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Esther Angert

Microbiology
My laboratory studies intestinal symbionts. One group of bacteria of particular interest is the Epulopiscium family. Some of these intestinal symbionts of tropical surgeonfish are among the largest known bacteria, with individuals reaching lengths of 0.6 mm. These cells also reproduce in an unusual manner. learn more

Charles "Chip" Aquadro

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We study naturally occurring genomic variation in natural populations, focusing on Drosophila populations and species from around the world. learn more

Daniel Barbash

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in how animals develop, evolve and form new species. We use a variety of techniques including genetics, developmental biology and molecular evolution. Most of our research is done with Drosophila (fruit flies). learn more

Andrew Bass

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; evolution of vertebrate nervous system; hormones, brains, and behavior; comparative neuroanatomy; sexual differentiation of the brain; hormonal control of development, teleost fish learn more

William E. Bemis

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Shoals Marine Lab
I study developmental and comparative morphology of vertebrates to examine questions in evolution and systematics. learn more

Ronald Booker

Neurobiology and Behavior
Intrinsic and extrinsic control of neurodevelopment in insects, determine the neural basis of behavioral ontogeny using the moth Manduca sexta, and the fly Drosophila melanogaster as model systems learn more

Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We use the genetic model Drosophila melanogaster to study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus mainly on how gut microbes, pathogenic or indigenous, alter stem cell behavior in the gut. learn more

Morten Christiansen

Psychology / Cognitive Science
Our research focuses on the interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the evolution, acquisition and processing of language. We employ a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, artificial language learning, psycholinguistic experiments, and neuroimaging. learn more

Ben Cosgrove

Biomedical Engineering
The Cosgrove laboratory develops and utilizes systems bioengineering approaches to study the signaling network alterations underlying the decline of stem cell function and tissue regeneration in aging and disease. 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

Barbara Finlay

Psychology
Evolution and development of brain and behavior; particularly the visual system. 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 J Garcia-Garcia

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our laboratory is interested in understanding the genes and processes that promote early embryonic development. We use mouse as a model organism, and forward genetics as our experimental approach, to isolate mutations that disrupt the normal morphology of the mouse embryo. learn more

Michael Goldstein

Psychology
Vocal learning and social learning in songbirds and human infants. learn more

Chun Han

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and dendrite degeneration, especially from the perspective of dendrite-environment interaction. Dendrite morphogenesis is a fundamental aspect of neural development and lies at the foundation of neural circuit formation. 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

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

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

David Lin

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Development of the mouse olfactory system, genomic and genetic approaches to determine how this process of axon guidance and target selection is accomplished. learn more

Corinna Loeckenhoff


Adult age differences in personality, emotions, and time horizons and their implications for decision making and mental health across the lifespan. Active collaborations with Weill Cornell Medical Center. learn more

Motoko Mukai

Food Science
Research in my new laboratory focuses on studying the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) on human and animal health using molecular biology, histology and analytical chemistry tools. learn more

June Nasrallah

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

Karl J. Niklas

Plant Biology
I study plant evolution, development, and biophysics learn more

Alexander Ophir

Psychology
Proximate & ultimate influences on social behavior: including individual variation in genes, brain and behavior; monogamy and social attachment; alternative reproductive tactics; parental care; early life social influence on development; social & spatial memory; mate choice; animal communication. learn more

Robert Reed

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Developmental genetic basis of butterfly wing pattern evolution. learn more

Steve Robertson

Human Development
infant cognition, behavior, brain activity learn more

Adrienne Roeder

Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology / Plant Biology
Studying the regulation of of cell division and growth in plant development and patterning. learn more

John Schimenti

Vet Biomedical Sciences
cancer genetics; mechanisms of genome maintenance in mice; mammalian meiosis; functional genomics learn more

Vimal Selvaraj

Animal Science
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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. learn more

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