Donna M. Becker
2013 New Science Facility
Research Interests: Research in my lab involves the study of plant-microbe interactions. The overarching theme involves investigating the microbial ecology of plant-associated microbes and applying that knowledge to improve plant growth.
Advising: General Biology, Microbiology
2107 New Science Facility
Research Interests: I am interested in the communication that occurs between cells during embryonic development, and the miscommunication that results in diseases such as cancer.
Advising: Physiology, Microbiology, Biology
2009 New Science Facility
Research Interests: Taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, evolution, physiology, parasitology, conservation, ecology, and biogeography of the freshwater crabs of Africa and Madagascar. Research interests also include the freshwater crabs of Asia, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America.
Advising: Pre-Optometry, Physiology, Zoology.
Teaching and Advising: Human anatomy and physiology, pre-veterinary medicine
Visiting Assistant Professor
2809 West Science
Research Interests: Connectivity of neurons in the somatosensory cortex and brainstem.
Teaching: Neuroscience, neuroanatomy endocrinology, physiology
2109 New Science Facility
Phone: (906) 227-1072
Research Interests: The role of neurotrophic factors and gonadal steroids in the maintenance of neuromuscular junctions and motorneuron dendritic morphology. The influence of gonadal steroids on the physiological functioning of sexually dimorphic nuclei in the endocrine hypothalamus.
Advising: Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, General Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
Professor and Department Head
2011 New Science Facility
Research Interests:The current focus of my research is the nature of protein/chitin interactions in the arthropod exoskeleton, or cuticle. I am investigating the protein domains required for cuticular proteins to bind to the polysaccharide chitin, using recombinant DNA techniques to modify the proteins and studying the binding of purified proteins in vitro.
Advising: General Biology, Cellular or Molecular Biology
Alan J. Rebertus
2005 New Science Facility
Research Interests: Ecology of endangered plant flora; roles of disturbances (fire, wind) and large mammals on community and landscape dynamics.
Advising:Biology-Ecology Track, General Biology, Zoology
Josh S. Sharp
2111 New Science Facility
Research Interests: Gene regulation in bacteria, medical microbiology, RNA degradation, regulators of bacterial virulence gene expression, and toxin secretion systems.
Advising: Microbiology, Medically-related Professional Fields
Roger (Mac) Strand
2121 New Science Facility
Research Interests: Stream ecology, ecohydrology, aquatic invertebrate community ecology and bioenergetics, ecology of Lake Superior, upper peninsula stream conservation.
Advising: Invertebrate Zoology, Ecology