The Ohio State University at Marion


Dr. Susan Gershman

Assistant Professor
Morrill Hall, Room 390C

My research focuses on the evolution of animal behavior. I am most interested in sexual selection, differences in reproduction caused by heritable differences in the ability to reproduce. I use insects, including crickets and flies, as my study subjects.

Dr. Robert Klips

Associate Professor
Morrill Hall, 390B

Research includes flowering plant breeding systems, bryophyte ecology. Current foci are: (1) assessing the effects of population structure and pollinator visitations rates on self and outcross pollination in prairie milkweeds, (2) assessing the importance and prevalence of bryophytes in the early establishment of restored wet prairies. Overall research goals are to better understand the forces influencing plant distribution and plant evolution, and to accomplish environmental enhancement through more effective grassland restoration.

Dr. Ruben C. Petreaca

Assistant Professor

Ph.D, University of California, Riverside: Postdoctoral training, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

My research aims to understand how DNA damage is repaired in eukaryotic cells. Loss of efficient DNA damage repair causes accumulation of mutations which is a hallmark of cancer cells. I am using yeast for these studies which is a great eukaryotic model system.

Dr. Tiffany Rye-McCurdy


I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in ACS-Certified Biochemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University and my Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Ohio State Biochemistry Program. I have completed five years of research as a graduate student and one year of research as a postdoctoral researcher in the Musier-Forsyth laboratory at The Ohio State University. My dissertation focused on the nucleic acid chaperone activity of retroviral Gag proteins during vision assembly. Currently, as a part-time postdoctoral researcher I am studying the mechanisms of genomic RNA packaging within the retroviruses Rous sarcoma virus and HIV-1.

Dr. Daniel Wojta


Bachelor’s in Zoology; Master’s in Exercise Physiology, both from the Ohio State University; Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Toledo; eight years of research, into the preventive and therapeutic effects of exercise and diet in the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus, four as a graduate research fellowship at the University of Toledo and four years as a NIH sponsored post doctoral fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Awarded teacher of the year at the OSU Mansfield campus, 2005-2006.