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Primary Contacts for the PFG Scholars Program

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Biology and Microbiology

Dr. Beatrice Holton
Dr. Beatrice Holton
Department of Biology and Microbiology; (920) 424-7087
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I study the development of chick embryos.  I use proteomics and functional genomics to understand how two populations of embryonic cells become different from each other.  I also teach introductory biology (Bio 105), introductory cell and molecular biology (Bio 323), developmental biology (Bio 316), cell/immunology laboratory (Bio 374) AND I am the fearless leader of the biology spring field trip (Bio 373)!


 DR. Jim Paulson

Dr. Jim Paulson
Department of Chemistry; (920) 424-7100
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I am primarily a biochemist and I study the process of mitosis (cell division), the structure of mitotic chromosomes, and the mechanism of chromosome condensation at mitosis.  These studies are done using cultured mammalian cells (human or mouse), cultured chicken cells, and yeast.  At various times I also teach biochemistry I (Chem 303), biochemistry lab (Chem 304), advanced biochemistry (Chem 315) and other courses. 

Computer Science


Dr. Tom Naps

Dr. Tom Naps
Department of Computer Science; (920) 424-1388
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From a computer science perspective, a gene sequence can be thought of as an extremely long sequence of characters that must be searched for particularly important patterns.   These sequences of characters are so long that traditional computer science methods are far too slow to successfully extract the information that biologists need from them.   The new field of bioinformatics studies methods that have recently been discovered to cope with these pattern-searching problems.   Beyond that computer scientists often work with biologists in helping them visualize the enormously complex (and graphically beautiful) structures involved in protein analysis.


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