Kent Campus Faculty Research Expertise

 

 

RESEARCH AREAS

(last updated 7/17/2019)

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  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology    
Darren Bade, PhD Limnology and biogeochemistry of the Great Lakes systems.    
Christie Bahlai, PhD Phenology and population ecology of insects. X X-Spring 2020
Chris Blackwood, PhD Soil biogeochemistry, plant-microbe interactions, and forest ecology. X X
Andrea Case, PhD Reproductive systems in flowering plants. X X
David Costello, PhD Biogeochemistry with a focus on chemical contaminants and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems.    
Ferenc de Szalay, PhD Factors regulating invertebrate communities in aquatic habitats.    
Mark Kershner, PhD Lake community ecology, predator-prey interactions, and fish ecology.    
Lauren Kinsman-Costello, PhD Effects of hydrology on aquatic nutrient biogeochemistry and ecosystem function. X  
Sangeet Lamichhaney, PhD Adaptive evoution of vertebrates. X X
Laura Leff, PhD Microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on the bacterial ecology of streams.    
Jen Mou, PhD Linking of bacterial phylogeny with metabolic function in natural aquatic environments. X X
Oscar Rocha, PhD Ecological factors that affect genetic variation in natural populations of plants and animals.    
David Ward, PhD The ecology of plant species redistributions.    
       
  Cell Biology    
Derek Damron, PhD
Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel signal transduction and cardiovascular regulation: cellular and molecular mechanisms of action.
   
Gail Fraizer, PhD Molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying tumor development.    
Elda Hegmann, PhD Liquid crystal elastomers as novel dynamic and spatial 3D in vitro systems to simulate and study development of tissues, and complex interplay between cells.    
Min-Ho Kim, PhD Mechanisms underlying the inflammatory response and the development of therapeutics to promote the resolution of non-healing chronic wounds.    
Edgar Kooijman, PhD Biophysical characterization of protein-lipid interactions. X X
Gary Koski, PhD Cancer immunology.    
Manabu Kurokawa, PhD Cancer biology, resistance to targeted therapy, and protein ubiquitination and degradation pathways. X X-Spring 2020
Michael Model, PhD The physiology of cell volume and death. X  
Helen Piontkivska, PhD Molecular evolution of genes and genomes. X X-Spring 2020
Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan, PhD Biochemical basis for the development of sperm function.    
       
  Neurobiology    
Heather Caldwell, PhD Behavioral neuroendocrinology with a focus on the contributions of oxytocin and vasopressin to the neural regulation of behavior. X X-Spring 2020
Gemma Casadeus-Smith, PhD Pathological mechanisms underlying memory loss and dysfunction during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases. X X
Wilson Chung, PhD The role of fibroblast growth factors in the regulation of fetal brain morphogenesis. X  
Robert Clements, PhD Biomedical and stereoscopic imaging and visualization. X X
Lique Coolen, PhD Spinal cord injury, drug addiction, and neuroendocrine function. X X
Ernie Freeman, PhD Brain mechanisms involved in lesion formation in multiple sclerosis. X  
John Johnson, PhD Interactions between the nervous and immune systems, with a focus on changes in behavior.    
Woo-Yang Kim, PhD Cellular and molecular mechanism underlying brain development. X X-Spring 2020
Michael Lehman, PhD Reproductive neuroendocrinology, developmental programming of reproduction, and neurobiology of circadian rhythms. X X
Jennifer McDonough, PhD Identification of neuroprotective therapies for multiple sclerosis. X  
Eric Mintz, PhD Neural mechanisms of circadian rhythm regulation. X X
Devin Mueller, PhD Neural mechanisms of drug-related learning and memory. X X
Colleen Novak, PhD Neural modulation of physical activity and energy expenditure. X X-Spring 2020
Richard Piet, PhD Neurophysiology of reproduction and circadian rhythmicity X X-Spring 2020
Greg Tinkler, PhD Comparative neuroanatomy of the aging brain.    
Mechanisms regulating the development of sex differences in the brain.    
Kristy Welshhans, PhD Mechanisms underlying appropriate connectivity in the developing nervous system, with a focus on Down syndrome. X X