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Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research

During the course of their studies, Biology major students may choose to participate in the Undergraduate Research Program in Biology (URPB). The URPB offers motivated students an opportunity to conduct original laboratory and/or field research in a variety of different areas of Biology under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

For additional information or questions, feel free to contact the following faculty members below.

 

Christopher W. Appelt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 773-298-3521
Email: appelt@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

Ongoing Projects

  • Examining the role of play behavior on the development of predatory behavior of grasshopper mice
  • Examining the impacts of non-native feral Monk Parakeets on native bird species in the Chicago area
 

Liane Cochran-Stafira, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 773-298-3513
Email: cochran@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Community and Evolutionary Ecology, Aquatic Ecology and Microbial Ecology

Ongoing Projects

  • Metacommunity dynamics in the community of invertebrates and microbes in the water-filled leaves of the carnivorous pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea
  • Analysis of genetic and phenotypic variation among clones of the H. rosa across multiple spatial and temporal scales
  • Is there evidence for co-evolution in the S. purpurea system?
 

Jason Crean, M.S., Ed.D.
Assistant Professorial Lecturer
Email: jcrean@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Animal Nutrition, Conservation Education, Three-Dimensional Science Teaching and Learning

Ongoing Projects

  • Examining the role of diet in the ex-situ conservation of endangered avian species
  • Analysis of the nutritional content of the diet used in the captive recovery effort of the Red Siskin (Spinus cucullata)
  • Developing critical thinking exercises from authentic data sets to bring real conservation science to students
  • The impact of biologically appropriate enrichment on animal behavior
 

Randy Krohmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 773-298-3527
Email: krohmer@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Neuroendocrine control of courtship behavior in a species exhibiting a dissociated reproductive pattern, the red-sided garter snake

Ongoing Projects

  • The role of sex steroids and hibernation on the development of brain nuclei
  • Distribution of aromatase immunoreactive cells in the spinal cord of the garter snake
  • Is courtship behavior in the male red-sided garter snake regulated by aromatase activity during low temperature dormancy
 

Ricardo Monzon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 773-298-5241
Email: monzon@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Regulation of gene expression in tumorigenesis, development and neuronal function

Ongoing Projects

  • Regulation of matricellular genes in development and tumorigenesis
  • Mechanisms of gene expression in synaptic plasticity
  • Development of invertebrate model systems for comparative analysis of genes involved in tumorigenesis, development and neuronal function
 

Tatiana C. Tatum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 773-298-3408
Email: tatum@sxu.edu

Research Interests
Cytogenetics and Environmental Science

Ongoing Projects

  • Effects of diesel fuel contamination on the physical characteristics of brine shrimp and Forage Kochia
  • Examining the effects of environmental contaminants on various animal and plant species
  • Analysis of genetic and phenotypic variation among clones of the H. rosa across multiple spatial and temporal scales