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Michelle Wang

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

Z Jane Wang

Physics
Insect flight: Computational Modeling and Experiments  learn more

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. learn more

Randy Wayne

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

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. learn more

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. learn more

Robert Weiss

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

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 learn more

Martin Wiedmann

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

David Wilson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
My laboratory studies the enzymology of plant cell wall degradation with a major focus on cellulases. Enzymes that degrade insoluble substrates have important differences from most enzymes whose substrates are small soluble molecules. learn more

Stephen Winans

Microbiology
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. learn more

David Winkler

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ornithology; evolution of life histories, especially parental care; evolutionary and behavioral ecology learn more

Mariana Wolfner

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study the actions of proteins that are critical for reproduction. For most of our research, we use Drosophila fruit flies (but we have recently started a separate project, on mosquito reproductive proteins, with Prof. Harrington in Entomology). learn more

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. learn more

Kenong Xu

Horticulture
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. learn more

Joseph Yavitt

Natural Resources
Microbial ecology in soils related to ecosystem structure and function. I am particularly interested in forests and wetland ecosystems. learn more

Andrew Yen

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Cancer cell and molecular biology; regulation of the cell cycle and differentiation by retinoids, carcinogens, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes. learn more

Sera Young

Nutritional Sciences
Our group is working on two major questions: 1. What are the most effective interventions to improve the health of HIV-infected pregnant women and their children? Little is known about the barriers that pregnant, HIV-infected women in sub-Saharan Africa face when adhering to recommendations (e.g. learn more

Haiyuan Yu

Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
We do research in the broad area of Biomedical Systems Biology with both high-throughput experimental and integrative computational methodologies, aiming to understand gene functions and their relationships within complex molecular networks and how perturbations to such systems may lead to various human diseases. learn more

Kelly Zamudio

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Population biology, systematics and character evolution. Currently I am focusing on the links between patterns of genetic differentiation and particular attributes of the ecology and life history of organisms such as mating systems, dispersal and demography. learn more

Stephen Zinder

Microbiology
Our laboratory has focused on metabolic transformations of biogeochemical or environmental significance carried out by anaerobic microorganisms. Over the years these have included nitrogen fixation, methanogenesis, and reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated organic pollutants. learn more

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