Research-Active Faculty

All Research-Active Faculty

Bryk, Mary

Research Focus: transcriptional regulation, gene expression, chromatin, histone modifications, molecular genetics

Chapkin, Robert

Research Focus: proteolipid nanoclustering, membrane therapy , stem cells, exfoliomics and systems biology, aryl hydrocarbon receptor, host-microbe crosstalk, transgenic mouse models, precision nutrition

Cho, Jae-Hyun

Research Focus: protein-protein interactions, NMR, crystallography, structural biology, protein motion, inhibitor development, influenza virus, thermodynamics, kinetics

Cruz-Reyes, Jorge

Research Focus: RNA editing and editosomes, trypanosome RNA biology, ribonucleoprotein complexes, small guide RNA, drug development

Datta, Sumana

Research Focus: Honors and undergraduate research programming, diversity and inclusion in undergraduate programs, hunger/food insecurity and student success

Devarenne, Tim

Research Focus: Algal hydrocarbons, Botryococcus braunii, plant pathogen interactions, programmed cell death, protein kinase signaling

Dong, Juan

Research Focus: Molecular Genetics, Cell Signaling, Cell Biology, Plant Development

Glasner, Margaret

Research Focus: protein evolution, enzyme promiscuity, metabolic pathway evolution, metabolic pathway discovery, comparative genomics

Gohil, Vishal

Research Focus: mitochondria, mitochondrial respiratory chain, metals, membranes, metabolism, mitochondrial disorders, copper, cardiolipin, elesclomol, menkes disease

Herman, Jennifer

Research Focus: Bacillus, bacterial genetics, cell division, development, DNA replication, gene function discovery, metabolism, morphogenesis, sporulation, uncharacterized gene function

Igumenova, Tatyana

Research Focus: signal transduction, membrane proteins, lipid membranes, lipid-activated kinases, AGC kinases, protein structure and dynamics, protein kinase C, synaptotagmin I, lipid-binding domains, xenobiotic metal ions, Pb(II) and Cd(II) toxicity, NMR

Kurouski, Dmitry

Research Focus: Raman-based plant disease diagnostics​, development of nano-infrared spectroscopy (afm-ir) for structural characterization of amyloids and plant waxes​, photo- and electrochemical catalysis at nanosclae​, forensics​

Li, Pingwei

Research Focus: structural biology, innate immunity, X-ray crystallography, cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM)

Lindahl, Paul

Research Focus: bioinorganic, biophysical, bioanalytical, metal ions, trafficking, math modeling, Mössbauer spectroscopy, chromatography, ICP-MS, mitochondria, labile metal pools, ironomics, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Jurkat cells, hemochromatosis, mice

Liu, Wenshe

Research Focus: COVID-19 drug discovery, chromatin biology, cancer epigenetics, posttranslational histone modifications, cancer drug discovery, the genetic code expansion, medicinal chemistry, structural biology, chemical biology

Meek, Thomas

Research Focus: Determine chemical mechanisms of enzymes which are essential to infectious organisms, rational design of enzyme inhibitors

Mullet, John

Research Focus: Developing next-generation crops through the study of genomics, gene regulatory networks, development, drought resilience, bioenergy crop design

Panin, Vladislav

Research Focus: Therapeutics, Enzymology, Gene Regulation, Membrane Function, and Metabolism.

Park, William

Research Focus: mediator complex, gene regulation, regulatory evolution, stress tolerance, yeast

Pellois, Jean-Philippe

Research Focus: membrane biochemistry, molecular engineering and probe design, cellular delivery, cell injury and regeneration

Polymenis, Michael

Research Focus: cell cycle, protein synthesis, ribosomal proteins, metabolism, cell size, longevity, yeast

Raushel, Frank

Research Focus: enzyme catalysis, protein engineering & design, bioinformatics, catalytic detoxification, protein structure determination, new enzyme discovery, biosynthesis of complex carbohydrates, novel enzymes from human microbiome, orphan enzymes

Rye, Hays

Research Focus: molecular chaperones, protein folding, protein quality control, disaggregation, membrane dynamics, membrane fission, nanoparticle dynamics, single molecule fluorescence

Sacchettini, James

Research Focus: Drug discovery and disease-related structural biology, including Tuberculosis, Malaria, Cryptosporidiosis, Chagas disease, Cancer, and Menkes syndrome​

Safe, Stephen

Research Focus: drug repositioning for cancer chemotherapy, NR4A receptor biology, NR4A1 ligand development and discovery, Ah receptor biology, Ah receptor ligand development and discovery, endometriosis, childhood cancers, glioblastoma

Shippen, Dorothy

Research Focus: Telomerase regulation, mechanisms of telomere length control, the role of telomere-associated factors in the response to oxidative stress

Stover, Patrick

Research Focus: one-carbon metabolism; genome stability; folate, B-vitamins; metabolic networks

Straight, Paul

Research Focus: bacteria, microbiology, metabolism, antibiotics, signaling, microbial communities, secondary metabolites, bacillus subtilis, streptomyces, motility, bacterial genetics, mass spectrometry

Sui, Xuewu

Research Focus: Lipid biology, lipid biosynthesis and regulation, membranes, neutral lipids, phospholipids, drug discovery and development, molecular pharmacology, cryo-electron microscopy, crystallography

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Research Focus: bioinformatics, computational biology, sequence analysis, biological networks, high-throughput sequencing

Tommos, Cecilia

Research Focus: protein electron transfer, proton-coupled electron transfer, PCET, amino-acid radicals, protein design, protein film voltammetry, unnatural (noncanonical) amino acids, chemical biology

Wand, Josh

Research Focus: molecular recognition, drug discovery, protein dynamics, NMR spectroscopy, thermodynamics, protein engineering, protein biologics, ubiquitin E3 ligases, parkin, membrane proteins, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease

Young, Ry

Research Focus: bacteriophage and bacterial molecular biology, membrane proteins, prokaryotic and phage bioinformatics and genomics, genetic engineering, phage therapeutics

Zeng, Lanying

Research Focus: Cellular decision making, cellular dynamics, quantitative biology, biophysics, bacteriophage, stochastic gene expression, high-resolution and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, mathematical modeling

Zhang, Xiuren

Research Focus: RNA silencing, RNA structure and remodeling, ribonuceloprotein complexes, epitranscriptome, epigenetics, host-virus interaction, geminivirus, cucumber mosaic virus

Zhang, Junjie

Research Focus: Translation in mycobacteria​, intoxication and neutralization of the toxins from clostridium difficile​, single-stranded RNA bacteriophages and their applications for RNA delivery​