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Rodrigo Bicalho

Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
I am an Associate Professor of Dairy Production Medicine in the Department of Population and Diagnostic Sciences. My research interests are diverse and include areas of microbiology, molecular biology, vaccinology, infectious diseases, and immunology. learn more

Edward Buckler

Institute for Genomic Diversity
Our lab uses functional genomic approaches to dissect complex traits in maize, biofuel grasses, and grapes. We exploit the natural diversity of these plant genomes to identify the individual nucleotides responsible for complex (quantitative) variation. learn more

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. learn more

Soon Hon Cheong

Department of Clinical Sciences/ Section of Theriogenology
Research topics predominantly are related to theriogenology and reproductive biology. learn more

Alan Collmer

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Biotechnology; microbial genetics; phytobacteriology 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

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

Susheng Gan

Horticulture
My research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. This research has implications on the yields of certain crops and their storage after harvest. learn more

Maria Harrison

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Molecular, genetic, genomic and cellular analyses of endosymbiotic associations of plants and fungi, exocytosis and membrane trafficking in plant cells, symbiotic phosphate and nitrogen transporters, phosphate sensors and phosphate sensing, hormone signaling in symbiosis, transcriptional regulation of symbiotic gene expression, microbial interac learn more

Anthony Hay

Microbiology
There are three main foci in my lab. We study the ability of microorganisms to degrade pharmaceuticals and personal care products. We use molecular ecology tools to study microbes in a variety of habitats as diverse as sand dunes and drinking water biofilms. We also study the impact that a defective prophage remnant has on the ability of E. learn more

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

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

Xingen Lei

Animal Science
antioxidant enzyme on diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, biotechnology of hydrolytic enzymes for nutrition and environment, defatted microalgae as new feed and food, enrichment of n-3 fatty acids in eggs and chicken learn more

Minglin Ma

Biological and Environmental Engineering
The Ma group works to develop novel biomaterials and engineering approaches to pack live materials, ranging from single cancer stem cells to multi-cellular organisms, for diagnostics, disease modeling, and therapeutic applications. Current foci include cancer cell growth, liver disease modeling, and type 1 diabetes treatment. learn more

Gregory Martin

Boyce Thompson Institute / Plant Pathology & Plant
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity. Evolution of pathogen virulence genes and plant disease resistance genes. Application of knowledge to plant breeding (molecular breeding and genetic engineering). learn more

June Nasrallah

Plant Biology
CePlant reproduction, Self-incompatibility, Receptor-ligand interactions, Cell-cell signalingll-Cell Interactions in Plants learn more

Rebecca J. Nelson

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Diseases take a toll on maize productivity, and this burden is especially heavy in Africa. The use of genetic resistance is the most important method for reducing these losses. Our lab is working to understand the genetic basis of quantitative disease resistance in maize in collaboration with groups in the US and Kenya. learn more

Jocelyn Rose

Plant Biology
Structure and function of the plant cell wall and the contribution of the cell wall to various aspects of plant growth and development, including fruit development and ripening, cell expansion and interactions between plants and pathogens. learn more

Mark Sorrells

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Breeding and genetics of grains, quantitative genetics, comparative genomics Molecular genetics and breeding of wheat, barley, maize, rice, and oats. Molecular genetics, gene cloning, and comparative genomics of these species. learn more

Bryan Swingle

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We are investigating the molecular basis of plant-bacterial interactions and interactions among bacteria.  We use a variety of techniques that range from basic microbiology to state of the art genomics.  We currently have projects investigating aspects of the following:
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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. 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

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

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