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Paul Curtis

Natural Resources
Primary research activities include evaluation of wildlife behavior and population ecology. Various applied management techniques for reducing human-wildlife conflicts and potential disease transmission have been investigated. Novel methods for evaluating herbivore damage to plants are currently being studied. learn more

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. learn more

Bryan Danforth

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

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. learn more

Jerrold Davis

Plant Biology
Plant systematics learn more

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) learn more

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. learn more

Matthew DeLisa

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. learn more

Timothy DeVoogd

Animal communication; neuroanatomical plasticity, quantitative neurobiology; neurobiology of avian caching; hormonal influences on brain structure; avian song system, neural basis for female song discrimination, interplay between the hippocampus and other brain areas in spatial memory, evolution of these behaviors learn more

Andre Dhondt

Lab of Ornithology
Bird ecology and behavior; disease ecology; conservation; citizen science learn more

Janis Dickinson

Lab of Ornithology
bird and insect behavior; avian conservation biology, citizen science learn more

Antonio DiTommaso

Crop and Soil Sciences
Weed biology/ecology and population dynamics, weed seed biology, biological weed control using pathogens and insects, biology of invasive weeds in cropland and natural areas, integrated weed management, restoration ecology. learn more

Eve Donnelly

Materials Sciences and Engineering
The focus of the lab is characterization of microstructure and mechanical properties of skeletal tissues across multiple length scales, with a primary focus on bone and a secondary focus on tendon. learn more

Angela Douglas

Entomology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Interactions between animals and gut microbes, especially in insects. Intracellular symbioses in insects. Insect nutrition. learn more

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. learn more

Laurie Drinkwater

Biological soil processes in intensive annual cropping systems, emphasizing mechanisms that control soil organic matter dynamics, interactions between soil biology and soil structure and biologically-driven nutrient cycling. learn more

Shimon Edelman

I am interested in the computational, behavioral, neurobiological, and evolutionary explanations of how the brain/mind works. My research focuses on language, vision, happiness, and consciousness. See my online publication archive for details. learn more

Stephen Ellner

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Theoretical population and evolutionary ecology learn more

Scott Emr

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Molecular mechanisms for membrane trafficking in the secretory and endocytic pathways. learn more

Gerald Feigenson

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study lipid mixtures that model the behavior of animal cell plasma membranes. We try to understand the nature of the information contained in lipid structure. Our lab is more like a physical chemistry lab than a "typical" Biology lab. learn more

Julia Felippe

Clinical Sciences
We study a rare disease in the horse called common variable immunodeficiency. CVID is characterized by a late-onset susceptibility to bacterial infections due to the lack of B cell production in the bone marrow, and consequent inability to produce antibodies. learn more

Joseph Fetcho

Neurobiology and Behavior
Our lab studies how movements are produced by the brain and spinal cord of vertebrates. We use zebrafish as a model system because they allow us to combine genetic and optical methods with more conventional physiological approaches to study the neural circuits. learn more

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. learn more

Julia Finkelstein

Nutritional Sciences
The goal of the Finkelstein Laboratory is to elucidate the role of micronutrients in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, to improve the health and survival of mothers and young children. learn more

Barbara Finlay

Evolution and development of brain and behavior; particularly the visual system. learn more

John Fitzpatrick

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Animal and applied ecology; vertebrate zoology; systematics learn more

Alexander Flecker

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Animal ecology; community and ecosystem ecology; limnology; population ecology; vertebrate zoology; tropical river systems; ecology of tropical managed ecosystems learn more

Lisa Fortier

Vet Clinical Sciences
Comparing Embryonic and Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Cartilage Repair Isolation and Culture of Embryonic Stem Cells for Articular Cartilage Repair Role of Rho Proteins in Chondrocyte Differentiation learn more

Carl Franck

Our group's interests have been focused on the behavior of liquid, colloidal and living systems on length scales that are much greater than atomic. Currently, our main effort has been directed at understanding the social behavior of microbes. learn more

Chris Fromme

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Golgi complex is the “Grand Central Station” within our cells, serving as the primary sorting organelle at the nexus of the secretory and endocytic trafficking pathways. learn more