Faculty members in the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences (BCE) have established collaborations with ministries, agencies and corporations in environmental research related to drinking and wastewater analysis and treatment, environmental monitoring and remediation, and environmental management strategies and assessments.
Our faculty are active in the development of novel adsorbents and photocatalytic nanomaterials for the removal of heavy metals, organic pollutants and gas capture and storage from waste systems.
Additionally, faculty are active in the synthesis, isolation and analysis of organic and inorganic materials for different applications such as thin films, supra molecules and catalysis.
Our faculty are engaged in research related to understanding the role of nutrition in immune competence, macrophage cholesterol homeostasis, the effectiveness of physical activity interventions on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, how neural connections contribute to maturation of neural circuits, and in developing novel ways to detect disease in humans and wildlife (metabolomics).
Other research projects include studies on coral reef communities, terrestrial and marine predator/prey/habitat relations, and climate change related to plant communities in coastal ecosystems.