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 research core facilities.


Professor of Biological Sciences and Plant Sciences

Genetic control of carbon partitioning in plants

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Molecular basis for polar growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology

Generation and characterization of animal models to study genetics and disease

Professor of Biological Sciences

Mechanisms regulating neuronal development and physiology in vertebrates

Professor of Biological Sciences

Signaling and activity of skeletal muscle satellite cells

Research Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS

Influence of insect-associated microbes on host phenotype

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Ovarian reserve formation, maintenance, and its associated ovarian dysfunction and diseases

Professor of Biological Sciences

Genetic control of phototropism in plants

Assistant Professor

Circuit stability, energetics, plasticity, and respiratory physiology

Associate Professor of Ob, Gyn, and Women’s Health

Mechanisms by which maternal physiology influences development of placenta.

Director and Professor of Biological Sciences

Neural network plasticity as a result of injury and disease

Professor of Biological Sciences

Meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA and sexual development in fungi

Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular signaling in plants

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