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Life Science

Life science is a broad research field focusing on living organisms. Our faculty are performing a wide variety of research including topics in human health, bioengineering, biology, and biochemistry.

Kihan Park

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
Textiles 213

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Research

Research interests

  • Medical Robotics
  • Micro-scale Sensing/Actuation
  • Machine Learning
  • Biosignal Processing
Lamya Karim

Associate Professor

Bioengineering
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Bone Biomechanics Lab Website

508-999-8560poevmqDyqewwh2ihy

Research

Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Mechanobiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Skeletal aging & osteoporosis
  • Skeletal aging & osteoporosis
Sankha Bhowmick

Professor / Chairperson

Mechanical Engineering
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Research

Research interests

  • Bioengineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • MEMS
  • Thermal Sciences
Firas Khatib

Associate Professor

Computer & Information Science
Dion 307A

Research Website

508-999-8265ejg`sha?tl`rrc-dct

Research

Research interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Citizen Science
  • Computational Biology
  • Distributed Computing
  • Protein Structure Determination/Prediction & Design
Hua Fang

Professor

Computer & Information Science
Violette Research 220B

Computational Statistics and Data Science Lab Website

508-910-6411kidqj5Cxpdvvg1hgx

Research

Research interests

  • Machine learning/ statistical learning/ pattern recognition
  • Computational statistics
  • Behavioral trajectory pattern recognition in longitudinal studies
  • Wireless health
Jennifer Viveiros

Associate Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult
Modular Unit #5 005

508-910-6445idmmhedq-uhudhqnr?tl`rrc-dct

Research

Research interests

  • Cognitive function
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Non-direct teaching methods
  • Simulation-based interventions
Photo of Kristen Sethares

Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult
Dion 308B

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Research

Research interests

  • Self-care of chronic illness and heart failure
  • Self-regulated learning strategies
  • Health literacy in older adults
  • Learning styles
  • Symptom clusters in chronic illness
Lamya Karim

Associate Professor

Bioengineering
Textiles 214

Bone Biomechanics Lab Website

508-999-8560poevmqDyqewwh2ihy

Research

Research interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Mechanobiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Skeletal aging & osteoporosis
  • Skeletal aging & osteoporosis
Mary McCurry

Professor

College of Nursing & Health Sciences / Adult
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Research

Research interests

  • Teaching with technology/ millennial learners
  • Family caregivers
  • Decision-making
  • Nursing philosophy and theory
Diego Bernal

Professor

Biology
Violette Research 116

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Research

Research interests

  • Fish biology
  • Comparative physiology of fishes
  • Comparison of the morphological, physiological, and biochemical specializations of high-performance fishes
  • Fish response to angling-induced stress
  • Disruption to homeostasis in fish
Erin Bromage

Professor

Biology
Main 398I

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Research

Research interests

  • Antibody production
  • Antibody mediated protection
  • Structure of the antibody
  • Quality of the antibody for pathogen recognition
Genevieve Kozak

Assistant Professor

Biology
Science & Engineering 371

Research Site

508-999-9149bfju\f;ph\nn_)`_p

Research

Research interests

  • Speciation
  • Genomics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Hybridization
Kathryn Kavanagh

Associate Professor

Biology
Liberal Arts 385

Kavanagh Research Lab

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Research

Research interests

  • Developmental bias and plasticity in evolution
  • Vertebrate skeletal development and evolution
  • Evolution of larval-brooding damselfishes
Kenneth Oliveira

Professor

Biology
Violette Research 106

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Research

Research interests

  • Biology of fishes with an emphasis on the biology of American eels
  • Life history strategies
  • Age and growth of fishes
Michael Sherriff

Associate Professor

Biology
Science & Engineering 330B

Research site

508-910-6894msheriff@umassd.edu

Research

Research interests

  • Prey Responses to the Risk of Predation
  • Organismal Responses to Environmental Stressors
  • Transgenerational Plasticity/Maternal Stress Effects
Mark Silby

Professor / Chairperson

Biology
Science & Engineering 335

Silby Laboratory

508-999-8364mark.silby@umassd.edu

Research

Research interests

  • Microbial Communities
  • Bacterial Interactions
  • Cocoa fermentation
  • Bacterial Genomes

Professor

SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
Violette Research Addition 209

Research Website

508-999-8222roqkucpfgtBwocuuf0gfw

Research

Research interests

  • Marine microbiology
  • Microbiomes
  • Microbial community ecology
  • Biofilms

Professor

Biology
Violette Research Addition 209

Research Website

508-999-8222roqkucpfgtBwocuuf0gfw

Research

Research interests

  • Marine microbiology
  • Microbiomes
  • Microbial community ecology
  • Biofilms
Robert Drew

Associate Professor

Biology
Violette Research 215

508-999-8950vhvi{Dyqewwh2ihy

Research

Research interests

  • Genomic and quantitative genetic approaches to investigate adaptations in fish
  • Fish domestication
  • Physiological and genetic changes underlying domestication
Catherine Neto

Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Science & Engineering 301A

508-910-6928_japk<qi]oo`*a`q

Research

Research interests

  • Phytochemicals with anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and antioxidant activity from cranberries and other plant sources
  • Bioactivity, purification, and analysis of natural products
  • Factors influencing production of secondary metabolites including functional food factors
Maolin Guo

Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Violette Research 218

Dr. Maolin Guo’s Research Lab

508-999-8871pjxrCxpdvvg1hgx

Research

Research interests

  • Biochemical Processes
  • Drug Design
Xiaofei Jia

Associate Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Violette Research 211B

Research Website

508-999-8212zlkcBwocuuf0gfw

Research

Research interests

  • Understanding the immune evasion strategies used by the HIV-1 virus at the molecular and structural level
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