mocb faculty (a-L)


Norma Andrews,  Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Cell biology of the intracellular protozoan parasites, and mechanisms of plasma membrane repair

George Belov, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine. Picornaviruses; poliovirus; virus-cell interaction; membrane metabolism; virus replication.

Debabrata Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences. Foodborne pathogens, pathogenesis, gut microbiome, foodsafety, prevention.

Alexa Bely, Associate Professor, Department of Biology. Regeneration, asexual reproduction, evolution, development, annelid

Volker Briken, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Infectious Disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Cell death, Drug Delivery, Cancer

Kan Cao, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Aging, Progeria, Lamin, iPS, Telomere.

Karen Carleton, Professor, Department of Biology.  Vision, molecular evolution, genomics

Caren Chang, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.  Plants, signaling, molecular genetics, cell biology, Arabidopsis

Marco Colombini, Professor, Department of Biology. Membrane channels, voltage dependence, membrane biophysics.

James Culver, Professor, Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture. Virology,  Plant Biology, Nanotechnology.

Lindley Darden, Professor, Philosophy Department. History and philosophy of modern biology, ontology of biological mechanisms, functional genomics, disease mechanisms, evolutionary mechanisms. *Currently not taking new students*

Charles Delwiche, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics; Director, Biological Sciences Graduate Program. Evolution, genomics, algae, photosynthesis, plant. 

Jeffrey DeStefano, Professor, Department of Cell Biology.   Mechanism of retroviral reverse transcriptases as it relates to replication and recombination& Molecular Genetics.

Jon Dinman, Professor & Department Chairperson, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Genetic code, virus, ribosome, miRNA, frameshifting.

Daniel Dwyer, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Synthetic biology, systems biology, antibiotics, microbiology, cell death.

Najib El-Sayed, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Genomics, bioinformatics, host-pathogen interactions.

José Feijó, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics.

Heidi Fisher, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Sexual Selection, Sperm Biology, Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics. 

Robert Fleischer, Center Head, Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, National Zoo. Evolution;  conservation; genomics;  pathogens;  vertebrates

Eric Freed,  Director, HIV Dynamics and Replication Program; Head, Virus-Cell Interaction Section, National Cancer Institute. Member of the Virology Research Cluster.

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Megan Fritz, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology.   Quantitative and Evolutionary Genomics, Vector Biology and Management, Insect Behavior, Insecticide Resistance

Quentin Gaudry, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Systems neuroscience, neuromodulation, olfaction, behavior

Eric Haag, Associate Professor, Department of Biology. Evolution of development, evolution of sex, comparative genomics, C. elegans, developmental biology.

Kelly Hamby, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology. Agricultural pest management, entomology, microbiology, molecular biology, toxicology

Iqbal Hamza, Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. Anemia, hematology, parasitology, iron, nutrition.

Sridhar Hannenhalli, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics; CBBG Concentration Area Director, BISI. Bioinformatics, Transcriptional regulation, Epigenomics, Molecular Evolution, Systems biology.

David Hawthorne, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology. Ecological genetics, insect toxicology, environmental risk assessment, transdisciplinary team science, synthesis science.

Osnat Herzberg, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR). Structural Biology, drug discovery, x-ray crystallography

Adam Hsieh, Associate Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Musculoskeletal connective tissue, stem cells, spine, intervertebral disc.

Steven Hutcheson, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. **Currently not taking new students**

Steven Jay, Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering.Protein engineering, microRNA, exosomes, extracellular vesicles, drug delivery.

William Jeffery, Professor, Department of Biology. Development; evolution; genetics; regeneration.  **Currently not taking new students**


Chris Jewell, Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Nanotechnology, biomaterials, immunology, vaccines, immunotherapy

Philip Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology. Theoretical population genetics; immunological modeling; analytic, methods for ancient DNA; computational biology.

Antony Jose, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics. Transgenerational inheritance, RNA interference, soma to germline, epigenetics, mobile RNA

Scott Juntii, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (starting July 2017).  Social behavior, Neural circuits Gene regulation, Nuclear hormone receptors, Automated behavior analysis

Jason Kahn, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. DNA topology, DNA thermodynamics, protein-DNA nanostructure, DNA looping

Patrick Kanold, Professor, Department of Biology. Cortex, circuits, 2 photon imaging, electrophysiology, plasticity

Matthew Kelley, Section Chief, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health. Development, cell fate; cochlea, inner ear, hearing.

Zvi Kelman, Research Biologist, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research. Archaea, DNA replication, protein-protein interactions, protein-DNA interactions, protein labeling

Byung-Eun Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Avian and Animal Sciences. Copper Homeostasis, Metal metabolism, Protein trafficking, Cardiovascular Diseases, Menkes Disease.

Conrad Labandeira, Curator Paleoentomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Plant-insect interactions; fossil record; herbivory; pollination; paleoecology

Chi Hon Lee, Investigator, National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, Neural Circuit, Vision, Neurodevelopment, Drosophila, dendrite

Vincent Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics. Host-pathogen interactions, Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Allosteric regulation of molecular complexes.


Elissa Lei, Investigator, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health. Drosophila, chromatin, RNA, gene expression, computational biology

Zhongchi Liu, Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics; MOCB Concentration Area Director, BISI. Plant Development, Genetics, Genomics, Flower and fruit