BBS PhD Program

Medical Genetics and Genomics

Faculty Research Area(s)
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Doug Antczak
Pregnancy immunology; immunogenetics; equine immunology

Joeva BarrowJoeva Barrow

Mitochondrial disease; obesity and metabolic disease
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Adam Boyko
Genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics
Dr. Ilana Brito
Ilana Brito
Pioneering new methods to detect horizontal gene transfer in natural microbial communities to understand the rate and triggers of horizontal gene transfer; the impact of human microbiome diversity on world global health issues - lab
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Nicolas Buchon
Host/microbe relationships and control of intestinal stem cell behavior in homeostasis and disease - lab
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Jonathan Butcher

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

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

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Soon Hon Cheong

Postpartum ovarian and uterine health; epidemiology; regenerative medicine; microfluidics and assisted reproductive techniques - lab
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Ruth Collins
Pharmacology; cancer cell biology; small GTPase regulation of intracellular traffic and cellular growth control - lab
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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
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Charles Danko
Medical genetics and genomics and cancer biology research
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Erin Daughterity
(Minor Member) As a trained, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) board certified veterinarian, Dr. Erin Daugherity has a strong interest in animal models of disease, the humane use of animals used in teaching and research, and applying the 3 R’s (reduce, refine, replace) to the use of animals in research.
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Mandi de Mestre
processes for a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a neonate, pathologies that compromise pregnancy. Improve diagnostics and treatments for pregnancy conditions, primarily in the mare
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Matthew DeLisa
Molecular biotechnology; protein biogenesis and folding pathways; protein engineering - lab

Callum Donnelly
Theriogenology, equine genomics/ epigenomics, pregnancy/placental physiology, Vitamin E
Pic of Jacquelyn EvansJacquelyn Evans hereditary diseases in dogs to identify genetic variants contributing to disease development - lab
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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

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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
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Chun Han
mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and neurodegeneration using Drosophila sensory neurons as a model system - lab
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Elizabeth Johnson
bioactive lipids shape host-microbe interactions; host-microbe molecule exchange and bioactive lipids in infant nutrition
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Natasza Kurpios
Tissue morphogenesis; cell shape and architecture; organ development; gut morphogenesis; mammary gland biology; breast cancer - lab
Pic of Colleen LauColleen Lau NK cells adaptive features to explore immune memory in context of classic antigen-dependent and antigen-independent memory responses. Multi-omic approaches with genetic mouse models to interrogate in vivo, in vitro, and in silico to generate an immune memory program. - Lab
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Brian Lazzaro
The evolutionary and functional genetics of insect-pathogen interactions - lab
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Siu Sylvia Lee
Molecular genetics of aging; signaling pathways of nutrient sensing; molecular basis of stress response - lab
Dr. Dave Lin
David Lin
Axon guidance; neurodevelopment; epilepsy; autism; genomics - lab
Pic of Eirene Markenscoff-PapadimitriouEirene Markenscoff-Papadimitriou gene-regulatory mechanisms that generate diversity during brain development; probe function of human genetic variants linked to autism - lab
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Motoko Mukai
Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs); neuroendocrine regulation; reproductive, developmental, and metabolic health effect of toxic compounds found in food - lab
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Alexander Nikitin
Stem cells and cancer; pathogenesis of ovarian and prostate cancers; modeling of human disease in genetically modified mice and human organoids - lab
Zeribe Nwosu
Cancer metabolism and therapeutic opportunities
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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 - lab
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John Parker
A new single cell sequencing approach; RNA-seq, Ribo-seq and scRNA-seq.
Dr. Shu-Bing Qian
Shu-Bing Qian
Translational control of gene expression; signaling pathways in stress response; protein quality control in metabolic diseases - lab
Pic of Richa SardanaRicha Sardana Membrane protein trafficking and quality control mechanisms - lab
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Luis Schang
Role of cellular protein, lipids, and glycans play in viral infection
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John Schimenti
Genetics of reproduction and germ cell development; cancer genetics; meiosis; DNA repair; genome manipulation in mice; functional genomics - lab
Dr. Praveen Sethupathy
Praveen Sethupathy

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

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Paul Soloway
Epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in mammals; Chromatin changes associated with neuropathy using single cell analyses - lab
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Rory J. Todhunter
Canine hip dysplasia; genetic linkage analysis; osteoarthritis
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Tudorita Tumbar
Basic cellular and molecular mechanisms implicated in cell fate choice and stem cell activity within tissues - lab

Meng Wang
We use molecular biology, genetics and animal models to dissect how our metabolism gives rise to chemicals that damage our DNA- Wang Lab
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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

Haiyuan Yu
The Yu group performs research in the broad areas of Network Systems Biology. We use integrated computational-experimental systems biology approaches to determine protein interactions and complex structures on the scale of the whole cell. In particular, we focus on protein-protein and gene regulatory networks and seek to understand how such intricate systems evolve and how their perturbations lead to human diseases, especially autism spectrum disorder and cancer.
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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