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The twenty-five science faculty members below are available as research directors for the conduct of Scholar research. More information on any faculty member and his/her research areas may be obtained at the faculty member's web page by double-clicking on his/her name

Radi Al-Jishi, Professor, (Ph.D., 1982, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Physics. Theoretical condensed matter physics. Theoretical studies of tubular structure of molecular dimensions.

Roger Bowers, Professor, (Ph.D., 1971, University of Nebraska). Cell Biology. Developmental aspects and electron microscopy of pigmentation in selected vertebrates.

Sonsoles de Lacalle, Assistant Professor, (M.D./Ph.D., 1990, University of Navarra, Spain). Neurobiology. Estrogen and cholinergic system interaction in aging.

Anthony Fratiello, Professor, (Ph.D., 1962, Brown University). Physical Chemistry. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Multinuclear magnetic resonance studies of coordination properties of metal-ions, with an emphasis on the trivalent lanthanides.

Raymond E. Garcia, Professor, (Ph.D., 1976, University of California, Riverside). Biochemistry. Regulation of apolipoprotein and plasma lipoprotein metabolism by dietary cholesterol. Elucidation of the biochemical mechanisms involved in the development of atherosclerosis.

Frank A. Gomez, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1991, University of California, Los Angeles). Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry. Biological applications of capillary electrophoresis (CE) with particular interest in molecular recognition and analysis of in-capillary enzyme-mediated transformations. Bioinorganic and main-group synthetic chemistry.

Scott D. Grover, Professor, (Ph.D., 1980, University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Enzymes as control elements in metabolic regulation. Molecular characterization of binding sites for enzyme activators and inhibitors.

Carlos G. Gutierrez, Professor, (Ph.D., 1975, University of California, Davis). Organic Chemistry. Synthesis of natural and designed molecules for high affinity complexation of ferric ion as probes in the study of iron acquisition, transport, and utilization in bacteria. Development of compounds potentially useful as therapeutic agents for the management of human disease resulting from toxic iron or actinide overload.

Beverly L. Krilowicz, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1984, University of California, Riverside). Neurophysiology. Neural mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness using both pharmacological and neurophysiological approaches.

Philip S. LaPolt, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Los Angeles). Anatomy. Endocrine, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms regulating ovarian and neuroendocrine functions.

Nancy L. McQueen, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Los Angeles). Microbiology. Studies on the pathogenesis of Sendai virus. Intracellular and surface transport of envelope proteins in relation to viral assembly and budding. Recombinant DNA techniques, tissue culture, and protein analysis are among the techniques used.

Jamil Momand, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1989, University of California, Los Angeles). Biochemistry. Redox regulation of signal transduction pathways with an emphasis on the p53 tumor suppressor protein. Effect of redox changes on DNA binding proteins. Development of new assays for quantitative and qualitative analysis of oxidation reactions of protein amino acid residues.

Alan E. Muchlinski, Professor, (Ph.D., 1979, Michigan State University). Physiological Ecology. Aspects of temperature regulation in mammals and reptiles with an emphasis on temperature regulation during the fever and during stress responses.

Scott Nickolaisen, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1991, University of Southern California). Physical Chemistry. Studies of reaction kinetics and photochemistry for species that participate in tropospheric ozone production and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Donald R. Paulson, Professor, (Ph.D., 1968, Indiana University). Bioinorganic Chemistry. Use of ruthenium porphyrins and ruthenium-replaced heme proteins as models for the binding of carbon monoxide and dioxygen to hemoglobin.

David R. Perrott, Professor, (Ph.D., 1968, Kent State University). General Experimental Psychology. His research interests have focused upon sensory mechanisms which underlie spatial orientation. While most of his research has been concerned with human auditory spatial perception, substantial work has been directed at the study of other species (sharks, flies, rodents and various reptiles) and other sensory modalities (vision and olfaction).

Jean Phinney, Professor, (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles). Developmental Psychology. Her research focuses on ethnic and cultural influences on adolescence development, with a particular interest in ethnic identity and adaptation of immigrant youth.

Carlos Robles, Professor, (Ph.D., 1979, University of California, Berkeley). Biology. Marine predatation relating to the distribution and abundance of their prey.

Amelia Russo-Neustadt, Assistant Professor, (M.D., 1990, Ph.D., 1998, University of California, Irvine). Neurobiology. Physical activity, antidepressants and BDNF induction.

Matthias Selke, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Los Angeles). Organic Chemistry. Chemistry of singlet oxygen as a tool to model oxygen activation by transition metals in enzymatic processes.

Sandra Sharp, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Los Angeles). Molecular Biology. Regulation of differentiation in mouse muscle cell culture. Use of protein and nucleic acid based cell and molecular techniques to investigate partial vs. terminal differentiation and interactions of transcription factors.

Wayne Tikkanen, Professor, (Ph.D., 1982, University of California, Santa Barbara). Organometallic Chemistry. Characterization and use of asymmetric organo-zirconocene complexes in organic synthesis.

Linda M. Gutierrez Tunstad, Associate Professor, (Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles). Organic Chemistry. Design, synthesis, physical and binding properties of host molecules with preorganized cavities of molecular dimensions.

Robert L. Vellanoweth, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Berkeley). Biochemistry. Characterization of biochemical and molecular genetic events in the programmed aging of leaf tissue in Arabidopsis; ROS-mediated signal transduction in the initiation of the senescence program.

Feimeng Zhou, Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., 1993, University of Texas, Austin). Analytical Chemistry. Characterization of chemically and biologically modified electrode surfaces using voltammetry, quartz crystal microbalance, and scanning probe microscopy DNA biosensor development. Electron and metal transfers in electroactive proteins.

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