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PSM | Faculty Research Interests

David Carlini

Molecular evolution, population genetics, and molecular systematics



Albert Cheh

Mechanisms by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon carcinogens found in cigarette and other smoke, and soot damage DNA and cause mutations and cancer, bypass DNA synthesis by Y-family DNA polymerases, enzymatic digestion of lignocellulose in the production of cellulosic ethanol



Victoria Connaughton

Nervous system development and neurobiology, the relation between visually-guided behaviors in larval teleosts and maturation of retinal neurons, circuits, and receptor mechanisms, development of neural connections that are altered by mutations or drugs



David Culver

Distribution and biology of the strange shrimp-like animals that are unique to seeps in parks in the Washington, D.C. area, distribution of hotspots of subterranean biodiversity world-wide, and the fauna of superficial subterranean habitats that have morphological features of cave animals



James Girard

Analytical, environmental, and forensic chemistry



Michael Gray

Scientific computation, computing technologies, simulation, simulation systems, and high performance technology



Kiho Kim

Role of diseases in coral population ecology and synergistic effects of environmental factors, such as nutrient pollution and ocean warming, in the decline of coral reefs



Monika Konklieva 

Different approaches for delaying of microbial resistance



Stephen MacAvoy

Where and how organics in the Anacostia River originate and are transformed, models describing how organisms incorporate nutrients of different quality and how that is related to metabolic rate, and the role of migrating river herring as marine nutrient vectors to freshwater systems



Catherine Schaeff

Genetics, conservation, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, marine mammals, evolution of human mate choice, marine mammal conservation



Christopher Tudge

Reproductive biology, marine zoology, crustacean reproduction and taxonomy, and crustacean evolution