Graduate Faculty



Graduate Faculty for the Master's and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences programs (Doctoral Faculty) are listed alphabetically below under their respective departments. A brief description of their area of research expertise also is given. Note: Only Graduate Faculty listed on this page can serve as primary Dissertation advisors.

Department of Biological Sciences

Kenneth Bost, Belk Distinguished Professor. Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center. Molecular and cellular understanding of the immune response, the interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and the mechanisms involved in initiation of mucosal immunity.

Richard J. Chi, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., Florida State University.  Molecular and Cell Biology. Membrane trafficking, yeast genetics, protein biochemistry, molecular biology and live cell fluorescence microscopy. 

Mark Clemens, Professor. Ph.D., St. Louis University. Vascular and metabolic physiology.

Didier Dréau, Associate Professor. Ph.D., College of Agriculture of Rennes (France). Mechanisms of Cancer Metastasis, Vascular and Immune Interactions During Cancer Growth.

Valery Grdzelishvili, Associate Professor. Ph.D.. Moscow State University. Molecular virology, virus-host interactions, virus-based vectors.

Larry J. Leamy, Professor. Ph.D., University of Illinois. Quantitative genetics.

Ian Marriott, Professor. Ph.D., Tulane University. The initiation of immune responses.

Pinku Mukherjee, Professor. Ph.D., University of London, UK. Cancer Biology and Immunology.

Dan A. Nelson, Research Associate Professor. Ph.D., Florida State University. Tachykinin expression and function.

James D. Oliver, Cone Distinguished Professor. Ph.D., Georgetown University. Ecology, physiology, and metabolism of aquatic bacteria; biology of the human pathogen, Vibrio vulnificus.

Matthew Parrow, Associate Professor., Ph.D., North Carolina State University. Eukaryotic microbial ecology and physiology; biology of harmful algae.

Ken Piller, Research Associate Professor. Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago. Plant biotechnology, edible vaccine development.

Molly C. Redmond, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara.

Christine Richardson, Associate Professor. Ph.D., Columbia Univesity Medical Sciences. DNA recombination and repair, genome stability, chromosomal rearrangements, leukemia, ovarian cancer, ecotoxicology in mammals.

Adam M. Reitzel, Assistant Professor.  Ph.D., Boston University. Evolution and ecology of coastal invertebrates using comparative genomics, molecular biology, population genetics, evolutionary ecology, and field studies.

Amy Ringwood, Associate Professor. Ph.D.., University of Hawaii. Environmental toxicology; biology and ecology of aquatic invertebrates.

Stanley S. Schneider, Professor. Ph.D., University of California, Davis. Animal behavior; communication and foraging of the honeybee.

Bao-Hua Song,  Assistant Professor.  Ph.D., Beijing Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Plant Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics and Genomics.

Todd R. Steck, Associate Professor. Ph.D., University of Rochester. Microbial molecular genetics, environmental microbiology, bacterial source tracking.

Andrew W. Truman, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of London, UK. Understanding the role of molecular chaperones in cancer using quantitative proteomics, molecular biology, systems biology and model organisms.

Shan Yan, Associate Professor. Ph.D., Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Oxidative DNA damage, replication stress, and DNA repair of single-strand breaks. Developmental biology of Xenopus.

Department of Chemistry

Kirill Afonin, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Center for Photochemical Sciences. Computational and experimental RNA biology, mainly on studying RNA nanotechnology with potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications to biomedicine

Jerry Troutman, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of Kentucky Medical Center. Biochemistry of polymeric sugars called polysaccharides that coat the surface of specific bacteria; interactions between symbiotic gut microbes and their mammalian hosts

Juan-Luis Vivero-Escoto, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Design, and synthesis of novel hybrid inorganic-organic materials for biomedical applications

Department of Kinesiology

Susan Arthur, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of Toledo. The influence of classic developmental signaling pathways on young and aged adult skeletal muscle stem cells using physiological stimuli models of muscle injury (injurious exercise, in situ skeletal muscle lengthening, synergistic ablation).

Scott Gordon, Professor, Chairman. Ph.D., Physiology Penn State University. Molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle remodeling with aging, disuse, and overloading/resistance exercise, especially with respect to the muscle protein synthesis and degradation.

Reuben Howden, Assistant Professor.

Yvette Huet, Professor. Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical School. Reproductive and developmental biology.

Joseph Marino, Assistant Professor.

Abbey Thomas, Assistant Professor.

Tricia Hubbard Turner, Associate Professor. Ph.D., Penn State Univ. Chronic ankle instability, mechanical instability, lower extremity pathology.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Hansong Cho, Assistant Professor. Ph.D., Bioengineering University of California Berkeley. Brain on chip systematic biology of neurodegeneration and cancer; nanoplasmonics for optgenetics and optofluidics.

Gloria Elliott, Professor. Ph.D. Michigan State University. Cryo- and anhydro-biology; cell and tissue preservation; protein stabilization; green chemistry and engineering; biocompatible materials development and biofuels.

Department of Physics and Optical Sciences

Yuri Nesmelov, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Physics and Mathematics - Kazan State University, Kazan, Russian Federation. Biological molecular motors, elecron paramagnetic resonance/EPR, transient time-resolved fluorescence resonce energy transfer/TR2FRET

Irina Nesmelova, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Kazan State University, Russia. Structure/function and dynamics of biological macromolecules. Interdisciplinary approach combines experimental spectroscopic methods, modeling, and basic biochemistry

Carolinas Medical Center

Farah Bahrani-Mougeot, Ph.D.

Qi Lu, MD, Ph.D.

Jean-Luc Mougeot, Ph.D.

Laura Schrum, Ph.D.