Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Our faculty and their research areas
Faculty Research Area(s)

Carolyn Adler
Stem cell biology in planarian flatworms; organ regeneration; transcriptional and cell biological responses to tissue injuries; animal behavior - lab

Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Entry, egress, and interactions of enveloped viruses with host cells, with emphasis on emerging paramyxoviruses, vaccine and antiviral strategies


Barbara A. Baird
Structures and molecular mechanisms of cell surface immunoreceptors - lab

Joshua Chappie

Structural biology; biophysics; protein biochemistry; bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems; infection/agent; intracellular trafficking; nucleotide-driven molecular machines; molecular membrane remodeling; protein-nucleic acid interactions


Soon Hon Cheong

Cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology - lab

Theodore Clark
Cutaneous immunity; host-parasite interaction; DNA vaccines; genetic factors underlying resistance to infectious disease

Paula E. Cohen
Etiology of spontaneous birth defects in mammals; mechanisms of meiotic recombination; DNA repair proteins in meiosis and recombination; germ cell development; ovarian development - lab

Ruth Collins
Pharmacology; cancer cell biology; small GTPase regulation of intracellular traffic and cellular growth control - lab

Robin Dando
Taste and sensory science, the biology of how we perceive foods, obesity and metabolic diseases – lab

Dr. Michelle Delco
Michelle Delco

Investigating mitochondria as a link between cartilage trauma and osteoarthritis to understand how joint injury leads to arthritis in horses and humans

Maria Garcia-Garcia
Developmental biology in mice and flies; genetics of developmental mechanisms that influence embryonic morphology - lab

Kei Hayashi
Arthroscopy, total joint arthroplasty, biological approach to joint surgery, minimally invasive fracture treatment, and application of novel research discoveries (such as stem cell and regenerative medicine technologies) to clinical patients

David Holowka
IgE and T-cell antigen receptors; fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy - lab
Kelly Hume
Kelly Hume 

Cancer biology; veterinary oncology; clinical oncology; molecular oncology; DNA damage; chemosensitivity and novel therapeutics


Toshi Kawate
Structures and mechanisms of membrane proteins that regulate extracellular signaling - lab

Kathleen Kelly

Pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease; effects of inflammation on cardiac function; comparative pathology - lab

Dr. Gary Koretzky
Gary Koretzky

Aims to better understand the signal transduction events that occur following engagement of the T cell antigen receptor; study more globally the molecular events important for immune cell development, differentiation and function
Natasza Kurpios
Natasza Kurpios
Tissue morphogenesis; cell shape and architecture; organ development; gut morphogenesis; mammary gland biology; breast cancer - lab

Cynthia Leifer
Understanding innate immunity from the receptors that detect microbes to how innate immune cells react to changes in their environment during inflammatory processes - lab

David Lin
Axon guidance; neurodevelopment; epilepsy; autism; genomics - lab

Hening Lin
Protein post-translational modifications with a focus on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) dependent modifications and diphthamide - lab

Maurine Linder
Regulation of cell signaling by protein lipidation

Angela McCleary-Wheeler

Companion animal models of cancer; hedgehog signaling; epigenetics; novel therapeutics

Dr. Shu-Bin Qian
Shu-Bing Qian
Translational control of gene expression; signaling pathways in stress response; protein quality control in metabolic diseases - lab

Carolyn Sevier
Signaling of cellular oxidative stress; molecular mechanisms used by cellular pathways that sense and signal redox imbalances within the cell - lab

Ankur Singh

Immune-engineering; cancer engineering; lymphoma and hematological malignancies; biomaterials; vaccine and immunotherapy; stem cell engineering; inflammation; micro-nano-bioengineering; cell mechanobiology - lab


Paul Soloway
Epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in mammals; Chromatin changes associated with neuropathy using single cell analyses - lab

Holger Sondermann
Structural biology; cell signaling; biochemistry; biophysics - lab
Dr. Anna Thalacker-Mercer
Anna Thalacker-Mercer

Skeletal muscle metabolic and inflammatory dysfunction; muscle atrophy and hypertrophy in aging and disease; dynamics among amino acids, metabolites, and inflammation in the development of metabolic disease and sarcopenia - lab


Alexander J. Travis
Comparative biology of male germ cells; signaling and metabolism of sperm during capacitation; organization of lipid raft membrane sub-domains in sperm; applications of technologies using reproductive stem cells for wildlife conservation - lab

Gary R. Whittaker
Role of nuclear import and export in influenza virus infection - lab

Andrew Yen
Leukemia; cell growth and differentiation; oncogenes/genetics - lab

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