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  • Leif Albertson

    Leif Albertson

    October 28, 2022

    Leif Albertson’s interests include public health, environmental health, gardening, nutrition and residential energy issues. He is a statewide expert on several rural public health issues, including indoor air quality, food policy (specifically connections between community gardens and health) and water fluoridation.

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    Abel Bult-Ito

    October 28, 2022

    Behavioral neuroscience with a focus on how the brain regulates adaptive and non-adaptive behaviors.

  • Jack Chen

    Jack Chen

    October 28, 2022

    Diagnosis of public health-related viral infections. Clinical and molecular virology research on virus-host cell interaction of human and animal viruses.

  • Lawrence K. Duffy

    Lawrence K. Duffy

    October 28, 2022

    Developing bio-markers to monitor and assess the health of wildlife populations; how the central nervous system protects itself from contaminants, especially in the extreme environment of the Arctic; science education.

  • Christina Hansen

    Christina Hansen

    October 28, 2022

    Zoonotic disease and pathogen discovery in Alaskan wildlife with emphasis on bacterial disease. Sled dog health in long-distance races like the Yukon Quest.

  • Karsten Hueffer

    Karsten Hueffer

    October 28, 2022

    Infectious diseases like rabies and tularemia, disease surveillance in the Arctic fox, science education through research.

  • Thomas Kuhn

    October 28, 2022

    The identification and characterization of natural products from blueberries that can help treat human central nervous system inflammation.

  • Don Larson

    Don Larson

    October 28, 2022

    Larson focuses on how animals and their parasites cope with environmental changes. Researches how parasites overwinter and how changes in host physiology influence parasite overwintering strategies.

  • Arleigh Reynolds

    Arleigh Reynolds

    October 28, 2022

    Clinical nutrition, exercise physiology, metabolic diseases of domestic animals; energy metabolism; general physiology, sled-dog medicine.

  • Lisa Lunn

    October 28, 2022

    Food animal medicine, metabolic diseases of ruminants, neonatal diseases of ruminants, farm animal welfare, One Health Initiative.

  • Molly Murphy

    Molly Murphy

    October 28, 2022

    Interactions between viruses and their vertebrate and invertebrate hosts such as caribou. The molecular evolution of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus in white-tailed deer.

  • Diane O’Brien

    Diane O’Brien

    October 28, 2022

    Stable isotope ecology, nutritional physiology, and biomarker development. Diane’s research is focused on the development of biomarkers for use in nutritional epidemiology. O’Brien uses dietary tools based on natural stable isotope ratios to study the effects of changing diets on Alaska Native health and other populations.

  • Stacy Rasmus

    Stacy Rasmus

    October 28, 2022

    Rasmus’ research focuses on understanding the intersections between culture, health, and well-being, and the role of resilience and protective factors in reducing health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Native peoples.

  • Leslie Shallcross

    Leslie Shallcross

    October 28, 2022

    Leslie Shallcross is a registered dietitian with a career in public health promotion and disease prevention programs. Areas of expertise include public health, nutrition through the lifecycle, diabetes prevention and control, food preservation, food security and food safety. She coordinates and offers statewide community-based programs in diabetes prevention and the self-management of diabetes and chronic disease.

  • Christine Thomson

    Christine Thomson

    October 28, 2022

    Neuroscience focusing on fundamental neurobiology as studied in neural cell cultures. Establishing an in vitro model of myelinating brain tissue to study effects of proteins such as found in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.