Studies in development in the Division of Biological Sciences cover a range of developmental events in a variety of organisms using a wide array of cutting-edge approaches including genetics, genomics, computation, biochemistry, and advanced imaging. Research topics include hormonal and cellular signaling, pattern formation, organogenesis, and differentiation. Projects impact many aspects of human health and disease as well as issues of agricultural production and conservation. Research in this area benefits from several campus research facilities, including the Cell and Immunobiology, Molecular Cytology, Transgenic Animal, and Electron Microscopy core facilities.
Faculty & Research Interests
Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
C4 photosynthesis and gene discovery in model plants for second generation lignocellulosic feedstocks
Chiswili Yves Chabu
Mechanisms of cell-cell communication during development and tumor progression
Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates
Signaling and activity of skeletal muscle satellite cells
Ecology and evolution in natural plant populations
Stem cell biology and therapies for neurodegeneration and brain tumors
Genetic control of phototropism in plants
Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants
Application of computational bioinformatics and molecular genomics to plant genomes.
Environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and developmental programming of adult disease
J. Chris Pires
Systematics, phylogenetics, and genome evolution of polyploidy plants
Mechanisms by which maternal physiology influences development of placenta.
Genetic control of transcription in amphibians and yeast
Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA and sexual development in fungi
Mechanism of incomplete cytokinesis during germ cell development
Environmental toxicology, chemical effects on fish reproduction and development
John C. Walker
Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular signaling in plants