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Dr. Jim MacKenzie (Principle Investigator)

My research revolves around the cellular, molecular, and physiological understanding of human health and disease.  Currently, this involves understanding the role of environmental toxicants on cardiovascular health, elucidating the pathophysiology of obesity and the metabolic syndrome, and determining the targeting mechanisms of nuclearly-encoded proteins to mitochondria.  For more information on these projects, see here


Undergraduate Research Students

Dana Mitchell (Biology major)

Lauren Saroli (Biology major)
My research focuses on assessing toxicant levels found in fish collected from Cayuga Lake and Lake Ontario to determine their effects on fish physiology. Understanding toxicant levels and their effects on wildlife can aid in devising consumption regulations and educating others to help prevent future chemical contamination. Using analytical chemistry and biochemical methods, the concentration of enzymes cytochrome P450 and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) in fish liver samples can be quantified. These two biological markers both play major roles in the metabolic processes of detoxifying molecules in the liver, and statistical analysis of these analytes can show how toxicants relate to physiological changes.

Marta Tomaszewski (Biology major)

 

Former student research assistants

  • Chris Andriano (biology); Spring 2010 
  • Kimberlyn Bailey (philosophy); Fall 2013 - Spring 2015
  • Robert Birdsall (chemistry); Fall 2006 - Spring 2009
  • Amy Boleto (biology); Spring 2007
  • Maggie Brower (biology); Fall 2013
  • Jenna Burgess (zoology); Summer 2008 - Fall 2008
  • Jennifer Bushey (zoology); Spring 2005
  • Lisa Cassidy (biology); Spring 2011
  • Brooke Chamberland (biology); Fall 2012-Spring 2013
  • Dan Crosset (biology); Summer 2007 - Fall 2007
  • Jennifer Cruz (biochemistry); Summer 2014 - Fall 2014
  • Dan Dempsey (chemistry); Spring 2005 - Spring 2007
  • Abigail Ellert (biology); Fall 2014 - Spring 2016
  • Caitlin Fields (biology); Spring 2010
  • Elena Gabrikova (biology); Fall 2010 - Fall 2011
  • Kathy Gebbie (zoology); Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
  • Holly Granat (psychology); Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
  • Thea Hassan (biology); Summer 2007 - Spring 2008
  • Tia Hendershott (biology); Summer 2006 - Spring 2007
  • Amanda Hewlett (biology); Spring 2009 - Spring 2010
  • Jessica Lallier (biology); Spring 2010 - Summer 2010
  • Johana Lambert (biology); Spring 2012 - Spring 2014
  • Paul MacMahon (biochemistry); Summer 2007 - Spring 2009
  • Tabitha Maier (chemistry); Summer 2008
  • Michael Mastraumoro (zoology); Spring 2006 - Spring 2007
  • Greg Miller (biochemistry); Spring 2006 - Spring 2008
  • Yoshi Miura (zoology and Biochemistry); Fall 2010 - Summer 2011
  • Zach Neyhard (adolescent ed, biology); Spring 2007 - Fall 2007
  • Patricia Sattelberg (biochemistry); Fall 2005 - Spring 2007
  • Randy Smith (zoology); Spring 2009
  • Kristen Roosa (biology); Summer 2007 - Spring 2009
  • Nicole Wicksell (biology); Fall 2005
  • Eric Yeager (zoology); Summer 2008 - Fall 2008