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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences


Molecular Biology and Genetics

Graduate and Research Faculty

Alissa Richmond Armstrong

The Armstrong laboratory's overarching goal is to understand how communication with adipocytes coordinates the response of adult stem cell populations and their differentiating daughters to changes in an organism’s nutritional input.

Franklin G. Berger

Molecular mechanisms of resistance to cancer chemotherapy

Carol Boggs

Evolutionary & physiological ecology, conservation biology.

Franklyn F. Bolander, Jr.

Hexin Chen

Mihaly Czako

Megan Dantzler Gamble

Shannon Davis

Research in the Davis Lab focuses on the organogenesis of the pituitary gland.

Jeff Dudycha

Bert Ely

Zhengqing Fu

Jerry Hilbish

Katie Kathrein

Beth Krizek

We are interested in defining the molecular mechanisms by which a small number of pluripotent floral stem cells develop into a mature Arabidopsis flower.

Elina Levina

Lydia Matesic

Nawin Mishra

Rekha Patel

Maria Marjorette (Marj) Pena

Amanda Polson

Fabienne Poulain

My lab aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms for axon pathfinding and selective degeneration leading to the formation and maintenance of functional brain circuits. We use zebrafish as a model system and a unique combination of genetic, embryological and live imaging approaches to observe and manipulate axons directly in the embryo in vivo.

David Reisman

Deanna Smith

Dyneins (molecular motors): their regulation in neurons and other eukaryotic cells.

Daniel Speiser

The Speiser Lab studies the structure, function, and evolution of complex traits in invertebrate animals. We are particularly interested in the function and evolution of dispersed sensory systems in marine molluscs, particularly the multi-eyed visual systems found in certain bivalves (such as scallops) and in certain species of chiton. We are also studying the neurobiology that underlies these distributed sensory networks. As a hypothesis-driven research group, we are open to pursuing a wide range of questions in visual ecology, marine biology, and evolutionary physiology.

Jason Stewart

Molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and cell division in humans.

Johannes Stratmann

Gabor Szalai

Jeff Twiss

Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Vicki Vance

Richard Vogt

Molecular Neuroethology: molecular mechanisms and evolution of insect chemosensory behavioral systems.

Alan Waldman

Ward Watt