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Research Faculty
Faculty with Active Projects
The following is a listing of faculty who recently were engaged in active research projects.

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Biology


Professor Chris Doumen
  • Dr. Doumen's research focuses on aspects of invertebrate ecotoxicology. His main area is in the identification of cDNA sequences of putative genes important in the molecular response to xenobiotics. 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 unsual 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.
  • His website provides more information.


Chemistry


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

Geology



Physics


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


Professor Rajasree Kannampuzha
  • 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.

Mathematics


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.

Professor Alan Graves
  • The projects of Professor Graves are designed to get students to expand their knowledge and capability for doing mathematics beyond their traditional courses.  Most projects require knowledge of Calculus or below and a willingness to go beyond what students have learned in their mathematics courses. The topics of these projects are varied and are a combination of accessible problems in Calculus or related areas and what interests the student and myself, but usually have a geometric flavor  Past topics have included: three and higher-dimensional geometry, vector geometry, rocket science and multivariable optimization, and fractal geometry, and analysis of plane algebraic curves.
  • View his website with a list of the projects and students supervised
Bridgette
 
Dr. Kirkpatrick and student at a poster presentation.