seppala

  • Research Associate

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.

Feng Zhao

  • Adjunct Professor


  • 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