BIO 487: Research in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology - Research Sponsors



BIOCHEM Biochem & Cell Biol  - NEURO Neurobiology & Behavior  -  PNB Physiology & Biophysics

ANESTHES Anesthesiology  - OBST/GYN Ob, Gyn & Reprod Med  - PREV MED Preventive Medicine

BIOMED Biomedical Engineering  - ORAL BIO Oral Biology & Pathol  - PSYCHOL Psychology 

CANCER Cancer Center  - ORTHO Ortho/Pedia Dent  - SURG Surgery  

CHEM Chemistry  - PATHOL Pathology  - UGBIO Undergrad Bio  

MEDIC Medicine  - PEDIA Pediatrics      

MICRO Molec Genetics/Microbio  - PHARM Pharmacology      



Faculty Sponsor   Course   Sect.   Dept.   Research Interests

Floyd, Thomas   BIO 487   T01   ANESTHES    Fiber optic monitoring for spinal ischemia

Krug, Laurie   BIO 487   T02   MICRO    Molecular virology. Virus pathogens. Virus-host interactions. Herpesvirus latency. Innate & adaptive immunity 

Brown, Deborah   BIO 487   T03   BIOCHEM    Cholesterol/sphingolipid-rich domains in membrane signaling

Simmerling, Carlos   BIO 487   T04   CHEM    Computational Structural Biology

Li, Huilin   BIO 487   T05   BIOCHEM    Structure and function of large protein machines

Deutsch, Dale   BIO 487   T06   BIOCHEM    Uptake of endocannabinoids and neurobiochemistry/ cell biology of enzymes involved in their metabolism

Dean, Neta   BIO 487   T07   BIOCHEM    Protein glycosylation  

Shroyer, Kenneth    BIO 487   T08   PATHOL    Cancer (ovarian, cervical); Tumors; Translational Research; Ob/Gyn; Oncology; Bioimaging; Cytopathology; Biomarkers 

Neiman, Aaron    BIO 487   T09   BIOCHEM    The cell biology of sporulation in yeast  

Roemer, Elizabeth (email)   BIO 487   T10   OBST/GYN    Research coordinator for OB/GYN

Czaplinski, Kevin    BIO 487   T11   BIOCHEM    mRNA transport and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in the nervous system

Simon, Sanford   BIO 487   T12   BIOCHEM    Extracellular degradation by neutrophil proteases

Holdener, Bernadette   BIO 487   T13   BIOCHEM    Role of mesd in embryonic development and trafficking the low-density lipoprotein receptor family

Sitharaman, Balaji    BIO 487   T14   BIOMED    Multidisciplinary approach for the development of functional (electronic, optical, magnetic, or structural) bionanosystems as contrast agents for molecular imaging, as carriers for drug delivery, and as structural scaffolds for tissue engineering. 

Carrico, Isaac S.    BIO 487   T15   CHEM    Modification of viral surfaces; Protein pharmaceutical stabilization; Tracking PTMs as a function of cell physiology 

Moloney, Daniel   BIO 487   T16   BIOCHEM    Biotechnology; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of model systems; Science Teacher Education

Ballas, Nurit   BIO 487   T17   BIOCHEM    Transcriptional repressor REST and corepressor CoREST in neural development. Molecular mechanism(s) underlying disorder Rett Syndrome (RTT)

O'Neal, Marvin 
  BIO 487   T18   UGBIO     

Souza, Joanne   BIO 487   T19   UGBIO     

Simon, Marcia   BIO 487   T20   ORAL BIO    Development and production of cell based therapies for the treatment of partial and full thickness injury to oral, cutaneous and ocular surfaces; regulation of epithelial differentiation; retinoid and non-retinoid lipid metabolism in epithelial and mesenchymal cells

Thomsen, Gerald   BIO 487   T21   BIOCHEM    Mechanisms of cell fate determination and embryonic development 

Li, Ellen   BIO 487   T22   MEDIC    Bioinformatics; Colorectal Cancer; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Gene Expression; Microbial Pathogenesis; Gastroenterology; Biostatistics; Genetic Markers; Microbial Ecology; Systematic Biology

Citovsky, Vitaly   BIO 487   T23   BIOCHEM    Intercellular transport, genetic transformation, and chromatin remodeling in plants

Marcu, Kenneth    BIO 487   T24   BIOCHEM    Roles of NF- k B activating IKKs in innate and adaptive immunity and cancer; Mechanisms of action AID in antibody class switching

Hearing, Patrick   BIO 487   T25   MICRO    Human CNA tumor virus, adenovirus (Ad). Regulation of cell proliferation, gene expression, and host responses to virus infection

Grollman, Arthur   BIO 487   T26   PHARM    Molecular Carcinogenesis: Mechanisms of DNA Repair and Mutagenesis in Mammalian Cells 

van der Velden, Adrianus   BIO 487   T27   MICRO    The mammalian T cell response to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

Erster, Susan (email)   BIO 487   T28   BIOCHEM    Cancer Biology; Genomics

Bingham, Paul   BIO 487   T29   BIOCHEM    Genetic control of development and gene expression in animals

London, Erwin   BIO 487   T30    BIOCHEM    Membrane protein structure and function

Ferguson, Fred   BIO 487   T31   ORTHO    Oral health concerns for pediatric and special needs patients, development of training protocols for health professionals 

Morrison, Sidonie   BIO 487   T32    MEDIC    Mechanisms of AIDS pathogenesis, including how host factors normally involved in the inflammatory response modulate infection of cells by HIV-1

Garcia-Diaz, Miguel    BIO 487   T33    PHARM    DNA Damage Repair, Mitochondrial Biology, Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research 

Demple, Bruce   BIO 487   T34    PHARM    Cellular Systems to Counteract Oxidative Damage 

Seeliger, Jessica    BIO 487   T35    PHARM    Membrane biosynthesis, structure & behavior in bacterial pathogenesis 

Reich, Nancy   BIO 487   T36   MICRO    Cytokines and Viral Defense

Hollingsworth, Nancy   BIO 487   T37    BIOCHEM    Chromosome behavior in yeast meiosis  

Van Nostrand, William   BIO 487   T38    NEUROS   Alzheimer's Disease; Cerebrovascular Disorders; Hemorrhage; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Stroke

Bergamaschi, Roberto   BIO 487   T39    SURG    Colon and rectal cancer 

Gergen, J. Peter   BIO 487   T40   BIOCHEM    Regulation of gene expression during Drosophila development

Haltiwanger, Robert   BIO 487   T41   BIOCHEM    Role of protein glycosylation in signal transduction and quality control 

Lyman, Harvard    BIO 487   T42    BIOCHEM    Photoregulation of Chloroplast Synthesis. Redox Regulation of Phototaxis  

Naidu, Mamta (email)    BIO 487   T43   PHARM    Cancer, DNA Damage Repair, Environmental Toxicology, Stem Cells 

Thanassi, David   BIO 487   T44    MICRO    Understanding mechanisms of virulence protein secretion by bacteria and the functions of secreted virulence factors within the host

Wimmer, Eckard   BIO 487   T45   MICRO    RNA viruses, particularly picornaviruses, whose prototype is poliovirus 

Delihas, Nicholas    BIO 487   T46    MICRO    EMERITUS; Regulation of gene expression by small RNAs. Annotation of genes. Repetitive sequences in intergenic regions in bacteria

Halegoua, Simon   BIO 487   T47   NEURO    Our lab has worked to dissect the signal transduction pathways for NT actions using a neuronal cell line, PC12, and in primary cultures of peripheral and central neurons from rat and mouse

Snider, Ashley (email)   BIO 487   T48   MEDIC    Gastroenterology and hepatology 

Brink, Peter   BIO 487   T49   PNB    Intercellular communication: Gap junctions 

Karzai, A. Wali   BIO 487   T50   BIOCHEM    Structure and function of RNA-binding proteins and biochemical studies of the SmpB•tmRNA quality control system 

Seeliger, Markus   BIO 487   T51   PHARM    Molecular Mechanism of Protein Kinase and Ubiquitin Ligase signaling in Cancer and Aging 

Takemaru, Ken-Ichi    BIO 487   T52   PHARM    Cell Signaling and Ciliogenesis in Mammalian Development, Health and Disease 

Spector, Ilan   BIO 487   T53   PNB    Electrophysiology of nerve and muscle cell lines; ion channels; neurotoxins 

Prives, Joav   BIO 487   T54    PHARM    Regulation of Surface Receptors in Muscle Cells 

Tsirka, Styliani-Anna   BIO 487   T55   PHARM    Neuro-immune interactions: Cross-talk between the nervous and immune systems in health and disease 

Bialkowska, Agnieszka (email)    BIO 487    T56   MEDIC    Gastroenterology and hepatology 

Yang, Jianchang   BIO 487    T57   SURG     Cardiac gene therapy; Stem cell therapy

Wilson, Paul F.   BIO 487    T58   BNL    Effects of LET ionizing radiation; Links between cellular radiosensitivity, individual cancer predisposition, and genetics; Developing radiation biodosimetry assays using techniques such as combinatorial immunocytochemistry, molecular cytogenetics, and novel DNA sensing/amplification technologies; validating new radiation biodosimetry assays against “gold-standard” radiobiological assays; Assessing population-level functional variation in biological responses to ionizing radiation given our inherently large degree of genetic diversity. 

Levine, Joel    BIO 487   T59   NEURO    The biology and functions of a unique class of glial cells known as oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), NG2-glia, or polydendrocytes

Colognato, Holly    BIO 487   T60    PHARM    Extracellular matrix in the brain: roles during development and during neurodegeneration 

Raleigh, Daniel     BIO 487   T61    CHEM    protein folding, protein structure and the mechanism of amyloid formation 

Del Poeta, Maurizio    BIO 487   T62    MICRO    Sphingolipid metabolism and signaling in fungal and mammalian cells to identify new markers for early diagnosis and specific microbial enzymes/molecules essential to cause infection in the attempt to develop new antifungal targets. 

Aguirre, Adan    BIO 487   T63    PHARM    Cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the transition of undifferentiated neural progenitor cells (“neural stem cells”) into specialized neural cells during normal development, and how these mechanisms function in pathological situations

Tonge, Peter    BIO 487   T64    CHEM    how proteins control and modulate the properties of small molecule ligands 

Fleit, Howard    BIO 487   T65   PATHOL    Leukocyte Fc receptors; granulocyte/macrophage growth and differentiation

Martin, Benjamin    BIO 487   T66   BIOCHEM    Stem cell maintenance and differentiation, Developmental mechanisms of cancer pathogenesis 

Glynn, Steven    BIO 487   T67   BIOCHEM    Structure and mechanism of protein-unfolding machines in mitochondria 

Canli, Turhan    BIO 487   T68   PSYCHOL    Neural and genetic basis of personality and emotion 

Benach, Jorge    BIO 487   T69   MICRO    Pathogenesis of spirochetal infections and their host responses

Benjamin, William (email)    BIO 487   T70       EMERITUS 

Bogenhagen, Daniel    BIO 487   T71   PHARM    Mitochondrial Molecular Biology 

Luk, Edward    BIO 487   T72    BIOCHEM    Chromosome biology and genome regulation 

Smith, Steven O.   BIO 487   T73    BIOCHEM    Structure and function of membrane proteins 

Frohman, Michael    BIO 487   T74    PHARM    Lipid Signaling: Roles in mitochondrial biology, spermatogenesis, diabetes, immune function, the CNS, platelet activation, and cancer; - Imaging Pancreatic β-cells using metabolomics and MRI 

Furie, Martha    BIO 487   T75    PATHOL    Molecular mechanisms controlling the movement of leukocytes across the vessel wall, particularly in the context of bacterial infections. two bacterial illnesses, Lyme disease and tularemia 

Zong, Weixing    BIO 487   T76   MICRO    Study the molecular regulation of cancer cell death despite their impaired apoptosis machinery 

Jerath, Avinash (email)    BIO 487   T77   PEDIA    lung surfactant biology and fetal lung development. Current research efforts are focused on regulation of lung surfactant secretion

Ghebrehiwet, Berhane   BIO 487   T78   MEDICINE    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Complement system with particular emphasis on the C1q receptors

Erezyilmaz, Deniz (email)   BIO 487   T79   BIOCHEM     

Kaczocha, Martin   BIO 487   T80   ANESTHES    Fatty acid binding proteins and endocannabinoid transport; Mechanisms of pain 

Hayman, Michael   BIO 487   T81   MICRO    Understand the regulatory mechanisms that control the proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of cells and how oncoproteins subvert these mechanisms to cause cancer. 

Rebecchi, Mario     BIO 487   T82   ANESTHES    Gene Regulation by Phosphoinositides, Ischemia and Reperfusion, Opiate Tolerance 

Williams, Jennie   BIO 487   T83   PREV MED    investigated the use of gene therapy in the prevention of AIDS and done extensive work on NO-NSAIDs. Currently, she is defining the mechanistic role of NF-κB in colon cancer prevention in response to novel chemopreventive agents. 

Kernan, Maurice    BIO 487   T84   NEURO    Our research combines Drosophila genetics, molecular biology and electrophysiology to investigate the cellular and molecular basis for the mechanical senses: touch, hearing and proprioception

Kew, Richard     BIO 487   T85   PATHOL    Leukocyte chemotaxis; inflammation; pulmonary immunopathology

Konopka, James    BIO 487   T86   MICRO    Molecular mechanisms regulating cell growth and development in yeast. In particular, the pathways that regulate the fungal pathogen Candida albicans during infection. Also comparative studies on the regulation of mating of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Malbon, Craig     BIO 487   T87   PHARM    Signal Transduction in Differentiation and Development: Roles of Molecular Scaffold Molecules (e.g., AKAPs and Dishevelleds)

McKinnon, David    BIO 487   T88   NEURO    How do cellular electrophysiological systems evolve. To what extent does homeostatic regulation control ion channel expression in the adult

Miller, Todd    BIO 487   T89   PNB    Structure and function of enzymes involved in signal transduction 

Moll, Ute    BIO 487   T90   PATHOL    Tumor suppressor genes, the role of the p53/p73/p63 gene family in human cancer, transcription-independent mitochondrial apoptosis program of p53

Matmati, Nabil (email)   BIO 487   T91   CANCER     

Gersch, Robert   BIO 487   T92   SURG    Studies elucidating the process of arteriogenesis and vessel formation in response to vessel blockage with specific focus on the role of the early growth response (Egr-1) gene as a master switch for this process in both mouse and rat in vivo. We continue to generate evidence demonstrating the necessity of this gene to overcoming occlusion in the arterial network, and are now embarking on novel preliminary studies relevant to this protocol.

Rafailovich, Miriam H.   BIO 487   T93   MAT SCI    Director of an interdisciplinary NSF  center for the Polymers at Engineered Interfaces. This center specializes in  polymer nanocomposites, polymer thin film coatings, flame retardant  nanocomposites, supercritical fluid processing, and biomateirals/tissue  engineering constructs. The center is an NSF pilot project for the seamless  integration of research with education. 

Sampson, Nicole   BIO 487   T94   CHEM    Relationship between protein structure and protein function and synthesizing chemical tools to probe and control biological function 

Scarlata, Suzanne   BIO 487   T95   PNB    Mechanisms through which G proteins activate effectors 

Spitzer, Eric   BIO 487   T96   PATHOL    Molecular biology of microbial pathogens

Steigbigel, Roy   BIO 487   T97    MEDIC    Mononuclear and polymorphonuclear phagocyte functions; macrophage function in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

Bliska, James   BIO 487   T98    MICRO    Molecular mechanisms that underlie pathogenesis or host protection during host-microbe cell interactions. In particular, the activities of virulence factors that promote pathogenesis as well as trigger protective host innate and adaptive immune responses


Rizk, Christine    BIO 487   T100    SURGERY    Breast surgery; Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer; Nipple-sparing mastectomy; Management of high-risk breast cancer patients 

Canals, Daniel (email)   BIO 487   T101    CANCER     

Mackow, Erich   BIO 487   T102    MICRO    Viral pathogenesis and regulation of innate immunity; hantavirus pathogenic mechanisms and regulation of innate immunity; Dengue virus 

Viboud, Gloria   BIO 487   T103   MICRO    Understanding the molecular mechanisms of TTSS translocation in Yersinia; The role of a recently identified type III secretion system in the pathogenesis of non-toxigenic V. cholerae (NTVC). 

Bhaduri-McIntosh, Sumita  (email)   BIO 487   T104   PEDIA    Pediatric infectious diseases  

Luberto, Chiara (email)   BIO 487   T105   PNB    Sphingolipid metabolism and signaling 

Hitchcock, Ian S. (email)   BIO 487   T106   MEDIC    Hematology and oncology 

Senkal, Can (email)   BIO 487   T107   CANCER     

Singer, Adam   BIO 487   T108   EMER MED     

Rubinstein, Wei   BIO 487   T109   BME    Cardiovascular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics; Platelet and endothelial cell functions under physiological and pathological flow conditions; Cardiovascular disease related inflammatory responses, especially complement activation; Effects of secondhand smoke on the development of cardiovascular diseases; Biomarker identification in cardiovascular diseases; Biomedical applications of aerogels

Mackenzie, Gerardo   BIO 487   T110   CANCER    Evaluating novel targets and mechanism-based pharmacological agents for the management of colon and pancreatic cancer, having achieved remarkable anticancer efficacies in preliminary studies.

Clarke, Christopher (email)    BIO 487   T111   CANCER     

Walker, Stephen   BIO 487   T112   ORAL BIO   The cell surface of Gram-negative oral bacteria with an emphasis on the lipopolysaccharide and outer membrane proteins; Attachment of oral bacteria to host cells; anthrax and bio-terrorism; microbial diagnostics. 

Mallipattu, Sandeep   BIO 487   T113   MEDIC     

French, Jarrod    BIO 487   T114   CHEM    Characterization of multifunctional proteins involved in purine and pyrimidine biosynthesis in eukaryotes

Swaminathan, S.   BIO 487   T115   BNL    Understanding the structure-function relationship in macromolecules, especially bacterial toxins, via x-ray crystallography. Research projects include structural work on Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins, Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins, Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin, outer surface proteins of Borrelia burgdorferi, Shewanella putrefaciens proteins involved in metal reduction, etc.  

Girnun, Geoffrey   BIO 487   T116   PATHOL    

Marchenko, Natalia    BIO 487   T117   PATHOL     

TBA   BIO 487   T118        

TBA    BIO 487   T119        

TBA    BIO 487   T120        

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