Faculty Mentors

Eric MillerEric S. Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Miller is a professor of microbiology in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. His research program focuses on the genomes of interesting bacteria and bacteriophages that infect bacteria of relevance to agriculture.
David TarpyDavid R. Tarpy, Ph.D.
Dr. Tarpy is a professor of entomology at NC State University and the state’s Extension Apiculturist (honey bee specialist). His research program focuses on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies.
Alex GravesAlex K. Graves, Ph.D.
Dr. Graves is an associate professor of soil and environmental microbiology. Dr. Graves conducts research related to measuring the impact of environmental conditions on the occurrence and persistence of antibiotic-resistant enteric bacteria in soil and water.
Jose-Bruno-BarcenaJose Bruno-Barcena, Ph.D.
Dr. Bruno-Barcena is an associate professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. His research interests include cellular physiology, process development, and optimization of cell culture methods. His lab focuses on understanding the physiological and molecular basis for probiosis/pathogenesis of the gut microbiota.
Sue Carson, Ph.D.
Dr. Carson, an associate professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, spent over 10 years coordinating the NCSU Biotechnology Program Curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the start of our program, Dr. Carson will engage students and faculty in the creative process in biological research.
Steve FrankSteve Frank, Ph.D.
Dr. Frank is an associate professor of entomology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology where he has held a faculty position since 2008. His research program focuses on the effects of urbanization and climate change on trees, plant pests, and pollinators.
Carlos GollerCarlos Goller, Ph.D.
Dr. Goller is a teaching assistant professor in the Biotechnology program. His research program focuses on high-throughput screening for novel microbial inhibitors, metagenomic surveys of microbes in different environments, and characterization of the mechanisms by which microbes form biofilms.
Amy GrudenAmy Grunden, Ph.D.
Dr. Grunden is a professor of microbiology in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Her research program focuses on the study of microorganisms called extremophiles, which are capable of thriving in diverse extreme environmental conditions such as high or low temperatures, high salinity, acidic or alkaline environments.
Rebecca IrwinRebecca Irwin, Ph.D.
Dr. Irwin is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Ecology. Her research program focuses on two topics at the interface of microbiology and bee biology: 1) Exploring how secondary metabolites in nectar and pollen affect disease in wild bees and 2) Investigating how yeasts and bacteria found in nectar affect plants, pollinators, and their interactions.
Marcé LorenzenMarcé Lorenzen, Ph.D.
Dr. Lorenzen is an associate professor of entomology in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Her research program focuses on the use of genetics, genomics, and transgenic technologies to inform and create new control measures for economically important arthropod pests. Her lab currently conducts research focused on the biology, physiology, and genetic control of a nest parasite of honey bees.