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Faculty Research Interests

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  • Environmental Health (e.g., health hazards of agricultural and environmental chemicals exposure).
    Dr. Amadu Ayebo
  • Rapid Forensics Evaluation of Microbes in Biodefense (e.g., the development of a rapid screening platform for the detection of multiple biological threats).
    Dr. N. Bharathan
  • Rapid Forensics Evaluation of Microbes in Biodefense (e.g., the development of a rapid screening platform for the detection of multiple biological threats).
    Dr. Seema Bharathan
  • Evolutionary Biology and Human Anatomy (e.g., fossil records to understand evolutionary relationships and the pattern of immigration and radiation of mammals through the Neogene of Asia).
    Dr. Shundong Bi
  • Fish ecology, zoogeography and systematics (e.g., freshwater stream fishes, larval fishes, and macroinvertebrates).
    Dr. Bill Brenneman
  • Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Developmental Biology (e.g., kidney development using zebrafish as a vertebrate model system).
    Dr. Cuong Diep
  • Wildlife Population and Community Ecology, Mammalogy, and Biostatistics (e.g., Pennsylvania’s Allegheny woodrat population).
    Dr. Joe Duchamp
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Biochemistry (e.g.,  the role of biological rhythms in the control of cellular processes in Paramecium tetraurelia).
    Dr. Bob Hinrichsen
  • Opportunistic evironmental bacteria causing disease in humans (e.g., Mycobacterium avium causing infections in end-stage HIV/AIDS patients and tuberculosis-like disease in the lungs of healthy individuals).
    Dr. Vida Irani
  • Physiology, Neuroendocrinology (e.g., the role of synaptic zinc in the modulation of circadian rhythms).
    Dr. Megan Knoch
  • Human physiology and diseases (e.g., treatment and therapy).
    Dr. Katalin Komjati
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, Restoration Ecology (e.g., Golden-winged Warbler breeding ecology and response to habitat management in Central Pennsylvania).
    Dr. Jeff Larkin
  • Virology (e.g., use of viruses and other microbes as teaching tools).
    Dr. Carl Luciano
  • Developmental Biology and Regeneration (e.g., molecular mechanisms governing adult tissue maintenance and regeneration using zebrafish as a model).
    Dr. Bob Major
  • Animal behavior and physiology, human physiology, computing, statistics (behavior and neurobiology of avain vocal communication).
    Dr. Paul Nealen
  • Population ecology, especially plants; evolutionary ecology and life history strategies; structure of clonal organisms; tropical ecology (e.g., proficiency of insect capture by temperate and tropical pitcher plants).
    Dr. Sandy Newell
  • Physiological ecology of vertebrates, evolutionary ecology of vertebrate energetics, and parasite (helminth) ecology (e.g., effects of stressors such as metals or salinity on the metabolism of a variety of fish species).
    Dr. David Pistole
  • Comparative Toxicology, Environmental Health, Water Pollution Biology (e.g., water mite parasitism of mosquitoes in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection West Nile Virus Program).
    Dr. Tom Simmons
  • Ecology and Systematics (e.g., evolution and pyhylogeography of Mesoamerican salamanders).
    Dr. Joe Townsend
  • Inquiry Teaching, Science Education, Environmental Education, Entomology (e.g., best practices in science teaching, authentic assessment practices, the effects of environmental education on attitudes).
    Dr. Holly Travis
  • Biology Department
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