Faculty Research

The research of our faculty include areas such as, neural dynamics, neuroimmunology, mathematical neurophysiology, enzyme design, computer-aided drug design, and complex ecological systems.

One area where NJIT stands out is Mathematical Biology or Mathbio.  Mathbio uses mathematics to analyze and model biological systems.  NJIT is home to one of the largest group of Mathbio researchers in North America.  Currently there are 10 Mathbio researchers at NJIT.  Jorge Golowasch and Farzan Nadim are two experimentalists, who design and implements investigations in a laboratory.  The remaining members of the group are theorists, who develop and use mathematical models to understand neural phenomena, developmental biology, microvascular blood flow and immunocolloid labeling. Descriptions of the work of these researchers is available on the website for the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics (CAMS).
 

BIOLOGY FACULTY RESEARCH

Barden Lab:  Dr. Phil Barden works to understand patterns of extinction and evolution in eusocial insects through a multidisciplinary approach combining paleontology, imaging, genomics, and systematics. Social insects such as ants are ecologically impactful, heavily studied, and possess a rich amber fossil record. For these reasons, Dr. Barden uses this system to test the methodological limits of extracting data from fossilized organisms, the combined utility of genetic and paleontological data, how best to quantify and assess morphological evolution, and comparative genomic approaches for understanding convergence. Barden Lab Website: bardenlab.org

Bucher Lab:  As a neurobiologist,the main focus of Dr. Dirk Bucher's research is to understand how dynamics at different time scales, arising from ion channel and synaptic gating properties, neuromodulation, and long-term regulatory mechanisms give rise to stability and flexibility of neural activity patterns underlying behavior. STG Lab Website: stg.rutgers.edu

Bunker Lab: Dr. Daniel Bunker's research focuses on global change and species composition in the Northeastern US, species traits and ecoinformatics, tree species composition and ecosystem function in tropical forests. He researches the effects of land-use change on the neotropical dung beetle communities and multiple ecosystem services as well as biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and human wellbeing.The Bunker Lab - Community Ecology, Global Change, Ecoinformatics Website: web.njit.edu/~dbunker

Flammang Lab: Dr. Brooke Flammang’s lab uses a multidisciplinary approach in integrating comparative anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, fluid dynamics, and biologically inspired robotic devices to investigate the ways in which organisms interact with their environment and drive the evolutionary selection of morphology and function. By combining these different specialties she directly tests the effective relationship between an organism and its environment. Fluid Locomotion Laboratory Website: web.njit.edu/~flammang

Fortune Lab: Dr. Eric Fortune researches the interactions between sensory and motor systems that are used to generate and control animal behavior. His laboratory uses methodologies that cross levels of biological organization from the computational consequences of transmembrane molecules to the behavior of multi-species flocks. Dr. Fortune's research includes field studies of natural behavior in Amazon basin habitats and highly-controlled behavioral studies inside the laboratory, with a variety of neurophysiological approaches including intracellular recordings of CNS neurons in behaving animals, pharmachological studies, and mathematical modeling. Fortune Lab Website: web.njit.edu/~efortune

Garnier Lab: The research of Dr. Simon Garnier is related to various research fields, including ethology, experimental psychology, cognitive and social sciences and swarm intelligence. His main research interest is the emergence of intelligent collective behaviors in groups of social animals. Dr. Garnier examines how information is exchanged and transformed during interactions between the members of a group, and how this can lead to the emergence of "intelligent" group behaviors. Swarm Lab Website: www.theswarmlab.com

Golowasch Lab: The goal of Dr. Jorge Golowasch's research activities is to reach an understanding of the mechanisms that allow the nervous system to be simultaneously plastic and responsive to environmental and internal changes, and also to be stable. His research work applies to both experimental (electrophysiological and cell biological) as well as theoretical (analytical and numerical) approaches. These interests can be group in three categories: (1) Regulation of Neuronal Excitability, (2) Role of Linear, Voltage-independent Ionic Currents in Stabilizing Neuronal Activity, and (3) Capacitance Measurements in Glial Cells. STG Lab Website: stg.rutgers.edu

Haspel Lab: Dr. Gal Haspel researches the neurobiology of locomotion in the nematode C. elegans. His focus is at the levels from neuronal network to behavior and is working on projects that address the connectivity, activity, and recovery from injury of the locomotion network. The goals of the Haspel Lab group are 1) To nurture lab members and improve ourselves as scientists and 2) To discover principles that underlie animal locomotion by studying the neuroethology of locomotion in the nematode C. elegans. Haspel Lab Website: web.njit.edu/~haspel

​Nadim Lab: The focus of Dr. Farzan Nadim's research is to understand how synaptic dynamics, such as short-term depression and facilitation contribute to the generation and control of oscillatory neuronal activity. He combines computational, analytical and experimental techniques towards understanding how properties of neurons and their synaptic dynamics shape the output of oscillatory neuronal networks. In particular, Dr. Nadim studies the generation of rhythmic motor patterns in the crustacean stomatogastric nervous system (STNS). STG Lab Website: stg.rutgers.edu

Russell Lab: Dr. Gareth Russell's research is driven in large part by an intense interest in how complex ecological systems work. This interest manifests itself in a variety of specific research activities. One such activity involves the colonial wading birds of south Florida, and of Everglades National Park in particular. There are two main themes. One is analysis of the wading bird distribution data collected by the systematic reconnaissance flights. Another interest is information-based statistics in ecology, likelihood and Bayesian methods for estimating survivorship and related curves, small-world and other network models as they apply to ecological systems. Russell Lab: Spatial Ecology, Tracking and Monitoring Website: sites.google.com/a/njit.edu/russell-lab

Severi Lab: Dr. Kristen Severi researches the neural circuits underlying locomotor behavior in the larval zebrafish. These tiny fish with transparent bodies are ideal for studying in real time how the brain and spinal cord work together to produce the everyday movements the fish needs to swim around its environment. The techniques we are interested in are multidisciplinary, including high-speed behavioral recordings and analysis, dynamic imaging of calcium activity within populations of neurons, and electrophysiology. Severi Lab Website: kristenseveri.wixsite.com/severilab

Soares Lab: Dr. Daphne Soares studies neuroecology, the synthesis of neuroethological and ecological principles to understand the evolution of neural adaptation. The goal of her research is to determine the rules for neural adaptation to extreme environments, specifically in cavefishes, by incorporating ecological and neuroethological approaches. Soares Lab: Neuroecology of Unusual Animals Website: soares.squarespace.com


Above: Professor Farzan Nadim studies the synaptic dynamics of the digestive system of crabs.