The Department of Biological Sciences encompasses both teaching and research, with a focus on how the body, and particularly the mouth, fights diseases through innate immune responses.
Summer Research for Student Interns
Four DMD and two undergraduate students are participating in laboratory internships this summer, working with mentors in labs in the departments of Biological Sciences and Infectious Diseases. The DMD students receive stipends for their full-time summer research work, along with travel funds to permit them to present their work at a national meeting. Other students, including Capstone undergraduates, Medical students and those in other graduate programs, find research work in the department during the summer and the school year.
Dr. Fengchun Ye has joined the department as Assistant Professor. Formerly at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Ye's research focuses on Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) herpes virus activation by tissue related environmental factors such as reactive oxygen species. KS is reemerging in vulnerable HIV+ subjects who do not respond to antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Ye's position is funded through an Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant received by the Schools of Dental Medicine and Medicine.