Biology Faculty Mentors

Anne M. Galbraith
Associate Professor of Biology
Research involves understanding the roles of two cell cycle genes, CDC7 and DBF4, in yeast meiosis using genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. We know that the genes help initiate DNA replication in mitotic cells, but no one knows what they do in meiosis! For additional information, go to her home page or e-mail her at

D. Tim Gerber
Associate Professor of Biology.
Research emphasizes distribution determination and the characterization of physical parameters associated with aquatic and wetland invasive plants within the Bad-Axe/La Crosse River Basin. He is also interested in interdepartmental collaborative research where plant biology can be linked with the arts, math, or education. For additional information, go to his home page or e-mail him at

Roger J. Haro
Associate Professor of Biology
Research involves the ecology of rivers, benthic invertebrates, and fisheries biology. His current research examines how large-scale spatial relationships influence processes regulating population size and community structure in river systems. He is especially interested in how landscape change affects the connectivity of aquatic habitats and populations within and between stream networks. Students will have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with graduate students in local streams and wetlands. For additional information:

David R. Howard
Assistant Professor of Biology
Research focuses on how organisms generate and control movements at the cellular level. Current projects either involve the single-celled green algae Chlamydomonas (a powerful genetic model-organism) or the unusual two-tailed sperm of the Asian clam Corbicula. Students have the opportunity to perform sophisticated light and electron microscopy, image analysis, protein biochemistry, antibody techniques, and classical and molecular genetics. For more information go to his web page or e-mail him at .

Dr. Margaret Maher
Associate Professor of Biology
Her current areas of study include the relationship of insulin resistance to hypertension, sex steroid regulation of catecholamine-induced lipolysis,and validation/investigation of specific dietary component effects on health. For more information, go to her web page:

Jasmine E. Saros
Associate Professor of Biology
Research involves the use of diatom fossils to understand the effects of climate change and acid precipitation on alpine lakes in Montana. Field work is conducted during the summer, and field samples are analyzed during the academic year. For more information, contact Dr. Saros at .

Brad Seebach
Associate Professor of Biology
His research program is focused on spinal cord and brainstem circuitry that controls movement. Current projects include identifying the properties and positions of neurons that produce rhythmic alternation in movements, such as the left-right alternation in stepping that helps us to walk. Students use electrical and pharmacological techniques to answer questions about neuronal connections in living tissue. For more information, e-mail him at

Robin Tyser
Professor of Biology
His current research interests are in the use of GIS technology to study ecological patterns related to the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) basin. After learning basic GIS skills, undergraduate students can design projects relating to vegetation distribution patterns, water depth, and aquatic areas. In addition, undergraduates have the opportunity to participate with graduate students working on various research projects, including use of remote sensing to monitor suspended sediment concentrations in the UMR and describing landscape-level vegetation changes that have occurred in the UMR floodplain. For more information go to his web page at or e-mail him at:

Tom Volk
Professor of Biology
His lab is open to research in just about anything that has to do with fungi, working on many different aspects of general mycology, medical mycology, and plant-fungi interactions, including plant pathology and mutualistic associations. His lab works on traditional and molecular systematics of basidiomycetes, especially wood decay fungi. He has several fungal biodiversity projects, including work in Wisconsin and Israel. Morel ecology, life cycle, and speciation are other areas of special interest. For further information, contact or see .