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Science Research

The Division of Science, Mathematics, and Information Science and Technology provides students with many opportunities to participate in research.  The listing below shows currently active groups.  While the listing is by department, it should be emphasized that much of the research being done in the division is interdisciplinary.  Any student who is interested in doing research in one of these areas should contact the lead professor.

Biology

Durham Brooks Lab

Led by Professor Tessa Durham Brooks, this lab works on problems related to plant genomics.  The lab has developed an inexpensive, high-resolution, high-throughput root imaging system that is being used to study the gravitropism response of Arabidopsis roots.
Contact: tessa.durhambrooks@doane.edu
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Chemistry

Andrea Holmes, Ph.D.

Dr. Holmes is developing new micro-sized and nano-sized sensors for detection of small molecules, such as abused narcotics, environmental contaminants, warfare agents, explosives and disease related markers. 
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Contact: andrea.holmes@doane.edu
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Environmental and Earth Science

Russell Souchek, Ph.D. - Chair, Environmental and Earth Sciences

Professor Souchek works on problems related to particulate air quality, groundwater pollution (particularly nitrates), alternative energy using photovoltaic panels, animal behavior (particularly black-tailed prairie dogs, fish and hermit crabs), invertebrate and aquatic ecology.
Contact: russ.souchek@doane.edu

Physics

Computational Physics Lab

Led by Professor Chris Wentworth, this lab uses the tools of statistical physics and computational science to investigate problems in condensed matter physics and biology.   Recent work includes developing computer simulations of solid state diffusion, computer simulations of biofilm growth, and image processing codes to help with plant genome research.
Contact: chris.wentworth@doane.edu
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