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Kerry Katovich
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5132
Location: Upham Hall 309

Biology Faculty Research

Looking for a Biology faculty member to do research with?  Check out some examples below!  Also, click on an individual name to get more information, see pictures, and read student testimonials!

George Clokey - I work with a variety of people on a wide range of projects.  I have interests in, and contacts for both field and lab sciences ranging from molecular biology to animal tracking. 

Kirsten Crossgrove - Molecular biology/genetics/development. My lab studies development in free-living and parasitic nematodes. I am particularly interested in understanding the genetic pathways involved in responding to environmental changes like the movement of a parasite from mosquito to human host.

Kristen Curran - Molecular biology/Development/Circadian Rhythm.  We use the African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) to address two questions.  First, when during development do embryonic organs attain a circadian rhythm and become synchronized with the external environment?  Second, do circadian genes play other roles during the development that are not related to timing a 24 hour day?

Ellen Davis - Animal behavior. Main focus is conflict, particularly sexual conflict, but also courtship, mate choice, dominance, sexual coercion, sexual selection, evolution and the hormonal basis of behavior.    

Elisabeth Harrahy - Aquatic ecology and environmental toxicology. Occurrence and fate of contaminants in the environment and effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms.

Josh Kapfer - I am a Certified Wildlife Biologist ® and broadly interested in vertebrate ecology and conservation.  I have conducted research on fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, but the majority of my past work has focused on amphibians and reptiles.  I am particularly interested in habitat selection, spatial ecology, population biology and behavioral ecology. 

Kerry Katovich - Insect biodiversity, their natural history and identification.   My primary work is focused on a large group of scarab beetles called the Macrodactylini.  I also have interests in several other beetle, true bug and fly groups.  Students in my lab have also worked on conservation and restoration ecology projects involving insects.  

Nadine Kriska - Insect identification and natural history.  My primary focus is in the family Scarabaeidae, especially those groups we refer to as dung beetles.  I am also interested in the role dung beetles play in dung removal in pastures.

Robert Kuzoff - Medical Bioinformatics. Undergraduate researchers in our lab explore medically significant variation in human genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes. Additionally, we study variation in viral and bacterial pathogens and its consequences for human health. 

Anneke Lisberg - My lab studies the social and communicative uses of chemical signals in domestic dogs.

Pete Mesner - Molecular Cell Biology/Tumor Cells/Mitochondria. My lab studies aspects of cell metabolism, organelle function, and programmed cell death. I am interested in understanding how tumor cells are adapted to survive in harsh conditions and in helping define the function of known, but presently unstudied, proteins of the mitochondrial proteome.

Brian O'Neill - Food webs, ephemeral ecosystems, aquatic ecology, aquatic invertebrates . My lab focuses on the complexity of food webs and trophic structure. Our research aims to bridge across system permanence and create a framework describing what drives trophic structure, how it is controlled, and how it is modified with human interactions.

Heather Pelzel - Molecular biology/epigenetics/cell death. My lab studies the early epigenetic changes that take place in apoptotic neurons. My principal focus is to examine histone deacetylases and determine their role in the death of retinal neurons.  

Nicholas Tippery - Plant structure, diversity, evolution, and reproductive biology. I also work on projects that deal with invasive aquatic plant species and restoration ecology. 

Meg Waraczynski - Behavioral neuroscience, with focus on understanding the neural circuitry underlying the computation of survival value of environmental stimuli by the mammalian brain.  

Susan DeVries-   Behavioral endocrinology/ecoimmunology. My lab examines interrelationships between reproductive behavior, steroid hormones. and aspects of immune functions in wild populations of the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

Nathaly Cormier

Stephen Levas

Andrea Romero