Cell and Molecular Biology Faculty

Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind cellular processes provides insight into many aspects of modern biology, from embryonic development to human disease.

Work in the Biology department uses both plant and animal model systems to explore such diverse cellular events as chromosome movement, cell cycle regulation, control of gene expression, cell to cell signaling, coordination of cell movements and growth during development, and pathogen resistance.

  • Daniele Armaleo, Associate Professor of the Practice
       Developmental and molecular biology of symbiosis in lichens

  • Larry R. Baugh, Assistant Professor
       Developmental genetics and genomics

  • Amy Bejsovec, Associate Professor
       Genetic control of cell fate specification in Drosophila

  • Philip N. Benfey, Paul Kramer Professor and Investigator, HHMI
       Plant Developmental Genetics and Genomics

  • John E Boynton, Professor Emeritus

  • Nicolas Buchler, Assistant Professor of Biology and Physics
       Molecular mechanisms and the evolution of switches and oscillators in gene networks; systems biology; comparative genomics

  • Meng Chen, Assistant Professor
       Light signaling and nuclear organization in plants

  • Xinnian Dong, Arts and Sciences Professor
       Plant-Microbe interactions

  • Ron Grunwald, Lecturer and Associate Dean of Trinity College
       Membrane biochemistry

  • Steven B. Haase, Associate Professor
       Control of cell cycle, DNA replication, and centrosome duplication in budding yeast

  • Alison Hill, Assistant Professor of the Practice

  • Daniel P. Kiehart, Professor of Biology and Cell Biology and Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Dean of the Natural Sciences
       Biophysical approaches to cellular, molecular and developmental biology

  • David R. McClay, Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology and Professor of Neurobiology
       Developmental Biology

  • R. Bruce Nicklas, Arthur S. Pearse Professor Emeritus
       Mitosis and evolution

  • Zhen-Ming Pei, Associate Professor
       Plant Sensory Signal Transduction

  • Amy K. Schmid, Assistant Professor of Biology and Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative
       Systems biology of archaea: understanding regulatory network responses to environmental extremes

  • David R. Sherwood, Associate Professor
       Understanding morphogenetic mechanisms in development

  • Nina T. Sherwood, Associate Professor of the Practice and Assistant Research Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Functions of spastin and other microtubule severing proteins in the nervous system; Drosophila models of human disease

  • James N. Siedow, Professor
       Function and regulation of plant respiratory pathways

  • Tai-ping Sun, Professor
       Mechanisms of phytohormone controlled growth and development

  • Pelin C. Volkan, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neurobiology and Investigator of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
       Genetic Regulation of Olfactory Circuit Assembly and Remodeling in Drosophila

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