Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology research in the Department of Biology is conducted by a number of laboratories studying a range of molecular mechanisms. Thus:

  • Dr. Anderson investigates the mechanisms responsible for biofilm formation and chronic lung infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other pathogenic bacteria.
  • Dr. Baucum's laboratory focuses on the identification and characterization of synaptic protein complexes in a brain region called the striatum.
  • Dr. Atkinson's laboratory is investigating mechanisms and effects of RNAi-based therapeutics in the kidney.
  • The research of Dr. Belecky-Adams is focused on mechanisms of development and injury repair in the vertebrate eye.
  • Dr. Chernoff studies genes associated with activation of neural stem cells in spinal cord and limb regeneration.
  • Dr. Dai investigates the molecular mechanisms regulating hepatocyte proliferation and liver growth.
  • Dr. Kusmierczyk investigates the mechanisms of cellular proteosome assembly.
  • Dr. Malkova’s research is aimed to understand the molecular mechanisms responsible for repair of DNA breaks.
  • Dr. Meyer investigates induced pluripotent stem cells for studies of neural development and disease.
  • The goal of Dr. Stephen Randall is to characterize mechanisms by which plants respond and adapt to environmental stresses such as cold and drought conditions.
  • Dr. Watson’s goal is to understand directional root growth and light-regulated development in plant seedlings at the molecular, cellular, and genetic levels.