Dr. Matthew Barlow
Title: Associate Professor of Physiology, Biology Graduate Coordinator
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 201
- Doctorate of Philosophy (Integrative Physiology)
- January 2006-December 2008 University of North Texas Health Science
- Masters of Biomedical Science
- August 2002-May 2005 University of North Texas Health Science
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- 1994-1999 University of New Mexico
Dr. Barlow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He joined the faculty in 2010 after completing work as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Dr. David Proctor
Post-concussion Neuro-cognitive and Physiological evaluation and testing
Dual Task Testing
Autonomic regulation of the Cardiovascular System in Post-concussive athletes
Aging and metabolism effects on cognition and blood flow
Cardiovascular health disparities in hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Control of the skeletal muscle blood flow by the sympathetic nervous system
Cardiovascular preconditioning of exercise training
Opioid receptor control of cardiovascular physiology
Opioid modulation of neurotransmitter release
Title: Science Technician, Information and Tours
Office Location: Science Building (S), Room 207
Dr. Youngkoo Cho
Title: Professor of Plant Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 202
- Ph.D. South Dakota State University 1997
- M.S. University of Arizona 1993
- B.S. Chonbuk National University 1979
I teach the following courses: General Biology I (BIOL 154), General Biology II (BIOL 155), General Botany (BIOL 216/L), Genetics (BIOL 304/L), Plant Systematics (BIOL 410/510/L), Plant Structure and Function (BIOL 420/520/L), Environment, Resources, and Policy (BIOL 417/516), etc.
One of our interests is to understand genetic and biochemical mechanisms of abiotic (water, drought, salt, etc.) stress responses and seed vigor in plants including legume family. This is ultimately for developing stress tolerant (transgenic) crops, which are adapted to semi- and dry regions. Other studies focus on identification of abiotic stress responsive genes, and characterization and mapping of the genes to further study gene regulation and expression in plants, and to use stress associated genes to develop stress-resistant cultivars.
Our research interests also include genetics and agronomy of seed quality and leaf characteristics, growth regulator effects on growth characteristics, accumulation of nicotinic acid betaine (trigonelline; TRG) under stress environments, mapping quantitative traits loci (QTLs) associated with foliar TRG accumulation, and planting date effects on grain yield.
Dr. Kenwyn Cradock
Title: Department Chair, Professor of Entomology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 310
- Ph.D. The Ohio State University 2005 (Entomology)
- M.S. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 1998 (Plant Pathology)
- B.S. University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 1995 (Entomology and Plant Pathology)
ENMU is the recipient of a US Dept. of Education HSI STEM grant of which I am the director. The grant aims to improve the awareness and preparation of high school students for STEM degrees and careers, along with providing resources and opportunities to undergraduate students in the STEM fields.
The focus of my research is the management of vector-borne diseases while minimizing the impact on non-target organisms. While in South Africa I investigated the use of cultural techniques (resistant varieties, mulches) to manage non-persistently transmitted viruses (specifically Potyviridae vectored by aphids) in vegetable crops (specifically zucchini). My research at The Ohio State University focused on the potential of an entomopathogenic fungus (Beauveria bassiana) as a management agent of the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). These studies included evaluation under laboratory and field conditions, and the impact of infection on tick water-balance, an important component of off-host tick survival.
In addition, my current research includes the study of arthropod diversity in New Mexico and Forensic Entomology. I have research projects that continue the investigation of tick management strategies and the understanding of off-host unfed tick biology, the insect fauna associated with decomposition in eastern New Mexico, and in science education.
Dr. Jesse Filbrun
Title: Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 212
- Ph.D. The Ohio State University 2013 (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology)
- B.S. Bowling Green State University 2008 (Biology)
I teach the following courses: General Ecology (BIOL 303/L), Fisheries Management and Conservation (BIOL 404/504), Limnology (BIOL 430/530), Ichthyology (BIOL 436/536/L), and Pedagogy and Professional Development (BIOL 508).
I strive to understand how early-life feeding, development, and growth of fishes impacts recruitment to adult populations. Compared to the time spent as adults, the larval and early-juvenile life stages of fishes are disproportionately influential to lifetime reproductive success and hence to managing fisheries. In this context, the common thread to my research is testing mechanistic linkages between the early-life success of fishes and fluctuations in their physical and biological environments. I am fortunate to have worked in a diversity of ecosystems throughout my professional career. I have performed experiments in small aquaria in the laboratory, manipulated aquaculture ponds, sampled large inland reservoirs and lakes, and studied plankton dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico. Most recently, I established a drifting egg and larval fish survey in the Pecos River to quantify fish assemblage responses to ongoing environmental change. More information about my teaching and research interests can be found at my personal website (see link).
Dr. Zhiming Liu
Title: Professor of Molecular Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 102
- Ph.D. Texas Tech University 1994
- M.S. University of Washington 1990
- B.A. Shanghai Ocean University 1982
I teach the following courses: BIOL 154 General Biology I, BIOL 222 Cell Biology, BIOL 375 General Biotechnology, BIOL 380 Endocrinology, BIOL 425/525 Molecular Biology, BIOL 427/527 Developmental Biology, BIOL 492 Undergraduate Seminar and BIOL 528 Biotechnology. Some courses are offered once every two years.
My research interests span several disciplines including reproductive physiology, and cell and molecular biology. Graduate students in my laboratory study physiological regulation of fruit cracking in Chinese jujube (Ziziphus jujuba), and molecular mechanisms of seed abortion in an endangered tree species (Davidia involucrata).
We also study the effects of environmental pollutants on gene expression, steroid production, and ovulation of an amphibian species (Xenopus laevis). Our research projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), and other agencies.
Dr. Ivana Mali
Title: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 213
- Ph.D. Texas State University 2014 (Aquatic Resources)
- M.S. Texas State University-San Marcos 2010 (Wildlife Ecology)
- B.S. Henderson State University 2008 (Biology)
The courses I teach are: Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (BIOL 110), Herpetology (BIOL 411/511), Mammalogy (BIOL 431/531), Landscape Ecology and GIS (BIOL 460/560), Onithology (BIOL 442/542), Wildlife Management, etc.
Broadly, my research interest is wildlife ecology and management. I am interested in studying vertebrate communities (primarily small mammals, birds, and herpetofauna) in desert and prairie grasslands, and using museum collections to understand patterns of species distributions. Understanding how animal populations respond to various direct and indirect anthropogenic pressures in these declining environments is crucial in applying proper conservation actions. I also continue to work on freshwater turtle conservation, particularly western river cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi) and ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata). My previous research has focused mainly on freshwater turtle management and ecology. My research topics have included reproductive ecology, testing field sampling biases, movement ecology, and developing new techniques to monitor movement. I have also contributed more broadly to global issues by evaluating freshwater turtle sustainability under anthropogenic pressures such as road density, harvest, and efficacy of management regimes.
Dr. Darren Pollock
Title: Professor of Entomology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 311
- Ph.D. University of Alberta 1994
- M.Sc. University of Manitoba 1988
- B.S.A. University of Manitoba 1985
I am the invertebrate zoologist in the Department of Biology, and I teach the following courses: General Biology I (BIOL 154), General Biology II (BIOL 155), Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 300/L), General Entomology (BIOL 301/L), Parasitology (BIOL 341/L), Evolution and Systematics (BIOL 305), Biological Literature (BIOL 582), and Evolution (BIOL 562). I am also the head curator of collections, and curator of invertebrates, of the ENMU "Dr. Antonio 'Tony' Genaro Natural History Museum".
My research deals with the taxonomy, ecology, systematics, and biogeography of insects, specifically beetles of the large superfamily Tenebrionoidea and (recently begun) robber flies of the family Asilidae. My beetle work involves a combination of larval and adult morphological characters to elucidate phylogenies and classifications of taxa of interest. For the robber flies, I
Title: Lecturer of Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 111
- M.S. Eastern New Mexico University 2007 (Applied Ecology)
- B.S. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 2004 (Biology)
I teach Biology for General Education (BIOL 113/113L) online.
My teaching and research interests are in the fields of animal behavior and ecology. During my graduate career, I used aquatic animals as model systems to study the influence of predators on life history strategies.
Title: Administrative Assistant
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 111A
Dr. Michael Vandewege
Title: Instructor of Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 225
Dr. Manuel Varela
Title: Professor of Biology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall (RH), Room 101
- Postdoctoral Fellow, 1994-1997, Harvard Medical School - under Thomas H. Wilson, Microbial Physiology
- Ph.D., 1994, University of New Mexico - under Jeffrey K. Griffith, Biomedical Sciences
I am a native New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. While in graduate school, I coined the term "Antiporter Motif" in 1995, an important and highly conserved amino acid sequence motif found in antiporters of a superfamily of transporters called the major facilitator superfamily. As a postdoc fellow I studied microbial physiology under Prof. Thomas Hastings Wilson at Harvard. Presently, I teach Microbiology (BIOL 306/L), Microbial Physiology (BIOL 409/509/L), Immunology (BIOL 421/521), Medical Microbiology (BIOL 422/522/L), and Virology (BIOL 450/550).
Our research laboratory has studied bacterial sugar transporters, drug resistance, and discovered the multi-drug efflux pumps LmrS from MRSA and EmrD-3 from Vibrio cholerae. Our laboratory has used comparative genomics to identify novel antimicrobial targets in cholera-causing bacteria. The Varela laboratory has been studying modulation of bacterial antimicrobial resistance and efflux pump systems. I have published numerous primary papers, plus invited review articles and book chapters. In 2018, Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy and I co-authored a book called