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Elizabeth Adkins-Regan (er12)
Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Behavior
  • Reproduction
  • Neurobiology
Behavioral neuroendocrinology, avian social behavior and reproduction.
Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Evolution
Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, phenotypic plasticity, coevolution, plant defense and herbivore offense, coevolution.
Beth Ahner (baa7)
Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • BioEngineering
  • Ecology
Biofuel production from plants and algae, lipid biosynthesis in algae.
Eric Alani (eea3)
Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
Roles for mismatch repair factors in regulating chromosome stability and genetic recombination. Molecular evolution.
Esther Angert (era23)
Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Development
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
My laboratory studies intestinal symbionts. One group of bacteria of particular interest is the Epulopiscium family. Some of these intestinal symbionts of tropical surgeonfish are among the largest known bacteria, with individuals reaching lengths of 0.6 mm. These cells also reproduce in an unusual manner. Instead of simply dividing, Epulopiscium spp. produce multiple internal offspring. We’re interested in the cell biology of these and other bacteria. Specifically we want to find out how these cells are able to overcome the constraints that keep most bacteria small. We are also interested in the development of the unusual reproductive program seen in these and related bacteria.

Microbiology, Bacterial cell, Molecular and Developmental biology, Microbial diversity, Microbial ecology, Symbiotic interactions
Douglas Antczak (dfa1)
Baker Institute for Animal Health
  • Immunology
  • Reproduction
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
Genetics (Genomics); Reproductive Biology (Placental Development); Immunology, with special reference to the horse; Immunology, Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Charles Aquadro (cfa1)
Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Genomics
Our research reveals the principles and processes that determine the nature, amount, distribution, and functional significance of genetic variation within and between natural populations and among related species. We draw on the tools of experimental and theoretical population genetics, molecular evolution, and comparative genomics to study the structure and evolution of the genome, natural populations, to resolve the evolutionary forces acting on individual genes, and to functionally annotate the genome (particularly that of Drosophila).

Population Genetics, Comparative Genomics, Evolution
Avery August (aa749)
Microbiology & Immunology
  • Immunology
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology
The research in this lab is related to the following fields: Immunology; Regulation of immune mediated diseases and infection by tyrosine kinases; Molecular mechanisms of airway inflammation.
Yimon Aye (ya222)
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
Chemistry-driven methods development in deconstructing redox-dependent signal transduction; Molecular regulation of redox-responsive therapeutic targets.
Antje Baeumner (ajb23)
Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • BioEngineering
  • Genomics
Development of biosensors and bioanalytical microsystems and micro total analysis systems for the detection of pathogenic organisms in food, the environment and for clinical diagnostics. Pathogens we focus on include C. parvum, E. coli, Dengue virus, HIV

BioEngineering, Microbiology, Genomics, Biosensors, Diagnostic Devices, microTAS, Nanobiotechnology
Joel Baines (jdb11)
Vet Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Virology
Herpes Simplex Virus, Replication, DNA packaging
Daniel Barbash (dab87)
Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Development
  • Molecular Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
We are interested in how animals develop, evolve and form new species. We use a variety of techniques including genetics, developmental biology and molecular evolution. Most of our research is done with Drosophila (fruit flies).
Andrew Bass (ahb3)
Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Development
  • Neurobiology
  • Evolution
Animal communication; evolution of vertebrate nervous system; hormones, brains, and behavior; comparative neuroanatomy; sexual differentiation of the brain; hormonal control of development, teleost fish
Nina Bassuk (nlb2)
Horticulture
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
Urban trees and soils, plant propagation, woody plants inn the landscape.

Horticulture
Carl Batt (cab10)
Food Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genomics
Application of nanobiotechnology to exploring problems in biology. Development of potential therapeutic agents to combat cancer. Nanobiotechnology, microbiology, cancer therapeutics. Food science, microbiology, biomedical engineering.
Erica Behling-Kelly (eb58)
Clinical Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
My laboratory currently focuses on determining the pathogenic potential and diagnostic utility of serum lipoproteins in domestic species. In two of our on-going projects, we are investigating lipoproteins in the dog, relative to their ability to promote thrombosis in hyperlipidemic diseases (such as hyperadrencorticism) and the progression of renal disease. Another project is underway investigating changes in lipoproteins during various life-stages in dairy cows. We are also investigating the role of the erythrocyte and hemolysis in promoting thrombosis in the dog
William E. Bemis (web24)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Shoals Marine
  • Development
  • Neurobiology
  • Systematics
  • Evolution
  • Paleobiology
I study developmental and comparative morphology of vertebrates to examine questions in evolution and systematics.
Gary C. Bergstrom (gcb3)
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Ecology
  • Systematics
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
Biology, population genetics, and epidemiology of diseases of corn, wheat, and bioenergy feedstock grasses. Host resistance, cultural, biological, and chemical disease control strategies as components of integrated crop management of corn, forage legume, small grain cereal, oilseed, and bioenergy feedstock crops. Population biology and ecology of the toxigenic fungus Fusarium graminearum.
Rodrigo Bicalho (rcb28)
Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
  • Microbiology
Production medicine, epidemiology, and microbiology, my current research involves: a) Bovine lameness, metritis, and mastitis. b) Factors affecting reproductive efficiency in dairy cows. c) Estrous synchronization. d) The use of bacteriophages as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for bacterial infections of farm animals.

Animal Science
Karyn Bischoff (klb72)
Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services
  • Toxicology
Heavy metals toxicology and trace mineral imbalances are my primary interests in the field of toxicology. Currently, Analytical Toxicology is studying the kinetics of lead in cattle in the field. Lead poisoning is a common problem in cattle and the goal of our research is to prevent lead contamination of meat and milk for human consumption. We have also done some work with selenium to determine optimum circulating concentration for health in goats used for milk and meat. Our laboratory has been at the forefront of several investigations of contamination of commercial pet foods by agents such as aflatoxin and melamine.
Thomas Björkman (tnb1)
Horticulture
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
Temperature sensing and its use in controlling reproductive development. Rhizosphere alteration by roots of cover crops for long-term soil health improvement. Most work during the summer is in the field, applying experimental treatments under horticultural production conditions and measuring plant and soil responses. Growth, uniformity, germination rate and soil aggregation are common parameters measured. Some students have worked in science communication aspects as well.

Horticulture
Bernd Blossey (bb22)
Natural Resources
  • Conservation
  • Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
impact of invasive plants on native flora and fauna, biological control of non-indigenous plant species in natural areas, plant-insect interactions, and invasion and conservation biology
David Bonter (dnb23)
Lab of Ornithology
  • Behavior
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
I'm an avian biologist working in three primary study systems: 1) reproductive biology of gulls (at Shoals Marine Lab), 2) optimal foraging behavior (winter study focused on songbirds, Ithaca area), and 3) migration (Braddock Bay Bird Observatory).
Ronald Booker (rb28)
Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Development
  • Neurobiology
Intrinsic and extrinsic control of neurodevelopment in insects, determine the neural basis of behavioral ontogeny using the moth Manduca sexta, and the fly Drosophila melanogaster as model systems
Kathryn Boor (kjb4)
Food Science
  • Bacteriology
  • Microbiology
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Toxicology
Microbiological quality and safety of dairy products; adaptation of bacterial cells to environmental stresses; physiology and genetic characteristics of pathogenic bacteria.
Dwight Bowman (ddb3)
Vet Microbiology and Immunology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Ecology
  • Parasitology
Parasitology, most aspects. Interested in the practical application of modern methods to disease prevention, diagnosis, and unraveling the mysteries of zoology.
Adam Boyko (arb359)
BIomedical Sciences
  • Disease Pathogenesis
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
Inferring demography and selection from genomic data.
Genetics of the domestic dog.
Developing statistical, simulation, and bioinformatic tools for analyzing genomic data.
John Brady (jwb7)
Food Science
  • Computational Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysics
Molecular biophysics, Molecular dynamic simulations of proteins and carbohydrates, structure, dynamics, and hydration of carbohydrates
Tom Brenna (jtb4)
Nutritional Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Genomics
Mass spectrometry; human nutrition. Role of Polyusaturated Fatty Acids in fetal development, especially neural formation, examining precursors to PUFAs, Antidoping science; detection of performance-enhancing drugs, especially steroids.
Samantha Brooks (sab359)
Animal Science
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
Genetics, gene expression, horses.

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