Biology Faculty Research

Faculty in the Department of Biological sciences are active researchers. You can learn about research in the Department by examining the Research and Publications web pages of the faculty. Below is a list of faculty with a brief description of their interests and links to their Research and Publications web pages.

Paul F. Agris, Professor.
Molecular Biology; Nucleic Acids; Drug therapeutics.
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Marlene Belfort, Distinguished Professor
Gene expression; introns; inteins, regulation by small RNA.
Lab Page

Thomas Caraco, Associate Professor.
Theoretical ecology; landscape ecology of epidemics.
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Haijun Chen , Associate Professor.
The molecular properties of channels and signalling in the cell membrane.
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Richard P. Cunningham, Professor.
Biochemical and biophysical studies on DNA repair enzymes.

Dan Fabris, Professor.
Protein-nucleic acid interactions; Mass spectrometry; RNA-based drug therapeutics
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Paulo Forni, AssistantProfessor.
Normal and pathological development in the olfactory cortex; Genes and molecular mechanisms of placodal/neural crest interactions, and determinants of neurogenic niches
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Helen T. Ghiradella, Professor.
Cuticular patterning in insects; insect structural colors; flash control in the firefly; sensory systems in minute arthropods; effects of lead on insect behavior.
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Gary Kleppel, Professor.
Aquatic ecology; effect of human demographic and land-use patterns on ecosystem integrity.
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Melinda Larsen , Associate Professor.
Molecular basis for organ development, role of cell-extracellular matrix and cell-cell signaling
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Pan T.X. Li , Associate Professor
Single Molecule Manipulation and Detection; RNA Folding and Macromolecule Assembly
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Gregory A. Lnenicka, Professor.
Role of activity in axon growth and synaptic development; synaptic physiology and morphology; activity-dependent changes in Ca2+ regulation.
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Albert J. T. Millis, Professor.
Molecular biology of cellular aging and vascular smooth-muscle cell differentiation; extracellular matrix and metalloproteinase gene regulation and expression.
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Robert Osuna, Associate Professor.
Regulation of bacterial gene expression.
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Cara T. Pager, Assistant Professor.
Virus-host interactions; Translational control, replication and assembly of RNA viruses; miRNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA granules
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Prashanth Rangan, Assistant Professor.
RNA regulation in maintaining stem cells; translational regulators; germ line stem cells in D. malanogaster.
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George Robinson, Associate Professor.
Plant community ecology; biological invasions; biodiversity and public policy; restoration ecology.
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John T. Schmidt, Professor.
Gene expression in synapse formation and plasticity in the retinotectal projection; growth cone motility and its regulation by myosin light chain kinase.
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Annalisa Scimemi, Assistant Professor.
Synaptic structure and function; Astrocyte control of synaptic transmission; Synaptic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Hua Shi , Associate Professor.
Molecular and cell biology of transcription and signal transduction; aptamer-mediated multi-pathway control in living organisms; forward engineering approach to cancer drug discovery and development.
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Caro-Beth Stewart, Associate Professor.
Molecular basis for adaptive evolution; evolution of digestive enzymes; phylogenetic analysis of gene families; primate molecular evolution and phylogeny.
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Ben G. Szaro, Professor.
Cytoskeletal proteins in developing and regenerating axons.
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Jeffrey L. Travis, Research Associate Professor.
Mechanism of intracellular transport; membrane-cytoskeletal interactions; novel methods of microtubule assembly.
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Ing-Nang Wang, Associate Professor.
Experimental evolution; microbial evolution; molecular population genetics.
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Sho-Ya Wang, Professor.
Retinoids and gene regulation; murine teratocarcinoma cell differentiation; transcription factors and differentiation; Na+ channel structure-function relationships.
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Richard S. Zitomer, Professor.
Regulation of expression of the yeast genes by oxygen.