Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Wei-Jen Chang, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of Biology for Excellence in Advising and Mentorship

B.S., National Taiwan University; M.S. and Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
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Areas of expertise: molecular biology, molecular evolution, genome structures and bioinformatics

Wei-Jen Chang, associate professor of biology, has written or co-written several professional articles in Gene, Protist, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. During his postdoctoral work at Princeton University, Chang studied gene evolution and genome organization in unicellular organisms. He joined the Hamilton faculty in 2006. Chang earned a bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University and his master’s degree and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Myriam Cotten, Associate Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Université Pierre et Marie Curie; M.S., Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale; Ph.D., Florida State University
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Areas of expertise: use and development of biophysical and biochemical techniques such as magnetic resonance to study the structure, function, and mode of action of membrane-interacting peptides and proteins; current research focuses on antimicrobial and anticancer peptides

Myriam Cotten’s research interests include the use and development of biophysical and biochemical techniques such as magnetic resonance to study the structure, function and mode of action of membrane-interacting peptides and proteins. Her current research focuses on antimicrobial and anticancer peptides. Her long-term goal is to identify common principles that will facilitate the design of pharmaceuticals with enhanced antibacterial and anticancer activity and low toxicity for mammalian cells. The Dreyfus Foundation, National Science Foundation and Research Corporation have supported Cotten’s research. She earned a doctorate in chemistry from Florida State University.

Herman Lehman, Professor of Biology

B.S., University of West Florida; Ph.D., Florida State University
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Areas of expertise: neurotransmitters

Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system; thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.

Mike McCormick, Associate Professor of Biology

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University; M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan; Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: environmental geomicrobiology, specifically cell/mineral interactions; fate of environmental contaminants; solid-state respiration by bacteria; and molecular microbial ecology

Mike McCormick's current research focuses on electron transfer processes between metal respiring bacteria and metal oxides, the transformation of environmental contaminants by biogenic minerals, the microbial ecology of naturally occurring redox interfaces and the development of microbial fuel cells as a novel energy source. He has published in the journals Environmental Science and Technology and Water Research. McCormick is a member of the Biology Department with a shared teaching commitment in the Geosciences Department. He came to Hamilton after he completed a doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship in environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

Rajinikanth Mohan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., Osmania University, India; M.S., University of Hyderabad, India; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University
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Areas of expertise: molecular plant-pathogen interactions, plant stress signaling, oxidative stress tolerance and microbiology

Rajinikanth "Raj" Mohand's research interest is in understanding plant immune responses, the knowledge of which can be used to enhance disease resistance in plants. He is also interested in the mechanism of natural senescence that results in the spectacular colors of autumn and in stress-induced senescence in plants. He teaches biochemistry, microbiology and senior seminar in addition to mentoring senior research students. Mohand received his master’s degree in plant science from the University of Hyderabad in India and his doctorate from Michigan Technological University.