Faculty Research


Karl S. Berg, Ph.D.

Karl S. Berg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
LHSB 1.832
Brownsville
Phone: 956-882-5049
Email:
Research Areas:
Ornithology, behavioral ecology, acoustic communication, evolutionary developmental psychobiology, conservation biology

Jameela Banu, Ph.D.

Jameela Banu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
HSHW 1.102C
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3222
Email:
Research Areas:
Osteoporosis, diabetes and bone, bone metastasis, nutritional supplements, complementary medicines

Timothy Brush, Ph.D.

Timothy Brush, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.348
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2921
Email:
Research Areas:
Ornithology, Avian ecology, green parakeet, long-billed curlew, changing birdlife, breeding biology, shorebirds, bird conservation

Robert K. Dearth, Ph.D.

Robert K. Dearth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 1.312
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-8750
Email:
Research Areas:
Hormonal regulation of breast cancer development and breast cancer. Research

Frank J. Dirrigl Jr., Ph,D.

Frank J. Dirrigl Jr., Ph,D.

Associate Professor
Environmental & Earth Science
ESCNE 2.344
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-8732
Email:
Research Areas:
Environmental Biology and Land Use Ecology. Rare Species Biology and Conservation. Comparative Vertebrate Osteology and Taphonomy

Boris Ermolinsky, Ph.D.

Boris Ermolinsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Marine Coastal Science
BRHP 1.123
Brownsville
Phone: 956-882-5774
Email:
Research Areas:
Nanoparticles, bacteria, eukaryotic transfection, gene expression

Mohammed Farooqui, Ph.D.

Mohammed Farooqui, Ph.D.

Professor - Associate Dean
Biology
MAGC 2.316D
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3543
Email:
Research Areas:
Toxicology, aliphatic nitriles, pesticides, pharmacokinetics, GSH, cyanide

Zen Faulkes, Ph.D.

Zen Faulkes, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.634
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2614
Email:
Research Areas:
Neuroethology, evolution of nervous systems, sensory-motor integraton

Teresa Patricia Feria, Ph.D.

Teresa Patricia Feria, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.328
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7322
Email:
Robert Gilkerson, Ph.D.

Robert Gilkerson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
ESCNE 1.306A
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7838
Email:
Research Areas:
Mitochondrial genetics, cellular signaling

Scott Gunn, Ph.D.

Scott Gunn, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 1.360
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3540
Email:
Frank W. Judd, Ph.D.

Frank W. Judd, Ph.D.

Research Professor (retired)
ESCNE 1.328
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7001
Email:
Research Areas:
Physiological, population and community ecology, revegetation, native habitats

Megan Keniry, Ph.D.

Megan Keniry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.304
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7463
Email:
Research Areas:
Signal transduction, cell cycle, PIKE pathway

Kristine Lowe, Ph.D.

Kristine Lowe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.332
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-8749
Email:
Research Areas:
Metal-reducing bacteria, metal-oxidizing bacteria, sediment microorganisms, metal remediation, plant-microbe interactions

Luis A. Materon, Ph.D.

Luis A. Materon, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 1.344 (Office)
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7140
Email:
Research Areas:
Nitrogen fixation, Rhizobium, legumes, soil fertility, strain selection, competition, nodulation. Food microbiology, Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria, coliforms, fruit and vegetable contamination, lactic acid, aqueous chlorine, disinfectants

Andrew McDonald, Ph.D

Andrew McDonald, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 3.114
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2065
Email:
Research Areas:
Plant Systematics, Tropical Biogeography, Conservation of Biodiversity, Ethnobotany and Economic Botany

Julie Mustard, Ph.D.

Julie Mustard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
LHSB 2.814A
Brownsville
Phone: (956) 882-5869
Email:
Research Areas:
Molecular mechanisms of learning and memory, honey bee behavior, the effects of alcohol and caffeine on the nervous system.

Kathryn Perez, Ph.D

Kathryn Perez, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Biology
SCNE 3.142
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7145
Email:
Research Areas:
Systematics, taxonomy, malacology, biogeography, ecology, biology education research.

Michael Persans, Ph.D.

Michael Persans, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.316
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7323
Email:
Research Areas:
Toxic chemicals, herbicide metabolism, metal toxicity, phytoremediation

Daniele Provenzano, Ph.D.

Daniele Provenzano, Ph.D.

Professor
Marine Coastal Science
BRHP 1.125
Brownsville
Phone: 956-882-5045
Email:
Research Areas:
Vibrio cholerae, Type VI Secretion System (T6SS), intra- and interspecies competition, host-pathogen interactions, HGT (horizontal gene transfer).

Erin Schuenzel, Ph.D.

Erin Schuenzel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
ESCNE 1.332
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2229
Email:
Research Areas:
Population structures of pathogens, bacterial genome, evolution, bioinformatics, computationla biology, real-time PCR diagnostic assays

Christopher Taylor, Ph.D.

Christopher Taylor, Ph.D.

Professor
Environmental & Earth Science
SCNE 3.128
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3537
Email:
Research Areas:
Aquatic Ecology, Ichthyology, Biogeography, Conservation

Matthew Terry, Ph.D.

Matthew Terry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 3.110
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2064
Email:
Research Areas:
Phylogenetics. Systematics (particularly of aquatic insects)R Evolution of Arthropod Appendages Evolutionary Developmental Biology HOX Gene Evolution and Diversity among Arthropods Molecular Evolution

John Thomas, Ph.D.

John Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Biology
SCNE 3.156
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-7147
Email:
Research Areas:
Viral pathogenesis, vaccine design, biomaker discovery, novel vector development

John Trant, Ph.D.

John Trant, Ph.D.

Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.340
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3065
Email:
Research Areas:
Endocrinology, Reproduction, Endocrine disrupters, Steroids, Sexual differentiation, Fish

Christopher Vitek, Ph.D.

Christopher Vitek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biology
ESCNE 2.324
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-2485
Email:
Research Areas:
Biology and ecology of mosquitoes, especially container breeding mosquitoes; arboviral transmission dynamics and factors that influence the probability of infection and transmission

Fred Zaidan, Ph.D.

Fred Zaidan, Ph.D.

Chair
Biology
ESCNE 2.360
Edinburg
Phone: (956) 665-3251
Email:
Research Areas:
Bioenergetics, Digestive Physiology, Geographic Range Limiting Factors, Herpetology, Physiological Ecology, Reproductive Hormone Cycles, Snake Ecology