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


Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

Joseph Bernardo


Cryptic speciation; evolution of reproductive isolation; body size evolution; species packing and community assembly; range determinants; comparative physiological ecology; integrative evolutionary ecology

David Earnest


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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Electrical and motile properties of microorganisms; Information content in genomes


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Duncan MacKenzie


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


UJ McMahan


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


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