Research

Divisions

Research areas

  • Cell biology

    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Karen A. Beningo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, cell mechanics

    Specialty

    Our laboratory studies how mechanical forces impact cellular processes, including adhesion, cell migration, and cancer invasion. We utilize a combination of standard molecular, biophysical and microscopic tools to measure these changes and to identify the mechanisms behind their regulation.


    Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.


    Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.


    Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.


    P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.


    Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.


    David Njus, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

    Specialty

    We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.


    Lori Pile, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

    Specialty

    Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria. Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.


    Mark VanBerkum, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

  • Chemical biology and biochemistry

    Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.


    Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.


    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.


    P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.


    David Njus, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

    Specialty

    We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.


    Lori Pile, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

    Specialty

    Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria. Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

  • Development

    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Markus Friedrich, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, neurobiology and animal physiology, cave biology, visual behavior

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.


    Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, plant sciences

    Specialty

    The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.


    Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.


    Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.


    Lori Pile, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

    Specialty

    Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.


    Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Insect development.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.


    Mark VanBerkum, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

  • Ecology and urban sustainability

    Thomas Dowling, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Dowling Lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.


    Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory-based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.


    Dan Kashian, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology

    Specialty

    Ecology of forest ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems.


    Donna Kashian, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, urban sustainability

    Specialty

    My lab focuses on the effects of disturbance, including invasive species, climate change and contaminants, on aquatic communities and freshwater ecosystems. Our work examines interactions among organisms, the environment and humans, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations to address complex environmental issues.


    Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution

    Specialty

    My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

  • Evolution

    Thomas Dowling, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Dowling Lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.


    Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant sciences

    Specialty

    Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as a model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.


    Markus Friedrich, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, neurobiology and animal physiology, cave biology, visual behavior

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.


    Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, plant sciences

    Specialty

    The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.


    Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, microbiology, bioinformatics

    Specialty

    We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.


    Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory-based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.


    Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution

    Specialty

    My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

  • Genetics and genomics

    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.


    Thomas Dowling, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Dowling Lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.


    Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant sciences

    Specialty

    Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as a model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.


    Markus Friedrich, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, neurobiology and animal physiology, cave biology, visual behavior

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.


    Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, plant sciences

    Specialty

    The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.


    Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.


    Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, microbiology, bioinformatics

    Specialty

    We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.


    Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics

    Specialty

    The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory-based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.


    Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.


    Lori Pile, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

    Specialty

    Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.


    Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Insect development.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

  • Microbiology

    Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.


    Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.


    Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, microbiology, bioinformatics

    Specialty

    We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.


    Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.


    P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria. Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

  • Molecular Biology

    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.


    Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant sciences

    Specialty

    Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as a model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.


    Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, plant sciences

    Specialty

    The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.


    Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.


    Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.


    Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.


    Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.


    P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology

    Specialty

    The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.


    Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.


    Lori Pile, Associate Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

    Specialty

    Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.


    Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology

    Specialty

    Insect development.


    Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, chemical biology and biochemistry, development, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry

    Specialty

    The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria. Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

  • Neurobiology and animal physiology

    Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, genetics and genomics, molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.


    Markus Friedrich, Professor

    Division

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Research areas

    Development, evolution, genetics and genomics, neurobiology and animal physiology, cave biology, visual behavior

    Specialty

    My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.


    Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Molecular biology, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.


    David Njus, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

    Specialty

    We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.


    Marianna Sadagurski, Assistant Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    Central regulation of obesity and metabolism.


    Mark VanBerkum, Professor

    Division

    Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

    Research areas

    Cell biology, development, neurobiology and animal physiology

    Specialty

    After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.