Mentors

Current Mentors

A mentor is carefully chosen for each scholar when master’s work commences.  The Bridges team and the scholar’s home department work together to find a mentor that fits the scholar’s research interests.

Peter Boyd, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Graduate Program Coordinator
Center for Multidisciplinary Studies

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Jess Cuculick, Ed.D.

Associate professor
Dept. of Liberal Studies

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Research interests:
social media, public health, infant care, breastfeeding practice

Peter Hauser, Ph.D.

Director
Deaf Studies Laboratory
Professor
Dept. of ASL & Interpreting

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Research interests:
Deaf cognition, sign language research, Deaf capital and psychosocial well-being, post-secondary science mentoring

Corey Ptak

Lecturer
Gosnell School of Life Sciences

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Research interests:
environmental remediation of soils in urban areas, sustainable urban development, reducing human health impacts from soils contaminated with heavy metals

P. J. Simpson-Haidaris, Ph.D.

Associate professor
Department of Medicine

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Research interests:
role of fibrinogen in the pathogenesis of disease progression and resolution, vasculature in the prostate, breast carcinoma

Tina Sutton, Ph.D.

Assistant professor
College of Liberal Arts

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Research interests:
psychology of language, cognition and emotion, emotion word representation within and across languages, hemispheric specialization

Christina Goodreau Collison.

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

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Research interests:
chemistry education, organic chemistry, synthesis, STEM Education Research

Lea Michele.

Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

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Research interests:
biochemistry, biophysics, protein vaccines, structural biology, protein biochemistry, bacterial proteins

Stephen Dewhurst.

Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Cancer Center

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Research interests:
HIV VACCINE AND MICROBICIDE DEVELOPMENT: An effective HIV vaccine must elicit protective immune responses at mucosal sites of virus transmission

Previous Mentors

Peter Bajorski, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences

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Research interests:
imaging science, network communication, biomedical applications, high-dimensional data

Michelle Dziejman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology

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Research interest:
Type III secretion system mediated pathogenesis of V. cholerae

Elizabeth Hane, Ph.D.

Assistant professor
Dept. of Biological & Environmental Sciences

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Research interests:
factors that influence tree regeneration, calcium cycling

Jeffrey Lodge, Ph.D.

Associate professor, extended faculty member
Gosnell School of Life Sciences

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Research interests:
microalgae growth on wastewater for the production of biodiesel fuel, nutrient removal, food processing wastewater to decrease BOD

Michael Osier, Ph.D.

Associate professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences

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Research interests:
data mining, metabolomics, pedagogy

Todd Pagano, Ph.D.

2012 US Professor of the Year
Director
Laboratory Science Technology Program
Associate professor
Dept. of Science & Mathematics

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Research interests:
monitoring natural waters, multidimensional fluorescence with chemometric analysis of wine & grapes (Enology & Viticulture), intermolecular energy transfer in fluorescence spectroscopy, fate and transport of carcinogens from cigarette smoke in the lungs, chemical analysis of electronic cigarettes, development of novel instrumentation for the simultaneous detection of spectral data, characterization of fruit components for migratory bird studies

Kate Wright

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences

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Research interests:
Cognitive issues in student understanding of biological processes, research-based tools for improving student understanding in cell and molecular biology

Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Dept. of Medicine, Nephrology
Professor
Dept. of Medical Humanities & Bioethics

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Research interests:
B cell differentiation and antibody production regulation, translational studies of human immune responses to vaccination

Jason Nordhaus

Assistant Professor

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Research interests:
the evolution and dynamics of magnetic fields in evolved stars, close binary interactions, core-collapse supernovae, nucleosynthesis in RGB/AGB stars, and binary-induced shaping of planetary nebulae

Scott Steele, Ph.D.

Director
Regulatory Science Program,

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Research interests:
areas from science policy and public health preparedness to regulatory science and medical product development.

Todd Jusko

Associate Professor
Department of Public Health Science
Department of Environmental Medicine

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Research interests:
the environmental causes of human disease

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