Graduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a Master of Science (MS) in Biology. This 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 draw from a broad range of graduate courses and select from a diverse and well-trained group of faculty for direction in research.

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 may 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

Rachel Cohen - 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

Micheal Minicozz - ecotoxicology of freshwater pollutants 

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

Micheal Minicozzi - Functional morphology and comparative anatomy in fishes

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

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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