Research Examples

The College of Integrative Sciences supports research that is both interdisciplinary and integrative.  Students are welcome to contact potential mentors who may or may not be presently listed as CIS faculty.  Below are examples of some recent past interdisciplinary projects.  These are dual mentored projects, but new projects may have only a single mentor, provided they are inherently interdisciplinary.

  • Antarctic Climate during the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs; advisors O'Connell (E&ES) and Kaparakis (QAC)
  • Smart Materials made from Mechanically-Linked Star Polymers; advisors Northrop (Chemistry) and Starr (Physics)
  • Disaccharide Biopreservation via Molecular Dynamics; advisors Othon (Physics) and Taylor (Chemistry)
  • Structure and Melting of a Four-Way DNA Junction: Comparison of Modeling and Experiment; advisors Mukerji (MB&B) and Starr (Physics)
  • The Role of Histone H1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae; advisors Holmes (Biology) and Weir (MB&B)
  • Dynamical Clustering: what can glasses teach us about the dynamical structure of cell membranes? advisors Othon (Physics) and Starr (Physics)
  • Msh2-Msh3 Actions in DNA Mismatch Repair and Repeat Expansion; advisors Hingorani (MB&B) and Naegele (NS&B)
  • A More Accurate Algorithm for Demarcating Bacterial Species; advisors Cohan (Biology) and Krizanc (Computer Science)
  • Experimental and Computational study of the Hydration Dynamics of Trehalose; advisors Othon (Physics) and Petersson (Chemistry)
  • Screening of the Drosophila melanogaster proteome for downstream initiated translation; advisors Krizanc (Computer Science) and Weir (Biology)