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Eric Alani Eric Alani

Molecular Biology and Genetics
My research efforts are focused on understanding highly conserved mismatch repair (MMR) systems, which recognize and repair base pair and small insertion/deletion mismatches that arise as the result of DNA replication errors, DNA damage, and genetic recombination.

Yimon Aye Yimon Aye

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Chemistry-driven methods development in deconstructing redox-dependent signal transduction; Molecular regulation of redox-responsive therapeutic targets.

John Brady John Brady

Food Science
Molecular biophysics, Molecular dynamic simulations of proteins and carbohydrates, structure, dynamics, and hydration of carbohydrates

Clare Casteel

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The primary research goal of the Casteel lab is to identify the functions of microbes in plant-insect interactions and elucidate the key molecular mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

Carmen Catala Carmen Catala

School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology
Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying fruit set and development. Fruit development is a crucial process in the sexual reproduction of flowering plants and of critical importance for seed dispersal, plant fitness and agricultural yield.

Richard Cerione Richard Cerione

Vet Molecular Medicine and Chemistry & Chem Biology
Mechanisms of receptor-coupled signal transduction; the actions of cellular polypeptide growth factor receptors

Joshua S. Chappie Joshua S. Chappie

Molecular Medicine
Our lab utilizes a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to dissect the mechanisms of complex molecular machines.

Brian Crane Brian Crane

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
understanding interactions among proteins, electrons, and photons

J. Brooks Crickard

Molecular Biology and Genetics
My laboratory uses cutting edge single molecule imaging, biochemistry, and molecular biology to understand how proteins organize and move on DNA. The overall human health relevance of my research program is to understand biological pathways that prevent the loss of information stored within the eukaryotic genome.

Matthew DeLisa Matthew DeLisa

Robert F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying protein machinery in the environment of a living cell. We are unique in our ability to probe and exploit the function and specificity of protein machinery by integrating protein engineering with microbial genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Robert Dick Robert Dick

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Using protein biochemistry, tissue culture, electron microscopy, and structure determination, my research team studies how viruses assemble and spread between cells. By understanding the molecular and macromolecular structures of viruses, we are able to identify drug targets.

Scott D. Emr Scott D. Emr

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Intracellular membrane trafficking fundamentally involves vesicles that bud from various membranes to be transported elsewhere within the endomembrane system of the eukaryotic cell.

Heather Feaga

Microbiology
The lab is focused on how bacteria maintain protein synthesis capacity under stress. We aim to identify factors that interact with the ribosome and prevent stalling, and to understand the impact of ribosome stalling on cell physiology.

Cedric Feschotte Cedric Feschotte

Molecular Biology and Genetics
I have 20 years of experience studying mobile genetic elements. My laboratory employs an integrative approach to study transposons and endogenous viruses primarily in vertebrates, including humans.

Julia Finkelstein Julia Finkelstein

Nutritional Sciences
The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of micronutrients in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, to improve the health and survival of mothers and young children.

Chris Fromme Chris Fromme

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Golgi complex is the “Grand Central Station” within our cells, serving as the primary sorting organelle at the nexus of the secretory and endocytic trafficking pathways.

Patrick Gibney Patrick Gibney

Food Science
Our lab is interested in a variety of research topics that span eukaryotic cell biology to wine microbiology.  Our research topics include understanding fundamental aspects of biology to collaborating with the fermented beverage industry on more applied projects.

James Giovannoni James Giovannoni

Plant Biology
Molecular and genetic analysis of fruit ripening and related signal transduction systems

Michael Gore Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule.

Stewart Gray Stewart Gray

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
My research program focuses on understanding the relationships between plant viruses and their insect vectors. Specifically we work on luteoviruses and their aphid vectors. Research projects range from the mechanisms of aphid-virus interactions to epidemiology and disease management strategies.

Andrew Grimson Andrew Grimson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Grimson lab focuses on post-transcriptional gene regulation, in particular the identity and function of animal microRNAs and other small RNAs, as well as explorations into novel regulatory functions encoded in the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR)..

Maureen Hanson Maureen Hanson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our lab has a diversity of projects in plant biology and biomedical sciences. We study photosynthesis and RNA editing in plants as well as the molecular basis of a disease using white blood cells and plasma from subjects. See both hansonlab.org and neuroimmune.cornell.edu

Anthony Hay Anthony Hay

Microbiology
There are three main foci in my lab. We study the ability of microorganisms to degrade pharmaceuticals and personal care products. We use molecular ecology tools to study microbes in a variety of habitats as diverse as sand dunes and drinking water biofilms. We also study the impact that a defective prophage remnant has on the ability of E.

John Helmann John Helmann

Microbiology
We use Bacillus subtilis as a model system to study bacterial stress responses relevant to host-pathogen interactions. These include cell envelope stress responses (e.g. relevant to those elicited by antibiotics), metal ion homeostasis, and oxidative stress responses.

Fenghua Hu Fenghua Hu

Molecular Biology and Genetics / Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Georg Jander Georg Jander

Plant Biology
The Jander lab investigates genetic and biochemical mechanisms that mediate plant interactions with insect herbivores. This includes not only the identification of novel defense-related plant metabolites, but also characterization of the genes and enzymes that are involved in their biosynthesis.

Toshi Kawate Toshi Kawate

Molecular Medicine
Architecture and molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins that mediate extracellular signaling. Students will be doing an assortment of tasks, from making reagents to carrying out their own projects, depending on their analytical skills and class loads.

Ailong Ke Ailong Ke

Molecular Biology and Genetics
CRISPR-Cas as prokaryotic immunity system and as eukaryotic genome editing tool; Riboswitches in prokaryotic gene regulation My laboratory mainly uses biochemistry and structural biology tools to dissect molecular mechanisms in RNA-dominated biological processes. My lab focuses on two central themes in RNA biology.

André Kessler André Kessler

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant-insect interactions, herbivore-induced plant responses, plant defenses, indirect defenses, multitrophic interactions, plant secondary metabolite production, insect elicitor identification, GC-MS, HPLC.

Xingen Lei Xingen Lei

Animal Science
antioxidant enzyme on diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, biotechnology of hydrolytic enzymes for nutrition and environment, defatted microalgae as new feed and food, enrichment of n-3 fatty acids in eggs and chicken

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