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Dan Buckley Dan Buckley

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

Patricia Cassano Patricia Cassano

Nutritional Sciences
Investigate the etiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in human populations, focusing on the role of nutrition in disease development and interaction of nutrition with other lifestyle factors, for example cigarette smoking, and with genetic variation.

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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Cheetham Jonathan Cheetham

Clinical Sciences
Peripheral nerve repair. Specifically, understanding the relationship between the immune response to nerve injury and recovery and modulating the immune response to improve functional outcome after injury. Restoring laryngeal function in humans, dogs and horses using regenerative medicine techniques combined with reinnervation.

Soon Hon Cheong Soon Hon Cheong

Clinical Sciences
Our lab focuses on Comparative Reproductive Medicine to advance our understanding of reproductive physiology as well as improving our ability to manipulate reproduction for increased fertility or sterility.

Joyce G. Chery

Plant Biology
The Chery lab is broadly interested in understanding the evolution of development of plant movement from the perspective of plant vasculature architecture.

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.

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

Theodore Clark Theodore Clark

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Cutaneous immunity, Infectious Diseases, Host-parasite interactions, DNA vaccines, Genetic factors underlying resistance to infectious disease, Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (also known as Ich), a parasitic ciliate

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.

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.

Itai Cohen Itai Cohen

Physics
We are working to elucidate the neural circuits governing flight stability in Drosophila.

Paula Cohen Paula Cohen

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Studies in our lab are focused on the role of the DNA mismatch repair (MMR) family in mammalian meiosis and recombination. Initially characterized by their function in repair of DNA, the MMR family is important for genome stability in a variety of organisms.

Scott Coonrod Scott Coonrod

Baker Institute for Animal Health
See webpage for full description.

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.

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.

Paul D. Curtis Paul D. Curtis

Natural Resources
My research program deals with human-wildlife interactions. I study animal ecology, behavior, and population biology. I tend to work with wildlife species that are either locally overabundant, or experience conservation threats. Most of my research opportunities are off campus summer internships at remote field sites.

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.

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.

Susan Daniel Susan Daniel

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research in the Daniel group focuses on transport and dynamics at biological interfaces and solid surfaces. On the biological side, we are primarily interested in understanding the roles of membrane lipids and protein-lipid interactions on biological function.

Ashim Datta

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

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.

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.

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