Students in the IWU Division of Natural Sciences have the opportunity to not only take classes from expert faculty but also participate in faculty-led undergraduate research. We believe that exposure to real-world problems is an essential part of learning. IWU faculty guide students in exploring God's world using the tools of science.
Our faculty have ongoing projects in the following areas:
- Immune function during life-threatening disease.
- Programmed cell death in bone cells as it relates to osteoporosis.
- Visual processing in the retina.
- Genomic analysis of bacteria living in extreme environments.
- Development of molecular tools for studying Tetrahymena thermophila.
- Community interactions of vertebrate and invertebrate populations.
- Development of new antimalarial agents.
- Production of biofuels from algae.
- Atmospheric gas composition at various altitudes.
- Drug degradation rates as a function of moisture.
- Design and synthesis of polymerizable surfactants.
- Simplification of environmental and forensic analysis methods for academic settings.
- Neuromuscular synapse formation and regulation of cnidocyte firing.
- Development of sustainable agriculture methods.