Threre are three areas of research in the Casper lab:
(1) We are involved in research on biology education, with a focus on the teaching of introductory biology classes. We investigate
the impact of pedagogical practices on student success, with a particular focus on how we can increase the participation of historically
underrepresented groups in the sciences. You can read a news article about this work in EMU Today.
(2) We study antibiotic-producing microbes from the soil. We further investigates microbes collected by students in
the Tiny Earth Introductory Biology lab
classes at EMU. We want to understand which conditions most stimulate antibiotic production, and learn about the genes involved in
(3) We are interested in how breaks in DNA are repaired by homologous recombination. In particular, we study the break-induced
replication (BIR) pathway, with the goal of understanding how BIR can lead to chromosomal rearrangements. This research uses baker's
yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as a model organism. You can view a short TRUEMU video
about this work.
Department of Biology
Eastern Michigan University
441 Mark Jefferson
Ypsilanti, MI 48197