School of Biological Sciences

Frank Stewart


 

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Ecology and genome evolution of marine bacteria. Our lab is particularly interested in how microbial diversity and metabolism are structured by environmental gradients, notably dissolved oxygen concentration in the ocean, as well as by interactions with other organisms through symbiosis.

Ingeborg Schmidt-Krey


 

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My research focuses on the crystallization, structure and function of eukaryotic membrane proteins.

Young Jang


 

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Stem cell, tissue engineering, mitochondrial engineering and bioenergetics, aging, muscular dystrophy, and neuromuscular disease.

Shuyi Nie


 

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developmental biology, Xenopus embryology, neural crest

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mechanisms of embryonic cell migration, morphogenesis and organogenesis, actin cytoskeletal regulation

Joseph Lachance


 

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Darwinian Medicine, Evolutionary Genomics, Human Genetics, Molecular Evolution, Theoretical Population Genetics

Timothy Cope


 

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My research interests center on control of movement by sensorimotor integration in the mammalian spinal cord.  Using predominantly electrophysiological methods applied in vivo, we study neural signaling by spinal motoneurons, somatosensory neurons, and their central synapses.  Our primary analyses include electrical properties, synaptic function, and firing behavior of single neurons.  We are actively examining how these neurons and synapses respond soon and long after peripheral nerve injury and regeneration.  Our recent findings demonstrate that successful regeneration of damaged sensory axons does not prevent complex reorganization of their synaptic connections made within the spinal cord.  In separate studies, we are examining novel mechanisms of sensory encoding and their impairment which recently discovered in rodents treated with anti-cancer drugs.  Both nerve regeneration and chemotherapy projects are driven by the long-term goal of accurately identifying the neural mechanisms behind movement disorders.  We also continue to explore fundamental operations of the normal adult nervous system.  Our most recent studies focus on synaptic modulation of motoneuron firing and on interspecies comparisons of spinal circuits.

Francesca Storici


 

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DNA repair, Recombination, RNA-mediated DNA repair, Gene targeting, Gene therapy

Annalise Paaby


 

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evolution genomics quantitative genetics

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My lab studies major questions in evolution and quantitative genetics. Our primary research systems are the nematode C. elegans and related Caenorhabditis species.

Sam Brown


 

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ecology, evolution, microbiology, antibiotic resistance, virulence

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Evolutionary microbiology, bacterial social life, virulence and drug resistance 

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