SURE Research Projects and Faculty Mentors

Potential Research Projects and Faculty Mentors:

Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno -- Entry mechanisms of highly pathogenic zoonotic viruses into mammalian cells
Dr. Margaret Black -- Development and characterization of novel targeting enzymes for cancer gene therapy applications
Dr. Douglas Call --  Epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, fate of antibiotic residues in the environment, wound biofilms, and alternative antibiotics
Dr. Jon Davis -- anatomical, molecular and neuroendocrine mechanisms which regulate the central control of feeding, motivated & cognitive behaviors
Dr. Rita Fuchs-Lokensgard -- neurobiological mechanisms of motivated behavior and impulsivity in the context of drug addiction
Dr. Alan Goodman -- identification and characterization of evolutionarily conserved genes that are essential for a proper immune response
Dr. Cynthia Haseltine -- Novel radiation resistance pathways: a new hope for treating cancer
Dr. Jonathan Jones -- Mechanisms underlying motility of epithelial cells during tissue (skin and lung) repair
Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos --  circadian disruption and vulnerability to alcohol addiction
Dr. Leigh Knodler --  intestinal epithelial infection mechanisms of Salmonella enterica and Shigella flexneri in humans and animals
Dr. Eric Lofgren -- mathematical modeling studies of the control of emerging and/or zoonotic pathogens in healthcare settings (some calculus experience is preferable, but not necessary)
Dr. Ryan McLaughlin -- investigating the role of the endocannabinoid system in the neurophysiological and behavioral response to stress
Dr. Jon Oatley -- defining mechanisms that regulate spermatogonial stem cell fate decisions, with the aim of advancing our understanding of spermatogenesis and thus male fertility
Dr. Roberta OConnor -- investigating drug discovery in marine natural products for treatment of parasitic infections
Dr. Anders Omsland -- understanding how the parasitic bacteria Coxiella burnetii and Chlamydia trachomatis interact with their eukaryotic host cells
Dr. Devendra Shah -- Antimicrobial resistance among food- and water-borne bacterial pathogens
Dr. Bert Tanner -- Investigating the molecular basis of cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction in health and disease
Dr. Susan Wang -- Mechanistic enzymology in the context of antibiotic biosynthesis and microbially-induced calcium carbonate precipitation
Dr. Jun Xu -- mouse models of neuropsychiatric disorders
Dr. Jennifer Zambriski -- hands-on evaluation of new methods of clinical assessment in calves with diarrhea, such as  bioimpedance spectroscopy, radiology, and blood analysis.


Check back soon for an updated list of potential projects and mentors!