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.

Genetics & Genomics

Rodolfo Aramayo

Aramayo Profile

Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

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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

Michael Benedik

Benedik Profile

Microbial genetics, protein translocation, and microbial biotechnology

Joseph Bernardo

Bernardo Profile

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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Heath Blackmon

Blackmon Profile | Blackmon Lab page

Evolutionary genetics and genomics using both theoretical and empirical approaches. Empirical methods used include bioinformatics, phylogenetics, quantitative genetics.

Charles Criscione

Criscione Profile | Criscione Lab Website

Ecology, evolution, and genetics of parasites

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Kira Delmore

Delmore Profile | Delmore Lab Webpage

Seasonal migration, Behavioural Genomics

James Erickson

Erickson Profile

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

L. Rene Garcia

Garcia Profile | Garcia Lab Website

Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans

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Richard Gomer

Gomer Profile | Gomer Lab Website

Tissue size regulation, wound healing, and fibrosing diseases

Paul Hardin

Hardin Profile | Hardin Lab Website

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

Steve Lockless

Lockless Profile | Lockless Lab Website

Electrical and motile properties of microorganisms; Information content in genomes

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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

Angela Mitchell

Mitchell Profile | Mitchell Lab Website

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

Alan Pepper

Pepper Profile

Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Hongmin Qin

Qin Profile | Qin Lab Website

Quantitative Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

Bruce Riley

Riley Profile | Riley Lab Website

Genetic regulation of zebra fish development

Gil Rosenthal

Rosenthal Profile

Evolution and ecology of animal communication; mate choice and evolutionary genetics in Mexican freshwater fishes; visual ecology and evolution of neotropical reef fishes

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

James Leif Smith

Smith Profile | Smith Lab Website

Structural and functional characterization of natural products from microorganisms

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Wayne Versaw

Versaw Profile

Plant and fungal molecular biology; phosphate transport and metabolism

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