David Belnap received his B.S. in biochemistry from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in biology from Purdue University. Since his days at Purdue, David has used three-dimensional electron microscopy to study the structure of viruses. He has published work on papillomaviruses (human, rabbit, and bovine), polyomaviruses (human, mouse, simian, and avian), poliovirus, hepatitis B virus, herpes simplex virus, and bacteriophages (bacterial viruses).
David has also studied other macromolecular complexes—tiny machines that keep us alive—and helped improve 3DEM techniques. Currently, he directs the Electron Microscopy Core Laboratory at the University of Utah, where he helps clinicians and researchers use the electron microscope.
David has also published in the area of science and religion.
He enjoys gardening, playing sports, cycling, running, reading, and almost anything outdoors.
Rebecca Bruders has always been fascinated by the amount of diversity we see in the life around us. Surprisingly, the genetic and developmental basis of this diversity is still not well understood. How does this diversity arise over the course of evolution? How many genes are involved in creating unique traits? Which specific genes are responsible for a particular trait? And how do these genes and genetic changes work in an organism to create the unique traits we observe?
Rebecca's work as a graduate student in Dr. Michael Shapiro’s lab focuses on addressing these questions using the domestic rock pigeon as a model to study the evolutionary developmental basis of phenotypic diversity in animals. With over 300 different breeds of domestic pigeon created from centuries of selective breeding for traits such as color, feather ornamentation, and behavior, the domestic pigeon is an ideal model for understanding the genetic and developmental basis of unique traits.
Outside the lab Rebecca enjoys reading, running, walking, and playing games.
Krista Carlson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Metallurgical Engineering, working specifically with glass technologies including aerogels and waste containment techniques. Her focus trends towards the development of solutions to environmental problems including pollution and contaminated drinking water.
Mark is most broadly interested in working with geospatial data to address applied ecological questions across a variety of scales. Currently, he is studying large carnivore ecology and conservation in human dominated landscapes. With a variety of methods, Mark is investigating how carnivores move across a modified landscape and use anthropogenic resources to survive.
He hopes that his research will be used to guide conservation and management of carnivore species and protection of biodiversity at the ecosystem level. All of Mark’s past, current and future work focuses on natural resource management.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys exploring the outdoors on foot, bikes or skis, playing music, and traveling to new places.