The primary focus in the field of structural biology is to determine the structures of the molecules in our cells and figure out exactly how they work. Dr. Scott Stagg, FSU researcher and chemistry/biochemistry professor, uses a special technique called cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) to create three-dimensional structures of these molecules to better learn how they make bonds, break bonds, assemble and disassemble.
Dr. Christian Bleiholder, FSU professor and principle investigator at the Bleiholder Laboratory, is developing ion-mobility spectrometry–mass spectrometry (IMS-MS) techniques to characterize the structure of these proteins and further develop these methods for research.
Dr. Lifeng Lin is an assistant professor of statistics here at FSU. Lin and his students are working on meta-analysis, which combines new and existing research findings to accurately estimate the effects of certain topics of interest, including COVID-19.
Theoretical population geneticist, Peter Beerli, maintains and further develops software that he started to write around 2000. The computer program, “Migrate,” uses genetic data to evaluate the size of populations of animals, plants, or pathogens and the magnitude of migration among these populations. Many biologists in the fields of evolution, population genetics, conservation, and biogeography use his software.
Chen Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Scientific Computing, conducts research to develop new computational tools that can predict the properties of materials at a nanoscale based on computer simulations.
Assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS), Allison Wing, conducts hurricane simulations to study how storms in the tropics are affected by and interact with climate. Dr. Wing and her team create and analyze computer models of tropical clouds, hurricanes and atmospheric processes to try to understand how hurricanes are formed. These models allow Dr. Wing and her team to simulate experiments unavailable in the real world.
Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies, has conducted social research work focused on a variety of target groups, ranging from U.S. criminal justice officers to parents who are undergoing a divorce.
Neda Yaghoobian, an assistant professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, has a keen interest in thermo-fluid dynamics. Through her research, she is examining the relationship between the ground and the atmosphere to better understand airflow and its effects on “where we live and what we experience.”
There is an undeniable stigma associated with poorer or more ethnically homogenous communities receiving unjust attention from government parties. Christopher Reenock decided to take a closer look and see which communities are facing greater risks. Furthermore, he wanted to find out what services government parties are providing for these neighborhoods.