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John Helmann

Microbiology
Our laboratory studies Bacillus subtilis, a Gram-positive soil bacterium and genetic model system. We are interested in the global patterns of transcriptional control and the mechanisms of the corresponding regulatory proteins and pathways. learn more

John Hermanson

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Muscle biology, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, bat biology. Equine neuromuscular biology, bat locomotion (flight and overground). learn more

Ian Hewson Ian Hewson

Microbiology / Shoals Marine Lab
Marine Ecology and Biological Oceanography; Viruses and Bacteria in Marine Habitats learn more

Carl Hopkins

Neurobiology and Behavior
We are broadly interested in the Neural Basis of Animal Behavior -- Neuroethology for short. We are concentrating on animal communication behavior in electric fish -- tropical fish from Africa that generate and sense weak electric signals and use them for navigation and social communication. learn more

Robert Howarth

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Work in our lab is diverse, but generally focuses on how human activity affects the chemistry and ecological functioning of the Earth and aquatic ecosystems. learn more

Ronald Hoy

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; behavior genetics of inbertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems. Categorical perception of sound frequency by crickets. learn more

Fenghua Hu

Molecular Biology and Genetics / Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration learn more

Jian Hua

Plant Biology
We are interested in how plants respond and adapt to environment at the molecular level. One approach we take is to assay natural variations in environmental responses (such as heat tolerance) and uncover the genetic basis for such variation. learn more

Tim Huffaker

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study the mechanisms of chromosome segregation during mitosis using yeast as a model system. learn more

Kelly Hume

Clinical Sciences
My research focuses on understanding how DNA damage response mechanisms influence tumorigenesis and chemosensitivity. learn more

Heather Jay Huson

Animal Science
My research utilizes genomic tools to identify population structure and relatedness to production, adaption, and disease in animals. I specifically focus on dairy cattle and goat production and improvement through the identification of genetic markers influencing traits and those markers potential as diagnostic tools for herd management. learn more

Ikhide Imumorin

Georg Jander

Boyce Thompson Institute, Department of Plant Biology
The Jander lab uses genetic, genomic, biochemical and molecular approaches to study plant interactions with insect herbivores. learn more

Patricia Johnson

Animal Science
There are two objectives of the ongoing research in my lab. Our first goal is to understand the process of follicle selection and development in the hen. The features of avian follicle development make the hen an ideal model for understanding the process of regulation of follicular recruitment. learn more

Edwin Kan

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nanoscale CMOS systems: Device and interconnect scaling to the 10nm technology. New structures and materials for logic and memory devices. New low-voltage and low-power circuits to support further technology scaling and new system functions. learn more

Toshi Kawate

Molecular Medicine
Architecture and molecular mechanisms of membrane proteins that mediate extracellular signaling. Students will be doing an assortment of tasks, from making reagents to carrying out their own projects, depending on their analytical skills and class loads. learn more

Ailong Ke

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Structure and function of RNA, RNA interference, processing, and degradation. learn more

Alon Keinan

Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
Alon Keinan studies how human genetic variation has arisen from evolutionary history. His research focuses on elucidating the history of modern human populations and on developing computational methods for searching for genes important in human biology. learn more

Kenneth Kemphues

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study how early nematode embryos develop. In particular we are interested in how the first cell in the embryo becomes polarized. We use genetics, molecular genetics, microscopy, and various cell biological and biochemical tools to probe this interesting biological process. learn more

André Kessler

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant-insect interactions, herbivore-induced plant responses, plant defenses, indirect defenses, multitrophic interactions, plant secondary metabolite production, insect elicitor identification, GC-MS, HPLC. learn more

Brian Kirby

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Specific ongoing projects include: Dielectrophoretic particle manipulation, Microfluidic circulating tumor cell capture, Dielectric characterization of algae biodiesel feedstocks, Electrokinetic properties of microfluidic substrates. learn more

Walter Koenig

Lab of Ornithology / Neurobiology and Behavior
Most of the opportunities we have for undergraduates involve summer REU positions at my field site in central coastal California (Hastings Natural History Reservation). The two main projects focus on the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding acorn woodpecker and variable acorn production in California oaks. learn more

Amnon Koren

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Genomics of human DNA replication timing and mutagenesis. We integrate experimental and computational biology to study how the human genome replicates, how replication timing varies among people and in genetic diseases and cancer, and how replication timing affects the mutational landscape of the genome. learn more

Michael Kotlikoff

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Cardiac stem cell and gene based repair, genetically encoded sensors learn more

Clifford Kraft

Natural Resources
We study ecosystem interactions that influence the management of lakes and rivers, with a major focus on understanding fish population dynamics. learn more

Natasza Kurpios

Molecular Medicine
The research in this lab is related to organ shape acquisition requires intricate coordination of the morphogenetic repertoire during which tissues are bent, pulled, and moved. One striking example is the formation of the digestive system where complex looping and bending events shape the gut tube as it elongates. learn more

Jan Lammerding

Biomedical Engineering
The research in the Lammerding Lab is focused on developing and applying novel experimental techniques to explore the interplay between cellular structure and function, with a particular emphasis on the cell nucleus and the nuclear envelope. learn more

Sondra Lazarowitz

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Cell and molecular biology of virus-host interactions: Viral determinants of pathogenicity and host range; mechanism of virus cell-to-cell and systemic movement; regulation of nuclear export. learn more

Brian Lazzaro

Entomology
Our lab is interested in the evolutionary genetics of insect-pathogen interactions. Projects include determination of the genetic and environmental basis for individual variation in resistance to infection and evaluation of infectivity and virulence of insect pathogens. learn more

Siu Sylvia Lee

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in elucidating the molecular basis of how longevity is controlled in an organism. Our current research focuses on investigating the signaling mechanism that enable an animal to sense and cope with mitochondrial dysfunction, and on determining how chromatin and epigenetic changes can impact aging.  We mainly use C. learn more

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