Check out research opportunities with the following Origins faculty members. Many other opportunities exist in addition to those listed here. If you are a student looking for a research opportunity in an area not listed here, feel free to email origins @case.edu or evolution @case.edu to inquire!
This research focuses on engineering functional biologic replacements to repair damaged or diseased tissues in the body:
There are many kinds of opportunities for students to work with Dr Benard, whose research deals with natural selection, evolutionary diversification, and the structure of ecological communities:
Dr Decker’s current research in the laboratory of cerebral blood flow & metabolism is based on the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate capillary structure/function as a component of the neurovascular unit:
Dr Harvey is the Principal Investigator for the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program. His interests are diverse, including among other things various processes on Earth and Mars and the geochemical and climatological limits on biological activity in cryogenic settings:
Dr Jones is Director of Science, William A. and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed Chair of Ornithology, and Curator and Head of Ornithology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is an expert on birds and their evolutionary history. He specializes in comparative phylogeography, a field that compares the geographic patterns of genetic variation among populations of a species with those of other species occupying the same habitat. Dr. Jones can involve students in diverse areas of research in both the museum and the field, for varying lengths of time. He can also help point students to other areas of research available at the museum.
Dr LaManna’s current research in the laboratory of cerebral blood flow & metabolism is based on the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate capillary structure/function as a component of the neurovascular unit:
The Manot Cave Dig
The Manot Cave is a unique archeological site located in northwest Israel. It contains what may well be indications of Neanderthal and H sapiens cross-breeding. It is an active karstic cave with remains of human occupation during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic periods. These remains document the dispersion of modern humans from Africa to Eurasia and seeks to uncover the physical and cultural affinities of the ancient dwellers in the cave, through a multi-disciplinary research project involving an international and diverse group of scholars.
Contact: Project coordinator, Yvonne McDermott firstname.lastname@example.org
Mongolia Dinosaur Expedition
Partial funding may be available to help a student go on the Dinosaur Expedition to the Gobi, Mongolia with Dr Michael Ryan and Dr Patricia Princehouse
Contact: Dr Princehouse email@example.com
Dr Mathur’s interests involve Theoretical Physics: Condensed matter physics, Particle-Astrophysics and Cosmology:
Dr Strychalski’s Research interests include mathematical biology, scientific computing and computational fluid dynamics
Dr Weiss is the Cowan-Blum Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine (Endocrine Division). His investigations focus in two areas of molecular endocrinology: (a) insulin, insulin signaling, and diabetes mellitus; and (b) sex determination and infertility.:
The Willis lab studies mechanisms of insect behavior, especially how animals use odors to locate mates, food, etc.Ands also how moths’ nervous systems coordinate with their flight muscles while they are flying in order to begin to understand how the central nervous system controls flight.
Dr Simpson is the Francis Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology. He uses plants as model systems to investigate the mechanisms by which DNA within the cell can change rapidly, particularly in response to external stimuli.
Dr Simpson is a paleoanthropologist in the Dept of Anatomy, who also works closely with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He is involved with the Gona project in Ethiopia and a member of the scientific team that analyzed Ardipithecus, mankind’s earliest ancestor. The group’s work was chosen as Science magazine’s “Science Breakthrough of the Year.” that has “rewritten the book on human evolution.”
Contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ritzmann’s research is aimed at determining how animals move through the kinds of complex terrain found in natural settings. A great model organism has been the cockroach. His data are also used in efforts to design and build hexapod robots that can navigate extreme environments on earth and other planets.
Focco van den Akker
The goal of Dr van den Akker’s research is to elucidate the molecular intricacies of enzyme mechanism and receptor activation and use that knowledge to develop inhibitors and activators for pharmaceutical purposes.
James van Orman
Dr van Orman’s research concerns geochemistry and mineral physics, including planetary interiors and the evolving early solar system: