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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.

John Brady John Brady

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

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.

Edward Buckler Edward Buckler

Plant Breeding and Genetics, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
The Buckler Lab uses the natural genetic variation of crops to dissect complex traits, accelerate breeding, and address environmental impact of agriculture.

Morten Christiansen Morten Christiansen

Psychology / Cognitive Science
Our research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. We employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, artificial language learning, psycholinguistic experiments, and neuroimaging.

Christopher Clark Christopher Clark

Lab of Ornithology
Regional and large-scale population level distributions, abundances, and acoustic behaviors of birds, fish, frogs, and whales; evolution and function of acoustic signaling behavior in animals using advanced sound analysis techniques.

Andrew Clark Andrew Clark

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Population genetics, evolutionary genomics, genetics of complex traits, patterns of DNA sequence variation in most of the known antibacterial genes of insects, sperm competition, examining the mechanisms that maintain genetic variation

Thomas Cleland Thomas Cleland

Psychology
Olfactory perception as a complex system; coordinating behavioral; physiological, pharmacological, and computational studies of sensory sampling; learning and memory; biological neural networks.

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.

Ashim Datta

Biological and Environmental Engineering
Mathematical modeling of thermal and mass transfer processes applied to food (plant and animal tissues) as biomaterials.

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.

Stephen Ellner Stephen Ellner

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Theoretical population and evolutionary ecology

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.

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.

Yrjo Grohn Yrjo Grohn

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
My research interests have evolved from studies of basic metabolism in ruminants and genetics to veterinary epidemiology, economic modeling and food safety. The two main areas of investigations currently ongoing in my laboratory are: 1) mathematical modeling of zoonotic infectious diseases, and 2) optimizing health and management decisions.

Ronald Hoy Ronald Hoy

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; behavior genetics of inbertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems. Categorical perception of sound frequency by crickets.

Renata Ivanek Miojevic

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Ivanek Lab is a computer lab that uses cutting-edge modeling and epidemiologic methods to solve societal problems related to infectious and foodborne diseases, and food production to develop new and sustainable approaches for improving health of human and animal populations, and optimizing food production systems.

Alon Keinan Alon Keinan

Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
Alon Keinan studies how human genetic variation has arisen from evolutionary history. His research focuses on elucidating the history of modern human populations and on developing computational methods for searching for genes important in human biology.

Amnon Koren Amnon Koren

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Genomics of human DNA replication timing and mutagenesis. We integrate experimental and computational biology to study how the human genome replicates, how replication timing varies among people and in genetic diseases and cancer, and how replication timing affects the mutational landscape of the genome.

Christiane Linster Christiane Linster

Neurobiology and Behavior
Neuromodulation, computation, olfaction, behavioral neuroscience.

Susan McCouch Susan McCouch

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Development and application of high-resolution molecular mapping strategies for rice; comparative grass genome analysis; isolation of agriculturally important genes

Jeff Pleiss

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our group works to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of pre-mRNA splicing, and how it's mis-regulation results in human disease. We have pioneered the use of the unicellular fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, as a model system for understanding complex splicing patterns that are prevalent in humans.

Robert Reed Robert Reed

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Developmental genetic basis of butterfly wing pattern evolution.

Kern Reeve Kern Reeve

Neurobiology and Behavior
Theoretical sociobiology; evolution of cooperation and conflict in animal societies; behavioral ecology; plasticity in insect social behavior. Social contacts in wasp societies.

Adrienne Roeder Adrienne Roeder

Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology / Plant Biology
Size is a fundamental characteristic of every organism.

Mark Sorrells Mark Sorrells

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Breeding and genetics of grains, quantitative genetics, comparative genomics Molecular genetics and breeding of wheat, barley, maize, rice, and oats. Molecular genetics, gene cloning, and comparative genomics of these species.

Patrick Sullivan Patrick Sullivan

Natural Resources
fisheries problems in marine and freshwater environments. These include statistical methods for population assessment and modeling, methods for data acquisition and utilization, spatial modeling of habitat and abundance, and formulating mechanisms for making better use of information in the management arena

Bryan Swingle Bryan Swingle

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We are investigating the molecular basis of plant-bacterial interactions and interactions among bacteria.  We use a variety of techniques that range from basic microbiology to state of the art genomics.  We currently have projects investigating aspects of the following:

Marjolein van der Meulen Marjolein van der Meulen

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Orthopaedic biomechanics; musculoskeletal mechanobiology; mechanical properties of bone tissue; determinants of bone mechanical behavior; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis.

Klaas van Wijk Klaas van Wijk

Plant Biology
The van Wijk lab studies proteostasis and lipo-protein particles in plant chloroplasts. Chloroplasts produce oxygen and carbohydrates and synthesize important products, e.g. vitamins A, E and K1 and anti-oxidants.

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