Faculty & Staff
Dr. Noah Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on the intersection of herpetology, ecology, evolution and physiology. Research in his labs spans both field work and laboratory studies. His current research focuses on the growth and physiological performance of Boa constrictors.
242 Pasteur Hall
Dr. Kimberly Bates
Dr. Bates’ research examines the prevalence and intensity of gastrointestinal parasites in fur-bearing mammals. She also uses molecular techniques to determine the prevalence of Lyme disease in Ixodes ticks as well as the genetic relatedness of lungworm in different ruminants.
Dr. Michael Delong
Dr. Delong’s research addresses the ecology of rivers and the influence of environmental conditions on ecological processes. Food webs are a primary focus, but also includes community ecology of fish and invertebrates. Mississippi River is the focus but research has been done across the US and Australia.
Dr. Robin DeVinney (Richardson)
Research in Dr. DeVinney’s lab focuses on student curiosity. Students have been pursuing their curiosity for 25 years, often presenting their results at spider meetings in exotic locales. Current work includes the creation of the WSU seed library, marking isopods (roley polies) to study family relationships, and battling invasive house sparrows in native bird colonies.
Dr. Kimberly Evenson
Dr. Evenson’s research integrates organismal, physiological, and molecular approaches to answer questions related to plant microbe interactions, plant tissue culture for plant breeding, and plant responses to environmental stresses.
Dr. Casey Finnerty
Pathobiology; entomology; structural biology; biological Computing; analysis of baculovirus-host interactions; protein structure/function relationships; molecular evolution
Dr. Mark Garbrecht
Research in Dr. Garbrecht’s lab focuses on the biology and metabolism of natural and synthetic glucocorticoids, as well as the impact of maternal and offspring diet on glucose metabolism and insulin secretion. In our lab we utilize a mix of molecular, cellular, and animal model systems.
226 Pasteur Hall
Dr. Jake Hines
Dr. Jake Hines’ research group examines how neurons and glia interact to form a functional nervous system. Specifically, the group seeks to discover biological mechanisms and fill the need for therapies for patients with Multiple Sclerosis & nerve injuries. Students observe neurons and glia in live, optically transparent zebrafish embryos by confocal microscopy. This approach is combined with genetic & pharmacologic manipulations in order to discover novel mechanisms on neural development & regenerations.
Dr. Peter Knopick
Director of MLS Program
Dr. Peter Knopick is the Medical Laboratory Science program director. He teaches the clinical science courses for MLS majors and Microbiology 209. His research background involved using murine models to study immune responses towards cancer. Specifically, he continues to investigate augmenting T cell responses in solid tumors. His teaching approach uses examples from both clinical and research experiences to help prepare students for careers in healthcare.
224 Pasteur Hall
Dr. Betsy LarsonResearch Interests:
Dr. Osvaldo Martinez
Research in Dr. Martinez’s lab focuses on studying host-pathogen interactions, specifically how Ebola and West Nile virus infect and deregulate human immune cells. The lab is also developing a novel virus-like particle vaccine. Furthermore, the lab is identifying new bacteria-killing phages and investigating their potential as therapeutics.
Dr. Neal Mundahl
Dr. Mundahl’s research centers on applied population and community ecology of fish, birds, and plants in regional streams, lakes, forests, and prairies. His work seeks to explain the impacts of human activities on the structure and function of natural systems.
Dr. Amy Runck
Dr. Runck’s research combines field biology and molecular techniques in order to understand adaptations to changing environments. Current research projects include gene expression in tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) and post-glacial speciation in red-backed voles (Myodes sp.).
Dr. Scott Segal
Research in Dr. Segal’s lab focuses on control of gene expression in response to physiological stresses, including glucose deprivation, and exposure to genotoxic agents. One such agent is Cr(VI), which is a common industrial byproduct and strong carcinogen. Upon exposure mRNA becomes translationally repressed, and can localize to P-bodies or Stress granules. My lab uses cytological, genetic, molecular and biochemical approaches in both yeast and mammalian systems to study these phenomena.
Science Lab Center 277
Dr. Ted Wilson
Dr. Ted Wilson studies whether food health claims can be supported by measurable physiological changes. He studies pistachios, walnuts, low-carbohydrate diets, cranberries, cranberry juice, grape juice, creatine phosphate, eggplants, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and saber-toothed cats. He also investigates the physiological processes related to hypothermia, diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. He enjoys coffee, family, hunting, fishing, logging, and farming.