Synthesis of Optical Biosensors The research project involves the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale thin films to be used as bio-sensors. An optical bio-sensor is a device that produces a signal when the sensor is placed in contact with a specific substance. We will be using thin films of a thickness consisting of only a… [Read More]
Organic/Inorganic Chemistry Research will continue on the natural product anisucoumaramide. This project will continue to employ modern organic synthetic techniques and instrumentation, such as the 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer. Students will learn hands-on techniques, as well as development both written and oral communication skillsets.
Women’s Health Education Dr. Bangara’s project will provide health education for vulnerable female populations in Grayson County, home of Austin College. Studies have shown that women who report a history of domestic abuse are at greater risk for a variety of illnesses, such as heart disease and cervical cancer. Dr. Bangara and her team of… [Read More]
Behavioral Neuroscience My research is interested in how diet, exercise, and other environmental manipulations affect cell signaling in the brain and the behavioral expression of learning & memory in rodents. The formation of new long-term memories requires new protein transcription and contains a number of cell signaling cascades of interest. The newly formed proteins will… [Read More]
Developmental Biology My research focuses on the genetic and molecular factors that regulate skeletal and cardiac muscle development. My lab utilizes embryonic zebrafish, which are small vertebrates that develop completely externally and are clear during their early stages of development, making them ideal model organisms for the study of developmental biology. Students in my lab… [Read More]
Astronomy NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project is a multi-year space mission to discover transiting exoplanets. The wide-angle field of view of the TESS space telescope affords large sky coverage but limits the precision of measurements. Observations from more powerful ground-based telescopes are needed to confirm exoplanet candidates detected by TESS. Austin College’s… [Read More]
Cell and Cancer Biology My research focuses on how the activity and specificity of cellular enzymes called proteasomes affect the biology of a cell. The activities of proteasomes are essential for almost every process in the eukaryotic cell. My lab uses a variety of genetic, biochemical, and molecular biology approaches to specifically study one of… [Read More]
Ongoing research in staircase metric geometry Work continues in broader categories of geometry – specifically, in staircase metric geometry, which was founded here 15 years ago. Topics in other closely related categories – in particular, Graph Theory – may also be engaged.
Applied Mathematics Numerical Methods in Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Mathematical models give us insights to better understand our world. However, the exact solutions to these models can often be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to obtain. In such instances, we rely on numerical algorithms that would give us approximate solutions. Due to the nature of… [Read More]
Biodiversity of Small Mammals Small mammals (mostly rodents and insectivores like bats and shrews) are crucial to ecosystem function – they act as grazers and insectivores, as seed dispersers, and as food sources for medium sized and larger predators. However, there is still a great deal unknown about this group of organisms – although most… [Read More]