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A searchable database, UR-Linked allows aspiring undergraduate researchers, scholars, and artists to connect with faculty mentors across campus. UR-Linked includes faculty profiles as well as more specific information about their research projects and artistic endeavors.


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    Laity,John
      Cell Biology & Biophysics  
      Divalent Zinc (Zn) is an essential nutrient in Humans, which is found in all enzyme groups, and provides an essential structural scaffold for many common and essential protein motifs within our cells. Zn deficiency or excess are toxic. Mia-regulation of Zn has been implicated in a broad range of pathologigies including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Metal response element-binding Transcription Factor-1 (MTF-1) is the protein responsible for reducing cellular Zn excess, which is otherwise toxic. Our overarching goal in the Laity lab is to elucidate the molecular details of the cellular mechanisms that underlie the Zn regulatory function of MTF-1. This process involves other cellular proteins and even the zinc ion itself, which are major focus areas in our lab. The undergraduate research opportunities we offer provide valuable hands on training in protein expression/purification, gel electrophoresis (PAGE and western blotting), immuno-affinity column binding, calorimetry and biomolecular NMR approaches. We have "wet lab"-experimentally focused and computationally-oriented BioNMR data analysis projects available, depending on your particular interests. The Laity Lab has been, and is continueing a long and proud tradition of engaging undergraduate student researchers in our efforts, each focused on their own project after an initial training period with myself and Sr research Staff in the lab. To date over 23 undergraduates have participated in undergraduate research for course credit (LS 399/499) in my 15 years at UMKC, resulting in participation in SEARCH competitions every year it has been offered, with 5 First place SEARCH awards, 3 second place SEARCH awards, and over 6 undergraduate student authored peer-reviewed research publications (and more pending). The overarching goal of these studies is to inform future directions for our research centered on the emerging picture of the complex, multi-domain level control of gene expression by MTF-1 governed by an intricate interplay of Zn coordination chemistry, transient protein domain-domain (iner- and intra-molecular), protein-DNA interactions, and other co-factors including the p300 transcriptional co-activator and the exportin/Ran (Ras related GTPase) nuclear export protein complex.
    Lee,Jejung
      Geosciences  
      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
    Leiter,Debra
      Political Science  
      My research focuses on the intersection of elections, voters, and political parties with an emphasis on Western Europe. I primarily use survey data to understand how different types of citizens are influenced by different party and candidate characteristics. I am particularly interested in multiparty European elections. When faced with a wide menu of choices, how do citizens decide?
    Levy,Gayle
      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.
    Li,Xianping
    Lightner,Joseph
      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.
    Lim,Seung Lark
      Psychology  
      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).
    Lundgren,Jennifer
      Psychology  
      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.