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Research Training Faculty

The twenty-five science faculty members below are available as research directors for the conduct of Scholar research. More information on any faculty member and his/her research areas may be obtained at the faculty member's web page by double-clicking on his/her name.

Ba, Yong Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Ph.D. 1997,

Roger Bowers, Professor, (Ph.D., 1971, University of Nebraska). Cell Biology. Developmental aspects and electron microscopy of pigmentation in selected vertebrates.

Sonsoles de Lacalle, Assistant Professor, (M.D./Ph.D., 1990, University of Navarra, Spain). Neurobiology. Estrogen and cholinergic system interaction in aging.

Krishna Foster, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1998, University of Colorado, Boulder). Physical Chemistry. Studies on the effects of freezing on aqueous phase reaction kinetics and photochemistry relevant to atmospheric chemistry.

Raymond E. Garcia, Professor, (Ph.D., 1976, University of California, Riverside). Biochemistry. Regulation of apolipoprotein and plasma lipoprotein metabolism by dietary cholesterol. Elucidation of the biochemical mechanisms involved in the development of atherosclerosis.

Scott D. Grover, Professor, (Ph.D., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Enzymes as control elements in metabolic regulation. Molecular characterization of binding sites for enzyme activators and inhibitors.

Carlos G. Gutierrez, Professor, (Ph.D., 1975, University of California, Davis). Organic Chemistry. Synthesis of natural and designed molecules for high affinity complexation of ferric ion as probes in the study of iron acquisition, transport, and utilization in bacteria. Development of compounds potentially useful as therapeutic agents for the management of human disease resulting from toxic iron or actinide overload.

Philip S. LaPolt, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Los Angeles). Anatomy. Endocrine, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian and neuroendocrine functions.

Nancy L. McQueen, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles). Microbiology. Studies on the pathogenesis of Sendai virus. Intracellular and surface transport of envelope proteins in relation to viral assembly and budding. Recombinant DNA techniques, tissue culture, and protein analysis are among the techniques used.

Jamil Momand, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1989, University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Redox regulation of signal transduction pathways with an emphasis on the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Effect of redox changes on DNA binding proteins. Development of new assays for quantitative and qualitative analysis of oxidation reactions of protein amino acid residues.

Alan E. Muchlinski, Professor, (Ph.D., 1979, Michigan State University). Physiological Ecology. Aspects of temperature regulation in mammals and reptiles with an emphasis on temperature regulation during the fever and during stress responses.

Amelia Russo-Neustadt, Assistant Professor, (M.D., 1990, Ph.D., 1998, University of California, Irvine). Neurobiology. Physical activity, antidepressants and BDNF induction.

Matthias Selke, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Los Angeles). Organic Chemistry. Chemistry of singlet oxygen as a tool to model oxygen activation by transition metals in enzymatic processes.

Sandra Sharp, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Los Angeles). Molecular Biology. Regulation of differentiation in mouse muscle cell culture. Use of protein and nucleic acid based cell and molecular techniques to investigate partial vs. terminal differentiation and interactions of transcription factors.

Wayne Tikkanen, Professor, (Ph.D., 1982, University of California, Santa Barbara). Organometallic Chemistry. Characterization and use of asymmetric organo-zirconocene complexes in organic synthesis.

Linda M. Gutierrez Tunstad, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles). Organic Chemistry. Design, synthesis, physical and binding properties of host molecules with preorganized cavities of molecular dimensions.

Robert L. Vellanoweth, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Berkeley). Biochemistry. Characterization of biochemical and molecular genetic events in the programmed aging of leaf tissue in Arabidopsis; ROS-mediated signal transduction in the initiation of the senescence program.

Feimeng Zhou, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas, Austin). Analytical Chemistry. Characterization of chemically and biologically modified electrode surfaces using voltammetry, quartz crystal microbalance, and scanning probe microscopy DNA biosensor development. Electron and metal transfers in electroactive proteins.


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