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BBS PhD Program


Faculty Research Area(s)
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Carolyn Adler
Stem cell biology in planarian flatworms; organ regeneration; transcriptional and cell biological responses to tissue injuries; animal behavior - lab
Richard Cerione
Richard A. Cerione
Signal transduction growth factor receptors; protein structure; drug design and chemical biology; signaling cues that direct cell proliferation, differentiation and development - lab
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Jonathan Cheetham
Regenerative medicine; peripheral nerve injury and repair; laryngeal function - 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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Matthew DeLisa
Molecular biotechnology; protein biogenesis and folding pathways; protein engineering - lab
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Joseph Fetcho
Motor control with a focus on hindbrain and spinal cord; optical and genetic approaches for studying neuronal structure and function; regeneration - lab
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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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Gunther Hollopeter
Molecular mechanisms of membrane trafficking in multicellular systems, in vivo imaging and CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering in C. elegans, protein biochemistry and structural biology of clathrin adaptor complexes - lab
Dr. Fenghua Hu
Fenghua Hu
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration - lab
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Toshi Kawate
Structures and mechanisms of membrane proteins that regulate extracellular signaling
Pic of Alex KwanAlex Kwan Use systems neuroscience approaches to measure impact of psychiatric drugs on neural circuits; optical imaging and perturbation experiments to study neural dynamics; exploring methods to image multiple fields of view and at multiple depths - lab
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David Lin
Axon guidance; neurodevelopment; epilepsy; autism; genomics - lab
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Maurine Linder
Regulation of cell signaling by protein lipidation
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Eirene 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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Linda Nowak
Neurosciences; cellular physiology; receptor pharmacology; membrane biophysics
Pic of Nozomi NishimuraNozomi Nishimura vasculature, immune, inflammatory systems and cells native to a tissue interact in disease states - lab
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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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Chris B. Schaffer
Advanced optical techniques used to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems with the goal of developing microscopic scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes - lab
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Luis Schang
Role of cellular protein, lipids, and glycans play in viral infection
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Carolyn Sevier
Signaling of cellular oxidative stress; molecular mechanisms used by cellular pathways that sense and signal redox imbalances within the cell - 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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Melissa Warden
Motivated behavior, reward, decisions, neural circuits, neuromodulators, prefrontal cortex, optogenetics, imaging, neurophysiology - 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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Gary R. Whittaker

Entry of viruses into host cells; receptor binding; cleavage-activation of membrane fusion, focusing on structure-function analysis of human and avian - lab

Dr. Chris Xu
Chris Xu
Biomedical imaging and fiber optics - lab