DEPARTMENT of BIOLOGY


Faculty and Student Research 

Graduate Student Research

Undergraduate Student Research


Faculty Research in Biology

    Dr. Birgbauer

    Research Interests: Development of the visual system; molecular mechanisms of retinal axon guidance abstract (pdf - 32.3KB)

    Dr. Blair

    Research Interests:  Fish physiology; Conservation physiology; Investigating the cellular mechanisms governing fish osmoregulation, ion-regulation, and thermoregulation while living in dynamic and anthropogenically influenced aquatic environments.

    Dr. Victoria Frost

    Research Interests: Bacterial diversity and evolution in aquatic ecosystems, Bacteriophage genomics and evolution - SEA-PHAGES/SEA-GENES.

    Dr. Glasscock

    Research Interests: Focuses on the role of proteases and their receptors in prostate cancer progression.
    Dr. Glasscock is specifically interested in how these proteins regulate the ability of prostate tumor cells to invade and metastasize and how they regulate the process of angiogenesis.

    Dr. Grubbs

    Research Interests: Conservation of an endangered sunflower species (Schweinitz's sunflower) that endemic to the Piedmont region.
    Dr. Grubbs research work also includes the study of higher plant systematics with a focus on a genus Eupatorium, a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

    Dr. Kohl

    Research Interests:Various aspects of meiotic and mitotic recombination using both transmission genetics and molecular genetics in the model system drosophila melanogaster (the fruit fly). 
    This basic research has implications for human health since DNA repair is crucial to maintaining genome stability and aberrant meiotic crossing over can result in gametes (sperm or eggs) with an improper chromosome complement (aneuploidy).

    Dr. Sasaki

    Research Interests: Conservation Biology, Dendroecology, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, and Herpetology.

    Dr. Schafer

    Research Interests: Plant Ecology and Fire Ecology.

    Dr. Stovall

    Dr. Stovall’s research interests lie in the epigenetic mechanisms that contribute to the progression of human cancer. He is an author on twenty peer-reviewed disciplinary scientific articles and additional pedagogical papers. He enthusiastically incorporates both undergraduate and thesis-based Master’s students into his cancer research at Winthrop. His students have presented their work through multiple internal symposia and externally at annual meetings of the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence, the National SAEOPPP McNair/SSS Scholars Research Conference, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, and the SC INBRE Annual Science Symposium.

    Dr. Kristi Westover

    Research Interests: Evolution of biomedically important viruses such as Hepatitis B, HIV, and Influenza A. abstract (pdf - 27.3KB)

    Dr. Jena Chojnowski

    Research Interests: Developmental Biology and Cell Biology, focusing on a developmental comparative anatomy approach to understand how one organ that accomplishes one goal, to detect light and convert it into electro-chemical impulses in neurons, can be utilized in so many diverse ways. 

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.