Biology and Biomedical Engineering Faculty Expertise

 
 
Jameel Ahmed

Jameel Ahmed, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Physiology
  • Biomedical Instrumentation

Research Activities:

  • Neural-vascular interactions in the retina

Ric Anthony

Ric Anthony

Areas of Specialization:

  • Molecular Genetics
  • Ribosome Structure and Function
  • Protein Synthesis

Research Activities:

  • The role of ribosomal proteins in maintaining the accuracy of translation and antibiotic resistance in eukaryotes
  • Novel approaches to education in the biological sciences

Christine Buckley

Christine Buckley

Areas of Specialization:

  • Biomaterials
  • Orthopedic Implants
  • Tissue Engineering

Research Activities:

  • Study of the mechanical conditions in bone surrounding total joint prostheses

Industrial Experience:

  • LifeCell Corporation, Manufacturer of biological tissue
  • Regeneration Products, Project Engineer, 1998-1999

Alan Chiu

Alan Chiu

Areas of Specialization:

  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

Research Activities:

  • Anticipation and Control of Seizures
  • Brain Machine Interfaces for Assistive Devices
  • Neural System Models



Peter Coppinger

Peter Coppinger

Areas of Specialization:

  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Biology Education

Research Activities:

  • Genetic screens for suppressors of disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Biochemical function of Arabidopsis NDRI (non-race specific disease resistance)

Kay Dee

Kay C Dee

Areas of Specialization/Research:

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue - Biomaterial Interactions
  • Engineering Education

Ella Ingram

Ella Ingram

Areas of Specialization:

  • Ecology of Temperate Forests
  • Plant/Fungi Interactions
  • Alternative Methods of College Teaching

Research Activities:

  • Mycorrhizal Mutualism of Mayapple
  • Chemical Analyses of Soil Nutrients
  • Effect of Student Characteristics on Learning Evolution

Glen Livesay

Glen Livesay

Areas of Specialization:

  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Engineering Education

Research Activities:

  • Experimental and theoretical soft tissue mechanics (ligaments & tendons)
  • Joint mechanics (focus on the knee) and morphometrics/mechanics interaction
  • Assessment of student learning styles and instrument validation

Jennifer OConnor

Jennifer O'Connor

Areas of Specialization:

  • Virus replication and the functions of viral proteins
  • Unusual protein translation strategies
  • Emergence of infectious disease
  • Biology Education

Research Activities:

  • Discovery and characterization of unknown viruses
  • Investigation of factors affecting virus emergence

Renee Rogge

Renee Rogge

Areas of Specialization:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Upper Extremity Biomechanics
  • 3D Whole Body Modeling
  • Finite element modeling of the distal forearm

Research Activities:

  • Educational research in engineering
  • Development of a realistic whole body model for use in space hardware design

Lee Waite

Lee Waite, Ph.D.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Medical Instrumentation

Research Activities:

  • Modeling Blood Flow
  • Biomechanics of Running
  • Characterization of a Hydrogen Peroxide Electrode

Industrial Experience:

  • Fisher Controls Intl. Inc., Design Engineer, 1980-1983

Bill Weiner

Bill Weiner

Areas of Specialization:

  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Invertebrate Vision
  • Sensory processing of neural systems

Research Activities:

  • Studying structural light adaptation in the lateral eye of the horseshoe crab
  • Use of the ERG as a measure of quantum catch
  • Studying light-induced phase shifts of circadian rhythms

Biology and Biomedical Engineering Staff Expertise

 
 
Shannon Tieken

Shannon Tieken

Areas of Specialization:

  • Molecular Mycology

Research Activities:

  • Population and individual size of Artomyces pyxidatus
  • Molecular analysis of population differentiations in Artomyces pyxidatus within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Heat shock protein interactions using Saccharomyces as a model system

Industrial Experience:

  • Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Pathology Support
    Technician, Raleigh, NC, 1999-2000
  • Indiana University, Lab Tech IV, Bloomington, IN,
    2002-2003