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Research Mentors

All Research Mentors in Alphabetical Order

Akaaboune Lab

Synaptic development and maintenance; effect of high fat diet on the stability of neuromuscular synapses neuromuscular diseases  
Mohammed Akaaboune, Professor;

Aton Lab

Effects of sensory experience and sleep on neural circuits, mechanisms underlying nervous system plasticity and memory formation 
Sara Aton, Associate Professor;

Bardwell Lab

Role of molecular chaperones and disulfide catalysts in protein folding; Experimental evolution of protein folding 
James Bardwell, Professor;

Buttitta Lab

Understanding the barriers to proliferation in quiescent cells and how they are bypassed in diseases such as cancer 
Laura Buttitta, Associate Professor;

Cadigan Lab

Mechanism by which Wnt signaling regulates target gene expression, using Drosophila as a model system
Kenneth Cadigan, Professor;

Chang Lab

Protein sorting and quality control in the yeast secretory pathway  
Amy Chang, Professor;

Chapman Lab

Biogenesis of bacterial amyloid fibers called curli
Matthew Chapman, Professor;

Clowney Lab

Developmental and regulatory mechanisms that generate neural circuits and govern their function, using the olfactory system of Drosophila as a model system
E. Josie Clowney, Assistant Professor;

Cone Lab

Understanding how the central nervous system regulates energy stores
Roger Cone, Professor; [Director, LSI]

Csankovszki Lab

Gene regulation and chromosome segregation mediated by condensin complexes in C. elegans
Gyorgyi Csankovszki, Professor;

DeSantis Lab

Mechanisms of how microtobule associated motor proteins transport cellular cargo 
Morgan DeSantis
, Assistant Professor;

B Duan Lab

Somatosensory circuits to process different modalities, such as pain and itch
Bo Duan, Assistant Professor;

C. Duan Lab

Understanding how peptide growth factors act to control growth, development, and aging
Cunming Duan, Professor;

Dus Lab

How the brain responds to changes in internal energy and nutrients to control hunger and satiety states. The effect of the environment of neural activity and behavior, converging the fields of epigenetics, gene expression, and neurobiology.
Monica Dus, Associate Professor;

He Lab

Host defense mechanisms against infections while preventing immune over-activation using Arabidopsis as a model organism.
Ping He
, Professor;

Huffnagle Lab

The core research research interests or our laboratory include: (1) the role of mucosal immunity, the microbiome and epithelium function in food allergies, (2) the microbiology, immunology and microbial ecology of the yeast Candida albicans (with special emphasis on mast cells and allergic diseases) and (3) the microbiology, immunology and microbial ecology of the bacterium Lactobacillus johnsonii.
Gary B. Huffnagle, Professor,

Hume Lab

Structure and Function of Neurotransmitter Receptors Formation and Maintenance of synapses  
Richard Hume, Professor;

Hurn Lab

Understanding the cellular and molecular basis of gender differences in response to experimental brain injury   
Patricia D. Hurn, Professor; [Dean, School of Nursing]

Jakob Lab

Role of oxidative stress in host defense and aging
Ursula Jakob, Professor;

Kargbo-Hill Lab

How neurons use epigenomic and transcriptomic mechanisms to regulate gene expression in response to stress, aging and neurodegenerative disease, using human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons, and C. elegans 
Sarah Kargbo-Hill, Assistant Professor;

Klionsky Lab

Protein targeting and organelle biogenesis, with an emphasis on autophagy in the yeast model system 
Daniel Klionsky, Professor;

Kozik Lab

Melding multi-omic (microbiome, transcriptome, metabolome) molecular and computational biology approaches to understand host-microbe crosstalk and microbe-microbe interactions in the human respiratory tract.
Ariangela Kozik, Assistant Professor;

Kramer Lab

Fundamental concepts in neuronal excitability, synaptic transmission and axonal physiology. Effects of substances of abuse on axonal excitability throughout the brain's reward system.
Paul Kramer, Assistant Professor;

Kumar Lab

Genomics, proteomics, and systems biology to study cell signaling and cancer-related pathways
Anuj Kumar, Professor;

Lee Lab

Mapping neuronal lineage development and fating mechanisms in both vertebrate and invertebrate organisms to to engineer neural networks with desired functions and to improve cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases
Tzumin Lee, Professor;

M Li Lab

Regulation and quality control of lysosomes
Ming Li, Assistant Professor;

Marand Lab

Mechanisms of transcriptional regulation and the relationship with molecular, cellular, and organismal phenotype
Alexandre Marand, Assistant Professor;

Miller Lab

Understanding how cell-cell junctions dynamically remodel in response to mechanical forces-- including cell division-- that challenge adhesion and barrier function.
Ann Miller, Associate Professor;

Nandakumar Lab

Biochemistry, cell biology and X-ray crystallography to understand the roles of telomerase and telomeres in cancer and ageing
Jayakrishnan Nandakumar, Associate Professor;

Nielsen Lab

Understanding the cellular machinery involved in proper deposition of plant cell wall components
Erik Nielsen, Professor;

Schiefelbein Lab

Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate cell differentiation and pattern formation
John Schiefelbein, Professor;

Shan Lab

Mechanisms underlying pathogen pattern recognition and signaling via immune receptors in plants
Libo Shan
, Professor;

Simmons Lab

How DNA repair proteins identify sites of damage in living cells and how DNA repair pathways are coordinated with the the cell cycle
Lyle Simmons, Professor;

Stockbridge Lab

Biochemistry, structural biology, and evolution of microbial membrane proteins involved in antimicrobial resistance   
Randy Stockbridge, Associate Professor;

Vecchiarelli Lab

Interdisciplinary approaches to understand subcellular organization, with an emphasis on cell-free reconstitution and imaging  
Anthony Vecchiarelli, Assistant Professor;

Wierzbicki Lab

Mechanisms of long non-coding RNA functions in regulation of genome activity
Andrzej Wierzbicki, Professor;

Wittkopp Lab

Mechanisms of gene regulation, development and evolution
Patricia Wittkopp,  Professor;

Wong Lab

Electrophysiological, behavioral and anatomical techniques to study retinal cells and circuits that regulate the non-image-forming visual system.
Kwoon Wong, Associate Professor;