Research in the sciences at Gonzaga University covers a broad range of topics. In addition to the traditional definitions of the disciplines, we offer cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Explore our faculty and their research interests below.
Not all faculty have open research positions! Faculty research needs change each semester.To optimize being selected, students must check with the research mentors below before beginning the application process. A limited number of paid positions are available during the academic year.
For more independent research opportunities, check out our neighbors across the river at WSU Spokane, particularly in the College of Medical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Not all WSU faculty can take a research student but all welcome the chance to talk about their research so feel free to contact them regarding possible opportunities. In addition, you can find information about international research or off-campus summer research programs.
The Biology Department at Gonzaga University maintains a 920 sq. ft. greenhouse, with one growing room, located on the south end of Hughes Hall. The greenhouse serves three missions: housing a teaching collection of plants, providing growing space for student projects and materials for teaching labs, and providing growing space for faculty research projects. If your research will make use of the Gonzaga Greenhouse, you will find more information HERE.
Faculty Research Interests
Elizabeth Addis: Mechanisms of Life History Control
Kirk Anders: Genetics and Genomics of Bacterial Viruses
Christy Andrade: Arthropod-borne Virus Transmission by Mosquitos
Betsy Bancroft: The Ecology and Conservation of Aquatic Systems
Julie Beckstead: Interactions Between Invasive Plant Species and Seed Pathogens
Carla Bonilla: Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Stress Response
David Boose: Ecology of Rare Plant Populations in the Inland Northwest
Gary Chang: Ecology of Predatory and Herbivorous Insects
Bill Ettinger: Research Areas: Disinfection of Catheter Ports and Characterization of Viral Proteins
Joey Haydock: Reproductive Partitioning in the Cooperatively Breeding Acorn Woodpecker
Stephen Hayes: Waterfowl Ecology
Hugh Lefcort: Predator/Prey Relations in Aquatic Crustaceans
John Orcutt: Paleoecology of the Inland Northwest
Marianne Poxleitner: Bacteriophage Biology, Plant Cell Biology, and Genetic Enhancement of Crops
Nancy Staub: Salamander Evolutionary Biology
Brook Swanson: Evolution of Complex Mechanical Systems in Animals
David Cleary: Synthesis and Characterization of Extended Inorganic Compounds with Applications to Chemical Sensors, Batteries, and Catalysis
Shannen Cravens: Molecular Recognition of DNA by Transcription Factor Proteins
Matt Cremeens: Physical Organic Chemistry
Jeff Cronk: Enzymatic and Structural Studies of β-Carbonic Anhydrase
Greg Gidofalvi: Computational Chemistry/Electronic Structure
Kate Leamy: RNA Chemistry and Biology
Masaomi Matsumoto: Bioorganic Chemistry
Eric Ross: Stationary Phase Development for Chromatographic Analysis of Biomembrane Interactions
Jennifer Shepherd: Rhodoquinone Biosynthesis in Parasitic Helminths
Joanne Smieja: Household Water Treatments
Stephen Warren: Synthesis and Development of a Diagnostic Agent for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes
Jeff Watson: Mechanism of Bacterial HMG-CoA Reductase, a Target for Novel Antibiotics
Bonni Dichone: Mathematical Modeling, Interaction-diffusion Equations, Turning Patterns, Population Dynamics, Desertification
Research at WSU-Spokane
Research interests and contact information can be found by clicking on the faculty name.