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Fresno State RISE Program

RISE Team 

Fresno State

Dr. Krish Krishnan, Program Director

RISE Program Manager

Ms. Lilia DeLaCerda, MPH
Office: Science 1 Room 101

RISE Program Coordinator

Ms. Candice Cortney, MS
Office: Science 1 Room 101

Phone: (559) 278-6679 

Current RISE Mentors 

  •  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

  • Cell biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biomedical research

  • Neuroethology and neurobiology
  • Adaptive behaviors and neural plasticity
  • Insect cognition
  • Behavior and neural mechanisms underlying spatial processing, learning and memory, and navigation

  •  Mycology and evolutionary biology of mycorrhizal
  • Systematics, taxonomy, ecology,, phylogeography, and evolution of fungi
  • Phylogenomics/phylogenetics, metagenomics, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics

  • Ecological and evolutionary physiology
  • Thermal biology
  • Global change biology
  • Ecological developmental biology
  • Herpetology

  • Development of macrolide-based microtubule stabilizing agents for the treatment of multi-drug resistant cancer
  • Development of improved analogs of natural dietary products for the treatment of advanced metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS-PDC): Proteomic, electrophysiological and behavioral approach
  • Interaction of specific proteins involved in the abnormal proteolytic processing in Alzheimer's disease
  • Oxidative stress and transition metal ion homeostasis investigations in fruit flies as a model of aging

  •  Develop new reactions and strategies for organic synthesis.
    • Free radical-mediated reactions
    • Processes at the intersections of chemistry with biology and material science

  •  Role of instructional technologies to support enhanced student ownership and understanding of scientific concepts
    • Simulations
    • Virtual laboratories
    • Online science learning environments
  • Other research interests:
    • Curriculum development and evaluation
    • Professional development of teachers
    • Power dynamics in science classrooms
  • Check out Dr. Donnelly-Hermosillo's website for current research projects!

  •  Judgement and decision making
  • Risk communication and judgement
  • Informal quantitative reasoning
  • Social and health-related judgement

  • Forgetting; Implicit inference (influences on forgetting that occur outside of awareness)
  • Improving students' efficiency (applications of cognitive psychology psychology to note-taking procedures, test-taking strategies, and studying procedure)

  • Perception of virtual reality
  • Video gaming behavior
  • Perception of spoken language
  • Psycholinguistics

  • Impact of context (i.e. housing, community, neighborhood, and culture) on children's development.
  • Implicit focus on immigrant children and families

  • Neuropsychology
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Prediction of cognitive impairment
  • Memory and executive abilities, everyday functioning
  • Aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia

Don't see a faculty mentor you would like to work with in this list? Any faculty member that actively does research on-campus within the College of Science and Mathematics or the Lyles College of Engineering can be a potential RISE faculty mentor! If you have questions, please email the RISE program coordinator, Candice Cortney, at for more information.