Faculty in the Department of Sciences and Mathematics believe that independent mentored research provides students with powerful, unique experiences that facilitate student growth and learning beyond the classroom.
Several faculty members in the department carry out research projects in which they involve interested students.
Dr. Lauren Brandon works on Shigella bacteria. Students in Dr. Brandon's lab do molecular biology and protein biochemistry work on the expression and polar localization of a Shigella protein.
Dr. Ross Whitwam works on the yeast prion [URE3]. Students in Dr. Whitwam's lab do molecular biology work on the spontaneous formation of yeast prions.
Dr. Paul Mack works primarily on reproductive conflict in insects. Students in Dr. Mack's lab explore the expression of genes that may be involved in this conflict. Dr. Mack also has interests in animal ecology and ornithology and currently has students conducting a bird population study at Plymouth Bluff Environmental Center.
Dr. George Pinchuk studies proteomics of the mammalian (particularity, bovine) immune system. Students under Dr. Pinchuk's direction collaborate with researchers at Mississippi State University and the Life Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (LSBi) there.
Dr. Jiben Roy works of the chemistry of herbs, spices, and other natural products. Students in Dr. Roy's lab do extraction, separation, and identification using GC-MS and IR spectrophotometry. Dr. Roy also has an interest in organic syntheses and the analysis of volatile organic compounds.
Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer studies attitudes about teaching mathematics and preservice teachers' arithmetic skills at Mississippi University for Women, and women's images in the media in a collaborative research group based in the Communication Department at Mississippi State University. Students under Dr Oppenheimer's direction help with the statistical analyses of human-based research, and become part of the writing team.
Dr. Ghanshyam Heda studies the expression of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) protein, the protein responsible for cystic fibrosis.