Studies in molecular biology in the Division of Biological Sciences explore a diverse array of biological phenomena in a variety of organisms using an extensive range of approaches. Areas of particular concentration include neuronal development and plasticity, cellular signaling, and plant growth and development. Research in this area benefits from several campus core facilities, including DNA, Informatics, Cell and Immunobiology, Molecular Cytology, Electron Microscopy, and plant and animal transgenic cores.
Faculty & Research Interests
The genetic and metabolic control of seed amino acids’ composition
Genetic control of carbon partitioning in plants
Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates
Signaling and activity of skeletal muscle satellite cells
Genetic control of phototropism in plants
Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants
Molecular physiology and biophysics of voltage-gated ion channels
Application of computational bioinformatics and molecular genomics to plant genomes.
Environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and developmental programming of adult disease
Organization and gene content of mitochondrial genomes in plants
Electrophysiology and molecular biology of neural plasticity and stability
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
John C. Walker
Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular signaling in plants
Mechanisms of learning and memory in fruit fly
Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies