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Abbondanzieri, Elio

  • Research Assistant Professor
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Ablaeva, Julia

  • Technical Associate, Gorbunova/Seluanov
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Arcoraci, Marianne

  • Undergraduate Program Manager & Curriculum Advisor to UPBM
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Athar, Fathima

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

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Bellomio, Philip

Interests: TBD

Cheeptip Benyajati

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

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Bergstralh, Daniel

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  • Assistant Professor

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Interests: Epithelial Morphogenesis; Spindle orientation; Cell Division

Xin Bi

Bi, Xin

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  • 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

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Biashad, Seyed Ali

  • Lab Technician, Seluanov
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Bickel, Ryan

  • Associate Professor of Instruction
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Bissell, Mary

  • Facilities Manager
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Brashich, Elizabeth

  • Lab Technician, Meyer/Larracuente/Ghaemmaghami
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Brisson, Jennifer

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  • Professor

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

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Cammarota, Christian

Interests: Biological physics and the role of mechanics in tissue development and cell processes

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Casler, Karli

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Castano, Maria Isabel

Interests: Behavioral ecology and speciation of Neotropical birds

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Cefaloni, Eric

Interests: Epigenetic mechanisms driving breast cancer and epithelial to mesenchymal transition

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Chen, Minhao

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Chen, Nancy

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  • Assistant Professor

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

Michael Clark

Clark, Michael

  • Associate Professor of Instruction
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Corson, Nancy

  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova
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Courret, Cécile

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente
Professor Gloria Culver

Culver, Gloria

  • Professor
  • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

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

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Cutting, Joseph

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Dao, Thao Kim

Interests: The roles of retinoic acid in shell and embryonic development in the mollusc Ilyanassa

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Dawney, Nicole

Interests: TBD

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Deem, Kevin

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  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brisson
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Deng, Chenghong

Interests: TBD

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De Silva, Manikkuwadura

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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DiGiorgio, Patricia

  • Graduate Coordinator
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Driscoll, Rose

she/her/hers

Interests: Evolutionary genetics of phenotypic plasticity in aphids

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Edvalson, Logan

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Eickbush, Danna

  • Research Associate, Larracuente/Eickbush
Professor Thomas H. Eickbush

Eickbush, Thomas H

  • Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

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Fay, Justin

  • Professor

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

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Finegan, Tara

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bergstralh
James Fry

Fry, James D

  • Associate Professor

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

Dragony Fu

Fu, Dragony

  • Associate Professor

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Interests: RNA modification and translation regulation; Neurodevelopmental disorders linked to RNA function; Biochemistry and molecular biology

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Fuda, Nicholas

  • Research Associate, Larracuente

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Gangan, Manasi

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Meyer
Sina Ghaemmaghami

Ghaemmaghami, Sina

  • Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • George Y. and Catherine H. Wu Professor in Chemistry
    Director of Undergraduate Research

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

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Gigas, Jonathan

Interests: Biochemistry and function of human Sirtuin-6 in cancer and aging

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Goldfarb, David

  • Professor Emeritus
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Gona, Ram

Interests: TBD

Vera Gorbunova

Gorbunova, Vera

  • Doris Johns Cherry Professor
  • Co-director Rochester Aging Research Center

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

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Gourdain, Rebecca

  • Stockroom Clerk
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Gregory, Lauren

Interests: Investigation of the proximate basis of the aphid wing polyphenism

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Gu, Ningyang

Interests: Using microinjection, FISH, and single-particle tracking to understand the intranuclear movement of plasmids

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Guthikonda, Prashanth Kumar

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

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Hamazaki, Sakura

Interests: TBD

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He, Luying (Louise)

Interests: 3D printing engineered living material for bioplastics that can biodegrade in the ocean

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Hillpot, Eric

Interests: TBD

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Hinkle, David C.

  • Professor Emeritus
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Holz, Jonathan

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  • Associate Professor of Instruction
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Hopkins, Brian

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  • Undergraduate Course Coordinator
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Hu, Gang

Interests: TBD

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Hua, Shan

Interests: Investigating the role of H2A.Z and ANP32E on regulating gene expression

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Irvin, Joseph

Interests: TBD

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Jaenike, John

  • Professor Emeritus
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Jain, Anushka

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Jencik, Brian

  • Lab Technician, Welte
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Johnson, Brad

he/him/his

  • IT Specialist

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Keister, Jennifer

  • Lab Technician, Brisson
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Kilwein, Marcus

Interests: Embryonic lipid utilization in Drosophila

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Kim, Sei Joong

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Korotkov, Anatoly

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova
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Kovelakuntla, Vamsi

he/him/his

Interests: Bacterially-mediated fabrication of artificial nacre

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Lambert, J. David

  • Professor

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

Amanda Larracuente

Larracuente, Amanda

she/her/hers

  • Associate Professor

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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

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Lawrence, Deborah

  • Front Office Secretary
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Lee, Minseon

Interests: The role of SIRT6 in rejuvenating the epigenome and maintaining heterochromatin stability in aged cells

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Leigh, Jennifer

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

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Leo, Cailyn

Interests: TBD

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Lewis, Aaron

  • Facilities Assistant
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Li, Xin

  • Associate Professor

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Interests: Epigenetic inheritance; Small silencing non-coding RNAs; Translational control; Lead toxicity; Comparative genomics

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Liang, Yuan

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Lindley, Sean

Interests: RNA trans-splicing in cells

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Lindsay, Matthew

Interests: Evolutionary Genetics of Gene Drives and Repetitive DNA in Drosophila melanogaster

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Liu, Xiaomi

Interests: Wing plasticity in aphids, with a focus on a computational approach

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Longan, Emery

Interests: Genetic constraints on adaptation and their role in the evolution of domestication associated traits in the Saccharomyces yeasts

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Macoretta, Nicholas

Interests: TBD

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Marti, Emiliano

Interests: TBD

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Marvin-Foley, Sarah

  • Undergraduate Course Coordinator
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McDonough, Julia

  • Lab Technician, Brisson
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Meadow, Michael

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Interests: Cross-species proteomics to study aging!

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Meyer, Anne S.

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  • Associate Professor

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

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Miller, James

  • Technical Associate, Fay
Robert L. Minckley

Minckley, Robert L.

  • Professor of Instruction

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

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Moeller, Eric

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Moore, Justin

  • Lab Technician, Fu
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Morandini, Francesco

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Muirhead, Christina

  • Research Associate, Presgraves
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Murphy, Patrick J.

  • Assistant Professor

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Interests: Regulation of vertebrate gene transcription in vivo; Epigenetics and chromatin; Zebrafish genetics and genomics; Developmental cell state transitions; Bioinformatics

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Neville, Kathryn

Interests: Directed cell division and polarity maintenance in epithelial tissues

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Joanna Olmsted

Olmsted, Joanna B.

  • Dean Emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences
Allen Orr

Orr, H. Allen

  • Shirley Cox Kearns Professor

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

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Paige, Victoria

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  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova
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Palardy, Fiona

  • Data Entry Clerk
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Park, Jaeyoung (Jay)

Interests: TBD

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Phelps, Elizabeth

  • Stockkeeper
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Phromsiri, Pakinee

Interests: Mechanisms and consequences of histone buffering in the early Drosophila embryo

Douglas Portman

Portman, Douglas

  • Professor

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

Danielle Presgraves

Presgraves, Danielle

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
  • Associate Director for Student Affairs, On leave until July 2023
Daven C. Presgraves

Presgraves, Daven C.

  • Dean's Professor
  • On sabbatical until July 2023

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

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Putrelo, Julie

  • Lab Technician, Welte

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Rechsteiner, Cheyenne

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Reger, Noah

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

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Robinson, Jazsmine

  • Lab Technician, Bergstralh
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Romero, Faye

Interests: Genetic architecture of inbreeding in the Florida Scrub-Jay. Population dynamics/fluctuating selection in the American red squirrel

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Rossow, Lisa

  • Finance Assistant
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Rybak, Brenna

  • Department Administrator
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Rydkina, Elena

  • Teaching Lab Manager

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Saleh Ziabari, Omid

Interests: The parallel evolution of wings in aphids

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Seidman, Daniel

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chen
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Sellix, Michelle

  • Staff Accountant
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Seluanov, Michael

  • Teaching Lab Assistant
Andrei Seluanov

Seluanov, Andrei

  • Professor

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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

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Seymour, Marete

Interests: TBD

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Shah, Shailee

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chen
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Shannon, Regina

  • Purchasing Agent
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Shipley, Alicia

Interests: TBD

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Shogren, Elsie

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Uy
Elaine Sia

Sia, Elaine

she/her/hers

  • Professor
  • Co-Director of UPBM

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

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Sidor, Lynn

Interests: Using synthetic biology to engineer bacteria to be able to polymerize a layer of polysilicate surrounding themselves, allowing for the creation of bacterial microlenses

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Stein, Alexis

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
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Summers, Jeremy

Interests: The demographic and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation on the Florida Scrub-Jay

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Tahir, Imran

Interests: Studying endothelial barrier dysfunction in the context of acute lung injury

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Tan, Ruiyue

Interests: snRNA modification and its role in the pre-mRNA splicing

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Tang, Jinghong (James)

  • Lab Technician, Welte
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Thomas (Reuben), Cheyenne

Interests: Parallel local adaptation in independent species of wasps as a response to rapidly changing environments; evolutionary history and functional genomics

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Tolibzoda, Fara

Interests: Investigation of biochemical contributors of health in long-living animals and their role in aging associated neurodegeneration

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Tombline, Gregory

  • Research Associate, Seluanov/Gorbunova

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Uy, J. Albert C.

  • Professor

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Interests: Evolutionary Ecology; Behavioral Ecology; Evolutionary Genetics; Speciation; Conservation

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Uy, Floria

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  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Research Assistant Professor

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Interests: Evolution of cooperation; Neuroethology; Host-parasite interactions; Behavioral Ecology; Conservation

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VanDeMar, Erin

  • Senior Accountant
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van Tienhoven, Kyle

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  • Lab Technician, Fu

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Walker, Tyler

Interests: The protection of DNA in response to stress in bacteria

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Walunjkar, Nilima

Interests: Causes and consequences of thermal divergence in Saccharomyces species

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Wei, Xiaolu

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente
Michael Welte

Welte, Michael

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  • Professor and Chair

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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

John H. Werren

Werren, John H.

  • Nathaniel and Helen Wisch Professor in Biology

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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

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White, Roger

Interests: The role fatty acid trafficking and usage during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis

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Wnuk, Hayley

Interests: The influence of emotional well-being on Alzheimer's Disease progression

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Wright , Lori

  • Technical Associate, Presgraves

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Yang, Sifan

Interests: Role of SUMOylation and NEDDylation in aging and proteostasis

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Zacher, Maxwell

Interests: Genetic mechanisms underlying longevity and cancer resistance in the bowhead whale

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Zhang, Jiarui

Interests: Molecular mechanism of juvenile-to-adult maturation in the C. elegans nervous system

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Zhang, Kejia

Interests: Molecular functions of tRNA methyltransferase in neuronal development

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Zhang, Rui

Interests: TBD

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Zhang, Zhihui

Interests: Anti-aging and anti-cancer effects of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid

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Zheng, Zhizhong

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova
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Zhu, Mingyi

Interests: RNA secondary structure prediction