The faculty members of the Biology Department are committed to helping students achieve their goals as researchers or as health care professionals.
Faculty interests and expertise are broad, ranging from cellular and molecular to ecological and evolutionary levels of organization. The faculty are active in research and obtain outside grant support. Faculty encourage students to participate with them in collaborative research. This work leads to student presentations at professional meetings, as well as student co-authorship on published work.
|J. Christopher Gaiser - Professor
Anne Kruchten - Associate Professor, Chair
Samuel Fox - Visiting Assistant Professor
Kyle MacLea - Visiting Assistant Professor
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Catherine Reinke - Assistant professor
Michael Roberts - Professor
John Syring - Associate Professor
Chad Tillberg - Associate Professor
Jeremy Weisz - Assistant Professor
Kenneth Kebisek - Principles of Biology Lab Coordinator
Heather Long - Upper Division Lab Coordinator
Ned Knight - Adjunct Professor
|Recent Faculty Research
Dr. Chad Tillberg is performing research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado this summer. He is conducting experiments to determine how abiotic conditions affect the nature of the interactions between plants, their aphids, attending ants, and aphid predators
Dr. Kyle MacLea is part of a multi-author paper in an upcoming issue of Nature: Mutations in prion-like domains in hnRNPA2B1 and hnRNPA1 cause multisystem proteinopathy and ALS. Nature, 2013 in press.
Dr. Roberts will present a paper at the first Death Valley Natural History Conference in November. He is working with recent graduate Christy Tanner and a colleague from Israel on Heat shock proteins as adaptations to stress in Death Valley algae and plants.
Drs. Roberts and Kruchten have a book accepted for publication by Wiley; it is called Receptor Biology and will be out next year.
Dr. Syring presented at the Symposium for New Methodologies in Phylogenetics at the University of Texas in February. This summer he traveled with two students to present at the Evolution meetings in Snowbird. Students presented a poster on there ongoing work in microsatellite development in whitepark pine and Dr. Syring gave a talk on polyploidy speciation in strawberries. He maintains active research collaborations supported by NSF with researchers at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, Rice University, and the USDA Forest Service.
Dr. Syring has a paper in press in the journal Molecular Ecology.