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.

Neurobiology

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Jennifer Dulin

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Neural stem cell transplantation and circuit mapping approaches to restore motor, sensory, and autonomic function following spinal cord injury

James Erickson

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

L. Rene Garcia

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Genetics of behavior and development in C. elegans

 

Paul Hardin

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

Steve Lockless

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Information flow through biological systems; substrate recognition and signal integration

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Dylan McCreedy

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Mechanisms of acute inflammation and tissue damage following spinal cord injury; three dimensional imaging of inflammation and neural circuit plasticity; neuroprotective and neural regeneration strategies

UJ McMahan

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Factors that regulate synapse function and development of synapses in the animal nervous system, as revealed by high-resolution imaging, chemical characterization, and experimental manipulation of synapses

Jerome Menet

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Molecular mechanism of the circadian clock in mice

Christine Merlin

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

Bruce Riley

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Genetic regulation of zebra fish development

Gil Rosenthal

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

Michael Smotherman

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Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

Mark Zoran

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