Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Christopher Anderson has research interests in cellular and molecular mechanisms of blood vessel growth, medical imaging, bioengineering fundamentals, and drug delivery.

Polly R. Piergiovanni has research interests in biochemical processes, and system dynamics and control.

Lauren Sefcik Anderson has research interests in developing strategies for new blood vessel formation in areas of tissue disease.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yih-Choung Yu has research interests in bioengineering, signal processing, control applications in electromechanical systems, and medicine.

Mechanical Engineering

Steven M. Nesbit has research interests in biomechanics, kinematics, robotics, manufacturing processes, and automation.

Jenn Stroud Rossmann has research interests in biological fluid dynamics.

Natural Sciences


Michael Butler has research interest in organismal biology from physiological, evolutionary, and ecological perspectives.

Laurie Caslake is interested in the physiological and molecular response of bacteria to stressful conditions such as the presence of heavy metals and the absence of nutrients or water.

Jim Dearworth uses laboratory work in electrophysiological, pharmacological, and molecular methods to examine the anatomy and function of the visual pathways going to the brain.

Anna Edlund conducts lab studies in cell movements during sexual reproduction and early embryonic development, pollination, and pollen cell behaviors in flowering plants.

Robert Kurt conducts laboratory research in immunology. In particular, students study the immune response to cancer and ways cancer tries to avoid the immune system.

Wayne Leibel conducts lab research focusing on mate choice and parental behavior in tropical freshwater cichlid fish from South and Central America.

Manuel Ospina-Giraldo is interested in investigating how fungi and oomycetes (fungal-like organisms belonging to the Kingdom Stramenopila, also known as Chromista) cause disease in plants, and how plants defend themselves against pathogen attack.

Elaine Reynolds uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system for understanding neural function and neurological diseases.

Megan Rothenberger conducts research into using a combination of modeling approaches and field experiments to advance understanding about the impact of human activity on aquatic ecosystems.

Nancy Waters has research interests that investigate the role of natural and anthropogenic impacts on ecological communities of stream invertebrates, freshwater plants, and wetland species.


Kenneth O. Haug has research interests in computational physical chemistry, surface chemistry, and chemical kinetics.

Dave Husic studies the biochemistry and physiology of carbon dioxide acquisition and concentration in photosynthesis, especially the structural and functional properties of the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, which is involved in the process.

Justin Hines> is a biochemist who studies the interactions between chaperone proteins, proteins that work to prevent protein mis-folding, and yeast prions, proteins that misfold into a conformation known as “amyloid” that is common in many neurodegenerative diseases.

Bill Miles has research interests in developing new reagents and strategies for synthesizing biologically important molecules, especially compounds with stereogenic centers.

Steve Mylon has research interests in aquatic systems, particularly the interfacial chemistry of nanoparticles, chemistry and reactivity of dissolved organic matter, and biogeochemistry of trace metals.

Chip Nataro has research interests in synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds and electrochemical and thermochemical studies of these compounds.

Joe Sherma conducts collaborative interdisciplinary research (with several faculty from the Biology Department) in invertebrate biology and analytical chemistry. 


Tom Yuster has research interests in a model of the in-mosquito dynamics of the malaria parasite P. falciparum.

Rob Root is interested in mathematical physiology, specifically modeling the physiological phenomena associated with the undulatory swimming of fish. This includes ongoing work on fish/fluid interaction, muscle force generation, and neural control.

Jeff Liebner has research interests in the statistical modeling of neural signals.


Luis Schettino conducts research in sensory motor control in humans, particularly the control of grasping behavior.

Lisa Gabel studies synaptic plasticity, epilepsy, and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as brain-computer interface.