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Applied Biosciences Faculty Research Interests

Margaret Briehl
Professor of Pathology

Research Interests

  • Redox regulation of apoptosis in cancer
  • Mitochondria and metabolism in cancer
  • Chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Todd Camenisch
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Research Interests

The focus of the laboratory is investigating the integration between extracellular matrix and growth factor receptor signaling during heart morphogenesis. The emphasis is on heart septae and valve formation.

Stephen Cowen
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around the question of how the activities of ensembles of neurons drive our capacity to decide, remember, and navigate. In particular, I am interested in the role of the prefrontal cortex in cost-benefit decision making and in the role of the hippocampus in navigation and memory consolidation. I investigate these topics through the use of large-scale extracellular recording methods acquired from rodents as the animals perform a variety of decision-making and navigational behaviors.

Qin Chen

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests

  • Molecular mechanisms of oxidative injury and adaptation
  • Stress signal transduction pathways
  • Genomics and proteomics of stress response
  • Cytoprotective agents

Barun De

Professor, Pathology

Research Interests

  • New method validation
  • Cardiac markers
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Oxidative markers

Hanna Fares

Professor and Associate Department Head, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Research Interests:

We are studying membrane trafficking, focusing on lysosomal transport, using primarily the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.  We are also using mouse macrophages as a parallel system that complements the genetic studies we carry out in C. elegans.  Current projects in the laboratory are:1) Elucidating mechanisms of lysosome biogenesis, starting with CUP-5 in C. elegans and its mammalian ortholog TRPML1.  Mutations in MCOLN1, the gene that encodes TRPML1, results in the lysosome storage disorder Mucolipidosis type IV.2) Defining the basis for the lysosomal and cell death phenotypes in the absence of CUP-5.  We identified several suppressors of cup-5 mutant defects.  The analysis of these suppressors will identify the molecular events that exacerbate cup-5 mutant phenotypes.  These suppressors also constitute leads towards identifying treatments for Mucolipidosis type IV.

Kevin Fitzsimmons

Professor and Research Scientists, Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests:

My research is directed primarily toward production techniques of tilapia and shrimp in the desert and in integrated systems. Multiple use of water for aquaculture and irrigated agriculture has been a focal point. A second broad area of resesarch is control of aquatic nuisance species.

Richard Friedman

Professor, Immunobiology

Research Interests:

Microbiology, immunobiology

Rachel Gallery

Assistant Professor, Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Research Interests:

Working across a range of ecosystems our research group uses ecological experiments, microbiological techniques, and contemporary genetic and metagenomic tools to test the effects of plant-microbe interactions on plant and microbial communities.

Gene Giacomelli

Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering
Director, Controlled Environment Agriculture Program
Professor, Plant Science
Professor, BIO5 Institute

Research Interest

  • Biometry & Biosystems Informatics
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Food, Bioproducts & Renewable Energy

Ryan Gutenkunst

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests

We are a computational group interested in the evolution of biomolecular networks. In most cases, our philosophy is to build and analyze detailed biologically-realistic models, leveraging both biochemical and genomic data.

One thrust of the lab is developing and applying methods for fitting models of history and natural selection to population variation data.

Another thrust of the lab is connecting genomics and detailed systems biology models.

David T. Harris

Senior VP Health Sciences

Executive Director, AHSC Biorepository
Professor, Immunobiology
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Medicine
Research Interest
  • Immunobiology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Translational research
Professor, The School of Plant Scineces, Bio 5
 Research Interest
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Seed Biology
  • Plant Biotechnology

Murat Kacira

Associate Professor, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering

Research Interests

  • Greenhouse and Plant Growth Studies
  • Plant Growth and Health Monitoring Using Image Processing and Machine Vision Applications
  • Automated Data Acquisition and Instrumentation
  • Greenhouse Ventilation

 Istvan Molnar

Associate Professor, Program Chair of Applied Biosciences & Arid Lands Resource Sciences

Research Interest

My main research interest is the biosynthetic engineering of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and algae) for pharmaceutical, agricultural, chemical industrial and bioenergy applications and the biosynthesis of small molecule natural products

Rebecca Mosher

Assistant Professor, The School of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

Eukaryotes contain an array of small RNAs capable of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation. These ubiquitous molecules are part of many biological processes, including development, response to the environment, and disease. Originally identified in plants, small RNAs are now studied in diverse organisms and are an important tool in human therapeutics. Our laboratory studies the synthesis and action of small RNA molecules with particular emphasis on epigenetic modifications driven by small RNAs and RNA Polymerase IV. We combine traditional genetic and molecular studies with whole-system computational biology in Arabidopsis thaliana and other plants.

Lisa Nagy

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests

Ravi Palanivelu

Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

We are interested in understanding how plant cells communicate with each other. To accomplish this goal, we are using pollen tube interactions with pistils during Arabidopsis thaliana reproduction as a model system.

Currently, we are identifying the molecular mechanisms that underlie specific pollen tube functions in A. thaliana such as germination, growth, guidance and growth arrest in the synergid cell of the female gametophyte.

Monika Schmelz

Assistant Professor, Pathology

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms of Lymphoma
  • Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Tissue Banking

 Ursula K. Schuch

Extension Specialist and Professor, The School of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant production and management
  • Abiotic stress physiology

Frans Tax

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests

Cell Signaling, Trafficking, and Polarity

 Anne Wertheimer

Research Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine Section of Geriatrics

Research Interests

My research interests involve microbe-host interactions, specifically microbial pathogenesis and concomitant immune response with respect to host age.

Guang Yao

Assistant Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Research Interest

  • Understanding the cellular state of quiescence (versus proliferation, differentiation, and senescence.
  • Identifying regulatory networks of cancer pathways at the genomic level

 Daniela Zarnescu

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Interests



Last updated 19 May 2016