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Department of Biology

Biotechnology Program Faculty & Research

Jason A. Bush,, Biology Dept.
Ph.D. University of British Columbia
Research activities: Genetics and Cellular Biology; Cell culture; molecular and cell biology of cancer progression/metastasis; membrane/cytoskeletal regulation of cell movement; anti-cancer drug treatment; SNP/mutational analyses; comparative/quantitative proteomics and mass spectrometry

John Bushoven,, Plant Science Dept.
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Research Activities: Nitrogen and carbon partitioning in grasses and the development of plant tissue culture methodologies

Alejandro Calderon-Urrea,, Biology Dept.
Ph.D. Yale University
Research Activities: Molecular genetics of programmed cell death (PCD) in plants; Use of PCD in plant biotechnology; PCD during sex determination in plants; Transgenic plant development and plant biotechnology; Biofuels and other metabolites from algae

Andrew Fiala,, Philosophy Dept.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay 
Research Activities: Bioethics

Erin Dormedy,, Food Science and Nutrition Dept.
Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Research Activities: Intervention methods for the control of foodborne pathogens, food safety and biosecurity, HACCP implementation and validation, development of HACCP intervention methods, food industry outreach and technology transfer

James Farrar,, Plant Science Dept.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Activities: Research focuses on environmental conditions conducive to disease development and appropriate methods to control or manage disease outbreaks.

Dennis Ferris,, Food Science and Nutrition Dept.
Ph.D. Kansas State University
Research Activities: Sensory Evaluation, Waste Management; Food Processing; Quality Assurance; Product Development

Joy Goto,, Chemistry Dept.
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Research Activities: Neurobiochemistry;  Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism of environmental neurotoxin exposure and neuronal degeneration; Oxidative stress and metal ion homeostasis; Mammalian neuronal cultures for protein studies of Alzheimer's Disease

Krish Krishnan,, Chemistry Dept.
Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science
Research Activities: Biophysical Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Biomolecular NMR, computational biology and Bioinformatics

Prudence Lowe,, Computer Science Dept.
PharmD, University of California, San Francisco
Research Activities: Computer programming, bioinformatics

Santanu Maitra,, Chemistry Dept.
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Nevada, Reno
Research Activities: Organic chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, green chemistry, infectious diseases, neuro and cardiovascular diseases

Ulrike Müller,, Biology Department
PhD. University of Groningen 
Research Activities: Biomechanics of animal locomotion; fish swimming, animal flight, bio fluid mechanics; ontogenetic development of locomotion, biochemical implications of ontogenetic development and niche shifts in aquatic organisms; science communication

Larry G. Riley, Jr.,, Biology Dept.
Ph.D. University of Hawaii
Research Activities: Organismal physiology and endocrinology, Comparative endocrinology, Endocrine regulation of growth, glucose and fat metabolism, Neuroendocrine mediators of appetite

Timothy Stearns,, Management Dept.
D.B.A. Indiana University
Research Activities: Nascent entrepreneurs, technology entrepreneurs

Brian Tsukimura,, Biology Dept.
Ph.D. University of Hawaii
Research Activities: Comparative Physiology, Invertebrate Physiology, Crustacean Biology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Chemical Mediators Regulating Yolk Protein formation, Endocrine disrupters and amphibians, Invasive species

George Vozikis,, Management Dept.
Ph.D. University of Georgia
Research Activities: Entrepreneurship, family business management, strategic management, international business, organizational behavior

Hwan Youn,, Biology Dept.
Ph.D. Seoul National University
Research Activities: Molecular biology, bacteriology; bacterial genetic responses to environmental cues, especially gases; genetic, biochemical and genomic approaches to the roles of bacterial proteins as transcription factors