Department of Biological Sciences

Organismal Biology Research

Welcome to the Organismal Biology research cluster in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University. Our goal is to expose students to multidisciplinary training opportunities and provide broad exposure to fundamental cellular, system, and organismal processes in plant and animal physiology, membrane transport and homeostasis, botany, entomology, parasitology, and exercise biology. Our research laboratories employ a wide range of biological systems including the nematode Caenorhabditis, gray treefrogs, bullfrogs, dust mites, ducks, lizards, crayfish, parasitoid wasps, tachinids, planarians, fish, algae, and many other plants, animals, and microbes.  

Our research laboratories are training grounds for undergraduate students as well as graduate students from the Wright State Master of Science Program in Biological Sciences, the Wright State Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, and the Wright State Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program. Principal Investigators and their trainees sustain research awards from funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, as well as from private companies and research foundations.

Brief descriptions of Organismal Biology faculty research interests are listed below. For more thorough descriptions of research and training opportunities, please view the websites of individual faculty members.

Research Interests

  • Host-parasite interactions; inflammatory and immune response to scabies mites
    Larry Arlian, Ph.D.
  • Distribution and abundance of species over space and time
    Volker Bahn, Ph.D.
  • Speciation genetics; morphological evolution; evolution of adaptive gene complexes
    Scott Baird, Ph.D.
  • Induced plant responses to herbivores and pathogens and the chemical ecology of invasive plants, insects, and microbes
    Don Cipollini, Ph.D.
  • Freeze tolerance in amphibians; aquaporin transport in cryobiology; kidney function
    David Goldstein, Ph.D.
  • Chemosensitivity and effects of environmental temperature on poikilotherms
    Lynn Hartzler, Ph.D.
  • Cellular mechanisms for wound healing in skin; cellular mechanisms of defense against HSV-1
    Barbara Hull, Ph.D.
  • Cytotoxicity of Lou Gehrig's disease proteins; Development of novel therapeutic approaches
    Shulin Ju, Ph.D.
  • Molecular evolution and genetic diversity; DNA bioinformatics; forensic DNA analysis
    Dan Krane, Ph.D.
  • Evolution of populations/species; influence of natural selection on non-coding DNA
    Jeffrey Peters, Ph.D.
  • Web of interactions that connect deer to other organisms through changes in resource availability and quality
    Thomas Rooney, Ph.D.
  • Stem cell biology and regeneration in flatworms; Regulation of gene expression; RNA
    Labib Rouhana, Ph.D.
  • Insect herbivores, parasitoids and their interactions
    John Stireman
  • Interactions between attached algae and herbivorous fish in Lake Tanganyika
    Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Ph.D.
  • Interactome networks--evolutionary rewiring & perturbations in disease
    Quan Zhong, Ph.D.
  • Cellular and molecular physiology of mammalian skeletal muscel and the neuromuscular junction
    Andrew Voss, Ph.D.