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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

Avery August

Microbiology and Immunology
The research in this lab is related to the following fields: Immunology; Regulation of immune mediated diseases and infection by tyrosine kinases; Molecular mechanisms of airway inflammation. learn more

Yimon Aye

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Chemistry-driven methods development in deconstructing redox-dependent signal transduction; Molecular regulation of redox-responsive therapeutic targets. learn more

Joel Baines

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Herpes Simplex Virus, Replication, DNA packaging 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

Carl Batt

Food Science
Application of nanobiotechnology to exploring problems in biology. Development of potential therapeutic agents to combat cancer. Nanobiotechnology, microbiology, cancer therapeutics. Food science, microbiology, biomedical engineering. learn more

Erica Behling-Kelly

Clinical Pathology
My laboratory currently focuses on determining the pathogenic potential and diagnostic utility of serum lipoproteins in domestic species. learn more

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

John Brady

Food Science
Molecular biophysics, Molecular dynamic simulations of proteins and carbohydrates, structure, dynamics, and hydration of carbohydrates learn more

William Brown

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our general research is in the area of eukaryotic cell biology with a focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of intracellular membrane trafficking in the secretory and endocytic pathways. We are currently examining the role that phospholipid-modifying enzymes play in the formation of membrane tubules from the Golgi complex and endosomes. 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

Dan Buckley

Crop and Soil Sciences
Microbial Ecology, Microbial Evolution, Microbial Genomics, Soil Microbiology, Biogeochemistry learn more

Donna Cassidy-Hanley

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Basic genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology of the ciliated protozoan Tetrahymena thermophila, application of techniques developed in this versatile organism to other biologically important protozoa, like the agriculturally important fish parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. learn more

Richard Cerione

Vet Molecular Medicine and Chemistry & Chem Biology
Mechanisms of receptor-coupled signal transduction; the actions of cellular polypeptide growth factor receptors learn more

Joshua S. Chappie

Molecular Medicine
Our lab utilizes a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to dissect the mechanisms of complex molecular machines. learn more

Huai-Hu Chuang

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Receptors and Ion Channels learn more

Ruth Collins

Molecular Medicine
Cell and Molecular Medicine. Structure, function and mechanisms of action for proteins regulating cell growth, and the disease impact on human and animal health when these proteins are dysfunctional. 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

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

Enthomology
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

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

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

Scott Emr

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

William Fry

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Pathogen biology, genetics, population genetics, interactions with hosts; host resistance, emphasis on the Irish potato famine pathogen, Phytophthora infestans 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

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