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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.

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.

Doug Antczak Doug Antczak

Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine
Genetics and genomics of the horse. Development of the equine placenta. Equine immunology and immunity.

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.

Antje Baeumner Antje Baeumner

Biological and Environmental Engineering
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.

Gary C. Bergstrom Gary C. Bergstrom

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
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.

Adam Boyko Adam Boyko

Biomedical Sciences
Inferring demography and selection from genomic data. Genetics of the domestic dog. Developing statistical, simulation, and bioinformatic tools for analyzing genomic data.

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.

Dan Buckley Dan Buckley

Crop and Soil Sciences
Microbial Ecology, Microbial Evolution, Microbial Genomics, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry

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

Yung-Fu Chang Yung-Fu Chang

Vet Diagnostic Lab
Molecular basis of bacterial pathogenesis; vaccine development; functional genomics.

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

Scott Coonrod Scott Coonrod

Baker Institute for Animal Health
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Brian Crane Brian Crane

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

Bryan Danforth Bryan Danforth

Enthomology
Phylogeny and systematic of bees, bee evolution and diversity, role of native bees in crop pollination, genomic approaches to phylogeny reconstruction.

Walter De Jong Walter De Jong

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Identification of genes/alleles responsible for agronomically important traits in potato, and applied potato breeding (development of new potato varieties)

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.

Casey Dillman Casey Dillman

Museum of Vertebrates and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
We are interested in understanding the evolutionary history of life on earth. We use fishes as a model and examine them from multiple avenues including phenotypic and genomic investigations.

Jeff Doyle Jeff Doyle

Plant Biology / Plant Breeding and Genetics
Comparative genomics, molecular systematics, and evolution. Much research in the lab focuses on polyploidy (whole genome duplication), with studies ranging from identifying origins of polyploids to understanding the physiological, ecological, genetic, and genomic consequences of polyploidy.

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.

Melanie Filiatrault Melanie Filiatrault

SIPS/Section of Plant Pathology & Plant Microbe Biology
Our group studies gene expression in the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae. Specifically we are interested in determining what role small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) play in controlling how the bacteria respond to environmental signals and how these molecules regulate factors important for virulence.

Margaret Frank Margaret Frank

Plant Biology, School of Integrative Plant Science
The Frank Lab studies plant grafting biology of plant grafting. Although grafting has been used as a tool to improve plant performance for over 2,000 years, there are many open questions about what makes particular graft combinations successful, how graft junctions are formed, and what moves between grafted organ systems.

Susheng Gan Susheng Gan

Horticulture
My research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. This research has implications on the yields of certain crops and their storage after harvest.

James Giovannoni James Giovannoni

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

Laura Goodman Laura Goodman

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
My research is on pathogen discovery and surveillance, with focus areas on tick-borne disease and antimicrobial resistance. My laboratory is embedded in a veterinary diagnostic testing environment and develops novel methods that can be incorporated into animal health diagnostics.

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.

Matthew Hare Matthew Hare

Natural Resources
Research Interests: Population and conservation genetics of marine organisms, invasion biology, phylogeography, and host-parasite co-evolution.

Laura C Harrington Laura Harrington

Entomology
Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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