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Division of Biology

Division of Biology
Kansas State University
116 Ackert Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6653 fax

Tenured & Tenure Track Faculty

Katsura Asano

Asano, Katsura

Regulation of protein biosynthesis; Yeast genetics and biochemistry; Molecular and cell biology of insects and cancer

Pankaj Baral

Baral, Pankaj

Neuroimmunology; Innate immunity; Airway inflammation; Infectious disease; Host-pathogen interactions

John Blair

Blair, John M.

Ecosystem ecology and terrestrial biogeochemistry; Grasslands and global change

Alice Boyle

Boyle, Alice

Behavioral, evolutionary, and physiological ecology; Basic and applied ornithology; Migration, dispersal, and life history

Sue Brown

Brown, Susan J.

Evolution of gene regulatory networks, using segmentation in the red flour beetle, as a model system; Genomics and bioinformatics

Rollie Clem

Clem, Rollie J.

Regulation of apoptosis in insects; arbovirus-mosquito interactions; Molecular biology of insect viruses

Walter Dodds

Dodds, Walter K.

Water quality; Nutrient cycling; Nutrient criteria; Value of water; Nitrogen cycling

Carolyn Ferguson

Ferguson, Carolyn J.

Plant systematics; Phylogeny and evolution of Phlox (Polemoniaceae); Curation of the KSU herbarium

Sherry Fleming

Fleming, Sherry

Innate immune response

Keith Gido

Gido, Keith B.

Fish ecology; Invasive species effects; Fish assemblage structure

Revathi Govind

Govind, Revathi

Pathogenic microbiology; Bacterial genetics

David Haukos

Haukos, David A.

Wetland ecology; Avian population dynamics; Migration ecology; Waterfowl; Natural resource policy; Environmental education

David Haukos

Hope, Andrew

Climate Change; Comparative Phylogeography; Conservation Genetics; Emerging Infectious Disease; Host-parasite Coevolution

Loretta Johnson

Johnson, Loretta

Ecological Genomics, Plant Ecology, Climate Change

Ari Jumpponen

Jumpponen, Ari

Mycology; Fungal ecology; Fungus-plant interactions

Sonny Lee

Lee, Sonny T.M

Metagenomics, Bioinformatics, Microbial ecology, microbial diversity and cultivation

Allison Louthan

Louthan, Allison

Population biology, community ecology



Mather, Martha

Fish ecology, aquatic community ecology


Jocelyn McDonald

McDonald, Jocelyn

Developmental and cell biology; Cell migration; Tissue morphogenesis

Kristin Michel

Michel, Kristin

Host-pathogen interactions; Bacterial and fungal entomopathogens; Vector biology


Beth Montelone

Montelone, Beth A.

DNA metabolism, including DNA repair, replication, genetic recombination, and mutagenesis
*Not accepting graduate students

Jesse Nippert

Nippert, Jesse

Grassland ecophysiology, grass/tree ecological dynamics, ecosystem responses to global change, stable isotope ecology

Brad Olsen

Olson, Brad

Molecular and ecological basis of multicellular evolution

Lorena Passarelli

Passarelli, A. Lorena

Molecular biology of baculoviruses; Gene regulation and viral pathogenesis


Thomas Platt

Platt, Thomas

Bacterial genetics; Evolution of microbial interactions, cooperation, and virulence

Kalyani Pyaram

Pyaram, Kalyani

T cell metabolism, Innate T cell biology, Innate and adaptive immune responses, cellular immunology

Zak Ratajczak

Ratajczak, Zak

Community Ecology, Fire, Grasslands & Savannas, and Resilience Theory


Schrick, Kathrin

Plant Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Plant Evolution, START Domains, Plant Sterols


Shames, Stephanie

Host-pathogen interactions; bacterial pathogenesis; cellular microbiology


Spooner, Brian S.

Cellular/developmental biology; mammalian organ development in culture; Gravitational biology
*Not accepting graduate students


Tobler, Michi

Adaptation and speciation; Fish biology; Extreme environments


Ungerer, Mark

Evolutionary and ecological genetics in plants; Genome structure and evolution


Vediyappan, Govindsamy

Medical mycology; fungi-bacteria interactions; bacterial multidrug resistance (MDR) efflux pumps; antimicrobial development


Veeman, Michael

Morphogenesis of the chordate body plan; Developmental and cell biology; Functional genomics and quantitative imaging


Wallace, Nicholas

Human Papillomavirus; Viral Oncogenesis; DNA Damage Repair


Welti, Ruth

Structure and function of cell membranes; Mass-spectrometry-based lipid analysis


With, Kimberly A.

Landscape ecology and conservation biology

Lydia Zeglin

Zeglin, Lydia

Microbial ecology, microbial diversity and nutrient cycling processes in streams and soils

Anna Zinovyeva

Zinovyeva, Anna

Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression, RNA biology, microRNA biogenesis and function