Graduate Programs

The Biological Sciences graduate program is designed to allow students, with the guidance of their advisors, to mold and focus their program of study on professional interests and specific needs. Our students can draw from a broad range of graduate courses and select from a diverse and well-trained group of faculty for direction in research.

Faculty in our department advise graduate students in three distinct Master of Science (MS) degree programs. Click on the following links to learn more about the requirements and elective options: Biology MS and Biology Education MS.

 

Graduate Faculty and Their Research Interests

As an interdisciplinary department with roots in an array of research fields, faculty research programs can be organized into clusters that span several biological disciplines. Based on expertise and research focus, faculty will be associated with one or more clusters indicated below.

 

BioLOGy EDUCATION

Bethann Lavoie - Science Education: professional development, assessment, diverse cultures and problem solving

Brittany Smith - biology education

 

Biomedical Science and Physiology

Lois Anderson - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus within the community

Rachel Cohen - the role of gonadal steroid hormones (testosterone and estrogens) in the brain

Geoffrey Goellner - polyglutamine proteins and neurodegenerative disease

Kennan Hartert - genomics; personalized lymphoma therapeutics

Penny Knoblich - physiology of blood flow as it relates to hypertension

Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

David Sharlin - developmental biology, thyroid hormoen action, brain development, cochlear development (hearing)

 

Cell and Molecular Biology

Rachel Cohen - the role of gonadal steroid hormones (testosterone and estrogens) in the brain

Geoffrey Goellner - polyglutamine proteins and neurodegenerative disease

Keenan Hartert - genomics; personalized lymphoma therapeutics

Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

Timothy Secott - molecular mechanisms used by mycobacteria to initiate and establish intestinal infections in mammals

David Sharlin - developmental biology, thyroid hormoen action, brain development, cochlear development (hearing)

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Daniel Toma - behavioral genetics

 

Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

Mriganka De - soil ecology and soil health; soil biogeochemistry; water quality; sustainable agroecosystems

Matthew Kaproth - plant functional trait adaptation, stress tolerance, species conservation, invasive species

John Krenz - ecology, evolution and behavior of animals

Beth Proctor - assessing surface water quality and sources of pollution, using chemical and biological monitoring

Christopher Ruhland - effects of global climate change on Antarctic ecosystems and the effects of UV light on plant production

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

Daniel Toma - behavioral genetics

Ryan Wersal - plant ecology and lake ecology for aquatic plant management and methods of treatment

 

Microbiology, Immunology, and Food Science

Lois Anderson - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus within the community

Allison Land - innate immunity to viral infections, host-pathogen interactions, and potential sequelae to infection

Timothy Secott - molecular mechanisms used by mycobacteria to initiate and establish intestinal infections in mammals

Robert Sorensen - ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary interactions between animal parasites and their hosts

 

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