Dr. Alexandra Martynova-Van Kley

Professor of Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University.

About Me
  • Professor of Biology
  • Department of Biology
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • avankley@sfasu.edu
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Diversity
  • Bioinformatics

I was born and educated in Russia. After completing my PhD, I had a long career as a senior research scientist for the Russian Academy of Science, where I obtained considerable laboratory experience, authoring more than twenty peer-reviewed publications. Since 2000 I have been mainly teaching graduate courses at SFASU in the Biotechnology program. After 2012 I also teach undergraduate Biology courses as well. My research interests relate to DNA sequencing, mainly the fingerprinting of microbial communities. Outside of school, my interests include: art, opera, and outdoor activities. CV


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New Research Topics for
Graduate & Undergraduate Students
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thermophilic Enzymes: This research involves theoretical and computational investigations aimed to understand stability of thermophilic enzymes and their catalytic activity.
  • Microbial communities of Lubomirskia baicalensis and their relation to red sponge disease: The aim of this research is to understand symbiotic relationship with bacterial communities in sponges from lake Baikal. Next generation sequencing data will be used to guide development of statistical models.
  • Investigations of microbial communities associated with insect integument. This investigation involves DNA isolation and next generation sequence analysis. (In collaboration with Dr. D. Bennett)
  • Prospective students are encouraged to email the following list of materials

    • Cover letter including areas of expertise and research interests
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • GRE scores
    • TOEFL scores (non-native english speakers)
    • Copy of undergraduate transcripts




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