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Department of Biology

Faculty Research

Biomedical, Cellular, Molecular Genetics Research

Meir Barak, Ph.D. (The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), DVM (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) - Bone biology, bone biomechanics, bone tissue adaptation in response to load, effects of ageing on bone tissue, finite element modeling and 3-D printing of trabecular bone structures, view publications and research interests (pdf - 204kb)

Eric Birgbauer, Ph.D. (MIT) – Development of the visual system; molecular mechanisms of retinal axon guidance, view publications (pdf - 133kb)

Dwight Dimaculangan, Ph.D. (Univ. South Carolina) - Tissue culture models of heart disease; molecular biology, view research students (pdf - 22.6kb)

Heather Evans-Anderson, Ph.D. (Univ. South Carolina School of Medicine) – Molecular mechanisms of cardiac myocyte proliferation; developmental biology, view research interests and students (pdf - 21kb)

Laura Glasscock, Ph.D. (Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill) – Cancer research, prostate cancer metastasis and hematology

Julian Smith, III, Ph.D. (Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill) – Evolution of epidermal stem cells; molecular mechanisms of asexual fission

Pravda Stoeva-Popova, Ph.D. (Bulgarian Institute of Genetics) – Plant genetics; genetics in the genus Lycopersicum; mitochondrial and nuclear gene expression; cytoplasmic male sterility

Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology

Janice Chism, Ph.D. (Univ. California, Berkeley) – Behavioral ecology of primates, conservation biology of Amazonian primates, view research interests (pdf - 164kb)

Kunsiri Grubbs, Ph.D. (Univ. Tennessee) – Plant biodiversity; molecular systematic of vascular plants

Matthew Heard, Ph.D. (Brown Univeristy) - Ecology, Conservation Biology, Extinction, Science Policy and Communication, view website

Paula Levin Mitchell, Ph.D. (Univ. Texas at Austin) – Agricultural entomology; feeding behavior of piercing-sucking insects; biological control; botanical antifeedants, view CV, presentations, and publications (pdf - 65.3kb)

Peter Phillips, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois Univ.) – Water quality; biomonitoring; watershed management in the Catawba River Basin, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, view research interests (pdf - 35.5kb) 

William Rogers, Ph.D. (Univ. California, Berkeley) – Behavioral ecology, especially of vertebrates; ornithology; ichthyology; behavior, ecology and conservation of Amazonian fresh-water dolphins, view research interests and students (pdf - 61.2kb)

Julian Smith, III, Ph.D. (Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill) – Systematics and evolution of free-living flatworms; biology of marine meiofauna

Kristi M. Westover, Ph.D. (Washington State Univ.) – Host-virus interactions; computational biology; influenza A evolution, view research interests (pdf - 27.3kb) 

Organismal Biology, Anatomy and Physiology

Paula Levin Mitchell, Ph.D. (Univ. Texas at Austin) – Heteroptera; feeding behavior of piercing-sucking insects

Elizabeth King Endowment

The R. Morrison & Miriam D. King Endowment was established by Dr. Elizabeth N. King in honor of her parents in November of 2001. This endowment offers faculty members further opportunities for research and development.

Read more about the King Endowment (pdf - 132kb).