Faculty in lab

As a learner-centered and discovery-driven institution, Western Michigan University values the research of its faculty. The following lists the research interests of faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Faculty research areas


Adjunct research areas

  • Allen Buhl, Ph.D.—pharmacology
  • Nicholas Duesbery, Ph.D.—cancer biology
  • Chris Fisher, Ph.D.—antiviral research
  • Neal Goodwin, Ph.D.—microbiology
  • Nichol Holodick, Ph.D.—immunology 
  • Rolf Kletzien, Ph.D.—cell and molecular biology
  • Erik Larson, Ph.D.—molecular and cellular biology 
  • David Linn, Ph.D.—neurophysiology
  • Charles Mackenzie, Ph.D.—tropical disease
  • James Mobley, Ph.D.—cancer research
  • Gregory Reichard, Ph.D.—pharmacology and chemistry
  • Ivan Richards, Ph.D.—pharmacology
  • Tom Rothstein, Ph.D.—immunology 
  • Gregory Vanden Heuvel, Ph.D.—transcriptional regulation of Kidney development 
  • Richard VanEnk, Ph.D.—microbiology
  • John Vrbanac, Ph.D.—pharmaceutical drug discovery


Emeriti research areas

  • Bruce Bejcek, Ph.D.—cancer biology
  • Leonard Beuving, Ph.D.—pathology, imaging
  • Richard Brewer, Ph.D.—ecology
  • David Cowan, Ph.D.—evolution, behavioral ecology
  • Joe Engemann, Ph.D.—zoology
  • Robert Eversole, Ph.D.—investigative pathology, Eosinophil, host parasite relationships
  • Stephen B. Malcolm, Ph.D.—ecology, chemical ecology
  • David Reinhold, Ph.D.—biochemistry, cancer biology
  • Susan Stapleton, Ph.D.—biochemistry, metabolism