Faculty Research

The collective research agenda at UMR is different than at any university in the country.

We are a community of learning scholars from many disciplines. As faculty in the UMR Center for Learning Innovation we:

  • focus our primary scholarship on students and their learning
  • honor collaborative endeavors
  • view learning through an interdisciplinary lens
  • pursue provocative questions in the intersections of student learning and development
  • maintain mindful awareness of not only “my course” but also “our curriculum” 
  • expect our results to fuel educational innovation for UMR students and other educators

Research at UMR is focused in on what matters the most to us: educating future professionals in health care. All of our faculty engage in what is known as the "scholarship of teaching and learning," which means studying the intersection between how faculty teach and how students learn. Of course, we don't just study it--the results are then applied in our classes daily.

In addition to studying education, our faculty conduct research to extend the knowledge within their discipline. And much of the time, our students work side-by-side with faculty on these projects. This work is often featured in our Research and Education Symposium in the spring, along with other studies conducted by students in their courses.

University of Minnesota’s Digital Conservancy

The University Digital Conservancy holds 71,031 open access articles, university documents, dissertations, data sets & more.

Published work includes:

(Note: newest published works are listed first)

  • Mejia, A., Lee, MK, Monnat, S. (2019) “An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes at Bay: Incentivizing Participation in Diabetes Self-Management Education with Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers.” Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University. NY.

  • Mejia, A. P. (2019). Joven, Extranjera, y Deprimida en América: Ruminations of an Immigrant to Prozac Nation. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 19(4), 243–255. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708618807245

  • Kostko, A. (2019). Inductive Risks and Psychiatric Classification. The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry, MA: MIT Press.

  • Olson R.L.O., Forner J.V., Navarro P., Fernandez-Zapcio M.E., & Elamir A.M. (2018) Role of tumor-stromal interactions in Pancreatic Cancer invasion and metastases. Pancreatic Cancer, (2nd Ed.). (pp. 539-552). New York: Springer.

  • Hogenson TL, Olson RL, & Fernandez-Zapico M. Hedgehog Signaling Plays a Dual Role in Pancreatic Carcinogenesis. Pancreatic Cancer, (2nd Ed.) New York: Springer.

  • Marks D.L., Olson R.L.O., Urrutia R., Billadeau D.D., Roy N., Calin G.A., Fabbri M., Koutsioumpa M., Lliopoulos D., Ordog T., Huebert R., Sarmento O., Bamidele A.O., Faubion W., Lomberk G.L., Siveke J., Ahuja N., Iovanna J., Hlady R.A., Robertson K., Kisiel J., Pin C.L., & Fernandez-Zapico M.E. (2018) Epigenetics of Gastrointestinal Diseases, notes from a workshop. Epigenetics. Jul: 13(4): 449-457

  • J. Bickle, & Kostko, A. (2018). Connectionist Experiments in Neurobiology. Synthese. 195 (12), 5271-5295.

  • Lemer, B. (2018). Battle Buddy. The Southeast Review. 36.2: 86-99.

  • Lemer, B. (2018). Overboots. Tahoma Literary Review. 12: 137-140.

  • Lemer, B. (2018). Sparkler. Midwestern Gothic. Winter 2018: 191-194.

  • Prat-Resina, X. (2018). Using data-driven activities with ChemEd X Data to practice structure-property relationships in General Chemistry. Chemistry Teacher International,.doi:10.1515/cti-2018-0010

  • Nichols, Marcia D. (2018) Marginalia. Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 16(4), pp. 702-707. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/eam.2018.0038

  • Kostko, A., & Bickle, J. (2017). Personalized Psychiatry and Scientific Causal Explanations: Two Accounts. Extraordinary Science: Responding to the Current Crisis in Psychiatric Research. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Dingel, M.J., Ostergren, J., Heaney, K., McCormick, J., &  Koenig, B.A. (2017) “’I don't have to know why it snows, I just have to shovel it!’: Addiction recovery, genetic frameworks, and biological citizenship.” BioSocieties. 12(4):568-587. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-017-0045-4

  • Carr R.M., Enriquez-Hesles E., Jatoi A., Doles J., Olson R.L.O., & Fernandez-Zapico M.E. (2017) Epigenetics of cancer-associated muscle catabolism. Epigenomics. Sep; 9(10): 1259-1265

  • Ala’Aldeen A., Marks D.L., Olson R.L.O., & Fernandez-Zapico M.E. Glioma-associated oncogene 1, Gli1. (2017) Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules. New York: Springer.

  • Prat-Resina, X. (2016) Models360 and ChemEd X Data: Web platforms to navigate, represent and interpret chemical data. Educació Química EduQ. 22, 22-30.

  • Kostko, A. (2016). Psychological Disorders without Brain Disorders. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 7 (4), 240-242

  • Marks DL, Olson RL, & Fernandez-Zapico ME. (2016) Epigenetic control of the tumor microenvironment. Epigenomics. 8 (12):1671-1687

  • Iguchi E, Safgren SL, Marks DL, Olson RL, & Fernandez-Zapico ME. (2016) Pancreatic Cancer, A mis-interpreter of the epigenetic language. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. 89(4): 575-590

  • Nichols, M. (2016). Listening between the lines: Patient resistance in the case histories of William Smellie. Remedia.

  • Schroeder, A. Metzger, K.J., Miller, A., & Rhen, T. (2016). Novel candidate gene for temperature-dependent sex determination in the common snapping turtle. Genetics.203(1):557-571; DOI: 10.1534/genetics.115.182840A

  • Wright-Peterson, V. (2016). The women of Mayo Clinic: The founding generation.  Minnesota Historical Society Press.

  • Nguyen, N., Nastasi, A.W., Mejia, A., Stanger, A., & Madden, M. “Epistemic Friendships: Collective Knowledges and Feminist Praxis.” (with a postscript by Chandra T. Mohanty.) (2016) Pp. 11-42 in Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism, and the Possibility of Transnational Solidarities, edited by E.H. Chowdhury & L. Philipose, Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

  • Mejia, A. “You Better Check Your Method Before You Wreck Your Method: Challenging and Transforming Photovoice.”(2015)  Pp. 665-672 in The SAGE Handbook of Action Research, edited by H. Bradbury-Huang, 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Nichols, M.D., Huq, A., Aryal, B. & Prat-Resina, X. (2015). Conversations on ethnicity, adaptation and belonging: Auto-ethnography at the base of the ivory tower. In C.B. Hutchinson & K.O. Akurang-Parry (Eds.) Voices of immigrant professors: Historical and contemporary challenges & triumphs, pp 62-75. New York: Routledge

  • Kostko, A. (2015). Behaviorism and eliminativism. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

  • Kostko, A. (2015). Instrumentalism and intervening variables. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

  • Ostergren, J.E., Dingel, M.J., McCormick, J.B., & Koenig, B.A. (2015). Unwarranted optimism in media portrayals of genetic research on addiction overshadows critical ethical and social concerns. Journal of Health Communication. 20(5):555-565. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2014.999895.

  • Dingel, M.J., Ostergren, J.E., McCormick, J.B., Hammer,R., & B Koenig, B.A. (2015). The media and behavioral genetics: Alternatives coexisting with addiction genetics Science, Technology & Human Values. 40(4):459-486. DOI: 10.1177/0162243914558491.

  • Petzold, A.M., Wollschlager, J., & Dunbar, R.L. (2015) Unlucky Chucky: The effects of curare, botulinum toxin and sarin on the enuromuscular junction. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.

  • Nichols, M.D. (2015). Poe’s ‘Some words with a mummy’ and blackface anatomy, Poe Studies. Vol. 48 2-16

  • Nichols, M.D. (2015). The Aristotle texts, sex, and the American woman. In Stephenson, R., & Wagner, D. (eds.) Reproduction in the Eighteenth Century. pp 417-37. Toronto UP.

  • Wahab, S.,  Trimble, J., Mejia, A., Mitchell, S.R., Thomas, M.J., Timmons, V., Waters, A.S., Raymaker, D. & Nicolaidis, C.  (2014) Motivational Interviewing at the Intersections of Depression and Intimate Partner Violence among African American Women, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 11:3, 291-303, DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2013.791502.

  • Zuckerman, K.E.,  Sinche, B., Mejia, A., Cobian, M., Becker, T., Nicolaidis, C.(2014)  Latino Parents' Perspectives on Barriers to Autism Diagnosis. Academic Pediatrics, 14(3), Pages 301-308, ISSN 1876-2859, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2013.12.004.

  • Zuckerman KE, Sinche B, Cobian M, Cervantes M, Mejia A, Becker T, Nicolaidis C. (2014) Conceptualization of autism in the Latino community and its relationship with early diagnosis. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 35(8):522-32. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000091.

  • Ostergren, J.E., Hammer, R., Dingel, M.J., Koenig, B.A., & McCormick, J.B. (2014). Challenges in translational research: The views of addiction scientists. PLoS ONE. 9(4): e93482. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093482

  • Olson, R.L.O., Farris, Roxanne E., Barr, Norman B., & Cognato, Anthony I. (2014). Molecular identification of Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) using the 16s gene Journal of Pest Science. 87(4), 701.

  • Nicolaidis, C. & Mejia, A. & Perez, M. & Alvarado, A. & Celaya-Alston, R. & Quintero, Y. & Aguillon, R. (2013). Proyecto Interconexiones: A Pilot Test of a Community-Based Depression Care Program for Latina Violence Survivors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 7(4), 395-401. Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved September 11, 2019, from Project MUSE database. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2013.0051

  • Mejia, A. P., Quiroz, O., Morales, Y., Ponce, R., Chavez, G. L., & Torre, E. O. y. (2013). From madres to mujeristas: Latinas making change with Photovoice. Action Research, 11(4), 301–321. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750313502553

  • Nicolaidis, C., Wahab, S., Trimble, J., Mejia, A., Mitchell, S.R., Raymaker, D., Thomas, M.J., Timmons, V., Waters, A.S. (2013) The Interconnections Project: Development and Evaluation of a Community-Based Depression Program for African American Violence Survivors J GEN INTERN MED 28: 530. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-012-2270-7

  • Barnett, J., Muilenburg, J., Johnson, C., & Miracle, J. (2013). “It’s not to be discussed”: Safety, acceptance, and professional development for LGBTQ faculty at a large Southeastern university.  The Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs.

  • Hammer, R., Dingel, M.J., Ostergren, J., Partridge, B., McCormick, J., & Koenig, B.A. (2013). Addiction: Current criticism of the brain disease paradigm. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 4(3):27-32.

  • Kostko, A. (2013) Instrumentalism and intervening variables. In Cautin,R., Lilienfield, S. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Kostko, A. (2013) Behaviorism and eliminativism. In Cautin, R., Lilienfield, S. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Porel, M, Ramalingam, V., Domaradzki, M.E., Young, V.G. Jr., Ramamurthy, V., & Muthyala, R.S. (2013).  Chloride sensing via suppression of excited state intramolecular proton transfer in squaramides.  Chemical Communications. 49(16) 1633-1635.

  • Nichols, M.D. (2013). Venus dissected: The visual blazon of mid-18th century medical atlases.  In Zigarovich, J. (ed.) Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Rutgers UP.

  • Olson, R.O., Parsons G.L., & Cognato A.I., (2013) Commercial sex-pheromone lures facilitate collection of skin and carpet beetles (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in natural and urban environments. Coleopterist Bulletin. 63: 370-6

  • Jardeleza, S., Cognato,A., Gottfried, M., Kimbirauskas,R., Libarkin, J., Olson, R.O., Ording, G., Owen, J., Rasmussen, P., Stoltzfus, J., & Thomas, S. (2013). The value of community building: One center's story of how the AAC&U VALUE rubrics provided common ground. Liberal Education.  Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Press; 99(3).

  • Punti, G. & King, K. (2013). A perfect storm? Undocumented Latino youth, multi-level marketing businesses, and their targeted language policies. In V. Ramanathan (Ed.), Language Policy and Citizenship. (pp. 92-115). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

  • Taniguchi, Y. (2013).  A Child Hibakusha-Hiroshima 1945. Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

  • Terrell, C.R., Burks, E.A., Whitman, C. P., & Hoffman, D. W. Structural and kinetic characterization of two 4-Oxalocrotonate Tautomerases inMethylibium petroleiphilum strain PM1. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2013, 537: 113-124

  • Wollschlager, J., N. Folino-Rorem, & M. Daly. (2013). Nematocysts of the invasive hydroid cordylophora caspia (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). Biological Bulletin. 224: 99-109.

  • Proctor, C., Barnett, J., & Muilenburg, J. (2012). Investigating race, gender and access to cigarettes in an adolescent population. American Journal of Health Behavior.  doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.4.8.

  • Hammer, R.R., Dingel, M.J., Ostergren, J.E., Nowakowski, K.E., & Koenig, B.A. (2012). The experience of addiction as told by the addicted: Incorporating biological understandings into self-story. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. 36(4):712-734.

  • Dingel, M.J., Hicks, A., Robinson, M., & Koenig, B.A. (2012). Integrating genetic studies of nicotine addiction into public health practice: Stakeholder perspectives on challenges, barriers, opportunities. Public Health Genomics. 15(1):46-55.

  • Nichols, M.D. (2012).  Chapter 7: A colonial man of science: Imperial fantasy in Merryland.  In Hayden, J.A. (ed.) Expanding Worlds: Travel Narratives, the New Science, and Literary Discourse, pp 143-160.  Ashgate Publishing

  • Nichols, M.D. (2012). George Spratt’s obstetric tables.  In Sappol, M. (ed.) Hidden Treasures: The National Library of Medicine, pp 50-51.National Library of Medicine and Blast Books.

  • Schneider, H., Klee, E.W., Clark, K.J., Petzold, A.M., Mock, V.L., Abarr, J.M., Behrens, J.L., Edelen, R.E., Edwards, B.A., Hobgood, J.S., Pogue, M.E., Singh, N.K. & Ekker, S.C. (2012). Zebrafish drug development: A behavioral assay system for probing nicotine function in larval research. Neuromethods.  66:53-70.

  • Clark, K.J., Argue, D.P., Petzold, A.M. & Ekker, S.C. (2012). zfishbook: connecting you to a world of zebrafish revertible mutants. Nucleic Acids Research. 40(Database issue):D907-11. Epub 2011 Nov 8

  • King, K., & Punti, G. (2012). On the margins: Undocumented students’ narrated experiences of (il)legality. Linguistics and Education. 23(3), 235-249

  • Lemer, B. (2011). The last deployment: How a gay, hammer-swinging twentysomething survived a year in Iraq. University of Wisconsin Press.

  • Dingel, M.J., Karkazis,K., & Koenig, B.A. (2011). Framing nicotine addiction as a ‘disease of the brain’: Social and ethical consequences. Social Science Quarterly. 92(5): 1363-1388.

  • Metzger, K.J., Klaper, R., & Thomas, M.A. (2011). Implications of informatics approaches in ecological research. Ecological Informatics. 6(1): 4-12. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2010.11.003.

  • Clark, K.J., Balciunas, D., Pogoda, H.M., Ding, Y., Westcot, S.E., Bedell, V.M., Greenwood, T.M., Urban, M.D., Skuster, K.J., Petzold, A.M., Ni, J., Nielsen, A.L., Patowary, A., Scaria, V., Sivasubbu, S., Xu, X., Hammerschmidt, M. & Ekker, S.C. (2011). In vivo protein trapping produces a functional expression codex of the vertebrate proteome. Nature Methods.  Jun;8(6):506-15. Epub 2011 May 8.

  • Jaña, G., Jimenez, V., Villà-Freixa, J., Prat-Resina, X., Delgado, E., & Alderete, J. (2011). QM/MM study on the last two steps of the catalytic cycle of acetohydroxyacid synthase. Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 966 (1-3), 159-166.

  • Mejia, A. (2011) Writing from un lugar negro: A call towards healing fantasmas chingadas. Theory in Action. 4 (3), p114-121.

  • Nicolaidis, C., Perez, M., Mejia, A., Alvarado, A., Celaya-Aston, R., Galian, H., Hilde, A.  “Guardarse Las Cosas Adentro” (Keeping Things Inside): Latina Violence Survivors’ Perceptions of Depression. (2011) Journal of General Internal Medicine. 26(10), p.1131-1137.

  • Nicolaidis, C., Timmons, V., Thomas, M.J.,  Waters, A.S., Wahab, S., Mejia, A., & Mitchell, S.R. (2010) “You Don't Go Tell White People Nothing”: African American Women's Perspectives on the Influence of Violence and Race on Depression and Depression Care American Journal of Public Health 100, 1470_1476, https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2009.161950

  • Gundle, K., Dingel, M.J., & Koenig, B.A. (2010). ’To prove this is the industry’s best hope’: Big Tobacco’s support of research on the genetics of nicotine addiction. Addiction. 105(6):974-983.

  • Nguyen, S., Miller, D.R., & Dingel, M.J. (2010). Traditional medicine use in a Vietnamese-American community. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 44(4):769-777.

  • Dingel, M.J. and Sprague, J. (2010). Research and reporting on the development of sex in fetuses: Gendered from the start. Public Understanding of Science. 19(2):181-196.

  • Metzger, K.J. & Thomas, M. (2010). Evidence of positive selection at codon sites localized in extracellular domains of mammalian CC motif chemokine receptor proteins. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10(1):139. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/10/139

  • Everett, M., Mejia, A., & Quiroz, O. (2009). Building evidence to prevent childhood obesity: Lessons from the Portland Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) coalition. Practicing Anthropology, 31(4), 21-26. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/24781974

  • Rhen T., Metzger K., Schroeder A., Woodward R. (2007). Expression of putative sex-determining genes during the thermosensitive period of gonad development in the snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. Sexual Development. 1(4):255-70. doi: 10.1159/000104775; http://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/104775

  • Nichols, M.D.  (2008). Cicero’s Pro Cluentio and the ‘mazy’ rhetorical strategies of Wieland. Law and Literature. 20(1), 459-76.

  • Kostko, A., & Bickle, J. (2007). Social behaviors and brain interventions: New strategies for reductionists. A Cartography of the Mind: Philosophy and Psychology in Intersection (1sted., vol. 4, pp. 309-318). Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Huq, A., (2007). Compositions of graphs revisited, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. 14, N15. http://www.combinatorics.org/Volume_14/Abstracts/v14i1n15.html

  • Nichols, M.D. (2004). Bibliography of Jungian and Post-Jungian literary criticism, 1980-2000. In Baumlin, J., Baumlin, T.F., & Jenson, G. (eds.) Post-Jungian Literary Criticism: New Essays in Theory and Practise, pp 263-95. State University of New York Press