Faculty

Department of Biological Sciences

Rupali Datta

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director and Advisor, Graduate Program

Links of Interest

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Specialties

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

Michael R. Gretz

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Algal Extracellular Polymers and Biocomposites - Regulation of Biogenesis
Chandrashekhar Joshi
"Cellulose is the fiber of human civilization."

Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

  • Department Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise: Biology and Forestry

  • Cellulose and lignin biosynthesis in trees
  • Wood formation
  • Tree growth and development
  • Engineering trees
  • Forest bioinformatics

Guiliang Tang

  • Professor, Biological Sciences

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Specialties

  • Gene Silencing
  • RNA Interference (RNAi)
  • MicroRNA (miRNA)
  • RNA Silencing in Plant Germ Extract and Drosophila Embryo Lysate.
  • Fungal RNAi and microRNA
  • MicroRNA Technologies: Small Tandem Target mimic (STTM) and MicroRNA Array
  • Plant Electrophysiology in Plant microRNA STTM lines and Venus flytrap.

Xiaoqing Tang

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Insulin Production, Secretion, and Signaling
  • microRNA and Human Diseases (Diabetes, Cancers, etc.)
  • microRNA Technologies for Plants and Animals: Small Tandem Target Mimic (STTM) and MicroRNA Array

Stephen Techtmann

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics
  • Microbial physiology and biochemistry
  • Microbes as sensors for the environmental impacts of oil and gas production
  • Microbially-mediated remediation of crude oil contamination

Ebenezer Tumban

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases, human papillomaviruses
  • Virus-like particles, prophylactic & therapeutic vaccines
  • Vaccine formulations
  • Peptide mimotopes discovery

Department of Chemistry

Tarun K. Dam

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Molecular basis of glycan (carbohydrate)-mediated biological functions
  • Glycan binding proteins or lectins
  • Glycan detection
  • Mechanistic glycobiology
  • Macromolecular communication
  • Biomolecular thermodynamics

Pushpalatha Murthy

  • Professor, Chemistry
  • Associate Dean, Graduate School

Research Interests

  • Structure, metabolism, and biological role of phosphoinositides in plant cells
  • Catalytic and structural aspects of phytases, including specificity of hydrolysis, molecular weight and subunit structure, amino acid sequence, and molecular biology
  • Biosynthesis, subcellular localization, and biological role of novel scyllo-inositol containing phosphoinositides

Martin Thompson

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

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Research Interests

  • Understanding the molecular recognition features and assembly mechanisms of gene regulation

Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Qing-Hui Chen

  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular physiology, neurophysiology and exercise science.
  • Neural mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders.
  • Neural mechanisms of exercise training in regulating autonomic and cardiovascular function.

Zhiying (Jenny) Shan

  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Mechanism of Neurogenic Hypertension
  • Brain Renin Angiotensin System and Hypertension
  • Neuroinflammation and Hypertension
  • Neuronal Mechanism of Metabolic Syndrome

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

Victor Busov
"I consider myself extremely fortunate to live in a time when genome revolution in many areas of biology is enabling unprecedented depth into our understanding of life."

Victor Busov

  • Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Functional genomics of plant development
  • Gibberellins metabolism and signal transduction pathway
  • Regulation of lateral root formation in relation to abiotic stress
  • Regulation and evolution of secondary growth in woody perennials
  • Micro and small RNAs regulation of development and response to environment
Hairong Wei
"We are doing excellent job in describing how an individual gene functions, but not how life functions. Systems biology is to fill this gap."

Hairong Wei

  • Associate Professor, SFRES
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification of genes regulating complex traits via systems biology approaches
  • Gene expression data analysis
  • Gene network construction and decomposition
  • Developing software for mining large-scale biological data
  • Genomics of wood formation