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 Emeritus
       Developmental and molecular biology of symbiosis in lichens

  • L. Ryan Baugh, Associate Professor and Affiliate of the Center for Genomic and Computational Biology
       Developmental genetics and genomics

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

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

  • John E Boynton, Professor Emeritus

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

  • Ron Grunwald, Senior Lecturer
       Membrane biochemistry

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

  • Alison Hill, Senior Lecturer

  • Daniel P. Kiehart, Professor
       Biophysical approaches to cellular, molecular and developmental biology

  • David R. McClay, Arthur S. Pearse Distinguished Professor
       Developmental Biology

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

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

  • Amy K. Schmid, David M. Goodner Associate Professor
       Systems biology of archaea: understanding regulatory network responses to environmental extremes

  • David R. Sherwood, Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor
       Understanding morphogenetic mechanisms in development

  • Nina T. Sherwood, Associate Professor of the Practice
       Functions of spastin and other microtubule severing proteins in the nervous system; Drosophila models of human disease

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

  • Pelin C. Volkan, Associate Professor
       Genetic Regulation of Olfactory Circuit Assembly and Remodeling in Drosophila

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