Research in the Department of Biology spans the entire breadth of biology: from ecology and evolution to molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Our research is supported by a wide array of funding sources, including NIH, NSF and the Welch Foundation.

Many departmental faculty members actively participate in campus-wide interdepartmental graduate and research programs, including Genetics, Neuroscience, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology.

Mechanisms of Biological Resilience

The Mechanisms of Biological Resilience (MBR) research group in the Department of Biology studies the compensatory mechanisms which living organisms and ecosystems employ to mitigate external stress and alleviate their adverse effects. The MBR group consists of faculty from diverse disciplines, including microbiology, plant biology, neurobiology, physiology, systems biology, genetics, and genomics.

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Jared Bard

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Post-transcriptional RNA regulation during viral infection and tumorigenesis; function and regulation of stress-induced biomolecular condensation

Deb Bell-Pedersen

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Molecular genetics and genomics of circadian clocks and signaling pathways in fungi

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Michael Benedik

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Molecular genetics of bacteria and microbial biotechnology

Joseph Bernardo

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Cryptic speciation; evolution of reproductive isolation; body size evolution; species packing and community assembly; range determinants; comparative physiological ecology; integrative evolutionary ecology

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Mahul Chakraborty

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Molecular basis of phenotypic variation and adaptation, Role of repetitive genome in evolution of sexual dimorphism and sexual conflict

James Erickson

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Genetic and Molecular analysis of the primary sex determination mechanism of Drosophila melanogaster

L. Rene Garcia

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Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans

Richard Gomer

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Tissue size regulation, wound healing, and fibrosing diseases

Lawrence Griffing

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Structure and biochemical organization of cells; membrane trafficking

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Alex Keene

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Neural regulation of behavior in flies and fish models

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Wanhe Li

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Uncovering mechanistic links between emotional states, biological timing, sleep, and development of chronic diseases using interdisciplinary approaches.

Angela Mitchell

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Mechanisms of interaction between stress and antibiotic resistance in gram-negative bacteria

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Beiyan Nan

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Bacterial physiology, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

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Molecular mechanisms of C. difficile pathogenesis and exosporium-assembly of C. difficile spores

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Alan Pepper

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Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Jolene Ramsey

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Bacteriophage discovery and annotation, bacterial cell lysis mechanisms, phage-host interactions, viral genomics

Bruce Riley

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Genetic regulation of zebra fish development

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Tapasree Roy Sarkar

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Cancer bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Metabolomics, Nanotechnology

James Leif Smith

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Structural and functional characterization of natural products from microorganisms

Joseph Sorg

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Mechanisms of Clostridium difficilespore germination and bile acid resistance

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Allison Wilkes St. Clair

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Marie Strader

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Evolutionary drivers of resiliency, molecular ecology, marine invertebrates

Wayne Versaw

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Plant cell and molecular biology; nutrient transport and metabolism

Aref Zarin

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Developmental and experimental neuroscience; Formation and maintenance of sensory-motor circuits in Drosophila; Behavioral neurogenetics, neural circuitry underlying locomotor behaviors and action selection; Transcriptional regulation of neuronal properties