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Leo P. Bruederle

Ph.D. • Professor Emeritus
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Dr. Bruederle's research interests include the evolution of species rich genera such as Carex (Cyperaceae), which comprises approximately 2000 species worldwide. He is interested specifically in the evolutionary mechanisms that facilitate speciation in this large genus. Additional interests include: plant systematics at and below the level of genus, population genetics and endemism, conservation genetics, and biogeography. He is also interested in the implementation, institutionalization, and assessment of undergraduate...
leo.bruederle@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7677
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Amanda Charlesworth

Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Assistant Chair
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Molecular developmental biology. Regulation of gene expression by RNA translational control and its role in cell cycle progression during oocyte maturation, maternal to embryo transition, and early development. Education & Degrees B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1992) Ph.D. Cell Biology, University College London, UK (1996) Bio I have a background in signal transduction and cell cycle regulation in the fields of neurobiology, cancer biology and...
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Greg Cronin

Ph.D. • Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Dr. Cronin uses a transdisciplinary approach to restore and protect ecosystems. He is a fan of using the STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to promote a sustainable society and protection of Earth’s ecosystems. Two main foci of this scholarship are using aquaponics to sustainably produce food and restoring watersheds in Haiti.
gregory.cronin@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7647
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Charles A. Ferguson

Ph.D. • Professor • Director, Health Professions Advising
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: First year Experience/Success of STEM students and Health Professions Advising Education & Degrees PhD., Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1996 M.A., Neurophysiology, University of Colorado, Denver, 1987 B.A., Biology, University of Colorado, Denver, 1985 Bio Dr. Ferguson has been on the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver since 1985 and teaches in the Dept. of Integrative Biology. He has been nationally recognized for excellence in teaching and...
charles.ferguson@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7535
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Michael J. Greene

Ph.D. • Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Chemical Ecology, Behavioral Ecology Education & Degrees Purdue University, Biochemistry, B.S., 1992 Oregon State University, Zoology, Ph.D., 1998 Oregon State University, Zoology, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1999 Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences, Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1999-2003 Bio Dr. Greene takes a multidisciplinary approach towards understanding chemical communication in ants. The bulk of his current research involves the investigation of how ants utilize chemical recognition cues in order to inform behavioral...
michael.greene@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7672
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Laurel Hartley

Ph.D. • Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: My science education research interests are concerned with assessing and improving how students understand biological concepts and apply scientific principles, especially concepts and principles related to ecology. I work at both the undergraduate and grades 6-12 levels. My approach to this research employs both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods. I enjoy working on large-scale, multi-faceted collaborative projects that seek to answer transformative and often complicated...
laurel.hartley@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7667
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Christopher S. Miller

Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: The Miller lab develops and uses bioinformatic and genome-enabled approaches to study microbial communities. With the advent of new sequencing technologies, one can sequence billions or trillions of base pairs of DNA for relatively little money. One of the most powerful applications of this new economy is the direct sequencing of microbial DNA and RNA from the environment. The combination of deep sequencing and bioinformatics reveals that even...
chris.miller@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7665
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Annika C. Mosier

Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Environmental Microbiology Education and Degrees Ph.D. Stanford University, Department of Environmental Earth System Science (2011) M.S. University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences (2004) B.A. Willamette University, Major in Biology, Minor in Environmental Science (2000) Bio Research in the Mosier lab centers around (1) microbial biogeochemistry—understanding microbial function in the environment, and (2) microbial ecology—understanding and predicting the driving factors that shape microbial community...
annika.mosier@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7657
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Christopher J. Phiel

Ph.D. • Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: The main interests in our lab revolve around understanding the functions of the enzyme glycogen synthase kinase-3 (Gsk-3) isoforms. We are utilizing a systems biology approach to understanding Gsk-3 function in maintaining pluripotency of embryonic stem cells. We have recently identified a role for Gsk-3 in regulating the methylation of mRNA. This modification, referred to as m6A, affects many aspects of RNA biology, including regulating the stability of...
christopher.phiel@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7678
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Greg Ragland

Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: The Ragland Lab is interested in the process of local adaptation to changing environments, and the mechanisms underlying animal hibernation. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms and targets of natural selection, integrating studies from genomes, to physiology, to whole organism performance. Please refer to the lab website for more information: https://seasonaladaptation.org
gregory.ragland@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7673
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Timberley Roane

Ph.D. • Associate Professor & Director of ESIL Certificate
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Microbiology; microbial ecology; microbial physiology; chemical detoxification; remediation; human microbiome; see Roanemicrobiology.weebly.com for more information. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, I mentor Indigenous students and am the faculty sponsor for the CU Denver AISES student group (AISES: American Indian Science and Engineering Society)
timberley.roane@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7654
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Brad Stith

Ph.D. • Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Studying how lipids regulate fertilization, we have recently discovered a new step in fertilization, and a possible new pathway to cancer. Using sperm and eggs from Xenopus laevis, we conduct in vitro fertilization to study the biochemical and biophysical steps of how the sperm and egg fuse their membranes, activate phospholipase D1b to produce phosphatidic acid (PA) which binds and activates Src tyrosine kinase. We also study how...
brad.stith@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7669
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John Swallow

Ph.D. • Professor • Department Chair
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Experimental Comparative Physiology, Evolutionary Biology and Animal Behavior Education & Degrees Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin, 1994-1998 M.S., Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development, University of Wisconson, 1992-1994 B.A., Utah State University, Biology and Liberal Arts and Sciences with Korean Minor, 1989-1992 Bio My research fits under the broad context of evolutionary physiology, focusing largely on how morphology, physiology, and behavior evolve together as an integrated phenotype. One area...
john.swallow@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7610
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Diana F. Tomback

Ph.D. • Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: The evolution, ecology, and population biology of bird-dispersed pines and their corvid dispersers; and, the conservation and restoration of five-needle white pines in western North America. Education & Degrees University of California at Santa Barbara 1972-1977 Ph.D. Biological Sciences University of California at Los Angeles 1971-1972 M.A. Zoology University of California at Los Angeles 1966-1970 B.A. Zoology Bio Diana Tomback is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University...
diana.tomback@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7642
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Alan Vajda

Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Graduate Program Director
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: Endocrine Disruption Environmental Toxicology Ecological Developmental Biology
alan.vajda@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7640
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Mike Wunder

Ph.D. • Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
Expertise Areas: I study animal population biology with a special interest in migratory systems. Migratory systems are useful models because conditions experienced at one place and time influence dynamics observed in distant locations; these are systems that link the biology and health of continents. My long-term goal is to understand factors regulating population demography and geographic range distributions, so that we can predict responses to disease epidemics and changes in...
michael.wunder@ucdenver.edu     303.315.7661