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Carolyn Adler Carolyn Adler

Molecular Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
My lab is interested in understanding animal regeneration. We focus on a highly regenerative animal, planarian flatworms, which can regenerate entire bodies after amputation. Regeneration relies on an active population of adult stem cells.

Charles "Chip" Aquadro Charles "Chip" Aquadro

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study naturally occurring genomic variation in natural populations, focusing on Drosophila populations and species from around the world.

Erica Behling-Kelly Erica Behling-Kelly

Clinical Pathology
My laboratory currently focuses on determining the pathogenic potential and diagnostic utility of serum lipoproteins in domestic species.

Nicolas Buchon Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut.

Donna Cassidy-Hanley Donna Cassidy-Hanley

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Basic genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology of the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila, application of techniques developed in this versatile organism to other biologically important protozoa, like the agriculturally important fish parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis.

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.

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.

Ben Cosgrove Ben Cosgrove

Biomedical Engineering
The Cosgrove laboratory develops and utilizes systems bioengineering approaches to study the signaling network alterations underlying the decline of stem cell function and tissue regeneration in aging and disease.

Robin Dando Robin Dando

Food Science
The mammalian taste system consists of many complex interactions which take a simple receptor activation at the taste bud, to a rich and emotional response such as that elicited by our favorite foods. As yet little is known about the true nature or depth of these interactions.

David Deitcher David Deitcher

Neurobiology and Behavior
My lab examines the genetic and molecular basis of epilepsy using Drosophila as a model system.  In addition, we also probe the trafficking of neuropeptides using genetics, RNAi, and imaging.

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.

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.

Chun Han Chun Han

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and dendrite degeneration, especially from the perspective of dendrite-environment interaction. Dendrite morphogenesis is a fundamental aspect of neural development and lies at the foundation of neural circuit formation.

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

Maria Harrison Maria Harrison

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Molecular, genetic, genomic and cellular analyses of endosymbiotic associations of plants and fungi, exocytosis and membrane trafficking in plant cells, symbiotic phosphate and nitrogen transporters, phosphate sensors and phosphate sensing, hormone signaling in symbiosis, transcriptional regulation of symbiotic gene expression, microbial interac

Fenghua Hu Fenghua Hu

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

Kelly Hume Kelly Hume

Clinical Sciences
My research focuses on understanding how DNA damage response mechanisms influence tumorigenesis and chemosensitivity.

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.

Natasza Kurpios Natasza Kurpios

Molecular Medicine
The research in this lab is related to organ shape acquisition requires intricate coordination of the morphogenetic repertoire during which tissues are bent, pulled, and moved. One striking example is the formation of the digestive system where complex looping and bending events shape the gut tube as it elongates.

Jan Lammerding Jan Lammerding

Biomedical Engineering
The research in the Lammerding Lab is focused on developing and applying novel experimental techniques to explore the interplay between cellular structure and function, with a particular emphasis on the cell nucleus and the nuclear envelope.

Maurine Linder

Molecular Medicine
Our research addresses the mechanism and consequences of protein S-palmitoylation, a reversible posttranslational modification of proteins that regulates membrane association, protein trafficking, and protein stability.

Rui Hai Liu Rui Liu

Food Science
Dr. Liu’s research program has focused on diet and cancer, the effects of functional foods/nutraceuticals on chronic disease risks, and bioactive compounds in natural products and herbal remedies for anticancer and antiviral activity.

Kelly Liu Kelly Liu

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Liu lab uses the free-living nematode C. elegans as a model system for two areas of research: 1) to understand how pluripotent precursor cells divide to produce multiple differentiated cell types, 2) to discover new players in a highly conserved signaling pathway, the BMP (bone morphogenetic protein) pathway.

Sabine Mann Sabine Mann

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
I am interested in the metabolic and nutritional regulation of the immune response during times of stress in large animals, such as in the transition period of dairy cattle or in the neonatal period.

Yuxin Mao Yuxin Mao

Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our laboratory is interested in understanding the mechanisms regulating membrane trafficking. Living cells are highly organized by intracellular membrane separated compartments.

John C. March John C. March

Biological and Environmental Engineering
By rewiring cellular signaling circuitry, highly specific responses can be tailored to a wide array of process inputs. Most of the work in the March laboratory is centered in three major areas: signal transduction, metabolism, and eukaryotic-prokaryotic interactions.

June Nasrallah June Nasrallah

Plant Biology
CePlant reproduction, Self-incompatibility, Receptor-ligand interactions, Cell-cell signalingll-Cell Interactions in Plants

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