Research

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 the newly formed faculty of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology.

Biological Clocks

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Deb Bell-Pedersen

Bell-Pedersen Profile | Bell-Pedersen Lab Website

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

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David Earnest

Earnest Profile

Neurobiology of mammalian circadian rhythms and their regulation by light-dark signals

Paul Hardin

Hardin Profile | Hardin Lab Website

Molecular biology of biological clocks in Drosophila; behavioral neurogenetics; transcriptional regulation.

Jerome Menet

Menet Profile | Menet Lab Website

Molecular mechanism of the circadian clock in mice

Christine Merlin

Merlin Profile | Merlin Lab Website

Molecular genetics and genomics of monarch butterfly circadian clocks and long-distance migration

Mark Zoran

Zoran Profile

Developmental neurobiology; molecular determinants of synapse formation; neural regeneration; biological clock control of neural signaling