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Medical Genetics and Genomics

Faculty Research area

Doug Antczak
Pregnancy immunology; immunogenetics; equine immunology

Adam Boyko
Genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics - lab

Nicolas Buchon
Host/microbe relationships and control of intestinal stem cell behavior in homeostasis and disease - lab

Jonathan Butcher

Mechanobiology of development; developmental signaling reactivation in adult cardiovascular diseases; tissue engineering and regeneration - lab


Yung-Fu Chang
Mechanisms of infection, particularly leptospira and salmonella


Soon Hon Cheong

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

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

Scott Coonrod
Reproductive physiology; molecular and cellular physiology; epigenetic reprogramming during the egg-to-embryo transition; mechanisms by which specific histone modifications are dynamically regulated during hormone-dependent gene transcription in breast cancer cells

Bethany Cummings
Use of mouse modeling, molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics approaches to understand the molecular underpinnings of cardiometabolic and gastrointestinal disease - lab

Charles Danko

Medical genetics and genomics and cancer biology research


Matthew DeLisa
Molecular biotechnology; protein biogenesis and folding pathways; protein engineering - lab

Maria Julia Bevilaqua Felippe
Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in B-cell response; neonatal immunology and response to vaccination; immunomodulation using biologic response modifiers; cancer immunotherapy; characterization of primary and secondary immunodeficiencies - lab

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


Laura Goodman

Pathogen discovery and surveillance, with focus areas on tick-borne disease and antimicrobial resistance; exploring the underlying mechanisms of infectious disease emergence and identifying biomarkers to detect and prevent emerging threats to humans and animals

Michael I. Kotlikoff
Muscle biology; mouse genetics; molecular imaging; ion channels; physiological genomics; cellular signaling; genetic cell sensors; conditional gene targeting - lab

Natasza Kurpios
Tissue morphogenesis; cell shape and architecture; organ development; gut morphogenesis; mammary gland biology; breast cancer - lab

Brian Lazzaro
Virology; Feline Calicivirus; mammalian orthoreoviruses; virus-host interactions; effect of viral infection on host cell translation; use of viruses for treatment of cancer; virus entry; broadly neutralizing antibodies - lab

Siu Sylvia Lee
Molecular genetics of aging; signaling pathways of nutrient sensing; molecular basis of stress response - lab

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

Motoko Mukai
Endocrine disrupting compounds; neuroendocrine regulation; reproductive, developmental, and metabolic health effect of toxic compounds found in food - lab

Alexander Nikitin
Stem cells and cancer; pathogenesis of ovarian and prostate cancers; modeling of human disease in genetically modified mice and human organoids - lab

Kimberly O'Brien
Calcium metabolism and bone health; control of maternal/fetal nutrient; partitioning and cellular mineral transport; micronutrient status in international settings; development of mass spectrometric methodology; pediatric bone health; pregnancy and mineral metabolism in adolescents

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

Kristy Richards
Immuno-oncology; monoclonal antibodies; genetic mechanisms of resistance; personalized medicine; comparative oncogenomics; novel therapeutic development
Luis Schang
Luis Schang
Role of cellular protein, lipids, and glycans play in viral infection

John Schimenti
Genetics of reproduction and germ cell development; cancer genetics; meiosis; DNA repair; genome manipulation in mice; functional genomics - lab

Praveen Sethupathy

Functional genomics; gene regulation; molecular genetics; gastrointestinal physiology; stem cell biology; metabolic disease - lab


Kenneth W. Simpson
Gastroenterology - lab

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

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


Rory J. Todhunter
Canine hip dysplasia; genetic linkage analysis; osteoarthritis

Tudorita Tumbar
Basic cellular and molecular mechanisms implicated in cell fate choice and stem cell activity within tissues - lab

Gary R. Whittaker

Pathogenesis of influenza viruses, corona viruses and arena viruses; host range and receptors; activation of membrane fusion; macrophage- and neurotropism; anti-viral therapeutics; diagnostic tests; virus-bacteria co-infections - lab


Mariana Wolfner
Genetic, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary studies of seminal proteins' functions in fertility, and of mechanisms of egg activation and initiation of embryogenesis; investigate conserved phenomena in reproductive biology, using primarily the Drosophila model system - lab

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

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