Molecular Biology&Biochemistry Biology - General Cell Biology & Biophysics
The precise and largely stereotyped connectivity patterns of neurons underlie simple knee-jerk-like reflexes and complex behavior, like playing the violin. While we have a good understanding of the conserved genetic and molecular mechanisms that drive the initial steps of nervous system formation, we possess a far more rudimentary knowledge of those that drive neural circuit formation and animal behavior. By focusing on the development and function of the Drosophila adult ventral nerve cord (VNC), which controls behaviors, such as walking, flying, and grooming, our research leverages the power of the fly model system to dissect the genetic and cellular basis of neural circuit formation and behavior.
Prof. Lee specializes in hydrogeology and environmental geophysics with emphasis on engineering application to computational hydro-geomechanics. His research focuses on developing numerical and theoretical methodologies that merge various hydrologic and geologic data including geophysical data, GIS information, and field sampling data into a stochastic modeling framework to characterize uncertain hydrologic processes, transport of contaminants, and unknown structures of basins/reservoirs. He is also interested in developing innovative geophysical/geotechnical methods to characterize hydrogeologic structures and remotely monitor contaminant transport. His recent projects are to quantify impacts of climate change on groundwater recharge with integration of surface soil cover, land use and vegetation. He teaches hydrogeology, geotechnics, environmental geophysics, spatial data analysis, and introductory environmental science
My research focuses on the intersection of elections, voters, and political parties. I examine how political and social context changes the way people make political decisions. Primarily using surveys, my scholarly work looks at how different types of citizens are influenced by different institutional, social network, party, and candidate characteristics. While I have studied countries across the globe, I am particularly interested in multiparty European elections- when faced with a wide menu of choices, how do citizens decide?
Foreign Languages & Literature
My research centers on the French experience of World War II and the wars of decolonization. I am currently translating the memoirs of a former French resistance fighter into English and doing research on Hélie de Saint Marc, a former "résistant" and captain in the French Foreign Legion during the French-Algerian War. I have also written books and articles on turn-of-the-century French poetry and culture, French 19th-century conceptions of genius and "poésie scientifique." In addition to students interested in these subjects, I would love to mentor students looking to do research into any aspect of 19th- and 20th-century French culture, history, arts, etc.
I am a social scientist who adopts various research methods to explore and understand the political economy of social development and labor issues. My current research projects include financialization and regulation of the platform economy, growth and distribution in East Asian development, as well as feminist radical political economy.
Nursing - General
Dr. Joey Lightner is a public health practitioner and researcher interested in reducing health disparities. Through his research, Dr. Lightner strives to improve the lives of marginalized individuals by preventing disease before it occurs. He works to find ways of increasing physical activity, especially for youth in Kansas City.
Dr. Lightner serves as a Health Commissioner on the local board of health and evaluates several local, innovative projects to reduce the transmission of HIV. Nationally, Dr. Lightner is a Governing Councilmember for the American Public Health Association and helps to lead the national conversation to improve physical activity behavior.
Dr. Lightner collaborates with Truman Medical Centers, Children’s Mercy Hospital, KC Health Department, KC Parks and Recreation, KC Public Schools, Youth Ambassadors, KC Area Transit Authority and several other organizations. He attempts to understand how social relationships may lead to improvements in health behaviors, including physical activity. In the past, Dr. Lightner has conducted studies on community capacity building, active transportation, LGBT health, HIV, health inequity, and several other areas.
Dr. Lightner is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in physical activity and PhD in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. Joey enjoys Sporting KC matches, hiking, kayaking, SUP boarding, sailing, and is an amateur triathlete.
Neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive-affective interactions and value-based decision-making, and their implications for affective-behavioral dysregulation in normal and clinical populations (e.g., anxiety disorder, addiction, eating disorder, obesity).
Nursing - General
Dr. Cynthia Russell is a Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and her PhD from Saint Louis University. She completed a post-doctorate from John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic. Dr. Russell presents locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics related to her program of research, professional issues, evidence-based practice, research, and advanced nursing practice. She led a task force that published the first edition of the Scope and Standards for Transplant Nursing Practice and the Transplant Competencies.
Dr. Russell’s program of research focuses on self-management of chronic disease, specifically behavior change in those with kidney and heart disease. She has recently completed an NIH R01 as Primary Investigator to test a SystemCHANGE intervention to improve medication adherence, psychologic, physiologic and cost outcomes in adult kidney transplant recipients. Dr. Russell’s research program has been funded consistently since 2002 in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $2,585,224. She leads a inter-professional research team in transplantation.
Dr. Russell's undergraduate research students have the opportunity to participate in the inter-professional research team meetings, participate in all aspects of research projects, develop and present research poster and slide presentations, and participate in manuscript development and publications.
Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Civil & Mechanical Engineering
My research focus is on 3D Printing for medical devices, which includes scaffolds used for cell development and tissue growth guidance in tissue engineering applications, as well as appliances for e.g. dental treatments, such as clear aligners. My lab works on the development of microsphere-based scaffolds to treat defects that enclose multiple tissues, such injuries to the cartilage and underlying bone in moving joints. Assembled from different materials, such scaffolds can provide the right signals to achieve either cartilage or bone growth in the appropriate regions of the scaffold to regenerate the tissue. Another development is the design and testing of implants that are to be used in bone regeneration in the upper jaw before placing dental implants to give them a strong hold and avoid implant failure.
Our team's research focuses on the interaction of eating behavior, sleep, and circadian rhythm, and we have expertise in the research, assessment, and treatment night eating syndrome (NES). Graduate students in the lab also study eating disorders, body image/weight stigma, and obesity.