Role of Circadian Rhythm in in gene regulation and cancer cell biology and metabolism.
Research Interest: LncRNA control of heart development and disease; Discovery and function of micropeptides encoded by putative lncRNAs; Genome-editing by RNA-guided nucleases.
Research Interest: Pharmacology of brain and lymphocytic opioid receptors
Research Interest: Regulation of pre-mRNA splicing and polyadenylation in healthy and diseased states; the contribution of RNA processing to cancer biology; effects of small molecule drugs on RNA processing and gene expression.
Research Interest: Bioinorganic and Biophysical Chemistry of Metalloproteins
Research Interest: Cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. Role of Mitochondria and metabolism in ischemic preconditioning and anesthetic preconditioning.
Understanding the interaction of HIV with glial cells; Developing an improved live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV); Elucidating the host cell response to infection by viral pathogens (with emphasis on SARS-CoV-2 and Adeno-associated virus, AAV)
Research Interest: Structural dynamics of the ribosome and ribosomal ligands during proteins synthesis, regulation of protein synthesis by mRNA structure in normal and diseased cells, and mechanisms of antibiotic action.
Research Interest: Nucleic acid modification and repair mechanisms linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial diseases, and cancer.
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis
Research Interest: Microbial pathogens and the impact of human microbial flora on human health and disease.
Research Interest: Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.
Research Interest: Role of the genetic code in regulating protein synthesis and mRNA metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation
Research Interest: Regulation of transcription, nuclear processes, related to chromatin structure and function
Research Interest: Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets.
Research Interest: Innate and adaptive immune responses and cancer immunotherapy
Research Interest: Biomimetic nanoparticles, super-resolution microscopy, and bio-inspired photocatalysis
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Signaling and Cancer Cell Metabolism
Research Interest: Satellite DNA (repetitive DNA typically found at centromeres and telomeres), Meiotic Drive, and Selfish DNA using genomic, population genetic, molecular and cytological methods.
Research Interest: Determining the therapeutic promise of engineered tRNAs for treatment of nonsense associated diseases and investigating the pathomechanisms of skeletal muscle weakness and wasting in myotonic dystrophy
Research Interest: Mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor function
RNA metabolism in human cells (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay/mRNA surveillance); influence of pre-mRNA splicing on mRNA translation; Staufen-mediated mRNA decay and Staufen-regulated RNA metabolism; post-transcriptional gene control via lncRNAs and SINEs; miRNA metabolism; Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome/Autism; therapeutics of nonsense diseases.
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.
Research Interest: Understanding how nuclear proteins and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) regulate gene transcription in pancreatic preneoplastic lesions, gaining knowledge of the process of cellular transformation and tumor initiation.
Research Interest: Bacterial stress response; 3D Printing of Bacteria; Biomaterials
Carbohydrate and protein recognition, molecular design, and biomolecular sensing
Research Interest: Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.
The genetics, genomics, and chromatin biochemistry of cell state transitions that occur during embryonic development and carcinogenesis.
Research Interest: Biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA-targeting CRISPR tool development
Research Interest: Understanding how an aberrant oxygen environment at birth disrupts development of the lung and heart, leading to persistent functional changes over the lifespan.
Research Interest: Biosynthesis of the Cell Wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Biodefense Research
Research Interest: tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications.
To better understand the mechanisms that control cell identity and lineage commitment by studying the transcriptional regulation and function of cardiac tissue-restricted genes
Understanding how regulation of RNA Polymerase II activity regulates cellular differentiation, with a focus on erythropoiesis. Delineating epigenetic control of normal erythropoiesis; determining the contribution of disrupted epigenetic regulation to inherited anemias.
Research Interest: Molecular Mechanisms of Paramyxovirus Infection, Replication and Assembly
Research Interest: Myotonic dystrophy, repeat expansion diseases, and therapeutic development for neuromuscular disorders.
Research Interest: Cancer epigenetics: the role of DNA methylation and chromatin in driving cancer phenotypes and as a target for therapeutic intervention
Mechanism and physiological importance of alternative polyadenylation; Integrator Complex and transcriptional control, development and application of next-generation sequencing technologies
Research Interest: Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by non-protein-coding (nc)RNAs as a basis for therapeutic development.
Research Interest: Optogenetics to study the roles of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in mitochondrial physiology and stress signaling.
Pathophysiological function and molecular mechanism of new non-coding RNAs and RNA-binding proteins and translational control in cardiac system and cardiovascular disease
Research Interest: RNA modification; pre-mRNA splicing; snRNP biogenesis; telomerase RNA modification and aging; nonsense-disease therapeutics.