Available SROP Mentors

Please note that this is not an inclusive list and that reviewing departmental faculty webpages would also be advised.

Anatomy And Cell Biology
C. Andrew Frank, PhD

How Synapses Maintain Stable Function

C. Andrew Frank, Ph.D.
Fang Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Genetic regulation of endoderm and heart development

Hank Qi, M.D., Ph.D.

Epigenetic mechanism on gene regulation in human development

Hank  Qi, M.D., Ph.D.
Tina Tootle, Ph.D.

Uncovering the mechanisms of prostaglandin action

Tina Tootle, Ph.D.
Katina Lillios, Anthropology, PhD

Bioarchaeological Analyses of the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Population of Bolores, Portugal

E. Dale Abel, MD PhD

Regulation of myocardial injury by insulin signaling

E. Dale  Abel, M.D., Ph.D.
Sheila Baker, PhD

Protein trafficking in neurons

Charles Brenner, PhD

Molecular Biology of Cancer and Aging

Kris DeMali, Ph.D.

Adhesion proteins in tumor cell invasion and metastasis

Ernesto Fuentes, B Chem Eng, MS Biology, PhD Biochemistry

Biochemical and Structural Analysis of Signal Transduction

Pamela Geyer, PhD

Chromosome structure and nuclear organization: impacts on transcriptional regulation

Maria Spies, PhD

Mechanisms of DNA repair and recombination: from single-molecule biochemistry to anticancer drug discovery

Maria Spies, PhD

Effect of mutations in BRCA1 tumor supressor protein on BRCA1-DNA interactions

Lori Wallrath, PhD

The role of chromatin structure and nuclear organization in gene expression.

Lori Wallrath, Ph.D.
Daniel Weeks, Ph.D,

Control of embryonic development: Using studies on frog embryos to understand congenital birth defects in humans.

Daniel Eberl, PhD

Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Hearing in Drosophila

Daniel Eberl, Ph.D.
Andrew Forbes, PhD

The effects of human land use on insect diversity and species richness

Steven Green, PhD

Neurobiology of hearing and deafness

Steven Green, Ph.D.
John Logsdon, Ph.D. Molecular origins and evolution of sexual reproduction
Maurine Neiman, Ph.D.

The advantages and disadvantages of sex in a New Zealand snail

Maurine Neiman, Ph.D.
Sarit Smolikove, PhD

Chromosome dynamics in C. elegans meiosis

Biomedical Engineering
Edwin Dove, Ph.D.

Analysis of 24-hour Electrocardiograms in Infants Born with Congenital Heart Defects

Edwin Dove, Ph.D.

Quantitative Assessment of Autonomic Function in Hypoplastic Left Ventricular Hypoplasia

Edwin Dove, Ph.D.
David Kristensen, Ph.D.

Creating an active, web-accessible interface to access bioinformatics databases

Chemical and Biochemical Engr
Syed Mubeen, Ph.D

Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy Technologies

Eric Nuxoll, Ph.D.

Remote Sterilizing Coating for Bacterial Biofilm Infections

Eric Nuxoll, Ph.D.
Tonya Peeples, PhD

Applications of Microbial Systems for Pharmaceutical synthesis and Environmental Remediation

Tonya Peeples, Ph.D.
Charles Stanier, Ph.D.

Running the Aerosol Screening Model for Iowa City, and adding nanoparticle-vegetation interaction to the Aerosol Screening Model.

Mishtu Dey, PhD

Protein purification and crystallization

Mishtu Dey, Ph.D.
Tori Forbes, Ph.D.

Development of Metal Organic Nanotubes with unique water transport properties

Amanda Haes, Ph.D.

Using Silver and Gold Nanoparticles for Biological and Chemical Sensing

Amnon Kohen, D.Sc.

Enzymes and their mechanisms: from basic science to medicinal solutions.

Amnon Kohen, D.Sc.
Amnon Kohen, D.Sc.

Molecular basis of enzyme catalysis

Sarah Larsen, Ph.D.

Environmental and Biomedical Applications of Porous Nanomaterials

Sarah Larsen, Ph.D.
Sara Mason, PhD

Predicting aqueous aluminum hydroxide nanoparticle reactivity by quantum chemical simulations

Sara Mason, Ph.D.
Chris Pigge, Ph.D.

Synthetic methods for complex molecule construction

Daniel Quinn, Ph.D.

Biochemical counter-terrorism: design and evaluation of reagents that reactivate organophoshorus agent inhibited acetylcholinesterase.

Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D.

Characterization and Sources of Atmospheric Particulate Matter in Iowa City, IA

Civil and Environmental Engr
David Cwiertny, PhD

Fabrication and Performance Optimization of Nanotube and Nanofiber Filtration Technologies for Treatment of Impaired Water Supplies

Marian Muste, MS, PhD

Laboratory Experiments on Sedimentation Processes

Marian Muste, Ph.D.
Community and Behavioral Health
Jason Daniel-Ulloa, PhD MPH

HEAL: Healthy Families

Computer Science
Juan Pablo Hourcade, Ph.D. Development of multi-touch display applications
Suely Oliveira, PhD in applied mathematics

Parallel algorithms using GPUs for applications in mathmatics, engineering or biology

Zubair Shafiq, Ph.D.

Detecting Fake User Accounts on Facebook and Twitter

Zubair Shafiq, PhD Computer Science

Don't You Fake It: Detecting Fake Facebook and Twitter Accounts

Aaron Stump, PhD

Programming Language Design

Aaron Stump, Ph.D.
Chris Wyman, Ph.D. Interactive Computer Graphics
Electrical and Computer Engr
Anton Kruger, Ph.D. (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Development of a Novel Relative Humidity Sensor

Tara C. Smith, PhD

Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in rural Iowa

Tara C.  Smith, Ph.D.
Free Radical and Radiation Biology
Garry Buettner, PhD

Redox Biology: The balance of free radicals and antioxidants

Frederick Domann, PhD

Epigenetic control of tumor suppressor gene expression in cancer

Frederick Domann, Ph.D.
Apollina Goel, PhD

Understanding the mechanism of tumor progression and microenvironment-induced therapy resistance in B-cell malignancies.

Prabhat Goswami, PhD

Redox biology of the mammalian cell cycle in normal and cancer cells

Douglas Spitz, PhD

Metabolic Oxidative Stress and Cancer Therapy

Douglas Spitz, Ph.D.
Roxanna Curto, Ph.D. Yale, A.B. Harvard
  1. Technology in Literature
  2. Connections between Francophone and Latin American Theatre
  3. Sports in Global Cultures
David Bennett, PhD

People, Water, and Climate: Adaptation and resilience in agricultural watersheds

Heather Sander, PhD

Urban ecosystems, biodiversity, and people

Heather Sander, Ph.D.
Eric Tate, PhD Geography

Natural Hazards Vulnerability and Water Sustainability Indicators

David Peate, Ph.D.

Trace element analysis of volcanic and/or environmental samples

David Peate, Ph.D.
Hallie Sims, PhD

Fossil ecosystems of Iowa: Cretaceous Dakota Formation

Hallie Sims, Ph.D.
Health, Leisure and Sport Studies
Melissa Bates, Ph.D.

Regulation of the Lung Vasculature in Individuals Born Prematurely

Melissa Bates, Ph.D.
Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Ph.D. Projects in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, including immigration, borderlands, the American West, and Latinas/os. Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Ph.D.
Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD

Derivation of pancreatic beta cells from skin cells

Nicholas Zavazava, M.D., Ph.D.
Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD

Human iPS Cell-Derived Insulin Producing Cells

Nicholas  Zavazava, M.D., Ph.D.
Management Sciences
Qihang Lin, PhD

A Cost-Efficient Dynamic Crowdsourcing Strategy for Data Labeling

Qihang Lin, PhD

Budget Allocation in Crowdsourcing

Palle Jorgensen, PhD

Mathematics of signals and images.

Mechanical Engineering
Uday Kumar, PhD

Modeling of blood cells and their flow through artificial heart valves

Med and Nat Prod Chemistry
Robert Kerns, Ph.D.

Design, synthesis and Evaluation of New Therapeutic Agents

Meng Wu, Ph.D.

High throughput screening for probes and drug candidates.

Gail Bishop, Ph.D. A variety of potential projects are possible, with a final choice being based upon what is "hot" in the lab at the time the student will be arriving, as well as his/her own interests.
Craig Ellermeier, Ph.D.

The Production and Resistance to the Cannibalism Toxin in Bacillus subtilis

Chioma Okeoma, Ph.D

Host factors in viral pathogenesis and breast oncogenesis

Chioma Okeoma, Ph.D.
Richard Roller, PhD

herpesvirus assembly and spread

Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Amy Lee, PhD

Voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in health and disease

Amy Lee, Ph.D.
Andrew Pieper, MD PhD

Investigation of mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disease and discovery of new treatment strategies.

Daniel Tranel, PhD

The neuroanatomical substrates of complex human behavior

Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD

Mindfulness-based symptom management for patients with advanced cancer

Occupational and Environ Health
Hans-Joachim Lehmler, PhD

Metabolism of enviromental pollutants

Thomas Peters, PhD

Novel methods to assess nanomaterial exposures in the workplace

Thomas Peters, Ph.D.
Gordon Buchanan, MD PhD

"Sleep state dependent mechanisms of seizure related death"; "Mechanisms of arousal from sleep"

Anil Chauhan, PhD

Mechanistic role of fibronectin alternative splicing in thrombosis and inflammation

Anil Chauhan, Ph.D.
Martine Dunnwald, PharmD PhD

Epidermal differentiation, wound healing and cleft palate

Hanna Stevens, MD PhD

Psychiatry and Early Neuobiological Development

Andrean Burnett, PhD

Mechanisms of Chemotherapy Resistance in Head and Neck Cancer

Siegfried Janz, MD, DSc

Genetically engineered mouse models of human B-cell and plasma-cell neoplasms

Siegfried Janz, MD, DSc
Charles Michael Knudson, MD/PhD

Apoptosis, autophagy and cancer

Nicole Brogden, PharmD, PhD

Microneedle-assisted transdermal drug delivery

Nicole Brogden, PharmD, Ph.D.
Jennifer Fiegel, Ph.D.

Medical Aerosols to Treat Respiratory Infectious Diseases

Aliasger Salem, Ph.D. Developing Polymeric Particles for Cancer Vaccines.
Justin Grobe, Ph.D.

Metabolic control by the renin-angiotensin system

Justin Grobe, Ph.D.
Anne Kwitek, PhD

Genetics of Hypertension, Diabetes, and Obesity

Anne Kwitek, Ph.D.
Anne Kwitek, Ph.D.

Genetics of Hypertension, Diabetes, and Obesity

Anne Kwitek, Ph.D.
Durga (DP) Mohapatra, PhD

Ion Channel Modulations and Neural Plasticity in Seizures and Pain

D.P. Mohapatra, PhD

Tumor-nerve interaction/signaling underlying chronic pain associated with cancers, as well as in brain tumor-induced seizures.

D.P. Mohapatra, Ph.D.
Matthew Potthoff, Ph.D.

Functional characterization of novel regulators of hepatic metabolism

Matthew J. Potthoff, Ph.D.
Curt Sigmund, PhD

Molecular Basis of Hypertension

Curt D. Sigmund, Ph.D.
Stefan Strack, Ph.D. Signal transduction mechanisms underlying neurological dysfunction Stefan Strack, Ph.D.
Physical Therapy and Rehab Science
Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD
  1. Understanding the neurobiology of exercise-induced pain and exercise-induced analgesia
  2. Effectiveness of TENS for fibromyalgia
Hai Fu, PhD

Polarization of radio emission in massive galaxy mergers

Hai Fu, Ph.D.
Jasper Halekas, Ph.D.

Understanding the tenuous lunar atmosphere and its connection to the surface and space environment

Philip Kaaret, Ph.D.

X-ray and gamma-ray emission from black holes and neutron stars

Political Science
William Reisinger, PhD

Subnational Authoritarianism and Democracy

William Reisinger, Ph.D.
Psych and Quant Foundations
Stewart Ehly, Ph.D.
  1. Transition planning for students enrolled in special education
  2. Home schooling core curriculum
John Northup, Ph.D

The Star Program Two, Summer Research and Treatment for children with a diagnosis of ADHD.

Shaun Vecera, Ph.D. The control of visual attention
Edward Wasserman, Ph.D.

Categorization in pigeons

Ed Wasserman, Ph. D. Comparative cognition
Sarah Bruch, PhD Sociology, MPA

Understanding Disciplinary Inequalities and their Implications for Civic and Political Inequalities

Jessica Welburn, PHD

Responses to Economic Decline:The Experiences of Working Class and Middle Class African Americans in Detroit, MI

Speech And Hearing Science
Amanda Owen Van Horne, PhD, CCC-SLP

Understanding the role of distributional information in language input used during treatment for language impairments (SLI).

Amanda Owen Van Horne, Ph.D,, CCC-SLP
Kate Cowles, Ph.D.

Spatial analysis of cancer incidence data with relationship to environmental risk factors

Teaching And Learning
Mary Cohen, PhD

Choral singing and well-being

The Processes, Pedagogies, and Power Dynamics of Music-Making in Prisons

Mary Cohen, PhD

Who needs music? Establishing the extent of music programs across the U.S. prison system.

Cory Forbes, Ph.D., M.S., M.S., B.S.

Modeling Hydrologic Systems in Elementary Science (MoHSES)

Reflective Assessment for Elementary Teachers in Iowa (RAES-Iowa)

Theatre Arts
Loyce Arthur, BA; MFA Theatre Design

Caribbean Carnival Arts and Arts Education

Loyce Arthur, M.F.A.
Loyce Arthur, BA; MFA Theatre Design

Community Arts, Arts Education, and Public Engagement: 2013 Iowa City Carnaval Parade

Loyce Arthur, M.F.A.
Urban and Regional Planning
Charles Connerly, Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning; masters degrees in urban planning and history

Building Sustainable Communities in Iowa through University-Community Partnerships

Charles Connerly, Ph.D.