2016 Life Sciences’ New Faculty
Our new faculty are at the forefront of life science research:
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Noa Pinter-Wollman, PhD studies animal societies to see how variation in individual behavior affects collective group behavior
- Felipe Zapata, PhD studies plants to determine the origin, evolution and maintenance of plant biodiversity.
Integrative Biology and Physiology
- Ketema Paul, PhD conducts neuroscience research to understand sleep disorders: how specific genes, molecules, and hormones impact sleep and wakefulness.
- Gina Poe, PhD conducts research on how sleep affects memory and learning. Findings from her research are aimed at helping patients with PTSD, schizophrenia and depression. Poe is also co-director of the undergraduate program, Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC).
- Roy Wollman, PhD studies how cells process information: How do cells process information in response to a changing environment? How do cells around a wound respond to the wound? What biological principles govern how a cell can respond?
Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
- Megan McEvoy, PhD studies bacterial systems, to learn how they regulate metal ions, with a goal of providing new strategies for broad-spectrum anti-microbial treatments. McEvoy is also the new faculty director of the undergraduate program, Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC).
- Oliver Fregoso, PhD is doing research on HIV, to identify viral-host interactions necessary for pathogenesis and adaptation to new hosts
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
- Jesse Zamudio, PhD is characterizing functional RNAs that are responsible for changes in cell state, that occur during development or when they turn cancerous.
- Avishek Adhikari, PhD conducts research to learn how neural circuits in the brain can control specific symptoms of high anxiety, such as avoidance of risk, and increases in heart rate– also, how specific brain activity controls anxiety
- Roselinde Kaiser, PhD is a clinical scientist who uses behavioral, developmental, and neuroscientific methods to understand major depression and related affective disorders.
- Katherine Karlsgodt, PhD combines clinical research, neuroscience, and cognition to determine the neural basis of cognitive changes in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.