Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

BGES Faculty (& Research) & Staff

Faculty members in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences represent a number of area institutions and are engaged in a host of different research activities. Symbols serve to indicate to institution and research area for each faculty member are explained at the bottom.

Listing of Regular and Adjunct Faculty
(see also Listing of Emeriti)
PERSON DESCRIPTORS
(LEGEND AT BOTTOM)
RESEARCH INTERESTS
Alexandru Almasan
apoptosis and cell cycle control of tumor cells; genotoxic stress; radiobiology
Abbed Babaei
 
structural geology, deformation fabrics of the shear zones, geochemical and tectonic interpretation of ophiolitic complexes
William Baldwin CCF
CMB
cardiac and renal allograft rejection; vascular inflammation
Sailen Barik CSU
CMB
cardiopulmonary pathology, particularly inflammation and infection; signaling pathways and RNA interference; Toxoplasmosis; RSV viruses
Cornelia Bergmann CCF
CMB
regulation of and function of CD8 T cells during viral infections of the central nervous system (CNS) associated with demyelination
Kathleen L. Berkner CCF
CMB
homeostasis and the physiology of vitamin K
G. Valentin Börner CSU
CMB
molecular genetics: functional analysis of chromosome dynamics
Meredith Bond CSU
CMB
cardiovascular pathology
Tatiana Byzova CCF
CMB
Cell adhesion molecules (integrins) in thrombosis, vascular biology and cancer; vascular endothelial growth factors, angiogenesis, extracellular matrix
Emily Rauschert CSU  
Pete Clapham CSU
GEO
ESC
environmental geology: geological implications of solid and hazardous waste management, Geographic Information Systems
Janet Houghton CCF
CMB
Cancer Biology
R. Jeffrey Dean CSU
neuroscience: motor control of limb movement & coordination in insects, amphibians, humans and robots; neuroethology: lateral line orientation; cybernetics, neural modeling & artificial neural networks
Paul E. DiCorleto CCF
CMB
cell biology: vascular endothelium, leukocyte adhesion proteins, atherosclerosis, intracellular signaling, gene expression
F. Paul Doerder CSU
CMB
genetics and cell biology: molecular genetics of Tetrahymena cell-surface proteins; genetic regulation of differential gene expression; cytogenetics of ciliate macronuclei; ciliate population genetics
Rebecca Drenovsky
OEB
ESC
plant-soil interface; resource availability influences on plant physiology and ecological processes; climate change, anthropogenic disturbance; invasive species.
Donna Driscoll CCF
CMB
Selenoproteins and their unusual mRNA coding and translation; Selenium insufficiency and disease, including atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.
Paul Fox CCF
CMB
cell biology: regulation of cell motility, structure and function of ceruloplasmin, lipoprotein oxidation, cellular iron metabolism
Mary Gardiner
OEB
agricultural landscape ecology; invasive species; entomology; conservation of parasitoids, predators, and polinators
Brian Gastman CCF
CMB
tumor Immunology - induction of suppressor cells and immune evasion; cancer therapy resistance - oncogenes with anti-apoptotic and anti-senescent functions rendering tumors chemotherapy resistant.
Michael A. Gates CSU
CMBOEB
evolutionary biology and biometrics: morphometrics, quantitative genetics, ecology, and evolution of ciliated protists; biological pattern analysis
Neetu Gupta CCF
CMB
molecular mechanisms regulating B cell antigen receptor signaling, B cell proliferation, and fate. Role for ezrin.
A. Ralph Gibson CSU
OEB
ecology, behavior and evolution: quantitative biology; thermal and reproductive biology of snakes
Yohannes Haile-Selassie
OEB
paleoanthropology: early hominid evolution
Joe Hannibal CMNH
OEB
invertebrate paleontology
Jaharul Haque CCF
CMB
cancer biology: cytokine-mediated cell signaling, especially in allergic inflammation and brain cancer
Stanley Hazen CCF
CMB
cell biology: biochemistry of oxidative tissue damage
Justin Lathia
CMB
cell & mol medicine
Donald W. Jacobsen CCF
CMB
cell biology: homocysteinemia and vascular disease, cellular transport and metabolism of sulfur amino acids
Trine Joergensen CCF
CMB
autoimmunity; systemic lupus erythematosus; gender differences; role of interferons in autoimmunity
Jeffrey P. Johansen JCU
OEB
ESC
botany: ecology and systematics of algae; use of diatoms as water quality indicators; biogeography of terrestrial algae; ecology and rehabilitation of cryptogamic soil crusts
Andrew Jones CMNH
OEB
ESC
phylogeography of birds in island and mountain habitats; avian natural history
Michael Kalafatis CSU
CMB
biochemistry of blood coagulation and thrombosis
Sadashiva Karnik CCF
CMB
molecular cardiology: molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in blood pressure regulation
Joe B. Keiper CMNH
OEB ESC
invertebrate zoology: population and community ecology of aquatic insects, especially caddisflies and mosquitoes
Anton A. Komar CSU
CMB
molecular biology: translational regulation of gene expression
Roman Kondratov CSU
CMB
molecular mechanisms of aging and circadian rhythms
Robert A. Krebs CSU
OEB
ESC
evolutionary biology: historical changes in freshwater mussel (Unionidae) distributions; models of genetic changes associated with colonization and isolation in refugia; mussel conservation
Andrea N. Ladd CCF
CMB
cell biology: role of alternative splicing regulation in the development of vertebrate heart and skeletal muscle
Cathi Lehn
OEB
ESC
biodiversity; wildlife conservation; population biology
Bibo Li CSU
CMB
molecular biology: telomere functions; pathogenesis of Trypanosoma brucei (a protozoan parasite causing sleeping sickness in humans and Nagana in cattle) in relation to telomere function and regulation of surface antigen switching to avoid immune responses
Xiaoxia Li CCF
CMB
immunology: molecular biology of interferon signaling pathways
Margot Damaser CSU
CMB
Biomedical Eng
Barsanjit Mazumder CSU
CMB
molecular biology: molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease; post-transcriptional regulation of pro-inflammatory gene expression in endothelial cells, monocytes, and macrophages
Keith McCrae CCF
CMB
function of blood vessels in health and disease; antiphospholipid syndrome; microparticles--small pieces of cells that circulate in the blood, and promote blood clotting; role of kininogen in regulating vascular functions.
Jocelyn McDonald CCF
CMB
mechanisms regulating cellular movement within the three-dimensional environment of tissues during development and disease
Thomas McIntyre CCF
CMB
lipid mediators and their role in apoptosis, inflammation, platelet formation, and aging
Ronald J. Midura CCF
CMB
molecular physiology: analysis of vertebrate biomineralization mechanisms and embryonic skeletogenesis
Barbara K. Modney CSU
CMB
neuroscience: specificity of synaptic connections during development and following injury; development of neuronal circuits and behavior
Christine S. Moravec CCF
CMB
molecular cardiology: decreased contractility in heart failure: Ca cycling, sarcoplasmic reticulum function, gene expression
Laura Nagy CCF
CMB
how chronic alcohol consumption contributes to chronic diseases, such as liver disease and diabetes
Michelle Longworth CMBCCF Molecular Genetics
Javier Provencio CCF
CMB
acute brain injury, inflammation, subarachnoid hemorrhage, vasospasm
Jun Qin CCF
CMB
structural biology: relationships between protein structure and function in cellular signal transduction pathways
Hugh R. Quinn
OEB
population biology: systematics, ecology, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians
Booki Min CCF
CMB
Immunology
Ofer Reizes CCF
CMB
obesity, adipose tissue development and maintenance, syndecans and heparan sulfate proteoglycan
Andrew Resnick CSU
CMB
sensory cilia in cellular mechanosensation; optical probes of matter; epithelial cell culture, electrophysiology, microscopy and laser tweezers, microfluidics and analytical modeling; renal and airway epithelial tissue.
Terry L. Robison CSU
OEB ESC
genetics, reforestation, ecosystem and pest management; influence of disturbances on ecosystem services
Neal S. Rote
CMB
reproductive biology: human trophoblast differentiation and apoptosis
Michael J. Ryan CMNH
OEB
vertebrate paleontology: dinosaurs
Tony L. Sahley CSU
CMB
auditory neurophysiology and neuropharmacology
Tobili Y. Sam-Yellowe CSU
CMB
microbiology, immunology, and parasitology: mechanisms of erythrocyte invasion in malaria; role of apical complex organelles in merozoite invasion in Plasmodium falciparum and P. chabaudi
Edward Plow CMB Molecular Cardiology
Eain Murphy CCF
CMB
Molecular Genetics
Aaron Severson CSU
CMB
Meiosis, DNA replication, generation of sister chromatid cohesion, homolog pairing, and crossover recombination, and unique pattern of chromosome segregation.
Girish Shukla CSU
CMB
Molecular Biology of RNA: in vivo and in vitro mechanisms of nuclear pre-mRNA splicing, structure-functions of small RNAs, understanding the role of miRNAs in prostate cancer, modulation of androgen receptor by miRNAs in prostate cancer
Robert H. Silverman CCF
CMB
Cancer biology: mechanism of action of interferons, particularly the role of RNase L
Jonathan D. Smith CCF
CMB
Cell biology: murine models of atherosclerosis
George Stark CCF
CMB
Molecular biology: protein and nucleic acid biochemistry, DNA amplification, molecular biology of signal transduction pathways
Dennis Stuehr CCF
CMB
Immunology: biology and biochemistry of nitric oxide, a molecule involved in cell signaling and host defense
Mark A. Tumeo CSU
ESC
Environmental science, risk assessment, bioremediation, environmental modeling
Vincent Tuohy CCF
CMB
immunology: autoimmunity, multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
Harry van Keulen CSU
CMB
biochemistry and molecular biology: 1) molecular biology of protozoan parasites; structure, organization and expression of genes in Giardia; 2) plants and bioremediation
Jacqueline Vitali CSU
CMB
protein crystallography, specifically biomedically important enzymes
Wilson Tang CMB Cardiology cell & Mol medicine
B. Michael Walton CSU
OEB ESC
ecological physiology and evolutionary biology: studies of behavioral energetics, whole organism performance, and the relationship of these variables to growth and survival in natural populations of reptiles and amphibians
Crystal M. Weyman CSU
CMB
cell biology: signaling pathways regulating proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and transformation of skeletal myoblasts
Angela H Ting CMB Genomic Medicine
Bruce D Trapp CMB Neurosciences
Olga Stenina CMB Molecular Cardiology
Julie A. Wolin CSU
OEB ESC
environmental science: diatom assemblage analysis applied to current environmental impact studies and to paleolimnological reconstructions
Riqiang Yan CCF
CMB
molecular and cellular biological research in Alzheimer's Disease
Fasong Yuan CSU
GEOESC
geology and environmental science: geochemical and isotopic tracers to investigate physical processes occurring in lakes and rivers, aqueous and environmental geochemistry to assess anthropogenic disturbances, environmental indicators for modern and ancient aquatic systems
Bin Zhang CCF
CMB
role of intracellular protein trafficking in human diseases, focusing on protein transport from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the Golgi body

 

Key to Symbols
HOME INSTITUTION: RESEARCH AREA:
CSU - Cleveland State University
CCF -  Cleveland Clinic Foundation
CWRU - Case Western Reserve University
JCU - John Carroll University
CBG - Cleveland Botanical Garden
 Cleveland Metroparks
CMZ - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
CMNH Cleveland Museum of Natural History

CMB - Cell and Molecular Biology

OEB - Organismal and Evolutionary Biology

GEO - Geology

ESC - Environmental Science


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