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 interdisciplinary graduate research programs, including Genetics & Genomics, Neuroscience, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Cell, Molecular, & Developmental Biology

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Rodolfo Aramayo

Aramayo Profile

Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

Karl Aufderheide

Aufderheide Profile

Cell and developmental biology; developmental genetics; development and differentiation in unicellular organisms; intracellular pattern formation

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Jared Bard

Bard Profile | Bard Lab Website

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

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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Michael Benedik

Benedik Profile

Molecular genetics of bacteria and microbial biotechnology


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Lisa Campbell

Campbell Profile

Phytoplankton ecology; phytoplankton community structure, population dynamics, and diversity

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Charles Criscione

Criscione Profile | Criscione Lab Website

Ecology, evolution, and genetics of parasites

James Erickson

Erickson Profile

Sex determination in Drosophila; temporal and transcriptional controls in development; RNA silencing mechanisms

Isabella Farhy

Farhy Profile | Farhy Lab Website

Astrocyte-neuron communication; Mechanisms of synapse development and function; Astrocyte function; Role of astrocytes in mood disorders

L. Rene Garcia

Garcia Profile | Garcia Lab Website

Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans

Richard Gomer

Gomer Profile | Gomer Lab Website

Tissue size regulation, wound healing, and fibrosing diseases

Lawrence Griffing

Griffing Profile

Structure and biochemical organization of cells; membrane trafficking

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Paul Hardin

Hardin Profile | Hardin Lab Website

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

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Jeff Jones

Jones Profile  | Jones Lab Website

Understanding the genes, neurons, and circuits regulating circadian rhythms in behavior and physiology

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Matthias Koch

Koch Profile | Koch Lab Website

Mechanobiology of bacteria and advanced microscopy

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Wanhe Li

Li Profile

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

Thomas McKnight

McKnight Profile

Molecular analysis of protein secretion in plants; plant genome organization and evolution

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

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Beiyan Nan

Nan Profile | Nan Lab Website

Bacterial physiology, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

Paredes-Sabja Profile | Paredes-Sabja Lab Website

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

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Alan Pepper

Pepper Profile

Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Hongmin Qin

Qin Profile | Qin Lab Website

Quantitative Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

Jolene Ramsey

Ramsey Profile | Ramsey Lab Website

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

Bruce Riley

Riley Profile | Riley Lab Website

Genetic regulation of zebra fish development

Kathryn Ryan

Ryan Profile

Nuclear pore complex assembly and nuclear envelope dynamics using yeast as a model system

Matt Sachs

Sachs Profile

Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression focused primarily on post-transcriptional control; functional analyses of fungi at the genome level

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Tapasree Roy Sarkar

Sarkar Profile

Cancer bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Metabolomics, Nanotechnology

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Shogo Sato

Sato Profile

Molecular and physiological basis of circadian-metabolic crosstalk in mammals

James Leif Smith

Smith Profile | Smith Lab Website

Structural and functional characterization of natural products from microorganisms

Joseph Sorg

Sorg Profile | Sorg Lab Website

Mechanisms of Clostridium difficilespore germination and bile acid resistance

Wayne Versaw

Versaw Profile

Plant cell and molecular biology; nutrient transport and metabolism

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Ry Young

Young Profile

Molecular genetics; bacteriophage lysis mechanisms; bacterial toxins

Aref Zarin

Zarin Profile | Zarin Lab Website

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

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Xiuren Zhang

Zhang Profile

Plant RNA Biology and Epigenetics

Mark Zoran

Zoran Profile

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