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.

Microbiology

Rodolfo Aramayo

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Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

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Deb Bell-Pedersen

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

Michael Benedik

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Microbial genetics, protein translocation, and microbial biotechnology

 

Lisa Campbell

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

Angela Mitchell

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

Beiyan Nan

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Bacterial physiology, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy

Kathryn Ryan

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

Matt Sachs

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

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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Ry Young

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Molecular genetics; bacteriophage lysis mechanisms; bacterial toxins