Faculty with Active Projects

The following is a listing of faculty who recently were engaged in active research projects.

Professor Donna Cain

  • Dr. Cain serves as the Chair of CASMNS. She is a microbiologist and her area of research will be updated soon.

Professor Chris Doumen

  • Dr. Doumen's research touches on aspects of invertebrate ecotoxicology. His main area is in the identification of cDNA sequences of oligochaete (freshwater annelids) putative genes important in the molecular response to xenobiotics and metabolism. The research involves molecular biology methodologies.
  • For more info, see his website

Professor Bridgette Kirkpatrick

  • Dr. Kirkpatrick's main area of research is the development of genetic antibodies. She has successfully made a genetic antibody to the red fluorescent protein in a horse and a goat. She is currently trying to identify diagnostic targets for genetic diseases to facilitate the development of new antibodies. She is using microsatellites in a conjoined chickens to be able to genetically differentiate the two.

Professor Jonathan Lawson

  • Professor Lawson's interests focus on molecular biology and microbiology. His current research project involves the characterization of microbial isolates collected from a local urban farm. This is being accomplished through 'classical' microbiological techniques, morphological and biochemical analysis, as well as through genome sequencing efforts.
  • Through a partnership with the University of Texas at Dallas, next-generation sequencing technologies are being used to acquire the complete genome sequences these isolates. Goals of this work include better understanding the mobility of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment and investigating novel microbial metabolic pathways.

Professor David McCulloch

Professor Nelson Rich

  • His research includes life history strategies and population dynamics of rare and unusual fern species (Winter grapefern, Limestone adder's-tongue, and Bulbous adder's-tongue). His current focus is on demographics, phenology, and responses to environmental parameters such as precipitation and temperature.  Also, he is collaborating with other faculty to develop new projects that use molecular biology techniques to examine genetic variations within and between populations of the species being monitored in his current population studies.

Professor Gezahegn Chaka

  • His area of specialization is analytical chemistry focusing on the study of the selectivity, stability, and structure-reactivity relationships of metal-macrocyclic ligand complexes using UV-visible spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy and electrochemistry.
  • Possible projects include analytical applications of macrocyclic ligands for efficient methods of extraction, quantitative recovery, and determination of metal ions in environmental and industrial samples.

Professor Fred Jury

  • His area of specialization deal with organic chemistry, particularly synthetic methods, combinational chemistry and enzymology. Collin College recently obtained a low field NMR spectrometer and Dr. Jury plans to involve NMR methodologies in future research projects.
  • Here are some possible projects that Dr. Jury may work on
    • Purification of Lombricine from earthworms for enzymaic studies
    • Use of Fenton's Reagent in the formation of Dioxirane - The generation of dioxiranes from fructose derivatives - Use of peroxyacids in the generation of dioxiranes
    • Development of Chromophore Diagnostic test for Burili infections

Professor Patrick Gonsoulin-Getty

  • Dr. Getty is a paleontologist who studies trace fossils such as footprints, trackways, and trails. His research is focused on paleoecology, organism-substrate interactions, and taxonomy. His main timeframe and area of interest is the Early Jurassic of southern New England, the rocks of which record the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, and he studies both invertebrate and vertebrate traces in these rocks. Dr. Getty also studies Carboniferous trace fossils from New England coal swamps.
  • Previously, Dr. Getty has studied traces of some of the first animals to walk on land in the late Cambrian of what is now Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. He hopes to extend his Cambrian work into Texas in the future. Students wishing to work with Dr. Getty should either be currently enrolled in, or have previously taken, Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors (GEOL 1401) or Physical Geology (GEOL 1403).

Professor Mike Broyles

  • The research projects Dr. Broyles has been involved in include NASA's Reduced Gravity Flight Program, the International Asteroid Search Campaign, the Physics of Sports, Observational and Theoretical Astronomy. He welcomes student with the necessary preparation to engage in feasible projects.

Professor Greg Sherman

  • Dr. Sherman’s research is in the field of variable star photometry and spectrophotometry, including the study of W Ursae Majoris type binary stars and RR Lyrae and d Scuti type intrinsic variable stars. This research involves CCD image acquisition and reduction as well as aperture photometry and other image analysis techniques.

Professor Rajasree Kannampuzh

  • Dr.Raji's research specialization is in Lasers and laser matter interactions. These include Optoelectronics, optical fibers, preparation of thin films using Laser ablation and vacuum deposition coating. Techniques like Photothermal and photo acoustic methods were used to study various material properties. She has also worked in the field of High temperature superconductors- synthesizing and measuring its properties. Her scientific papers related to these fields have been published in journals of international repute.

Professor Valeria Antohe

  • Her research projects explore the applied side of mathematics. The concepts discussed in the course are used to solve practical problems. Some examples include optimization, numerical integration for time dependent processes and numerical integration to determine volumes.
  • The projects she offers are based on the material discussed in the courses she teaches. A student working on a project must thus be registered in on of these courses.
  • Her website discusses some of the past projects.