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.

Plant Biology

Lawrence Griffing

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Structure and biochemical organization of cells; membrane trafficking

 

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Thomas McKnight

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Molecular analysis of protein secretion in plants; plant genome organization and evolution

 

Alan Pepper

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Environmental regulation of development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Hongmin Qin

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Quantitative Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

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Wayne Versaw

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Plant and fungal molecular biology; phosphate transport and metabolism