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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

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

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

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

Gu, Ningyang

Interests: TBD


Hammelman, Rachel

  • Lab Technician, Brisson

Hattman, Stanley M

  • Professor Emeritus

He, Junyue

    Interests: TBD

    Hemmer, Lucas

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente

    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

    Johnson, Adam

    Interests: Posterior growth and shell formation in Ilyanassa obsoleta

    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 of Biology


    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

    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


    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.

      • Senior Lecturer
      • Adjunct Assistant Professor


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

      Muirhead, Christina

      • Technical Associate, Presgraves


      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

        Sun, Hongying

        Interests: Nearest neighbor parameter derivation and RNA structure prediction

        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

        Thomalla, Jonathon

        • Lab Technician, Welte

        Tolibzoda, Fara

        Interests: TBD

        Tombline, Gregory

        • Research Associate, Seluanov/Gorbunova


        Walunjkar, Nilima

        Interests: TBD

        Wang, Wei

          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

          Wright , Lori

          • Technical Associate, Presgraves


          Zhang, Kejia

          Interests: TBD

          Zhang, Zhihui

          Interests: TBD

          Zhao, Yang

          • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova