The Biotechnology Research Center has faculty members from a wide range of biotechnology related disciplines across campus. Departments of current members include biology, biomedical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, forestry, math, chemistry, chemical engineering, kinesiology & integrative physiology. The BRC faculty currently has 48 members, with five new members joining the faculty in 2014. Several faculty were honored with election/appointment to posts in national/international level science organizations in the past year.

Susan T Bagley
Professor Emerita, Biological Sciences

  • microbial degradation and decomposition
  • microbial control
  • toxicology of environmental contaminants
  • Lanrong Bi
    Associate Professor, Chemistry

  • molecular probes for DNA sequencing analysis
  • disease gene discovery
  • new therapeutic agents towards cancer and cardiovascular disease

  • Victor Busov
    Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

  • gibberellins
  • activation tagging
  • insertional mutagenesis

  • Jason Carter
    Department Chair and Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
    Associate Dean, Colleges of Arts and Sciences

  • regulation of arterial blood pressure
  • sleep medicine
  • adaptations to microgravity and exercise
  • Qing-Hui Chen
    Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology

  • Hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Tarun Dam
    Assistant Professor, Chemistry

  • Molecular basis of glycan 
  • Macromolecular communication
  • Biomolecular thermodynamics
  • Rupali Datta
    Associate Professor. Biological Sciences

  • phytoremediation
  • plant-microbe interactions
  • bioremediation

  • Aparna Digamber Deshpande

    Aparna Digamber Deshpande
    Research Assistant Professor
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Human Health and Natural Plant Compounds - An Awesome Link Known For Ages
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation and plant natural products
  • Attacking Cancer With Rice Stem Cell Culture

  • John Durocher
    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Specificity of Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • Shiyue Fang
    Professor, Chemistry

  • organic synthetic methodology
  • asymmetric catalysis
  • nucleic acid chemistry
  • Megan Frost
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Novel anti-clotting coatings for implantable biomaterials
  • Oliver Gailing
    Associate Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • Ecological Genetics
  • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
  • Jeremy Goldman
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • vascular remodeling
  • lymphangiogenesis
  • Michael Gretz
    Professor, Biological Sciences

  • algal extracellular polymers
  • cell wall polysaccharides
  • biogenesis of biopolymer

  • Patricia Heiden
    Professor, Chemistry

  • bio- and nanocomposites and biomaterials
  • nanoparticles, nanofibers & controlled release
  • environmentally benign synthesis & processing

  • Caryn Heldt
    Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • Virus removal & detection 
  • Therapeutic targets for amyloid disease progression 
  • Jingfeng Jiang
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomechanics
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Image and signal processing
  • Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
    Professor and Department Chair, Biological Sciences

  • cellulose and lignin biosynthesis
  • wood development and tree growth
  • bioinformatics and genomics
  • Sean Kirkpatrick
    Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
    Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomedical optics
  • Lasers and other light sources for biology and medicine
  • Non-contact measurement of tissue mechanics and fluid flows
  • Bruce Lee
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomimetic, bio-inspired materials
  • Antimicrobial and antifouling coatings
  • Nannotechnology
  • Kim Fook Lee
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics

  • nanoscale phase-space imaging
  • experimental quantum optics and biophotonics
  • Haiying Liu
    Professor, Chemistry

  • Fluorescent probes for metal ions, cancer cells, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species.
  • Electrochemical probes for proteins, bacteria, toxin and influenza virus.

  • Lynn Mazzoleni
    Associate Professor, Chemistry

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations

  • Adrienne Minerick
    Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • Microdevices
  • Electrokinetics
  • Medical Devices

  • Pushpalatha Murthy
    Professor, Chemistry

  • signal transduction in plants
  • inositol phosphate metabolism
  • molecular biology of phytases

  • Keat Ong

    Keat Ghee Ong
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Director, Biotechnology Research Center

  • implantable biosensors
  • medical devices
  • wireless sensors
  • Ching-an Peng
    Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Drug/Gene delivery
  • Cellular/tissue engineering
  • Rajachar

    Rupak Rajachar
    Senior Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering

  • cell-instructive materials
  • vascular calcification
  • cell mechanotransduction
  • Paul Sanders
    Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Casting
  • Solidification
  • Material design

  • Qiuying Sha
    Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • statistics
  • statistical genetics

  • Reza Shahbazian-Yassar
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics

  • mechanical characterization of novel boron nitride and carbon nanotubes
  • mechanics of biomaterials and nanomaterials
  • Jenny Shan

    Jenny (Zhiying) Shan
    Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

  • Hypertension
  • Heart failure
  • Obesity
  • Tolou Shokuhfar
    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic implants
  • David Shonnard
    Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • enzyme directed evolution
  • metabolic engineering
  • environmental life cycle assessment
  • Ye (Sarah) Sun
    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

  • Cyber-Physical System
  • Human-Machine Interaction
  • Human Factors in Transportation
  • Marina Tanasova
    Assistant Professor, Chemistry

  • Synthesis of molecular probes for evaluating substrate selection by carbohydrate transporters
  • Development of platforms for tumor imaging and drug delivery
  • Design and synthesis of bioreductively-activated DNA repair inhibitors
  • Guiliang Tang
    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Gene silencing
  • RNA Interference (RNAi) and MicroRNA (miRNA)
  • Wheat germ extract
  • Xiaoqing Tang
    Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry

  • Diabetes
  • Micro-RNAs
  • Martin J Thompson
    Associate Professor, Chemistry

  • posttranslational modification of proteins
  • acetylation dependence of gene regulation
  • histone-protein interactions
  • Ashutosh Tiwari

    Ashutosh Tiwari
    Associate Professor, Chemistry

  • protein misfolding diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases

  • Ashutosh Tiwari

    Ebenezer Tumban
    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Infectious diseases, human papillomaviruses
  • Virus-like particles, prophylactic & therapeutic vaccines
  • Vaccine formulations

  • Leah Vucetich

    Leah M. Vucetich
    Research Assistant Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Sci.

  • conservation genetics
  • molecular genotyping
  • Isle Royale population dynamics

  • Hairong Wei
    Associate Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • Gene network construction
  • Gene regulation for wood development
  • Biological knowledge discovery via computational means
  • Thomas Werner
    Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

  • Evolution of mushroom poison resistance in Drosophila
  • Development and evolution of butterfly wing patterns
  • Ramakrishna Wusirika
    Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

  • gene regulation by transposable elements
  • evolution of plant disease resistance genes
  • bidirectional promoters
  • Yordan Yordanov
    Research Assistant Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

  • Plant Regeneration and Transgenomics
  • Molecular Genetics of Abiotic Stress Resistance
  • Functional Genomics and Evolution of Plant Development
  • Yinan Yuan
    Research Assistant Professor, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

  • Identification and characterization of natural antisense transcripts in woody plants
  • Alternative splicing and salicylic acid metabolism in populus
  • Sequencing complex plant genome through gene-enriched methods
  • Shuanglin Zhang
    Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • statistics
  • statistical genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • Feng Zhao
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Engineering completely biological cardiovascular tissues for regenerative medicine
  • Biomimetic microenvironment for 3D tissue development
  • Wen Zhou
    Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • Computational systems for biology and engineering
  • Bioenergy production from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Process engineering with environmental concerns