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Abbondanzieri, Elio

  • Research Associate, Meyer

Ablaeva, Julia

  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova

Aloi, Patricia

  • Teaching Lab Manager

Anderson, Joe

  • Senior Info Tech Operator

Arcoraci, Marianne

  • Program Manager & Curriculum Advisor to UPBM


Bellomio, Philip

  • Lab Technician, Bergstralh

Benyajati, Cheeptip

  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director of UPBM

Interests: Regulation of gene expression during development of Drosophila; Transcription, chromatin structure, and mechanisms of developmental chromatin structure remodeling

Bergstralh, Daniel

  • Assistant Professor


Interests: Epithelial Morphogenesis; Spindle orientation; Cell Division

Bettinger, John

Interests: TBD

Bi, Xin

  • Professor

Interests: Epigenetic regulation of eukaryotic gene expression; Structural and functional domains of the genome; Chromatin boundary elements; Gene silencing; DNA damage repair and tolerance

Bickel, Ryan

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction

Bissell, Mary

  • Facilities Manager

Brigida, Sara

  • Project Assistant, Presgraves

Brisson, Jennifer

  • Associate Professor


Interests: Evolution of morphology; Molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity; Evolution and development in the pea aphid; The role of epigenetics in polyphenism


Cammarota, Christian

Interests: TBD

Cefaloni, Eric

    Interests: TBD

    Chang, Ching-Ho

    Interests: Population dynamics and molecular mechanism of the Segregation Distortion system in Drosophila melanogaster

    Chen, Nancy

    • Assistant Professor


    Interests: Population genetics with pedigrees; Contemporary evolution in natural populations; Evolutionary genetics; Conservation genomics; Avian genomics

    Clark, Michael

    • Associate Professor of Instruction

    Culver, Gloria

    • Professor
    • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

    Interests: Macromolecular assembly; RNA-protein recognition; Dynamics of RNA folding


    Dao, Thao Kim

    Interests: TBD

    Dawney, Nicole

    Interests: TBD

    Dias, Tiffany

    • Lab Technician, Seluanov

    Driscoll, Rose

    Interests: TBD

    Dutta, Asmita

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Welte


    Eickbush, Danna

    • Research Associate, Larracuente/Eickbush

    Eickbush, Thomas H

    • Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor

    Interests: Molecular biology and evolution ; Integration of retrotransposable elements; Origin and evolution of mobile elements; Regulation of mRNA genes

    Emmrich, Stephan

    • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Gorbunova


    Fay, Justin

    • Associate Professor


    Interests: Evolution of gene regulation; Comparative genomics and domestication; Disease consequences of human evolution

    Febles, Cathleen

    • Stockroom Clerk

    Fien, Kristin

    • Senior Accountant

    Finegan, Tara

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bergstralh

    Firsanov, Denis

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Seluanov

    Forkpah, Cordelia

    • Lab Technician, Werren

    Fry, James D

    • Associate Professor

    Interests: Genetics of ecological adaptation in Drosophila; Evolutionary effects of deleterious mutations; Quantitative-genetic theory and methodology

    Fu, Dragony

    • Assistant Professor


    Interests: RNA modification and translation regulation; Genotoxic stress response pathways; Regulated cell death mechanisms


    Ghaemmaghami, Sina

    • Associate Professor


    Interests: Protein folding and degradation; Neurodegenerative diseases and aging; Prion biology; Proteomics

    Gigas, Jonathan

    Interests: TBD

    Goldfarb, David S

    • Professor

    Interests: Molecular cell biology of the nucleus

    Gorbunova, Vera

    • Doris Johns Cherry Professor
      Professor of Biology
      Associate Professor of Oncology


    Interests: Mechanisms of aging; Comparative biology of aging; Comparative biology of aging; DNA repair and genomic instability; Anticancer therapy

    Gorovsky, Martin A

    • Rush Rhees Professor Emeritus

    Gregory, Lauren

    Interests: TBD

    Gu, Ningyang

    Interests: TBD


    Hammelman, Rachel

    • Lab Technician, Brisson

    Hattman, Stanley M

    • Professor Emeritus

    Hemmer, Lucas

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente

    Heusinkveld, Carrie

    • Project Assistant, Brisson

    Hinkle, David C.

    • Professor Emeritus

    Holz, Jonathan

    • Associate Professor of Instruction

    Huo, Jinlong

    • Visiting Scientist, Bi

    Hutti, Chuck

    Interests: Using genome wide CRISPR screens to identify genes involved in prion tolerance and its mechanisms


    Jaenike, John

    • Professor

    Interests: Ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions; Sex chromosome meiotic drive; Wolbachia as male killers and causes of reproductive isolation in Drosophila; Ecology of mycophagous Drosophila

    Jencik, Brian

    • Lab Technician, Welte

    Jones, Shaun

    • Lab Technician, Culver/Ghaemmaghami/Larracuente


    Keister, Jennifer

    • Lab Technician, Brisson

    Kelkar, Yogeshwar

    • Research Associate, Werren

    Keltz, Roxanne

    • Lab Technician, Culver

    Khost, Danielle

    Interests: The organization and evolution of satellite DNA in Drosophila

    Kilwein, Marcus

    Interests: TBD

    Kovelakuntla, Vamsi

    Interests: TBD

    Kuhn, Chelsea

    • Undergraduate Secretary


    Lambert, J. David

    • Associate Professor


    Interests: The evolution of developmental mechanisms; Early patterning in molluscs and related groups; Cytoskeletal basis of asymmetric cell divisions; Evolution of novel phenotypes

    Landry, Cynthia

    • Graduate Coordinator

    Larracuente, Amanda

    • Assistant Professor


    Interests: Evolutionary genetics and genomics; Intragenomic conflict and the evolution of selfish DNA; Evolutionary and functional genomics of satellite DNA; Sex chromosome and dot chromosome evolution in Drosophila

    Lawrence, Deborah

    • Front Office Secretary

    Lawson, Hannah

    Interests: Developmental timing of sex-specific maturation of the C. elegans nervous system

    Lentini, Jenna

    Interests: Identification of the damaged RNA transcriptome and surveillance pathways

    Liu, Xiaomi

      Interests: TBD

      Longan, Emery

      Interests: TBD

      Lowe, Nicholas

      • Research Associate, Bergstralh

      Luo, Jie

      Interests: The role of neuroendocrine cells in the development of prostate cancer castration resistance and chemotherapy resistance

      Lyon, Thomas

      • Teaching Lab Assistant

      Lyon, Hiram

      • Technical Associate, Culver


      Macoretta, Nicholas

      Interests: TBD

      Martinez, Jovany

        Interests: TBD

        Meyer, Anne S.

        • Associate Professor


        Interests: Synthetic biology; 3D printing of bacteria; Engineering of bacteria to produce biomaterials; Survival strategies of bacteria; Organization of bacterial DNA

        Millen, Jonathan

        • Visiting Scientist, Goldfarb

        Minckley, Robert L.

        • Professor of Instruction


        Interests: Ecology and evolution of host breadth in bees; Community structure of desert bees; Conservation biology of pollinators

        Muirhead, Christina

        • Technical Associate, Presgraves


        Na, Daxiang

        Interests: TBD

        Naganathan, Anusha

        • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Culver

        Navarro, Beatriz

        • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente/Presgraves


        Oakes, Patrick W.

        • Assistant Professor


        Interests: Mechanics of cellular force generation; Cell Shape; Cytoskeleton Dynamics; Mechanosensing; Cell adhesion & migration; Rho GTPase signaling

        Olmsted, Joanna B.

        • Dean Emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences

        Orr, H. Allen

        • University Professor
        • Shirley Cox Kearns Professor


        Interests: Genetics of speciation in Drosophila; Genetics and theory of adaptation; Population genetics


        Palardy, Fiona

        • Data Entry Clerk

        Parish, Kate

          Interests: TBD

          Perrin, Lindsey

          • Lab Technician, Chen

          Phromsiri, Pakinee

          Interests: TBD

          Portman, Douglas

          • Associate Professor


          Interests: Genetics of development and behavior in C. elegans; Neural cell fate specification; Sex differences in neural circuit function; Sexual dimorphism in developmental patterning

          Presgraves, Danielle

          • Lecturer
          • Associate Director for Student Affairs

          Presgraves, Daven C.

          • Dean's Professor


          Interests: Evolutionary genetics ; Speciation genetics; Molecular population genetics; Selfish gene complexes

          Prevost, Christopher

          • Lab Technician, Fu

          Putrelo, Julie

          • Lab Technician, Welte


          Ramos, Jillian

          Interests: Determining the cellular targets and function of human KIAA1456, a putative tRNA methyltransferase enzyme

          Ren, Yue

          Interests: The role of PCNA in silent chromatin

          Rezazadeh, Sarallah

          Interests: DNA repair in cancer and aging

          Rojas Villa, Sebastian

          Interests: Study of novel transcription factors and their role in Drosophila melanogaster intestinal stem cell tissue homeostasis

          Rossow, Lisa

          • Finance Assistant

          Rybak, Brenna

          • Department Administrator

          Rydkina, Elena

          • Research Associate, Seluanov

          Rzatkiewicz, Thomas

          • Lab Technician, Presgraves


          Saleh Ziabari, Omid

          Interests: TBD

          Sellix, Michelle

          • Staff Accountant

          Seluanov, Andrei

          • Professor


          Interests: Molecular and cell biology; Tumor suppressor mechanisms in log-lived rodents the Naked Mole-Rat and Eastern Grey Squirrel; Mammalian Sirt proteins in regulation of stress response during aging; Anti-cancer mechanisms in whales

          Shannon, Regina

          • Purchasing Agent

          Sia, Elaine

          • Professor
          • Co-Director of UPBM

          Interests: Molecular biology and genetics; Mutagenesis and repair of the mitochondrial genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

          Simon, Matthew

          • Postdoctoral Fellow, Gorbunova

          Sproul, John

          • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Larracuente

          Stein, Alexis

          • Lecturer

          Stephenson, Roxan

          Interests: The structure and function of the protein Jabba in Drosophila melanogaster embryos

          Stewart, Chad

          • IT Specialist

          Summers, Jeremy

          Interests: TBD

          Sun, Yu

          Interests: Define RNA regulation for next generation using both dry and wet approaches

          Swovick, Kyle

          Interests: Protein turnover and aging


          Takasugi, Masaki

          • Research Associate, Gorbunova

          Tan, Ruiyue

          Interests: TBD

          Thomalla, Jonathon

          • Lab Technician, Welte

          Tolibzoda, Fara

          Interests: TBD

          Tombline, Gregory

          • Research Associate, Seluanov/Gorbunova


          Walker, Ethan

          Interests: TBD

          Walunjkar, Nilima

          Interests: TBD

          Wang, Wei

            Interests: TBD

            Watkins, Lyndsay

            • Lab Technician, Fu

            Wei, Xiaolu

            Interests: TBD

            Wei, Anhui

            • Visiting Scientist, Bi

            Welte, Michael

            • Professor and Chair


            Interests: Cell and developmental biology ; Intracellular trafficking of proteins, RNAs, and organelles ; Regulation of motor-driven transport ; Cell biology of lipid droplets ; Lipid droplets in protein sequestration and innate immunity

            Werren, John H.

            • Nathaniel & Helen Wisch Professor of Biology


            Interests: Evolutionary genetics; Microbial-host interactions with emphasis on Wolbachia in arthropods, genetics of speciation and evolution of development; Genetics, genomics and evolution of Parasitoids (e.g. Nasonia and relatives); The role of "selfish" or "parasitic" DNA in evolution

            Withey, Allyson

            • Undergraduate Course Coordinator

            Wnuk, Hayley

            Interests: TBD

            Wright , Lori

            • Technical Associate, Presgraves


            Zacher, Maxwell

            Interests: TBD

            Zhang, Kejia

            Interests: TBD

            Zhang, Zhihui

            Interests: TBD

            Zhang, Rui

            Interests: TBD

            Zhao, Yang

            • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

            Zhu, Mingyi

            Interests: TBD