Cell and Developmental Biology
Dr. Girirajan's Research Interest: Genetics of
Dr. Gu's Research Interest: The utilization of biochemical,
molecular genetics, and spectroscopic approaches to
decipher mechanisms of cellulose biosynthesis.
Dr. Hanna-Rose's Research Interest: We use genetic and
metabolomics approaches in C. elegans to model inborn errors
of metabolism and probe the molecular links between metabolic
perturbations and animal behavior and physiology.
Dr. Kao's Research Interest: We use Petunia inflata as a
model to study biochemical, molecular, and structural bases
of a self/non-self recognition mechanism between pollen and
pistil adopted by flowering plants to prevent in breeding and
Dr. Lai's Research Interest: Growth Control and Cancer Genetics.
Dr. Lindner's Research Interest: The coupling of molecular
parasitology and structural biology to study the malaria
Dr. Lüscher's Research Interest: Molecular and cellular
mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric disorders as well
as mechanisms of antidepressant drug therapies.
Dr. Melanie McReynolds' Research Interest: The understanding
of the biochemistry behind aging,and its intersection with stress, with
the long-term goal of identifying strategies that promote healthier aging.
Dr. Miyashiro's Research Interest: We use microbial genetics,
biochemistry, and cell biology approaches to determine the
molecular mechanisms that enable bacteria to establish
symbiosis with a eukaryotic host. The model system is the
symbiosis formed between the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio
fischeri and the Hawaiian bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes.
Our primary interests in this system include quorum sensing,
contact-dependent killing mechanisms, and sulfur metabolism.
Dr. Paulson's Research Interest: The mechanism of tissue
regeneration using the response to anemia as a model system.
Dr. Rolls' Research Interest: The Rolls lab aims to understand
how neurons generate axons and dendrites with different
microtubule organization, and how neurons respond to injury.
Current projects focus on mechanisms that control microtubule
polarity and dynamics and mechanisms that promote neuronal
Dr. Santy's Research Interest: We study the signal transduction
and vesicular trafficking processes that promote migration in
epithelial cells. We seek to understand the role of these
processes in normal homeostasis and in pathological
Dr. Selleck's Research Interest: Nervous system development
and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Showalter's Research Interest: The use of solution
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, in combination
with thermodynamic analysis, chemical biology, and cellular
assays to advance understanding of protein function.
Dr. Szpara's Research Interest: Understanding the consequences
of HSV latency for the neurons that harbor the HSV pathogen
and the search for improved therapeutics using a combination
of virology, neurobiology, next generation sequencing
technologies, and bioinformatics.
Dr. Thomas' Research Interest: The role of the cortical actin
cytoskeleton in cell polarity and morphogenesis.