Jesse Krause

Dr. Krause earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Sonoma State University in 2007. He did his senior thesis with Dr. Daniel E. Crocker investigating the hormonal regulation of sodium balance in lactating and fasting elephant seals. In 2008, Dr. Krause joined the laboratory of John C. Wingfield at the University of California, Davis, and focused on the endocrine regulation of stress and reproduction in songbirds. After completing his Ph.D. he continued as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. John C. Wingfield for one year until a collaborative grant with Dr. Simone L. Meddle, at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, was funded in 2016. Between 2016 and 2018, Dr. Krause split his time between the University of California, Davis, and the Roslin Institute studying seasonal changes in gene expression associated with stress and reproduction. Dr. Krause was hired by the University of Nevada, Reno, Biology Department, in 2018 as a teaching assistant professor. Dr. Krause enjoys teaching using the dry erase board. He remains active in research and has several ongoing collaborations.

Research interests:
Dr. Krause is classically trained as a physiologist although his interests have broadened over his career to include ecology and behavior. He is particularly interested in how organisms integrate environmental information to control the expression and progression through life history stages (ie migration, breeding, molt, etc). As a field biologist working in California and Alaska, he has come to appreciate that no discipline within biology it is impossible to separate physiology from ecology and behavior. As an endocrinologist, he is particularly interested in how physiology and behavior are controlled through endocrine signaling mechanisms. Dr. Krause's Ph.D. and postdoctoral research focused on the regulation of stress and reproduction in White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) and Lapland longspurs (Calcarius lapponicus). Birds, as with many other species across a broad range of taxa, use the endocrine system to appropriately time reproduction while dealing with environmental challenges (predation, storms, food shortages, etc). The importance of the interplay between these two systems is becoming more evident as animals deal with a changing environment either through climate change or encroachment by urbanization. Seasonally breeding animals are under a strong selective pressure to breed at the appropriate time of year to ensure high fecundity. This has resulted in selection and utilization of key environmental signals, such as photoperiod, to control endocrine signaling cascades for various physiological processes including reproduction. However, environmental stressors can impair the reproductive axis through the secretion of the stress hormone corticosterone. Dr. Krause's Ph.D. and postdoctoral research have focused on the regulation of stress and reproduction by investigating plasma levels of hormone and tissue expression of receptors and steroid metabolizing enzymes.

Hiroshi Sawada

My research interests encompass experimental investigations of High Energy Density (HED) Science, particularly focusing on short pulse laser-solid interactions, relativistic electron generation, hard x-ray generation, and fast electron transport, all of which are relevant to laser fusion schemes such as Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and Fast Ignition (FI). The plasma conditions created by high-power lasers are expected to reach temperatures in the millions of degrees and densities above that of solid matter. I am particularly interested in using x-ray diagnostics (including x-ray spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, and x-ray imaging) to investigate these plasmas. This approach aids in understanding complex physical phenomena like the equation of state, phase transitions, radiation transport, shock wave heating, and compression in states of matter known as warm dense matter. Additionally, I am interested in the physics of charged particles generated by high-power, short-pulse lasers. The characterization and potential applications of these relativistic particles are also central to my research interests.

Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham

I am a research scientist with a background in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, and soil science. I am especially interested in applying bench-scale experiments and molecular level characterizations to understand field-scale behavior and fate of environmental contaminants and compounds.

Eric Crosbie

Dr. Eric Crosbie is a political scientist who examines commercial determinants of health and public health policy. His research focuses on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and examines how commercial industries (tobacco, food and beverage, alcohol, pharmaceutical and fossil fuel) are a key driver of the NCD epidemic and how they influence public health regulations.

Dr. Crosbie’s research is local in analyzing smoke-free environments and sugar-sweetened beverage taxation regulations in the U.S. as well as global in examining tobacco and nutrition packaging and labeling policies and the impact of trade on health. Dr. Crosbie has both local and international experience collaborating with health organizations and health advocates to educate and disseminate academic research findings to policymakers, including publishing research in Spanish to reach wider audiences. Dr. Crosbie also works with undergraduate and graduate students to publish and present research. Overall his research is multi-disciplinary combining elements of public health, political science, international relations, economics, law, and business to examine public health policy both locally and globally.

Richard Scott

My specialty is dental anthropology, with a focus on human tooth crown and root morphology. I have written or edited five books in this area, including The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth (1997), which came out as a second edition in 2018. Geographically, I have worked in the American Southwest, Alaska, the North Atlantic, Spain, and Hungary.

Dennis Mathew

Focus. Understanding how a nervous system produces behavior is one of the great challenges of neuroscience. A significant part of this challenge is to study the various complexities that affect information flow through a neural circuit. One level of complexity relates to how neuromodulators convey information about an animal’s internal state (e.g., hunger) to affect information flow through a neural circuit to shape behavior. Understanding the basic principles of this complexity is the focus of research in the Mathew Lab.

Goal. The goal of the research in the Mathew lab is to define elements of the cellular and molecular logic by which hunger states affect information flow in the Drosophila larval olfactory circuit to shape the larva’s behavior.

Significance. This research is of great importance to humans as a subject of both basic and translational science. From a basic science point of view, clarifying the mechanisms by which an animal’s hunger shapes its behavior is vital if we are to understand how flexibility and adaptability are built into a neural circuit. Ultimately, understanding such mechanisms is fundamental for decoding how neural circuits support animal cognition and behavior. From a translational science point of view, since this research examines how the modulation of an insect’s olfactory circuit affects its navigational decisions, it could inspire new strategies to help manage insect vectors of disease. This is significant because many insect pests that transmit diseases to millions of people each year navigate toward their human hosts by primarily relying on their olfactory senses.

Fang Jiang

Fang Jiang joined the Department of Psychology faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015. Her research examines relationship between brain structure and function/behaviors and the mechanisms underlying such relationship, with a particular emphasis on functional relevance of cross-modal responses consequent on sensory deprivation. She uses research methods including neuroimaging and behavioral measures.

Kathleen Rodrigues

Kathleen is a Quaternary geochronologist that specializes in radiation exposure dating techniques including optically stimulated luminescence, thermally stimulated luminescence and electron spin resonance. Her research interests are focused on the development and application of luminescence dating methods to address questions in Quaternary geomorphology, paleoclimatology, and archaeology. Her recent work has focused primarily on the development of novel methods for dating eruption events in the Great Basin and defining the timescales over which tephra reworking occurs in the landscape.

Aubree Carlson

Aubree Carlson, Ph.D., RN received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in 2012 followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014. She then received a Master of Science in Nursing in 2017 in the nurse educator track through the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Arizona, earning a Ph.D. in Nursing Science with an emphasis on health determinants science. Aubree has worked in the acute care setting as a telemetry and medical-surgical RN, and in the outpatient setting as a RN Care Coordinator and a nurse specialist in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Aubree is passionate about working with both undergraduate and graduate students, utilizing active learning techniques to enhance student engagement and understanding. Her primary research area of interest focuses on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) with an emphasis on dyspnea management techniques and early detection and diagnosis.

Scholarly Work
Carlson, A., Morrison, H., & Taylor-Piliae, R. (2023) Using the UCSF symptom management theory to manage dyspnea in patients with IPF. Poster Presentation. Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference.
Carlson, A., & Gephart, S. (2022). Measurement of perceived stress among Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN) students. Poster Presentation. Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference.
Carlson, A. (2021). Increasing COPD self-management strategies through nurse-to-patient education. Poster Presentation. Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference.
Carlson, A. (2019). Interstitial lung disease, Nevada RNFormation, 28(3), 11.

Invited Presentations
Carlson, A. (2023). Pulmonary rehabilitation: The first essential step. Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Summit. Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Orlando, FL
Carlson, A. (2023). Breathing exercises to many dyspnea. Stanford Health Care. Stanford, CA
Carlson, A. (2016). COPD self-management: Reducing hospitalizations and ED visits through nurse-to-patient education. Renown Health. Reno, NV