Faculty Research Interests
Using large-sample osteohistology to assess growth dynamics, individual variability,
and survivorship in dinosaurs and other extinct vertebrates, while utilizing the bone
microstructure of extant vertebrates
to provide a framework for paleohistologic inferences.
Cell envelope physiology and antibiotic resistance of gram-negative bacterial pathogens
Paul Gignac, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Musculoskeletal and dental biomechanics, cranial evolution and paleobiology of feeding in crocodilians and theropod dinosaurs, and contrast-enhanced micro-CT imaging techniques.
Translational research related to women's health and infectious diseases
Hormonal Regulation of Inflammation during infections or cancer development
Fine structure of flagellar movement; vimentin arrangement in mammalian cells.
Haley O'Brien, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Dr. O'Brien uses digital rendering techniques to study the function, physiology, development, and evolution of craniocervical systems. Her primary foci are neuroanatomy and cranial vascular anatomy.
Immunology, immunopathology, pathology
Dolores Vazquez-Sanroman, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Dr. Vazquez-Sanroman studies the neurobiology of opioid and psychostimulants addiction, cellular signal mechanisms of reward-related plasticity in an adolescent rodent model.
Vertebrate paleontology (mammalian): evolution and recovery from mass extinction events
Bacterial pathogenesis with particular emphasis on the anaerobic pathogen Clostridium difficile and Fusobacterium nucleatum
Jacob Manjarrez, Ph.D. (Research Profile)
Using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans as a drug discovery model and measuring neural activity in the C. elegans nerve ring to decipher the neural networks associated with decision making for use in computer modeling and simulation.
Pharmacology and epigenetics of chronic pain, opioid addiction and sickle cell disease.