Faculty Research & Directory

To gain research experience, many students participate in an Independent Study course taken for academic credit during the semester or over the summer. This opportunity is arranged on an individual basis with a faculty member.

Students should browse faculty research topics and projects, listed below, to identify areas of interest and then submit an Application for Independent Study form. A faculty member will then reach out with more information such as their laboratory focus, work you may be involved in, your level of commitment, and answers to any questions.

More than half of our faculty study infectious diseases and ways to mitigate their spread. Some of the current pressing topics being explored and taught in our undergraduate and graduate programs are fighting infectious diseases, climate change resiliency, and microbial-based production processes.

Browse our faculty and sort by their research and teaching interests below:

Photo of Kristen DeAngelis

Molecular Microbial Ecology

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Biomass Deconstruction by Fungi; Fungal and Neurodegenerative Disease; Biomaterials Structural Durability

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Physiology and ecology of hyperthermophilic archaea; Geomicrobiology of geothermal environments

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Parasitology, the replication and repair of mitochondrial DNA (kinetoplast DNA network) in African trypanosomes

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Systems Biology Approach to Optimization of Bioremediation and Microbial Fuel Cells and Physiology and Ecology of Anaerobes

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Mycobacterial Pathogenesis: Glycobiology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology

Mandy Muller

Herpesviruses, Viral-Host Interplay, RNA Biology

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Microbial ecology of terrestrial and subterrestrial ecosystems

Molecular Evolution and Population Genomics of Arthropod-borne Microbial Pathogens

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DNA Replication, Recombination and Cell Division in E. coli

Bacterial Cell Walls

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Entry, survival, and host range of the obligate intracellular pathogens, Chlamydiaceae

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Research Professor