Graduate Student Directory

Christopher Adams

Christopher C. Adams

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Stream Ecology
  • Stream Restoration
  • Fish Behavior
  • Fish Tagging and Tracking Technology

Education

  • MS, Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University
  • BS, Fisheries Management, Lake Superior State University
Yogesh Ahlawat

Yogesh Ahlawat

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Cellulose Synthesis-Biofuels
  • Genomics of Plant Cell Wall
  • Virology

Education

  • MS, Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central) University, New Delhi, India
  • BS, Life Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central) University, New Delhi, India
Tahiyat Alothaim

Tahiyat Alothaim

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Cancer Metabolism
  • Immunology

Education

  • MS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Zoology, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Catherine Bammert

Catherine Bammert

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Rupsa Basu

Rupsa Basu

  • PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisors

Research Interests

  • Oncology and Vaccine formulations
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Immunology

Education

  • MSc, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Presidency University, India
  • BSc, Zoology, Bethune College, University of Calcutta, India
Komal Kumar Bollepogu Raja

Komal Kumar Bollepogu Raja

  • PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Biochemistry

Education

  • Bachelors, Engineering in Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological Institute
Colin Brooks

Colin N. Brooks

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Great Lakes ecology
  • Geospatial data applications
  • Land cover change
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Transportation infrastructure assessment
  • Relationships between land use and water quality

Education

  • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University, NC
  • BS, Pre-Forestry, Lenoir-Rhyne College, NC
Andrew Chapp

Andrew D. Chapp

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control of cardiovascular function
  • Ethanol and ethanol metabolites on neuronal activity
  • Organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry

Education

  • MS, Chemistry, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Chemistry and Computer Science, St. Lawrence University
Li Chen

Li Chen

  • PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • miRNAs
  • Colorectal cancer

Education

  • MS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Brian Danhoff

Brian Danhoff

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Stream habitat restoration
  • Woody debris in rivers
  • Spatial heterogeneity in fluvial systems

Education

  • MS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Environmental Science, University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • BA, Environmental Studies, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Kyle Driscoll

Kyle M. Driscoll

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisors

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Signaling and Inflammatory Response
  • Secondary Metabolites and Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Pre Professional, Michigan Technological University
  • Minor, Psychology
Erin Eberhard

Erin K. Eberhard

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology

Education

  • MS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
David Fenlon

David Fenlon

  • MS Student, Peace Corps Masters International, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Ida Fonkoue

Ida Fonkoue

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control and autonomic regulation of blood pressure
  • Race differences in cardiovascular reactivity to stress
  • Acute alcohol ingestion and sympathetic neural activity

Education

  • MD, Faculty of Medicine and Bio-medical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
Majid Ghafarian Tasbihi Sani

Majid Ghafarian Tasbihi Sani

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Virus Inactivation and Removal

Education

  • MSc, Biotechnology, Osmania University, India
Ryan Ghannam

Ryan B. Ghannam

  • PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research Interests

  • Microbal ecology
  • Synthetic plant microbiome assembly
  • Bioinformatics of genomic & metagenomic data
  • Machine learning algorithms

Education

  • BS, Microbiology, University of Michigan - Dearborn
Cameron Goble

Cameron W. Goble

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Fisheries Biology and Management
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Population and Community Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Native Species Restoration

Education

  • MS, Aquatic Ecology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • BS, Forestry Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Ian Greenlund

Ian Mark Greenlund

  • MS, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Human Physiology
  • Cell Signaling/Cellular Pathways
  • Gene Regulation

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Yiyou Gu

Yiyou Gu

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • RNA interference
  • miRNA network

Education

  • BS, Animal Science College, Nanjing Agricultural University
Lucy Hatfield

Lucy Hatfield

  • MS Student, Peace Corps Master�s International�Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Biology

Education

  • BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • BS, Psychology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Martin Hobmeier

Martin M. Hobmeier

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Zooplankton

Education

  • BA, Biology and History, Lakeland College
Michael Huber

Michael Huber

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Neural control of the autonomic nervous system
  • Neural mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases

Education

  • BS, Biology, Michigan Technological University
Amna Ijaz

Amna Ijaz

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisors

Research Interests

  • Environmental remediation
  • Plant-microbe interaction
  • Restoration in soil and water quality

Education

  • BSc Honors, Industrial Biotechnology, Government College University Lahore, Pakistan
  • MPhil, Biotechnology, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Pakistan
Gwendolyn Jacobson

Gwendolyn Jacobson

  • MS Student, Peace Corps Masters International, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Andrew Kennedy

Andrew Kennedy

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Antibiotic Remediation
  • Pathogenic Bacteria

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences (General Biology), Michigan Technological University
  • Minors, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Jeffrey Kiiskila

Jeffrey D. Kiiskila

  • PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Environmental Remediation

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • Minors in Biochemistry and Ecology
Matt Kilgas

Matt Kilgas

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Active Workstations and Non-exercise Activity

Education

  • MS, Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Carmen Leguizamon

Carmen Leguizamon

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Fisheries and aquatic ecology
  • Invasion ecology

Education

  • BS, Biology, Western Michigan University
Haiping Liu

Haiping Liu

  • PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Advisor

Research Interests

  • RNAi
  • miRNA function in tomato
  • Virus-induced gene silencing

Education

  • MS, Department of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering, China Agricultural University
Weixiang Liu

Weixiang Liu

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Yiping Mao

Yiping Mao

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Beta-cell function
  • microRNAs

Education

  • BS, Clinical Medicine, Bengbu Medicine College, China
Tony Matthys

Tony Matthys

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Habitat Use and Preference
  • Stream Restoration

Education

  • BS, Biology, Saint Norbert College
Barbara Michel

Barbara Michel

  • MS Student, Peace Corps Masters International, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Senegal, West Africa
  • Drinking water quality

Education

  • BS, Life Sciences Education, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Ramkumar Mohan

Ramkumar Mohan

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • MicroRNA
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Molecular Biology

Education

  • BTech, Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University-Chennai, India
Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Physiological / biomechanical aspects of sport performance
  • Effects of cold on physical performance
  • Effects of fatigue on physical performance

Education

  • MS, Peace Corps Master’s International—Biological Sciences
  • MS, Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Athletic Training, Marywood University
Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • MicroRNA

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan Technological University
  • Associate of Science, University of South Carolina Lancaster
Kavitha Satish Kumar

Kavitha Satish Kumar

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Plant Bioenergy-Lignin Biosynthesis
  • Biofuels
  • Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering
  • Stem Cell Technology

Education

  • Masters, Applied Genetics, Bangalore University, India
  • Bachelors, Microbiology, Mumbai University, India
Ryan Van Goethem

Ryan R. Van Goethem

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Macrophyte Ecology and Management

Education

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
Angela Walczyk

Angela Marie Walczyk

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Invasive Species Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Botany
  • Evolution

Education

  • BA, Biology, Albion College
Bradley Wells

Bradley A. Wells

  • PhD Student, Peace Corps Master�s International�Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Inter-specific Competition
  • Salmonid Competition
  • Invasive Species Ecology
  • Fisheries Conservation

Education

  • BS, Environmental Science, Bridgewater College
  • MS, Peace Corps Masters International-Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
A. Wilson

A. Sunflower Wilson

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Early Life History & Larval Fish
  • Fish Physiology
  • Endangered Fish Species Restoration

Education

  • Bachelor's, Aquaculture & Fisheries Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Taylor Zallek

Taylor Zallek

  • MS Student, Biological Sciences

Research Interests

  • Invasive Species
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Ecological Genetics

Education

  • BA, Biology, Saint John's University, MN
Lukai Zhai

Lukai Zhai

  • PhD Student, Biological Sciences

Advisor

Research Interests

  • Virus-like particles, prophylactic & therapeutic vaccines for Human papillomavirus

Education

  • Neurobiology, Shandong University, China
  • BS, Biotechnology, Shandong Normal University, China