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Janice Thies Janice Thies

Crop and Soil Sciences
Impact of soil and plant management practices on soil microbial diversity, abundance and activity, Development and testing of biopesticides and biofertilizers, Molecular approaches to bacterial source tracking and their potential use in monitoring total maximum daily load

Alexander Travis Alexander Travis

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Biology of male germ cells, cell biology

Katherine Tschida

Vocalizations are used by animals to attract mates, defend territory, and communicate information about an animal’s social status and affective state. Moreover, vocalizations that are produced in different contexts have distinct acoustic features that endow them with communicative significance.

Tudorita Tumbar Tudorita Tumbar

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The focus of my laboratory is the understanding of basic mechanisms that regulate the fate of stem cells within tissues. We are currently studying skin and hair follicle stem cells using cell culture and the mouse as model systems.

Robert Turgeon Robert Turgeon

Plant Biology
We study photosynthesis and phloem transport, especially as they are related to increasing crop yield. Students carry out individual research projects that are important and may lead to publication. Recent student projects have been published in the Proc National Acad Sci and J. Exp Botany.

Gerlinde Van de Walle Gerlinde Van de Walle

Baker Institute for Animal Health
The objective of Dr. Gerlinde Van de Walle’s research is to open up new avenues towards therapeutic intervention by better understanding the pathogenesis of diseases important to veterinary and human medicine (with an emphasis on viral pathogenesis and stem cell biology).

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.

Saskya van Nouhuys

We study species interactions, population dynamics and community structure in fragmented landscapes. Our primary research system is in Finland. We mainly focus on parasitoid wasps, their butterfly hosts, their food plants and endosymbionts. We also study pollination ecology of wild plants.

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.

Olena Vatamaniuk Olena Vatamaniuk

Crop and Soil Sciences
My research program focuses on analyses of the molecular mechanisms of heavy metal detoxification.

Maren Vitousek Maren Vitousek

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Research in our lab uses free-living songbirds to address how physiological mechanisms mediate the flexible expression of phenotype, and how selective forces shape variation in these mechanisms within and across populations.

Joseph Wakshlag Joseph Wakshlag

Clinical Sciences
Research is related to Canine osteosarcoma, 5 lipoxygenase, oxidative damage and natural products. Insulin resistance in Dairy cows as it related to adipokines.

Charles Walcott Charles Walcott

Neurobiology and Behavior
I am currently looking at hearing in spiders. The common house spider spins irregular webs and uses airborne sound to locate its prey. Its ear is a group of roughly 10 slits, called lyriform organs, located toward the end of its leg. We record action potentials from the nerve in the spider's leg in response to various sounds.

Yadong Wang

Biomedical Engineering
We use biomaterials to regenerate tissues and treat cancer via immuno-engineering. We use both synthetic and naturally derived materials. The focus of the latter is on regenerative animals such as zebrafish.

Qi Wang Qi Wang

Human Development
My research interests are at the intersection of cognitive and social development. Integrating developmental, cognitive, and sociocultural perspectives, my research examines the mechanisms underlying the development of a variety of social-cognitive skills including autobiographical memory, self, and emotion knowledge.

Michelle Wang Michelle Wang

Molecular mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, transcription and regulation of gene expression in chromatin, single-molecule biophysics, molecular motors.

Z Jane Wang Z Jane Wang

Insect flight: Computational Modeling and Experiments 

Xiaohong Wang

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Potato cyst nematodes (G. rostochiensis and G. pallida) are internationally-recognized quarantine pests. As the only facility in the US that conducts both basic and applied research on potato cyst nematode G. rostochiensis, our program plays a vital role in helping maintain the viability of the US potato industry.

Melissa Warden Melissa Warden

Neurobiology and Behavior
Our lab seeks to understand the neural circuitry underlying complex cognition and behavior, with a focus on systems mediating reward and motivation. We are interested in both the normal function of these circuits and how they become dysfunctional in depression.

Randy Wayne Randy Wayne

Plant Biology
Elucidation of light- and gravity-stimulated signal transduction chains with emphasis on motile responses

Michael Webster Michael Webster

Lab of Ornithology / Neurobiology and Behavior
Research in the Webster lab focuses primarily on the evolutionary causes and consequences of variation in reproductive behavior.

Uli Weisner Uli Weisner

Materials Sciences and Engineering
The goal of current research in the Wiesner group is to combine knowledge about the self-assembly of soft polymeric materials with the functionality of solid-state materials to generate novel hierarchical and multifunctional hybrid materials.

Robert Weiss Robert Weiss

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Genome maintenance mechanisms; DNA damage responses; mouse models of cancer.

Gary Whittaker Gary Whittaker

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Pathogenesis of influenza viruses, coronaviruses and arenaviruses. Host range and receptors, zoonotic infections, activation of membrane fusion, macrophage- and neuro-tropism, anti-viral therapeutics, diagnostic tests, virus-bacteria co-infections

Martin Wiedmann Martin Wiedmann

Food Science
Molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology, and evolution of bacterial and foodborne bacterial infectious diseases such as Listeria monocytogenes and Streptococcus agalactiae

Stephen Winans Stephen Winans

My lab uses three different pathogenic bacteria to study fundamental aspects of host-detection by pathogenic bacteria, as well as pheromone-mediated communication between bacteria during host colonization.

Mariana Wolfner Mariana Wolfner

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study the genes and proteins that are important in reproduction, specifically how seminal proteins improve reproductive outcomes and (separately) how eggs transition to embryogenesis.

Mingming Wu Mingming Wu

Biological and Environmental Engineering
My lab aims at understanding the physical principals that living systems operate, in particular, through their interactions with fluids. The questions we address are motivated by contemporary problems in health and environment.

Xiangtao Xu

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I study the patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of vegetation-environment interactions, especially in the context of novel climate regimes under the on-going global change. My lab uses process-based ecosystem models as 'numerical greenhouses' to integrate the ever-increasing heterogeneous data sets in ecology (e.g.

Kenong Xu Kenong Xu

The goal of my research program is to discover and characterize apple genes or gene networks controlling traits of horticultural and/or economic importance using tools of plant genomics.