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HHMI Faculty Research
Faculty Research Opportunities: West Michigan is rapidly becoming a hub of world-class biomedical and life-science research with the establishment of the Van Andel Institute, the move of the Michigan State Medical School to Grand Rapids, and the formation of the Center for Molecular Medicine. Thus there are many new and exciting opportunities for Hope college faculty to engage in collaborative biomedical research. We will strengthen relationships with these institutions by providing grants to faculty to establish new collaborative research partnerships with scientists at these institutions. This will also provide exciting new biomedical research opportunities for Hope students. Opportunities for faculty to expand their own knowledge base into new biomedical areas will also be made available through support for training courses and professional workshops.
The HHMI Steering Committee awarded to the following faculty members:
Dr. Susan Dunn, Department of Nursing, with collaborative research with Dr. Nathan Tintle, Dr. Maureen Dunn and Dr. Patricia Rohling, all of Hope College: Home Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise, and No Exercise and Their Relationship with Hopelessness and Depression in Individuals with Coronary Heart Disease
Dr. Brent Krueger, Department of Chemistry: Understanding the Role of Structural Dynamics in Single-Molecule FRET Experiments
Drs. Aaron Best, Dereje Desta and Greg Murray, Department of Biology: Screening of Natural Seed Extracts from Tropical and Domestic Plants for Anti-Parasitic Activity
Dr. Maria Hledin, Department of Chemistry: Use of VACM-1/cul5 as a Biomarker for Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance
Dr. Christopher Barney & Dr. Leah Chase, Departments of Biology and Biochemistry, Investigating Neurotoxicity in Rats Using Microdialysis and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.
Dr. Aaron Best & Dr. Michael Pikaart, Departments of Biology and Biochemistry, Nucleosome dynamics in Giardia lamblia: A preliminary search for histone modifications in a primitive eukaryote.
Dr. Gregory Fraley & Ms. Linda Graham, Departments of Biology and Dance, Effects of Dance and Martial arts Performance on Salivary Cortisol Levels.
Dr. Scott VanderStoep & Dr. Kirk Brumels, Departments of Psychology and Kinesiology, The Psychological Profile of Young Athletes with Overuse Injuries.
Dr. Airat Bekmetjev (Mathematics) and Dr. Charles Cusak (Computer Science), Simulations and Probabilistic Algorithms in Graph Pebbling.
Dr. Susan Dunn (Nursing) and Dr. Nathan Tintle (Mathematics), Development and Testing of a New State-Trait Hopelessness Scale.
Dr. Edward Hansen (Geological and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Timothy Evans (Biology), and Prof. Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman (Geological and Environmental Sciences), The use of Pollen from Lake Sediment Cores to Reconstruct Dune History and Ecology.
Dr. Ryan McFall (Computer Science) and Dr. Catherine Mader (Physics), Evaluating the Impact on Student Learning of a Collaborative, Interactive Textbook.
Dr. Mary Inman & Dr. Christopher Barney, Departments of Psychology and Biology, Physiological Changes Related to Perceiving Racism.
Dr. Jeff Brown & Prof. Amanda Barton, Departments of Engineering and Nursing, Improving Drinking Water Quality for Rural Villages in West Africa: A Case Study of Nkuff, Kumbo Province, Cameroon.
Dr. Aaron Best, Dr. Matthew DeJongh, & Dr. Nathan Tintle, Departments of Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics, Evaluation and Implementation of Structural Equation Modeling as a Statistical Method for Refining Theoretical Genome-Scale Models with Experimental Data.
Prof. Paulette Chaponniere & Dr. Lorna Jarvis, Departments of Nursing and Psychology, Coping, Acculturation and Preterm Labor among Hispanic Immigrants, Mexican Americans and Non-Hispanic Women.
Dr. Brent Krueger & Dr. Michael Pikaart, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Understanding the Biological Function and Biophysical Details of Gata/DNA Binding Using Time-Resolved Fluorescence and Computational Modeling.
Dr. Graham Peaslee, Ms. Carolina Contreras, & Dr. Greg Murray, Departments of Chemistry, Geological & Environmental Sciences and Biology, Characterization of Water Quality Problems in Human-made Ponds in the Macatawa Watershed.
Dr. Janet Andersen & Dr. Leah Chase, Departments of Mathematics and Biology/Chemistry, Use of Kinetics to Characterize the Mechanism of Cystine/Glutamate Exchange by the Transporter, System Xc
Dr. Greg Murray & Dr. William Mungall, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Antifungal Compounds in Seeds of Pioneer Plants: Effects on Community-level Processes in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest.
Dr. Jonathan Peterson & Dr. Mike Seymour, Departments of Geological & Environmental Sciences and Chemistry, Identification, Quantification and Fate of Antibiotics and Estrogens in Surface and Ground Water.