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 interdisciplinary graduate research programs, including Genetics & Genomics, Neuroscience, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Physiology & Systems Biology

Rodolfo Aramayo

Aramayo Profile

Meiotic silencing in Neurospora crassa

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Jared Bard

Bard Profile | Bard Lab Website

Post-transcriptional RNA regulation during viral infection and tumorigenesis; function and regulation of stress-induced biomolecular condensation

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

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Mahul Chakraborty

Chakraborty Profile

Molecular basis of phenotypic variation and adaptation, Role of repetitive genome in evolution of sexual dimorphism and sexual conflict

David Earnest

Earnest Profile

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

Lawrence Griffing

Griffing Profile

Subcellular signaling and Cell/Organism transport of sterols and regulation of sterol metabolism in plants

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Jeff Jones

Jones Profile  | Jones Lab Website

Understanding the genes, neurons, and circuits regulating circadian rhythms in behavior and physiology

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Alex Keene

Keene Profile | Keene Lab Website

Neural regulation of behavior in flies and fish models

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Wanhe Li

Li Profile

Uncovering mechanistic links between emotional states, biological timing, sleep, and development of chronic diseases using interdisciplinary approaches.

Jerome Menet

Menet Profile | Menet Lab Website

Molecular mechanism of the circadian clock in mice

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Matthew Moulton

Moulton Profile 

Functional genetics of human disease variants using Drosophila models; Mechanisms of lipid droplet formation in the brain; Neuron-glia interactions

Daniel Paredes-Sabja

Paredes-Sabja Profile | Paredes-Sabja Lab Website

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

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Shogo Sato

Sato Profile

Molecular and physiological basis of circadian-metabolic crosstalk in mammals

Deborah Siegele

Siegele Profile

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