Faculty REU Mentors


Jiri Adamec, Ph.D. Biochemistry Proteomics and metabolomics approaches to identify specific molecular pathways of cellular response to various forms of stress

James R. Alfano, Ph.D. Plant Pathology Pathogenic strategies employed by bacteria to cause plant diseases focusing onthe type III protein secretion system and the bacterial virulence proteins itinjects into host cells

Raul Barletta, Ph.D. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Redox homeostasis and metabolic analysis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis latency

Joseph J. Barycki, Ph.D. Biochemistry Glutathione is the major cellular antioxidant and affords protection against reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Disruption of glutathione homeostasis has been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Our lab studies how glutathione is synthesized and degraded at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level.

Donald F. Becker, Ph.D. Biochemistry Redox regulatory mechanisms, protein structure-function relationships and proline metabolism

Nicole Buan, Ph.D. Biochemistry Biological methane production, redox biochemistry, microbial physiology

Liangcheng Du, Ph.D. Chemistry Biochemistry, chemistry and biosynthesis of antibiotics and mycotoxins

Rodrigo Franco-Cruz, Ph.D. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Oxidative stress and neuronal cell death in neurodegenerative diseases

Oleh Khalimonchuk, Ph.D. Biochemistry Mitochondrial Homeostasis: Biogenesis of Redox-Active Compounds and Mechanisms of Quality Control and Protection.

Jaekwon Lee, Ph.D. Biochemistry Metal ion transporters, implication of trace elements in metabolic and degenerative disease, cellular stress response

Robert Powers, Ph.D. Chemistry Develop NMR and bioinformatic methodologies to explore the structure, function, and evolution of proteins to aid in the discovery of new drugs

Jay Reddy, Ph.D. Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of human autoimmune diseases

Seung-Hyng Ro, Ph.D. Biochemistry, research group focuses on nutrient sensing and metabolic signaling in obesity and cancer. The major focus of current research is to understand how Sestrins and autophagy are involved in the initiation and development of metabolic syndrome under environmental and genotoxic stresses.

Melanie A. Simpson, Ph.D. Biochemistry Prostate cancer, early regulation of tumor formation and extracellular control of gene expression

Greg Somerville, Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Elucidation of mechanisms by which Staphylococcus aureus controls virulence factor production in response to nutrient limitation.

Julie M. Stone, Ph.D. Biochemistry Molecular mechanisms and regulation of programmed cell death (PCD) in plants, the role of PCD in plant development and response to pathogens and signal transduction

Mark Wilson, Ph.D. Biochemistry Structural biology of proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases

Limei Zhang, Ph.D. The research in the Zhang Lab centers on structure-function relationships of metallomolecules involved in redox sensing, metal homeostasis and detoxification. Diverse tools will be utilized in the Zhang lab, including synchrotron-radiation based X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, as well as biochemical techniques and computational modeling.