The College of Science encourages institutional partnerships for research on the development of improved models for teaching, learning and cross-disciplinary integration of science, mathematics and technology and the understanding of their impact on society.

CDDC – Cell Differentiation and Development Center

The Cell Differentiation and Development Center is an inter-disciplinary aimed at increasing institutional research capacity at Marshall University. The products and outcomes of this venture will be applied to further technology-based economic development in Huntington, Cabell county and the surrounding tri-state area. Visit for more information.

DOW-MU STEM Partnership

The College of Science is seeking applications for funding from undergraduate students in any of the college disciplines to support undergraduate research.   To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a COS undergraduate program, and have an anticipated baccalaureate graduation date no earlier than May 2015.

Dr. Eric Blough’s Research

Laboratory of Molecular Physiology: Interested in how diseases (aging, syndrome X) affect cardiac, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle structure, signaling and function. Visit for more information.

Dr. Victor Fet’s Research

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Dr. Philippe Georgel’s Research

Research in Dr. Georgel’s laboratory is centered on the effects of chromatin on nuclear functions, with an emphasis on transcription regulation. It has long been established that both chromatin remodeling and the equilibrium between chromatin folding and unfolding act as regulating mechanisms of gene activation or repression. We recently designed a method that allows us to make physical measurements of defined chromatin fragments directly cleaved from the genome. The results strongly suggested that the textbook dogma linking chromatin condensation with gene repression and unfolding with transcription activation was not necessarily true for all genes, and may need to be revised. Visit http:// for more information.

Dr. Marcia Harrison’s Research

Major Research Goal: To elucidate the regulation of the biosynthesis of the gaseous plant hormone ethylene in response to environmental stress conditions and changes in orientation to gravity. Research projects have included studies of ethylene biosynthesis-mediated regulation of stem’s response to gravity and the evaluation of ethylene biosynthesis as an indicator of stress in hydroponically-grown strawberries. Visit for more information.

Dr. Thomas K. Pauley’s Research

Research interests include natural history, ecology, and conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in West Virginia. Undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in all aspects of these research topics. Visit for more information.

Dr. Peter Saveliev’s Research

Dr. Peter Saveliev’s research is in digital image analysis. For this purpose, I use the techniques of algebraic topology, especially homology theory. The applications are: image enhancement, image matching, search, and retrieval, tumor detection and other computer aided diagnosis, evaluation of the strength of a bone or other porous material, surveillance and other motion tracking tasks, and much more. Visit for more information.

Dr. Jagan Valluri’s Research

Dr. Jagan Valluri’s research centers around the effects of microgravity on biological systems; however, studies that are underway range from stem cell research in microgravity to the effects of microgravity on anti-tumor natural products. Visit for more information.