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. Travis Hagey's lab asks why animals are shaped the way they’re shaped, focusing on how animals move and how they have adapted to their environments. Students in Dr. Hagey's lab work mostly with lizards and use a combination of laboratory, field, and museum-based research methods. His web site is: https://travis-hagey.com
Dr. Ghanshyam Heda studies the regulation and expression of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane conductance Regulator (CFTR) protein that functions as a chloride ion channel on many epithelial cells. A mutated CFTR causes the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Students in Dr. Heda’s lab test compounds on cultured human lung cells to determine their effects on increasing and sustaining CFTR expression on plasma membrane of cells, using techniques from protein biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunocytochemistry. Dr. Heda published his research with undergraduates as co-authors in peer-reviewed journals. One of his research even appeared on cover page of a well known international journal "Analytical Biochemistry".
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. 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. 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. 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.