Mary Farwell, Department of Biology
I am interested in how cancer arises at the molecular/biochemical level, specifically looking at cell death pathways and how they are deregulated during cancer development. My main project concerns the proto-oncogene Bcl-2 and how it contributes to cancer. In addition, I have collaborative projects to design novel cancer treatments.
Alex Georgakilas, Department of Biology
DNA Damage and Repair Mechanisms in Human Cells
Cindy Putnam-Evans, Department of Biology
My lab is interested in structure/function relationships within the Photosystem II complex, which catalyzes the water oxidation step of photosynthesis. We use a combination of biochemical and genetic techniques to study the role of the CP43 protein, which appears to play a direct role in catalysis.
Rukiyah Van Dross, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Our primary research objective is to understand the molecular events involved in the chemoprevention of skin cancer using a variety of natural and synthetic compounds.