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.

Physiology & Systems Biology

Rodolfo Aramayo

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Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

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

David Earnest

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

Richard Gomer

Gomer Profile | Gomer Lab Webpage

Tissue size regulation, wound healing, and fibrosing diseases

Steve Lockless

Lockless Profile | Lockless Lab Website

Electrical and motile properties of microorganisms; Information content in genomes

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Duncan MacKenzie

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Comparative endocrinology of reproduction and thyroid function in fish, amphibians, and reptiles

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

Menet Profile | Menet Lab Website

Molecular mechanism of the circadian clock in mice

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

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

Deborah Siegele

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Stress survival by the bacterium E. coli, development of an ontology of microbial phenotypes

Michael Smotherman

Smotherman Profile | Smotherman Lab Webpage

Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

Joseph Sorg

Sorg Profile | Sorg Lab Website

Mechanisms of Clostridium difficilespore germination and bile acid resistance