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Leo P. Bruederle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Evolution of species-rich genera such as Carex (Cyperaceae); plant systematics at and below the level of genus, population genetics and endemism, and conservation genetics in species of special concern; and development of undergraduate research opportunities.

Office:
SI 4101
Phone:
303-556-3419
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Amanda Charlesworth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Molecular developmental biology. Regulation of gene expression by RNA translational control and cell cycle progression during oocyte maturation, maternal to embryo transition and early development. 
Office:
SI 4106 Phone:
303-556-2854
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Greg Cronin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

Research Interests: ​
Dr. Cronin uses a transdisciplinary approach to restore and protect ecosystems.  He is a fan of using the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to promote a sustainable society and protection of Earth’s ecosystems.  Two main foci of this scholarship is using aquaponics to sustainably produce food, and restoring watersheds in Haiti.  

 

Office:
SI 4100
Phone:
303-556-6036
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Raibatak Das, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Research Interests: 

Our lab uses experimental and computational tools to study immune cell signaling.B cells in our immune system respond to pathogens such as bacteria and fungi by producing antibodies that can bind to these pathogens and facilitate their elimination. We wish to understand how B cells effectively discriminate between foreign and self antigens that bind to B cell receptors (BCRs) on their surface. It is critically important for B cells to mount an immune response to a foreign antigen, and suppress the immune response to a self-antigen. The breakdown of this discrimination is at the heart of a number of autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and a majority of lymphomas.

Our goal is to understand the molecular events that comprise the B cell signaling. To do so, we use high resolution microscopy to visualize BCRs and other signaling molecules in B cells. We develop image-analysis tools to quantify the microscopy data, and utilize mathematical and statistical tools to extract meaningful biological information from these data.​

 
​​Office:
SI 4107
Phone:
303-556-6595
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Charles A. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Dr. Ferguson is interested in the academic and non-academic issues students face coming into the STEM disciplines in college. He is particularly interested in student, parent, and high school faculty perceptions of what higher education is and how it prepares students for careers in science, math or engineering.

Office:
NC 3002
Phone:
303-556-4350
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Michael J. Greene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Understanding mechanisms by which semiochemicals, natural products that act as signals or cues, mediate animal physiology and behavior; characterizing the chemical structures of these semiochemicals along with factors regulating their production; and characterizing the ecological, behavioral and social contexts under which they operate.
Office:
SI 4115
Phone:
303-556-5610
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Laurel Hartley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Dr. Hartley's research experience, and interests are in the fields of science education and ecology. Her research interests in science education involve understanding what it means to be literate about ecological concepts and how current K-16 benchmarks and practices contribute to scientific literacy. Her scientific research bridges community ecology and ecosystem ecology to explore ways that plant communities respond to perturbations such as emerging infectious diseases, intensive herbivory, nutrient inputs, and invasive species introduction.
Office:
SI 4124 Phone:
303-556-6251
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Aaron Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: 
Molecular mechanisms of myogenesis.  We use high throughput screens, classical genetics, and molecular and cellular techniques to discover and characterize novel proteins that direct cardiac and skeletal muscle development.

Office:
SI 4099
Phone:
303-556-2593
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Christopher Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Microbial community genomics and bioinformatics.  Experimental and computational approaches measure and predict function, resilience, and response to environmental change in microbial communities relevant to the environment, bioenergy production, and human health and disease.

 

 

Office:
SI 4098
Phone:
303-556-3107
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​Annika Mosier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Research in the Mosier lab centers around (1) microbial biogeochemistry—understanding microbial function in the environment, and (2) microbial ecology—understanding and predicting the driving factors that shape microbial community structure and function in the environment. Earth's biosphere and climate are regulated by biogeochemical carbon and nitrogen exchanges between the land, oceans and atmosphere that are chiefly driven by microorganisms, and yet much remains to be learned about these critical processes. The Mosier lab examines the biogeochemistry and ecology of carbon and nitrogen cycling microbes in aquatic environments and their responses to environmental change. These themes are addressed by exploring the connections between genes, organisms, communities and the environment through the application of field and laboratory studies.​

 

 
Office:
SI 4097
Phone:
303-352-3702
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Christopher Phiel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: 
Signal transduction, epigenetics, and gene regulation. The Phiel Lab has several projects on-going for more information please click here 1) Using mouse embryonic stem cells deficient in Gsk-3, we are investigating the role Gsk-3 plays in the regulation of gene expression, including miRNAs. 2) We have found that Gsk-3 is an important regulator of DNA methylation, and we are interested in examining the effects of Gsk-3 inhibition on DNA methylation on a genome-wide scale by utilizing next-generation DNA sequencing. Of particular interest is the connection between DNA methylation and bipolar disorder, since the primary therapy for bipolar disorder, lithium, is also a Gsk-3 inhibitor. 3) We are investigating the molecular mechanism of the ketogenic diet, which is used as a therapy in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy. 4) We are interested in understanding the mechanism by which Gsk-3 inhibition leads to reduced production of the beta-amyloid peptides that form plaques in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Office: 
SI 4111 Phone:
303-556-5681
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Timberley Roane, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and
Director of The Biology M.S. Program

Research Interests:

Microbial methods of chemical detoxification, and physiological responses of microorganisms to environmental and biological stress. Also, understanding microbial community structure and function, and the use of microorganisms as indicators of system health and environmental quality.
Office:
SI 4096
Phone:
303-556-6592
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Bradley J. Stith, Ph.D.
Professor

Research Interests:
We study the induction of fertilization events through calcium, lipid and kinase signaling.  We also study the induction of meiotic cell division by progesterone, insulin action, and egg and sperm physiology.

 
 
Office:
SI 4110
Phone:
303-556-3371
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John G. Swallow, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair

Research Interests:
Evolutionary biology, comparative physiology, and behavioral ecology emphasizing the evolution and functional implications of animal ornaments. Ongoing projects include investigating how evolution driven by sexual selection (e.g. ornamentation that serves as secondary sexual signals) conflicts with locomotor performance and, ultimately, fitness as well as the neurochemical mechanisms underlying aggressive display of ornaments,escalation and conflict resolution using stalk-eyed flies as a model system. Research includes ecological, organismal, biomechanical and behavioral approaches.

Office:
SI 2071 C
Phone:
303-556-6154
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Diana F. Tomback, Ph.D.,
Professor and Associate Dept. Chair

Research Interests:
Evolutionary, behavioral, and conservation ecology emphasizing seed dispersal mutualisms between white pines and Clark's nutcrackers, as well as conservation of white pine ecosystems. Work focuses on whitebark pine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.​

Office:
SI 4105
Phone:
303-556-2657
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Alan Vajda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Environmental Signaling and Endocrine Disruption. Dr. Vajda's lab focus is on the emerging eco-human health issue of endocrine-active chemicals in wastewater-dominated streams. Studies include: neural mechanisms underlying reproductive disruption by estrogenic mixtures, ecosystem responses to major engineering upgrades, and the role of global water management decisions in mitigating adverse impacts of environmental chemicals on the health of humans and wildlife.
Office:
SI 4104
Phone:
303-556-6765
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Michael Wunder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Quantitative ecology, biogeography, and population dynamics. Characterizing and understanding space-time dependencies in ecological systems, especially those involving highly mobile or migratory animals.
Office:
SI 4124
Phone:
303-556-8870
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Associated Faculty

David Albeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

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Office:
NC 5008H
Phone:
303-556-6740
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Richard Allen Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Office:
NC 5008H
Phone:
303-556-6740
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Sondra Bland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Office:
NC 5010 B
Phone:
303-352-3722
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Erik Oleson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Office​​:
SI 0016
Phone:
303-556-5867
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Dr. Douglas Shepherd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Phone:
303-556-6380
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​Affiliated Faculty




​​Paula Cushing, Ph.D.
Curator of Invertebrate Zoology
Dever Museum of Nature & Science
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Phone: 

303-370-6442
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John Demboski, Ph.D.
Dept Chair and Curator
Vertebrate Zoology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Phone:

303-370-6443
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Nicole Garneau, Ph.D.
Curator & Dept. Chair, Health Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Phone: 
303-370-6086

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Benjamin N. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Colorado Denver
 
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​Rebecca Hufft Kao
Manager of Conservation Programs
Denver Botanic Gardens
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​Phone:
720-865-3597
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Frank Krell, Ph.D.
Curator of Entomology
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Phone:

303-370-8244

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Jennifer Ramp Neale, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Conservation
Denver Botanic Gardens
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Phone:

720-865-3562

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