Biological Sciences

2013-14 General Catalog

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MCDB Graduate Program Description | MCDB Faculty 

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Faculty and Professional Interests

Manuel Ares Jr.
Regulation of RNA processing; structure, function and evolution of RNA-based systems

Needhi Bhalla
Meiotic chromosome dynamics

Hinrich Boeger
Chromatin structure and the regulation of transcription

Barry Bowman
Membrane biochemistry and genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology of membrane proteins

Bin Chen
Mammalian brain development

David Feldheim
Developmental neuroscience

Grant Hartzog
Biochemistry, genetics, chromatin and transcriptional regulation

Lindsay Hinck
Breast development and cancer, cell biology, development

Melissa Jurica
Structure and function of human splicing machinery

Rohinton T. Kamakaka
Chromatin domains, epigenetic gene regulation and insulators

Douglas R. Kellogg
Coordination of cell growth and cell division

Jeremy Lee
Molecular biology education and curriculum development; Drosphila models of neurodegeneration

Robert A. Ludwig
Plant microbe interactions, photorespiration, genetic recombination in plants

Amy Ralston
Origins and regulation of mammalian stem cells

Michael Rexach
Structure and function of nuclear pore complex, nuclear transport

Jeremy Sanford
Genomic analysis of protein-RNA interactions

William M. Saxton
Cytoskeletal motors and active transport processes

Susan Strome
Chromatin and RNA regulation in C. elegans

William T. Sullivan
Cell cycle, cytoskeleton, and host-pathogen interactions

John W. Tamkun
Transcriptional regulation, molecular genetics of Drosophila development, regulation of gene expression

Alan M. Zahler
Molecular biology, splice site selection, and alternative pre-mRNA processing

Martha C. Zúñiga
Molecular, cellular, and developmental biology of the immune system

Yi Zuo
Synaptic plasticity in learning and memory

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Emeritus Faculty

Charles Daniel
Robert Edgar
Jerry F. Feldman
Kivie Moldave
Harry Noller
Clifton A. Poodry

Lincoln Taiz
Frank J. Talamantes
Howard H. Wang

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Lecturers

Linda Ogren
Mary Zavanelli

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Victora Auerbach-Stone (Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology)
The interaction between the gut pathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and the mammalian immune system

Camilla Forsberg (Biomolecular Engineering)
Hematopoietic stem cells; transcriptional regulation; chromatin; blood cell development; cell surface receptors; genomics

Richard “Ed” Green (Biomolecular Engineering)
Genomics, computational molecular biology, genome assembly, human evolutionary genetics, ancient DNA, high-throughput sequencing, mRNA-processing and alternative splicing

David Haussler (Biomolecular Engineering)
Molecular evolution, neurodevelopment, genomics, bioinformatics, computational molecular biology, statistical models, machine learning, neural networks

Scott Lokey (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Organic chemistry; combinatorial synthesis, biotechnology, molecular cell biology

Todd M. Lowe (Biomolecular Engineering)
Experimental and computation genomics, ncRNA gene finders, DNA microarrays to study the biology of Archaea

Karen Ottemann (Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology)
Environmental responses of pathogenic bacteria

Seth Rubin (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Biomolecular mechanisms of cell-cycle regulation and cancer; structural biology and biochemistry; macromolecular x-ray crystallography; nuclear magnetic resonance

William G. Scott (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Structure and function of RNA, proteins, and their complexes

Beth Shapiro (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Evolutionary and molecular ecology, ancient DNA, genomics, pathogen evolution

Alexander Sher (Physics)
Development of experimental techniques for the study of neural function

Michael Stone (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Single-molecule Biophysics and Enzymology; Structure, function, and assembly of the telomerase ribonucleoprotein, Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), optical/magnetic trapping, sub-diffraction optical imaging of telomeres and the nucleus

Fitnat Yildiz (Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology)
Microbiology, molecular genetics, genomics; the mechanism of persistence of survival of Vibrio cholerae

Revised: 09/01/13