Student and professor working with a scientific instrument

Faculty


Mike Baker

Mike Baker

Neuroscience Administrative Coordinator

Professor of Psychology

B.A., Coe College 
M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University

Email: mbaker@coe.edu

Research interests:
Behavioral psychopharmacology including consequences of prenatal and postnatal exposure to drugs of abuse such as cocaine and amphetamine, mechanisms of reward and addiction and sex differences in responses to drugs of abuse.


Classes taught at Coe:
Behavioral Neuroscience, Drugs & Behavior, Learning & Behavior, Biopsychology, Seminar in Psychology (previous topics: Addiction; Autism, Learning & Behavior Therapy), Advanced Experimental Psychology.


Ben Chihak

Ben Chihak

Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Macalester College
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Email: bchihak@coe.edu

Research interests:
My research has two fundamental goals: The first is to identify what perceptual information is available to guide locomotion in the environment. The second is to determine if and how the brain integrates these potential sources of information to allow individuals to meaningfully control their movement. I have primarily investigated these questions within the context of transportation safety using both naturalistic and virtual environments.

Classes taught at Coe:
Research Methods; Introduction to Biopsychology.
 


Randy Christensen

Randy Christensen

Associate Professor of Biology

B.S., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Email: rchriste@coe.edu

Research interests:
Specializes in growth factors involved in limb development, regeneration and wound healing.

Classes taught at Coe:
Developmental Biology, Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Organismal and Ecological Biology


David Lo

David Lo

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.A., Concordia College
Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Email: dlo@coe.edu

Research interests:
My main research focus is to understand inflammatory processes in the brain and how these processes lead to neurodegenerative disease. I am also interested in the use of dietary flavonoids to counteract brain inflammation and ameliorate diseases of the brain. I have another interest to study stress neurobiology, particularly the neuroinflammatory consequences of stress.

Classes taught at Coe:
Cellular and Molecular Biology, Introduction to Biology lab, Organic Evolution, Organismal and Ecological Biology lecture and lab, Integrated Human Anatomy lecture and lab


Paul Storer

Paul Storer

Associate Professor of Biology

B.S., Allegheny College
M.S., Duquesne University
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

Email: pstorer@coe.edu

Research interests:
Research interests include the role of microglia and olfactory ensheathing cells in the communication between the immune system and nervous system in context with neuroinflammation and brain injury. Additionally, the role of the endocrine system (notably estrogens and androgens) on the function of these cells is a continuing interest. My laboratory uses cell culture and molecular biology techniques (including RT-PCR, real time PCR and western blotting) to investigate these topics.

Classes taught at Coe:
Cellular and Molecular Biology, Introductory Biology Laboratory, Organismal and Ecological Laboratory, Techniques in Molecular Biology, Current Topics in Molecular Biology, Cell Physiology (+ Lab), Immunology (spring 2012)