Biological and Health Sciences Faculty Research Projects

Wheaton BHS faculty are engaged in exciting research that intersects with a variety of related disciplines including botany, ecology, psychology, microbiology, zoology and more. 

Dr. Nadine C. Folino-RoremNadine Rorem
Marine & Invertebrate Zoologist

Dr. Rorem and her research students are studying the ecology and molecular taxonomy of the invasive colonial hydroid, Cordylophora. Current areas of interest are how physiological adaptations may explain the global distribution of this invasive hydroid and the predatory role of this hydroid in aquatic systems.  She is also interested in cnidarian biology with a focus on freshwater cnidarians.

Dr. Vanya TepavčevićVanya Koo

Dr. Tepavčević studies how bacteria regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. She uses a marine bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, an exclusive symbiont of the Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, as a model system to investigate how small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) and their chaperones regulate gene expression. Specifically, the lab is looking at the regulation of processes required for Vibrio colonization of the squid light organ, including motility, biofilm formation and bioluminescence.

Dr. Raymond J. LewisRay Lewis

Dr. Lewis' research involves characterizing factors such as salinity, nutrients, pH and pheromones, that control the growth and reproduction of the large marine brown algae known as kelps.

Dr. L. Kristen PageKristen Page

Dr. Page’s research involves answering questions about how diseases are transmitted, and trying to understand how disease transmission changes as humans alter landscapes and habitats. Many of the projects conducted with her research students investigate the transmission dynamics of raccoon roundworm in urban landscapes.

Dr. Nathaniel ThomDr. Nathaniel Thom

Dr. Nathaniel Thom is interested in modifying factors that promote an adaptive response to stress. More specifically, he uses psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods to better understand how physical and mental training programs alter brain-behavior relationships in ways that promote a healthy response to and recovery from stress. Dr. Thom’s research evaluating interventions to promote physical activity, has also provided an interest in advanced statistical techniques including meta-regression and structural equation modeling, which he employs when analyzing brain imaging data. 

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