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Applied Biosciences Faculty Research Interests

Anne E. Arnold
Professor, School of Plant Sciences
Research Interests

Fungl ecology, evolution, and systematics; the evolution of symbioses; plant microbiomes

Margaret Briehl
Professor of Pathology

Research Interests

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

Adam S. Butzmanl
Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Research Interests

Immunobilogy, Immuno-Informatics, Infectious Disease, Autoimmunity

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 of 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
Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests

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

Anne Cress
Professor Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Radiation Oncology

Research Interests

Cell surface molecules, translational approaches to cancer,

Joel Cuello
Professor, Biosystems Engineering / Professor, BIO5 Institute

Research Interests

Barun De

Professor, Pathology

Research Interests

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

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.

Rachel Gallery

Associate 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.

Professor, Agricultural Biosystems Engineering
Professor, Plant Science
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professsor, Applied Biosciences - GIDP

Research Interest

  • Biometry & Biosystems Informatics
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Food, Bioproducts & Renewable Energy
Associate 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.
Senior VP Health Sciences
Executive Director Biorepository; Professor, Immunobiology; Professor, BIO5 Institute; Professor, Medicine
 Research Interest
  • Immunobiology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Translational research
Professor, The School of Plant Sciences, Bio 5
Research Interest
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Seed Biology
  • Plant Biotechnology
Professor, Agriculture and Biosystems Enginerring, Director Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
 Research Interest
  • Greenhouse and Plant Growth Studies
  • Plant Growth and Health Monitoring Using Image Processing and Machine Vision Applications
  • Automated Data Acquisition and Instrumentation
  • Greenhouse Ventilation
Associate Professor, Neurology
 Research Interest

Broad Interests: Neuroscience and Stem Cell BiologySpecific Interests: Aging and Neurodegeneration, Role of endogenous neural stem cells in development and disease, Graft-host interactions after neural transplantation, Central nervous system plasticity and regeneration, Disease modeling using patient-specific iPS cells and their derivatives


Developmental Neuroscience, Stem Cell Biology, Disorders of the Nervous System

Istvan Molnar

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

Associate 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.

Francesca Polverino

Assistant Professor, Medicine and Assistant Research Scientist, Astma & Airway Disease Research Center, UA Health Sciences

Research Interests

Her clinical and research interest is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2010, after completing her medical degree and doctorate, she moved to Harvard University where she studied the pathobiology and the systemic manifestations of COPD.

Monika Schmelz

Associate Professor, Pathology

Research Interests

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

Monica Schmidt

Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Seed Biology
  • Nutraceuticals

 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

Associate 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
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research Interests



Last updated 19 Jul 2019