MOLB-ILS Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Member



Ashley, Amanda Chemistry & Biochemistry Cancer biology and replication of genetic information, a fundamental biological process common to all living organisms, and maintenance of its integrity.



Animal & Range Sciences Two focus areas: progesterone¹s actions mediated by membrane receptors, and chemokines¹ effects in early pregnancy and breast cancer.



Bailey, Donovan Biology Plant Systematics



Carlisle, Samantha Chemistry & Biochemistry Exploring the role of arylamine N-acetyltransferases (NATs) in endogenous cellular metabolism and the impact this role has in the metabolic diseases cancer and diabetes. Her research utilizes a combination of wet-lab and computational methods (bioinformatics). She is most passionate about improving human health through precision medicine and mentoring the next generation of scientists.



Chinnasamy, Ramesh Chemistry & Biochemistry Developing novel transition metal catalyzed synthetic methods and their applications in organic and medicinal chemistry.



Cooke, Peter H. Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences Affiliate Faculty
Corcoran, Alina New Mexico Consortium, Biolaboratory, Research Scientist


Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bioscience Division, Guest Scientist


Research areas: algal cultivation ecology, community dynamics, trait-based ecology, predator-prey relationships, algal-bacterial interactions, synthetic ecology, and HABs.  More information can be found here.



Cramer, Christopher Plant & Environmental Sciences Research area: Breeding, Genetics, Onions, Quantitative Genetics, Crop Production.



Creamer, Rebecca Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences Plant-associated microbe interactions
Curtiss, Jennifer Biology Molecular Genetics of Development



Fuentes-Soriano, Sara Animal & Range Sciences Preserving natural history collections, improving biodiversity informatics and cyberinfrastructure, and conducting studies related to plant conservation, systematics, and taxonomy.
Guzman, Ivette Plant & Environmental Sciences Vegetable Physiology and Biochemistry


Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods

Food Systems

Organic Vegetable Production


Biology Emergence and control of RNA viruses



Immo A.
Biology & Institute of Applied Biosciences Molecular biology and physiology of mosquitoes



Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences Virology, plant pathogen resistance, biotechnology



Hernandez Gifford, Jennifer Animal & Range Sciences Convergence of gonadotropin and intra-ovarian signals on regulation of estrogen production”; Effects of disease states on female fertility



Holguin, Omar Plant and Environmental Sciences Mass Spectral Analysis of Plant Primary and Secondary Metabolism from GMOs



Houston, Jessica Chemical Engineering Biomedical engineering and biophotonic technologies.



Chemistry & Biochemistry Hormonal carcinogenesis



Lozada, Dennis Nicuh Plant & Environmental Sciences Chile Pepper Breeding & Genetics
Chemistry & Biochemistry Mechanism of recombinational DNA repair and chromosomal maintenance



Chemistry & Biochemistry Characterization of signaling proteins implicated in the development of Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma



Biology Population genetics, conservation biology, molecular sequence evolution, population demography, statistical modeling, scientific software engineering.



Pietrasiak, Nicole Plant & Environmental Services Soil Microbiology, Phycology, Desert Soil Ecology, Biocrusts, Cyanobacterial Phylogenetics and Systematics



Randall, Jennifer



Director: Molecular Biology & Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Graduate Program

Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science (EPPWS) Plant Development and plant microbe interactions including the innate plant ‘immune’ system.



Ian M.
Plant & Environmental Services Alfalfa genetics, transgene expression, marker-assisted selection.



Rodriguez-Uribe, Laura Consumer & Environmental Sciences Plant Physiology, Plant Molecular Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses, Plant Nutraceuticals, Plant Secondary Metabolism and Biotechnology.



Biology & RISE Program, Affiliate Prof. of Electrical & Computer Engineering Biology
Neuroscience / Biophysics / Neuroethics
Shuster, Charles Brad Biology Regulation of the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons.



Geoffrey B.



Environmental gene probes, microbial biodegradation



Song, Joe Computer Science Develop statistically effective and computationally efficient algorithmic framework to detect, represent, and manipulate functional, temporal, and statistical associations among random variables, to account for causal interactions in dynamic biological networks. I call this the three-association framework (3AF).



St. Hilaire, Rolston Acad. Dept. Head: Plant & Environmental Sciences Academic Department Head
Trainor, Patrick Economics, Applied Statistics & International Business Department



Background in bioinformatics and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, proteomics, and lipidomics.
Van Voorhies, Wayne Molecular Biology Program Emeritus Professor
Biology Metagenomics of mosquito gut microbiome.


Chemistry & Biochemistry Transition metals such as iron, copper, manganese and zinc serve essential functions in biology and are required for such fundamental processes as respiration, photosynthesis and DNA synthesis among others.  My lab is interested in the mechanisms by which bacteria acquire these metals from the environment, and how certain metalloproteins are used as sensors of environmental conditions.



Plant & Environmental Services Cotton breeding, genetics and genomics.