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Department of Biological Sciences
phone: (208) 885-6280
fax:(208) 885-7905
Life Sciences South 252
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Henry CharlierHenry Charlier, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Undergraduate Research Coordinator
Boise State University
(208) 426-3474
Henry Charlier's website

Currently I am pursuing two projects which involve the study of important enzymes that participate in carbonyl (Carbonyl Reductase, CR) and alcohol metabolism (Alcohol Dehydrogenase, ADH). My overall goal is to learn how these enzymes catalyze their respective reactions and relate this information to their physiological roles. Each of these enzymes is connected to human disease, so this information may be useful in developing pharmacological interventions in treating the diseases.

Jennifer ChaseJennifer Chase
Adjunct Faculty
School of Health & Science
Department of Biology
Northwest Nazarene University
(208) 467-8892

Consumption of beverage alcohol (ethanol) by humans can disrupt many normal metabolic processes. The cells of liver and other tissues must divert processing enzymes from normal functions to process ethanol, thus reducing the production of important compounds such as the vitamin A (retinol) derivative, retinoic acid.

It has been hypothesized that the disruption in synthesis of retinoic acid by ethanol is an underlying cause of fetal alcohol syndrome. The main enzyme responsible for retinoic acid synthesis is alcohol dehydrogenase IV (ADH-IV), most abundant in the stomach and intestines in adults, and essential for proper fetal development.

Michael DobeliMichael Doebeli
Adjunct Faculty
Departments of Zoology and Mathematics
University of British Columbia
(604) 822-3326
Michael Doebeli's website

Evolution of diversity, theory of adaptive speciation, evolution of cooperation, game theory, dynamics of spatially structured populations.

photo entry for no entry availableStacey Dunn
Adjunct Faculty
University of Idaho

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Affiliate Faculty

Sara HegglandSara J. Heggland
Adjunct Faculty
Professor of Biology
Albertson College of Idaho
(208) 459-5063

Our research explores the cellular mechanisms involved in heavy metal toxicity and focuses on the heavy metal cadmium. There are a variety of sources of cadmium, however, increasing discard into landfills of electronic products (e-waste) that contain heavy metals makes cadmium exposure a growing public health concern. Cadmium is an environmental pollutant that is toxic to many tissues. Human exposure to cadmium is linked to many diseases including kidney, skeletal and liver disease, and several types of cancer. A key to understanding cadmium’s toxic action is to decipher the mechanisms within cells that cause and protect against cadmium toxicity.

Patricia HeglundPatricia J. Heglund
Adjunct Faculty
Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist
(608) 781-6338
Patricia Heglund's website

Chief of the Terrestrial Sciences Branch at the Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center. She has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul (1980) and an M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Pat came to the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in August of 2002. Her current research interests include inventory and monitoring processes and wildlife-habitat relationships modeling.

Hrdlicka-Promo PhotoPatrick J. Hrdlicka
Affiliate Faculty
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Idaho
Patrick J. Hrdlicka's website

I am a nucleic acid chemist with interests at the interface of chemistry, molecular biology and materials science. My research team specifically aims to i) develop and characterize oligonucleotides that enable sequence-unrestricted targeting of double-stranded DNA, and ii) utilize these molecular tools to detect and regulate genes in different biological models.

Projects may accordingly incorporate elements from synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, bioanalytical chemistry and biophysical chemistry.

Cheryl JorcykCheryl Jorcyk
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Biology
Boise State University
(208) 426-4287
Cheryl Jorcyk's website

My laboratory’s research interests are directed towards elucidation of the molecular mechanisms that promote tumor progression. We have been working on the effects of the cytokine Oncostatin M (OSM) on breast tumor progression and metastasis. Oncostatin M (OSM), an IL-6 family cytokine, is produced by breast cancer cells and tumor-associated cells of the immune system, including macrophages and neutrophils. OSM has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells, and this effect initially focused much attention on OSM as a potential breast cancer therapy. Data from our lab, however, suggests that OSM could actually contribute to tumor progression and the development of a metastatic state. We have shown that OSM induces vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), cell detachment, and invasive capacity in vitro. In vivo studies involving the role of OSM in breast, prostate, and colon cancer progression are underway.

Brian KennedyBrian Kennedy
Affiliate Faculty
Associate Professor
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
(208) 885-5171
Brian Kennedy's website

I am interested in how ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes interact to determine how populations function over time. Much of the work in our lab is currently focused on the community ecology and population dynamics of salmon in river ecosystems. Projects include studying the evolution of life history strategies for fish and understanding how changing flow dynamics of river systems alter food web dynamics and fish bioenergetics.

Peter MeservePeter Meserve
Adjunct Faculty
Distinguished Research Professor, Northern Illinois University, Emeritus

Peter Meserve's website

I recently retired to Moscow from 35 years of teaching at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL); courses I taught there as well as at the University of Idaho in 1975-1976 included mammalogy, ornithology, biogeography, and ecology.  I continue to be involved in a long-term ecological study of small mammals, vertebrate predators, plants, and other organisms in a semiarid community near La Serena, north-central Chile.  Now in its 23rd year, we are conducting experimental manipulations of predators, competitors, and herbivores, and monitoring long-term responses of the biota to on-going climatic change supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, FONDECYT Chile, and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (Santiago).

Pellmyr, OlleOlle Pellmyr, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Andrew PierceAndy Pierce
Adjunct Faculty
Lab: Gibb Hall 235
(208) 885-8857
Office: (208) 885-6057

My background is in endocrine regulation of growth in fishes, focusing on the roles of growth hormone and the insulin-like growth factors. A general goal of my research is to develop bioindicators based on fish physiology and endocrinology, and to apply these in the conservation and management of fish populations. In my current position, I am developing methods to capture, evaluate, and recondition post-spawning anadromous steelhead kelts. I am employed by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), and stationed in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho.

Chris RemienChristopher Remien
Affiliate Faculty
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics

Research Interests: I am broadly interested in mathematical biology, developing and applying mathematical techniques to answer important biological questions. Much of my research uses mathematical methods to analyze how animals process nutrients and toxins with applications in medicine and ecology. I have applied mathematical methods to issues as diverse as acetaminophen (paracetamol, Tylenol) overdose, incorporation of stable isotopes into animal tissues, and microbial detoxification of ingested toxins in mammals. The mathematics are diverse, including dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, probability, inverse methods, statistics, numerical analysis, and simulations.

Bree RosenblumErica Bree Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

The Rosenblum lab studies the processes that generate and impact biological diversity. We are particularly interested in both sides of the evolutionary speciation/extinction “coin” and in determining the mechanisms of rapid adaptation of animals to changing environments. We work across levels of biological organization (from genes to phenotypes to behaviors to community assemblages) and use a variety of methodologies (from genomics to field ecology). Topically, many of our projects focus on reptile and amphibians in the western US. Currently, we are studying disease-related declines in amphibians and ecological speciation in lizards, but we are open to other collaborations in evolutionary ecology, ecological genomics, and global change biology.

Frank RosenzweigR. Frank Rosenzweig
Adjunct Faculty
Division of Biological Sciences
The University of Montana
(406) 243-4834
Frank Rosenzweig's website

The overall goal of my research is to elucidate the mechanisms that produce and maintain diversity in microbial populations. This research is grounded in the belief that to understand the adaptive role of genetic variation we must understand the physiological consequences of differences in gene expression. My lab group is engaged in several projects related to this theme. In collaboration with researchers at Stanford University we are investigating how yeast and bacterial genomes respond to chronic resource limitation over evolutionary time. Replicate populations of Saccharomyces cerevisae and Escherichia coli originating from a common ancestor are propagated clonally for hundreds of generations under nutrient-limiting conditions. The tempo of evolutionary change is inferred from changes in the frequency of neutral markers in these populations, and a living record of the evolutionary trajectories is preserved by periodically archiving samples as -80°C glycerol stocks. Evolved strains and their ancestor can then be compared physiologically and genetically in order to understand the basis for differences in Darwinian fitness. The complete sequencing of these genomes makes it possible to construct DNA microarrays that hybridize specifically to all open reading frames and most intergenic regions. Using arrays we can now globally assess how changes in genome architecture and transcript levels underlie, or attend, evolutionary adaptation to limiting resources.

Irvin ShultzIrvin R. Schultz
Adjunct Faculty
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Research Areas: Ecotoxicology and Biotechnology, Marine and Coastal Resources, Marine and Environmental Chemistry, Water Resources Modeling

Chris SmithChristopher I. Smith
Adjunct Faculty
Associate Professor of Biology; Department Chair
Willamette University

(503) 370-6181
Christopher Smith's website

My work examines the role of ecological processes in shaping evolutionary patterns over both microevolutionary and macroevolutionary time. I am particularly interested in exploring ecological and evolutionary questions in the context of interactions between plants and insects. Much of my work relies on coalescent and phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequence data and simulated datasets, but I also incorporate many traditional methods in field ecology.

Ronald StrohmeyerRonald Strohmeyer
Adjunct Faculty
Assistant Professor
School of Health & Science
Department of Biology
Northwest Nazarene University
(208) 467-8335

Dr. Strohmeyer’s research currently encompasses the following four detailed objectives:

  1. Characterizing the expression pattern of each C/EBP isoform in human brain tissue and in brain cell cultures.
  2. Assessing the functionality of C/EBPs in modulating the expression of cytokine, chemokine, complement, iNOS, and other inflammatory genes.
  3. Assessing the role of C/EBPs in glial cell activation and differentiation in response to inflammatory stimuli and amyloid protein.
  4. Determining whether C/EBPs may be modulated by anti-inflammatory drugs such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (i.e. ibuprofen), cholesterol-lowering drugs collectively known as statins, and natural compounds such as plant-derived polyphenols.