RESEARCH 2018-01-08T14:32:35+00:00

Research Specialties

BIOINFORMATICS AND GENOMICS

Zachary Adelman, PhD.
Gene editing and genetic engineering to develop novel genetics-based methods for controlling vector-borne disease transmission.

Hubert Amrein, PhD.

Taste perception, Chemosensory Neural Networks and Internal Nutrient Sensing.

Helene Andrews-Polymenis, PhD.

Molecular Pathogenesis of Salmonellae.

Rodolfo Aramayo, PhD. 
Genetics, Epigenetics and Meiotic RNA Silencing.

Ulfar Bergthorsson, PhD. 
Genome evolution, gene duplication and its role in adaptation.

Heath Blackmon, PhD.
Sex chromosome evolution, phylogenetic comparative analyses and theoretical population genetics.

Sarah Bondos, PhD.
Hox transcription factors as master regulators and Biomaterials.

James Cai, PhD.
Genetics, Computational Statistics, and Data Science.

Claudio Casola, PhD.
Genome evolution of forest trees.

Robert Chapkin, PhD.
Role of dietary and microbial ligands as modifiers of inflammation and cancer development.

Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD.
Molecular genetics of mammals and bacterial respiratory pathogens including pneumonia and tuberculosis infections.

Tracy Clement, PhD.
Integrative approach to elucidate the molecular basis of cyto/nucleo morphogenesis in the spermatid, called spermiogenesis.

Michael Criscitiello, PhD.
Comparative Immunogenetics.

Jorge Cruz-Reyes, PhD.
RNA Editing in African Trypanosomes.

James Derr, PhD.
Conservation and population genetics of mammals focusing on north american and african wildlife.

Scott Dindot, PhD.

Genetic and epigenetic basis of disease, with a particular interest in neurological disorders associated with genomics imprinting.

Clare Gill, PhD.
Molecular and computational tools for mapping quantitative trait loci.

Vishal Gohil, PhD.
Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Energy Metabolism.

James C Hu, PhD.
Protein interactions/Microbial Genomics and Annotation.

Nancy Ing PhD.
Steroid hormone action on reproductive tissues in mammals.

Spencer Johnston, PhD.
Genome size evolution and population genomics to improve honey bee health.

Geoffrey Kapler
Eukaryotic DNA replication, DNA damage checkpoints, genome instability, gene amplification.

Vaishali Katju, PhD.

Evolution genetics and genomics, gene duplication, compensatory mutations and adaptation.

Mariana Mateos, PhD.
Evolution of host-symbiont associations using the association between Drosophila flies and Spiroplasma bacteria.

Jerome Menet, PhD.
Regulation of rhythmic gene expression by the circadian clock in the mouse.

John Mullet, PhD.
Genomics/genetics of energy sorghum design.

William Murphy, PhD.
Mammalian evolutionary genetics.

Seth Murray, PhD.
Maize (corn) genetic improvement and discovery using molecular plant breeding.

Kevin Myles, PhD.
Small RNA pathways in the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses.

Vlad Panin, PhD.
Developmental Biology / Glycosylation and Cell Interactions.

David Riley, PhD.

Quantitative genetics in beef cattle reproduction.

Gil Rosenthal, PhD.
Evolutionary genomics of speciation and hybridization.

Matt Sachs, PhD.

Mechanisms of translation regulation.

Christopher Seabury, PhD.
Mammalian molecular genetics, genomics, and population genetics, animal disease genomics.

Deborah Siegele, PhD.

 Entering and exiting stationary phase in E. coli.

Raquel Sitcheran, PhD.
NF-kappaB regulation of mitochondrial function in cancer cell invasion and metabolism.

David Stelly, PhD.
Plant Genetics, Cytogenetics, Biotechnology, Breeding and Genomics.

Paul Straight, PhD.
Microbial Interactions and Secondary Metabolism.

David Threadgill, PhD.
Mouse modeling of gene-environment interactions underlying human health and diseases.

Debbie Threadgill, PhD.
Comparative genomic studies with the Campylobacter.

Nancy Turner, PhD.
Dietary impacts on colon carcinogenesis and the role of the microbiome and metabolome.

John Z. Yu, PhD.
Cotton Genomics and Germplasm Diversity.

Hong-Bin Zhang, PhD.
Crop Genetic Improvement and Variety Breeding.

CONSERVATION AND POPULATION GENETICS

Ulfar Bergthorsson, PhD.
Genome evolution, gene duplication and its role in adaptation.

Heath Blackmon, PhD.
Sex chromosome evolution, phylogenetic comparative analyses and theoretical population genetics.

James Cai, PhD.
Genetics, Computational Statistics, and Data Science.

James Derr, PhD.
Conservation and population genetics of mammals focusing on north american and african wildlife.

Erin Giles, PhD.
Obesity and postmenopausal breast cancers.

Luis Hurtado, PhD.
Phylogeography, molecular phylogenetics, and conservation genetics.

Spencer Johnston, PhD.
Genome size evolution population genomics to improve honey bee health.

Vaishali Katju, PhD.
Evolution genetics and genomics, gene duplication, compensatory mutations and adaptation.

Anna Linderholm, PhD.
Ancient DNA a window into the past.

Mariana Mateos, PhD.
Evolution of host-symbiont associations using the association between Drosophila flies and Spiroplasma bacteria.

William Murphy, PhD.
Mammalian evolutionary genetics.

Seth Murray, PhD.
Maize (corn) genetic improvement and discovery using plant breeding, molecular quantitative genetics, high throughput field phenotyping and statistical analysis methods.

Gil Rosenthal, PhD.
Evolutionary genomics of speciation and hybridization.

Paul Samollow, PhD.
Vertebrate comparative and population genomics: Imprinted autosomal and X-linked gene expression; Population genetic structure of desert and reef fishes.

Christopher Seabury, PhD.
Mammalian molecular genetics, genomics, and population genetics; animal disease genomics.

MEDICAL GENETICS- HUMAN AND ANIMAL

Clinton D. Allred, PhD.
Estrogen as a chemo-preventative agent of colon cancer.

Helene Andrews-Polymenis, PhD.
Molecular pathogenesis of Salmonellae.

Kayla J. Bayless, PhD.
Endothelial invasion in 3D matrices and Extracellular matrix biology.

Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD.

Molecular genetics of mammals and bacterial respiratory pathogens including pneumonia and tuberculosis infections.

Tracy Clement, PhD.

Integrative approach to elucidate the molecular basis of cyto/nucleo morphogenesis in the spermatid, called spermiogenesis.

Michael Criscitiello, PhD.
Comparative Immunogenetics.

Scott Dindot, PhD.

Genetic and epigenetic basis of disease, with a particular interest in neurological disorders associated with genomic imprinting.

Robin Fuchs-Young, PhD.

Mechanisms of breast carcinogenesis.

Clare Gill, PhD.
Molecular and computational tools for mapping quantitative trait loci.

Vishal Gohil, PhD.
Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Energy Metabolism.

Richard Gomer, PhD.
Tissue size regulation, tissue cell composition, and fibrosing diseases.

Nancy Ing, PhD.
Steroid hormone action on reproductive tissues in mammals.

Timothy Lightfoot, PhD.
Genetic Regulation of physical activity and exercise.

Fei Liu, PhD.
Molecular cues for development and regeneration of tooth roots.

Jerome Menet, PhD.
Regulation of rhythmic gene expression by the circadian clock in the mouse.

Rajesh Miranda, PhD.
Fetal Brain Development, Stem cells, microRNAs and Teratology.

William Murphy, PhD. 
Mammalian evolutionary genetics.

Vlad Panin, PhD.
Developmental Biology / Glycosylation and Cell Interactions.

Weston Porter, PhD.

Identification and characterization of factors involved in mammary gland development and breast cancer.

Terje Raudsepp, PhD.
Animal Genomics and molecular Cytogenetics; genomics of sex chromosomes; genomics of sexual development and reproduction.

Joseph M. Rutkowski, PhD.

Genetic manipulations of lymphatic endothelial cell biology. Lymphatic circulation and interstitial flux changes in pathological states.

James E. Samuel, PhD.
Molecular Pathogenesis of Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever.

Christopher Seabury, PhD.
Mammalian molecular genetics, genomics, and population genetics; animal disease genomics.

Raquel Sitcheran, PhD.
NF-kappaB regulation of mitochondrial function in cancer cell invasion and metabolism.

Jon Skare, PhD.
Pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterial agent of Lyme disease.

David Threadgill, PhD. 
Mouse modeling of gene-environment interactions underlying human health and diseases.

Nancy Turner, PhD.
Dietary impacts on colon carcinogenesis and the role of the microbiome and metabolome.

Sally Ward, PhD.
Autoimmunity and Cancer

Robert Watson, PhD.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis- Host Molecular Interactions.

Jane Welsh, PhD.
Mechanisms of disease pathogenesis of neurotropic viruses. Immunological therapies for multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.

Phillip West, PhD.

Understanding how mitochondria regulate innate immunity during infection, metabolic diseases, and cancer.

Mark Westhusin, PhD.

Gamete and embryo physiology, in vitro fertilization.

MICROBIAL GENETICS

Rodolfo Aramayo, PhD.
Genetics, Epigenetics and Meiotic RNA Silencing.

Deborah Bell-Pedersen, PhD.
Molecular genetics of circadian rhythms.

Mary Bryk, PhD.
Regulation of gene expression and genome stability by chromatin.

Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD.

Molecular genetics of mammals and bacterial respiratory pathogens including pneumonia and tuberculosis infections.

Jason Gill, PhD.
Biology of bacteriophages and their application as antimicrobials.

James C Hu, PhD.
Protein interactions/Microbial Genomics and Annotation.

Julian Leibowitz
Coronavirus Replication and Pathogenesis.

Fei Liu, PhD.
Molecular cues for development and regeneration of tooth roots.

Mariana Mateos, PhD.
Evolution of Host-Symbiont associations using the association between Drosophila Flies and Spiroplasma bacteria.

Jerome Menet, PhD.
Regulation of rhythmic gene expression by the circadian clock in the mouse.

Kevin Myles, PhD.

Small RNA pathways in the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses.

Beiyan Nan, PhD.
Bacteria genetics, biochemistry and super-resolution microscopy techniques. Focusing on motility, cytoskeleton, cell wall synthesis, cell differentiation, cell polarity and cell-cell communication.

Michael Polymenis, PhD
Coordination of cell growth with cell division.

Hongmin Qin, PhD.

Trafficking paradigms in flagella and the assembly of a microtubule-based beating machine.

Matt Sachs, PhD.

Mechanisms of translation regulation.

James E. Samuel, PhD.
Molecular Pathogenesis of Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever.

Deborah Siegele, PhD.

Entering and exiting stationary phase in E. coli.

Jon Skare, PhD.
Pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterial agent of Lyme disease.

Paul Straight, PhD.
Microbial interactions and secondary metabolism.

Debbie Treadgill, PhD.
Comparative genomic studies with the Campylobacter.

Robert Watson, PhD.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis- Host Molecular Interactions.

MOLECULAR, CELLULAR AND DEVELOPMENTAL GENETICS

Zachary Adelman, PhD.
Gene editing and genetic engineering to develop novel genetics-based methods for controlling vector-borne disease transmission.

Clinton D. Allred, PhD.
Estrogen as a Chemo-preventative Agent of Colon Cancer.

Hubert Amrein, PhD.
Taste perception, chemosensory neural networks and internal nutrient sensing.

Vytas Bankaitis, PhD.
Lipid-mediated Signal Transduction.

Kayla J. Bayless, PhD.
Endothelial invasion in 3D matrices and Extracellular matrix biology.

Deborah Bell-Pedersen, PhD.
Molecular Genetics of Circadian Rhythms.

Sarah Bondos, PhD.
Hox transcription factors as master regulators and biomaterials.

Mary Bryk, PhD.
Regulation of gene expression and genome stability by chromatin.

Jeffrey Cirillo, PhD.

Molecular genetics of mammals and bacterial respiratory pathogens including pneumonia and tuberculosis infections.

Tracy Clement, PhD.

Integrative approach to elucidate the molecular basis of cyto/nucleo morphogenesis in the spermatid, called spermiogenesis.

Jorge Cruz-Reyes, PhD.
RNA Editing in African Trypanosomes.

Scott Dindot, PhD.

Genetic and epigenetic basis of disease, with a particular interest in neurological disorders associated with genomic imprinting.

Robin Fuchs-Young, PhD.

Mechanisms of breast carcinogenesis.

Luis René García, PhD
Neural-Muscular Circuits and Behavioral Outputs in C. elegans.

Erin Giles, PhD.
Obesity and postmenopausal breast cancers.

Clare Gill, PhD.
Molecular and computational tools for mapping quantitative trait loci.

Vishal Gohil, PhD.
Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Energy Metabolism.

Paul Hardin, PhD.
Molecular genetics of biological clocks in Drosophila.

Andy Herring, PhD.
Genetic and environmental effects on cattle.

Nancy Ing, PhD.
Steroid hormone action on reproductive tissues in mammals.

Jun-Yuan Ji, PhD.
Transcriptional regulation of lipid metabolism and tumorigenesis.

Geoffrey Kapler
Eukaryotic DNA replication, DNA damage checkpoints, genome instability, gene amplification.

Jason Karpac, PhD.
Cellular and Systemic Adaptive Signaling Networks Involved in Aging.

Julian Leibowitz 
Coronavirus replication and pathogenesis.

Carol A. Loopstra, PhD.
Molecular genetics of drought and climate change adaptation of loblolly pine.

Christine Merlin, PhD.
Molecular genetics and genomics of circadian clocks and monarch butterfly migration.

Kevin Myles, PhD.

Small RNA pathways in the transmission of mosquito-borne viruses.

Beiyan Nan, PhD.
Bacteria genetics, biochemistry and super-resolution microscopy techniques. Focusing on motility, cytoskeleton, cell wall synthesis, cell differentiation, cell polarity and cell-cell communication.

Sakiko Okumoto, PhD.
Nitrogen metabolism and sensing in plants .

Vlad Panin, PhD.
Developmental Biology / Glycosylation and Cell Interactions.

Michael Polymenis, PhD.
Coordination of cell growth with cell division.

Weston Porter, PhD.

Identification and characterization of factors involved in mammary gland development and breast cancer.

Hongmin Qin, PhD.

Trafficking paradigms in flagella and the assembly of a microtubule-based beating machine.

Bruce Riley, PhD.

Inner ear development in zebrafish.

Joseph M. Rutkowski, PhD.

Genetic manipulations of lymphatic endothelial cell biology. Lymphatic circulation and interstitial flux changes in pathological states.

Matt Sachs, PhD.

Mechanisms of translation regulation.

Herman Scholthof, PhD.
Molecular mechanisms of plant susceptibility to virus.

Dorothy Shippen, PhD.
Telomeres, telomerase and genome structure in Arabidopsis.

Raquel Sitcheran, PhD.
NF-kappaB regulation of mitochondrial function in cancer cell invasion and metabolism.

David Stelly, PhD.
Plant Genetics, Cytogenetics, Biotechnology, Breeding and Genomics.

Paul Straight, PhD.
Microbial Interactions and Secondary Metabolism.

David Threadgill, PhD.
Mouse modeling of gene-environment interactions underlying human health and diseases.

Jane Welsh, PhD.
Mechanisms of disease pathogenesis of neurotropic viruses. Immunological therapies for multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Neuroimmunological changes in the injured CNS.

Phillip West, PhD.

Understanding how mitochondria regulate innate immunity during infection, metabolic diseases, and cancer.

Mark Westhusin, PhD.

 Gamete and embryo physiology, in vitro fertilization.

John Z. Yu, PhD.
Cotton Genomics and Germplasm Diversity.

Hong-Bin Zhang, PhD.
Crop Genetic Improvement and Variety Breeding.

Warren E. Zimmer, PhD.

Development and differentiation, mechanisms of transcription factor action.

PLANT GENETICS

Marty Dickman, PhD.
Comparative Pathobiology and Plant Programmed Cell Death.

Carol A. Loopstra, PhD.
Molecular genetics of drought and climate change adaptation of loblolly pine.

Clint W. Magill, PhD.
Fungal Genetics and Host Resistance.

John Mullet, PhD.
Genomics/genetics of energy sorghum design.

Seth Murray, PhD.
Maize (corn) genetic improvement and discovery using plant breeding, molecular quantitative genetics, high throughput field phenotyping and statistical analysis methods.

Sakiko Okumoto, PhD.
Nitrogen metabolism and sensing in plants .

Dorothy Shippen, PhD.
Telomeres, telomerase and genome structure in Arabidopsis.

David Stelly, PhD.
Plant Genetics, Cytogenetics, Biotechnology, Breeding and Genomics.

John Z. Yu, PhD.
Cotton Genomics and Germplasm Diversity.