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Perry Barboza (Professor of Biology)

psbarboza@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/perry_barboza

323F Murie Building

907.474.7142

Ph.D. - University of New England (Australia)

Research Interests: Nutrition and physiological ecology.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Brian Barnes (Professor of Zoophysiology and Institute Director)

bmbarnes@alaska.edu

people.iab.uaf.edu/brian_barnes

311A IRV 1

907.474.7649

Ph.D. - University of Washington

Research Interests: Environmental physiology; adaptation of animals to environments; physiology of hibernation; physiological and endocrinological reproductive mechanisms of mammals.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, LARS, TFS

 
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Andrea Bersamin (Assistant Professor, CANHR)

abersamin@alaska.edu

228 AHRB

907.474.6129

Ph.D. - University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Role of nutrition and physical activity in the development and prevention of chronic diseases; epidemiology; prevention science; determinants of dietary and physical activity patterns; development and evaluation of theory-based interventions; minority health, particularly indigenous populations

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, IAB

 
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Richard D. Boone (Professor of Biology)

rdboone@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~rich_boone/

122 AHRB

907.474.7682

Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests: Biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems; soil organic matter dynamics; global change; land-use legacies.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Bert Boyer (Professor of Molecular Biology; CANHR Director)

bboyer@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/bert_boyer

206 AHRB

907.474.7733

Ph.D. - Louisiana State Medical Center

Research Interests: Molecular genetics; mammalian thermogenesis.

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, Core Lab, IAB

 
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Greg Breed (Assistant Professor)

gabreed@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/people/gbreed

401 IRV 1

907.474.1835

Ph.D. - Dalhousie University

Research Interests: Quantitative ecology, specializing in animal movement and behaviour.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Syndonia (Donie) Bret-Harte (Associate Professor)

msbretharte@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~syndonia_bret-harte/CV.html

241A AHRB

907.474.5434

Ph.D. - Stanford University

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB, TFS

 
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Abel Bult-Ito (Professor of Biology)

abultito@alaska.edu

307C Bunnell

907.474.6482

Ph.D. - Wesleyan University

Research Interests: Brain regulation of behavior; evolution of brain function in natural populations.

Affiliations: ABNP, B&W

 
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Jiguo (Jack) Chen (Associate Professor of Virology; Deputy Director, Alaska State Virology Lab)

j.chen@alaska.edu

www.alaska.edu/inbre/faculty/jiguo-jack-chen/

223D Murie Building

907.474.6966

Ph.D. - Osaka University

Research Interests: Virus-host cell interaction, emerging viral pathogens

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, INBRE

 
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Robert Coker (Associate Professor)

rcoker@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/robert_coker

AHRB

907.474.6701

Ph.D. Exercise Physiology - University of Mississippi

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, IAB

 
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Pat Doak (Associate Professor of Biology)

pdoak@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~pat_doak/

415B IRV 1

907.474.6449

Ph.D. - Cornell University

Research Interests: Spatial population dynamics; insect-plant interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, Greenhouse, IAB

 
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Andrea Ferrante (Assistant Professor)

aferrante@alaska.edu

www.alaska.edu/inbre/faculty/andrea-ferrante/

223E Murie Building

907.474.5916

M.D. - University of Genoa Medical School

Research Interests:

The study of histocompatibility in man and in other vertebrates has led to the understanding of the mechanisms of immune recognition and to the discovery of novel molecules and cells involved in these processes, including class I and class II proteins encoded in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of all vertebrates examined and T cell receptors. The normal human response to bacterial and viral infection involves these molecules and results in either the generation of T helper cells and antibodies or of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes. In addition, many important human autoimmune diseases are linked to particular alleles of the class I and class II proteins.

In particular, the recognition by CD4+ T cells of peptides bound to class II MHC (MHCII) and exposed on the surface of antigen presenting cells initiates an adaptive immune response. Antigen presentation is a multistep process involving the intracellular fragmentation of protein antigens, followed by binding of the derived peptide epitopes to MHCII with the participation of the peptide-editing molecule DM, and subsequent transport to the surface for recognition. Our long-term goal is to sufficiently characterize the stages of this process so that we can predict T cell responses.

My laboratory is currently focused on three main projects:

  • The biochemical and biophysical bases of binding of antigenic peptides to MHC II molecules and the correlation between binding thermodynamics, structure and biology of the peptide/MHCII complex.
  • The mechanism by which DM skews the repertoire of peptide/MHCII complexes presented to CD4+ T cells in favor of the most stable complexes.
  • Developing an in silico binding prediction algorithm based on the in vitro observations, with specific clinical application, such as development of inhibitors in Hemophilia A patients.

Affiliations: ABNP, B&W, IAB, INBRE

 
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Brad Griffith (Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Leader, AKCFWRU)

dbgriffith@alaska.edu

people.iab.uaf.edu/brad_griffith

209C IRV 1

907.474.5067

Ph.D. - University of Idaho

Research Interests: Habitat and nutritional ecology; stochastic population processes; endangered species management/planning; remote sensing; landscape processes.

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Tamara Harms (Assistant Professor)

tamara.harms@alaska.edu

www.harmslab.org/

120 AHRB

907.474.6117

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Michael Harris (Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience)

mbharris@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/michael_harris

113C Murie Building

907.474.7801

Ph.D. - Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Research Interests: Neurobiology of breathing, pathophysiology of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, comparative respiratory physiology, evolution of air-breathing, evolution and adaptations to mammalian hibernation.

Affiliations: ABNP, B&W, IAB

 
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Falk Huettmann (Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology)

fhuettmann@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/falk_huettmann

419 IRV 1

907.474.7882

Ph.D. - ACWERN/University of New Brunswick (Canada)

Research Interests: Wildlife Ecology, Seabirds, Predictive GIS Modeling, Web-based Wildlife Databases and Metadata, Spatial Aspects of Population Viability Analysis (PVA), Future Landscape Scenarios of Wildlife Habitat, Landscape Ecology, Russian Far East, Tropical Ecology, Conservation Steady State Economy.

Affiliations: B&W, EWHALE, IAB

 
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Kris Hundertmark (Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology)

kris.hundertmark@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/kris_hundertmark

323D Murie Building

907.474.7159

Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Wildlife conservation genetics; wildlife ecology; ecology and management of large mammals; Beringian phylogeography

Affiliations: B&W, ConsGen, Core Lab, IAB

 
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Steffi Ickert-Bond (Associate Professor of Botany; Herbarium Curator, UA Museum of the North)

smickertbond@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~stefanie_bond/

Museum

907.474.6277

Ph.D. - Arizona State University

Research Interests: Molecular systematics, phylogeny, biogeography and morphological evolution in vascular plants; revisionary and floristic work.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, UAMN

 
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Jeremy (Jay) Jones (Professor of Biology)

Jay.Jones@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~jay_jones/

154 AHRB

907.474.7972

Ph.D. - Arizona State University

Research Interests: Structure and function of stream ecosystems.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Knut Kielland (Associate Professor of Ecology)

kkielland@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/knut_kielland

406 IRV 1

907.474.7164

Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Plant physiological ecology; biogeochemistry; plant-animal interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, IAB

 
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Denise Kind (Instructor; Biology and Wildlife Laboratory Coordinator)

dmkind@alaska.edu

223C Murie Building

907.474.6298

Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine

Affiliations: B&W

 
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Alexander (Sasha) Kitaysky (Professor of Integrative Physiology)

askitaysky@alaska.edu

http://people.iab.uaf.edu/sasha

413 IRV 1

907.474.5179

Ph.D. - University of California, Irvine

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Mary Beth Leigh (Associate Professor of Microbiology)

mbleigh@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/mary_beth_leigh

228 WRRB

907.474.6656

Ph.D. - University of Oklahoma

Research Interests: Molecular microbial ecology, bioremediation, plant-microbe interactions, stable isotope probing

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Mark Lindberg (Professor of Biology)

mslindberg@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/mark_lindberg

411 IRV 1

907.474.6598

Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Waterfowl biology; upland game birds; mark-recapture theory; sampling design.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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David McGuire (Professor of Landscape Ecology; Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU)

admcguire@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/dave_mcguire

211A IRV 1

907.474.6242

Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Operation of ecological processes at large spatial scales; ecological modeling; global change biology.

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB, SEL

 
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Christa P. H. Mulder (Professor of Plant Ecology)

cpmulder@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/christa_mulder

412 IRV 1

907.474.7703

Ph.D. - University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research Interests: Relationships between species diversity and ecosystem processes; plant-animal interactions.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Diane O'Brien (Associate Professor of Biology and Wildlife)

dmobrien@alaska.edu

faculty.iab.uaf.edu/diane_obrien

230 AHRB

907.474.5762

Ph.D. - Princeton University

Research Interests: Nutritional Physiology of insects; Stable isotope ecology, Understanding patterns of stable isotope variation among biological compounds

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR, IAB

 
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Kristin O'Brien (Associate Professor of Biology and Wildlife)

kmobrien@alaska.edu

sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/k-m-obrien-lab/

323E Murie Building

907.474.5311

Ph.D. - University of Maine

Research Interests: Mitochondrial biology; oxidative and nitrosative stress; adaptation to cold temperature

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Todd O'Hara (Professor of Wildlife Toxicology)

tmohara@alaska.edu

www.alaska.edu/inbre/faculty/todd-ohara/

144 AHRB

907.474.1838

Ph.D.; D.V.M. - Medical College of Virginia; University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests: Public health and fish/wildlife toxicology using free ranging and captive animal models of mammals (Steller sea lions, ice seals, harbor seals, canids) and fish; including with colleagues at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We focus on a "One Health" perspective that includes research on human subjects, human marine resources, and the use of marine mammals as sentinels for ocean health and better understanding contaminants dynamics.

Affiliations: B&W, CANHR

 
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Link Olson (Associate Professor of Systematic Biology; Curator of Mammals)

leolson@alaska.edu

linkolson.org/

016 Museum

907.474.5998

Ph.D. - University of Chicago

Research Interests: Systematics, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology of mammals; biogeography; molecular evolution.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Andrej Podlutsky (Associate Professor of Molecular Biology)

apodlutsky@alaska.edu

232 WRRB

907.474.6759

Affiliations: IAB

 
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Abby Powell (Professor of Wildlife Ecology; Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU)

abby.powell@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~abby_powell/

210A IRV 1

907.474.5505

Ph.D. - University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Avian Ecology, Endangered Species, Conservation Biology

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Laura Prugh (Assistant Professor)

lprugh@alaska.edu

www.prughlab.com/

323C Murie Building

907.474.5965

Ph.D. - University of British Columbia

Research Interests: Multi-species conservation and management, mesocarnivore ecology, population and community dynamics, predator-prey interactions, ecological restoration, conservation of fragmented populations, noninvasive genetics

Affiliations: B&W, IAB

 
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Roger Ruess (Professor of Ecosystem Ecology)

rwruess@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~roger_ruess/

414 IRV 1

907.474.7153

Ph.D. - University of North Dakota

Research Interests: I am interested in regional consequences of changing climate-disturbance interactions for the resilience of Alaska's boreal forest.

Affiliations: B&W, BNZ-LTER, Greenhouse, IAB

 
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Derek Sikes (Associate Professor of Entomology, Curator of Insects)

dssikes@alaska.edu

www.iab.uaf.edu/~derek_sikes

Museum

907.474.6278

Ph.D. - University of Connecticut

Research Interests: Taxonomy, morphological and molecular based phylogenetics, conservation, and faunistics of Insects, especially Coleoptera.

Affiliations: B&W, IAB, UAMN

 
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Naoki Takebayashi (Associate Professor of Biology)

ntakebayashi@alaska.edu

raven.iab.alaska.edu/~ntakebay

226 WRRB

907.474.1178

Ph.D. - Indiana University

Research Interests: Theoretical population genetics; evolutionary biology; molecular evolution; plant reproductive biology; computational biology.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB, INBRE

 
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Barbara Taylor (Associate Professor of Biology in Neuroscience)

betaylor@alaska.edu

113D Murie Building

907.474.2487

Ph.D. - University of British Columbia

Research Interests: My research interests center around mechanisms by which exogenous metabolites (nutriceuticals and toxins) influence neural function. I am the Principal Investigator for two research programs derived from this interest. One investigates the influence of nicotine and alcohol on development, dysfunction and plasticity in control of breathing by neural networks of the vertebrate brainstem. Another research program investigates the beneficial influence of phytochemicals and detrimental effects of alcohol on mechanosensory and locomotory neurons and networks as modeled by transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans. Each research programs addresses Alaska-relevant health issues and serves as training arenas for postdoctoral fellows and graduate as well as undergraduate students.

Affiliations: ABNP, B&W, IAB, INBRE

 
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Diane Wagner (Associate Professor of Biology, B&W Department Chair)

diane.wagner@alaska.edu

people.iab.uaf.edu/diane_wagner

163 AHRB

907.474.5227

Ph.D. - Princeton University

Research Interests: Herbivory; insect-plant-soil interactions; mutualism; and evolutionary ecology.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB

 
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Donald (Skip) Walker (Professor of Biology)

dawalker@alaska.edu

www.geobotany.uaf.edu/userpages/swalker

262 AHRB

907.474.2460

Ph.D. - University of Colorado at Boulder

Research Interests: Environmental biology; disturbance and recovery of arctic ecosystems; global tundra ecosystems; hierarchical geographical information systems; landscape ecology; landscape response to climate change; quantitative ecology methods.

Affiliations: AGC, B&W, IAB, TFS

 
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Kevin Winker (Professor; Curator of Birds)

kevin.winker@alaska.edu

www.kevinwinker.org/

038 Museum

907.474.7027

Ph.D. - University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Avian evolution, population genetics, and systematics; ecology, evolution, and behavior.

Affiliations: B&W, Core Lab, IAB, UAMN

 
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Mark Wipfli (Professor of Freshwater Ecology; Assistant Leader, AKCFWRU)

mark.wipfli@alaska.edu

people.iab.uaf.edu/mark_wipfli

138 AHRB

907.474.6654

Ph.D. - Michigan State University

Research Interests: Freshwater Foodwebs, Marine-Derived Nutrients in Riverine Ecosystems, Trophic Relationships, Riparian-Stream Interactions

Affiliations: AKCFWRU, B&W, IAB

 
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Diana Wolf (Associate Professor of Biology)

dewolf@alaska.edu

raven.iab.alaska.edu/~dewolf

240 WRRB

907.474.5538

Ph.D. - Indiana University

Research Interests: Plant evolutionary genetics. How the genetic basis of traits shapes their evolution, and how natural selection acts on genes.

Affiliations: B&W, Greenhouse, IAB

 

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