Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
photo credits: Rachel Bowden, Joe Casto, Wolfgang Stein

Physiology

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Rachel Bowden
Rachel Bowden

Maternal effects, including yolk steroids and steroid metabolism; effects of temperature fluctuations on sex determination and offspring phenotype; immune function in reptiles
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Rachel Bowden's publications

Joe Casto
Joe Casto

Integrative Avian Biology, including physiological effects of host-parasite interactions, maternal effects on offspring development, neural mechanisms of motivated social behaviors
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Joe Casto's publications

Paul Garris
Paul Garris

Dopamine Neurobiology - Emphasis on Parkinson's Disease & Drugs of Abuse
Paul Garris' publications


Craig Gatto

We employ modern Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry along with electrophysiology to study the structure-function, mechanism, biosynthesis, assembly and cellular trafficking of P-type ATPases or Ion pumps (e.g. Na,K-ATPase, Ca-ATPases).
Craig Gatto's publications

Alysia Vrailas Mortimer
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Aging and environmental factors in meurological disorders and muscular dystrophies using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Wolfgang Stein
Wolfgang Stein

Mechanisms of sensorimotor Processing, Motor Pattern Generation and Neuromodulation of Neuronal Networks. We combine optical imaging with in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology.
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Wolfgang Stein's publications

Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea
Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Neurogenetic bases of locomotion and natural behavior using the nematode C. elegans.
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Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea's publications

Laura Vogel
Laura Vogel

Immune regulation at the cellular level, incorporating studies of genetics, biochemistry, and environmental effects
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Laura Vogel's publications

Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Robert Preston
Robert L. Preston
Osmoregulation in euryhaline fish and marine and freshwater invertebrates; energetics of membrane transport; mechanism of mercury inhibition of membrane transport systems; D-Amino acid transport and metabolism
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