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.

Physiology & Systems Biology

Rodolfo Aramayo

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Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

Joseph Bernardo

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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

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Richard Gomer

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Tissue size regulation, wound healing, and fibrosing diseases

 

Steve Lockless

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Information flow through biological systems; substrate recognition and signal integration

 

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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

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Molecular mechanism of the circadian clock in mice

Deborah Siegele

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

Michael Smotherman

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Neurobiology of animal communication: sensory-motor integration

Joseph Sorg

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Mechanisms of Clostridium difficilespore germination and bile acid resistance