Biological Sciences: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology


2017-18 General Catalog

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department
225 Sinsheimer Laboratories
(831) 459-2385

MCDB Program Statement | MCDB Courses

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Faculty and Professional Interests

James Ackman
Brain circuit structure and function

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

Needhi Bhalla
Meiotic chromosome dynamics

Hinrich Boeger
Chromatin dynamics and transcriptional regulation

Susan Carpenter
Long noncoding RNA and innate immunity

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
Nuclear organization, chromatin domains, epigenetic gene regulation and insulators

Douglas R. Kellogg
Control of cell growth and size

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

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
Epigenetic regulation of germ cells 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

Jordan Ward
Probing C. elegans development, cellular differentiation, and parasitic disease

Zhu Wang
Prostate development and cancer, tissue stem cells

Alan M. Zahler
Alternative pre-mRNA splicing and small RNA function

Martha C. Zúñiga
Negative selection of autoreactive T cells in the thymus and in peripheral lymphoid organs, immunological tolerance to epithelial antigens, MHC transfer between keratinocytes and dendritic cells

Yi Zuo
Synaptic plasticity in learning and memory

Research Faculty

Harry Noller
Ribosome structure and function; mechanisms of protein synthesis

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Emeritus Faculty

Barry Bowman

Charles Daniel

Robert Edgar

Jerry F. Feldman

Robert A. Ludwig

Kivie Moldave

Clifton A. Poodry

Lincoln Taiz

Frank J. Talamantes

Howard H. Wang

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Lecturers

Jennifer Betancourt

Giulia Ruben

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Victora Auerbach-Stone (Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology)
Interactions between bacterial pathogens and the innate immune system

Rebecca Dubois (Biomolecular Engineering)
Protein engineering, structural biology, X-ray crystallography, virology, vaccines, antibody therapeutics, antiviral drugs

Camilla Forsberg (Biomolecular Engineering)
Hematopoietic stem cells, stem cell fate decisions, transcriptional regulation, chromatin, epigenetics, blood and immune cell development, hematopoietic cell transplantation and trafficking, genetic engineering, bioengineering

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)
Bioinformatics, genomics, computational genomic data analysis, molecular evolution and comparative genomics, genomic and clinical data sharing and standards, cancer genomics, neurodevelopment, stem cell research, immunogenomics, information theory, pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, information theory, theoretical computer science

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

Carrie Partch (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Biochemistry and biophysics, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; molecular mechanism of circadian rhythmicity

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: 09/01/17