The Division of Biological Sciences has a strong, interactive group of scientists exploring fundamental mechanisms of genetics and genomics. Genetics is being used to elucidate a wide range of fundamental processes, including cytokinesis, learning and memory, neuronal development, transcription, cellular signaling, physiology, metabolism and chromosome evolution. Genomic-level studies are being used to study population dynamics and development of new traits. Research in this area benefits from several campus core research facilities, including a DNA Core, and animal modeling core, a plant transformation core, and an Informatics Research Core.


Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

The genetic and metabolic control of seed amino acids’ composition

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences

Chromosome evolution and function in plants and fruit fly

Professor of Biological Sciences and Plant Sciences

Genetic control of carbon partitioning in plants

Professor of Veterinary Pathology

Generation and characterization of animal models to study genetics and disease

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Mechanisms of cell-cell communication during development and tumor progression

Research Geneticist & Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS

The genetics and consequences of maize domestication and breeding

Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS

Influence of insect-associated microbes on host phenotype

Associate Professor

Genomic approaches to the study of life history evolution

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic control of phototropism in plants

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic regulation of meristem function in plants

Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science

Systematics, phylogenetics, and genome evolution of polyploidy plants

Professor of Biological Sciences

Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA and sexual development in fungi

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Determining how transposable elements become epigenetically silenced

Research Geneticist, Plant Genetics Research Unit, USDA-ARS

Understanding and predicting the genetic and physiological basis of plant phenotypes

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic dissection of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and behavior in fruit flies