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Andrew Berger, Ph.D
Andrew J. Berger, Ph.D
Associate Professor

Optics

Berger Lab

Biomedical optics, specifically spectroscopic diagnostic techniques
Kara Bren, Ph.D.
Kara L. Bren, Ph.D.
Professor

Chemistry

Bren Lab

Bioinorganic and Biophysical Chemistry of Metalloproteins
Regine Choe, Ph.D.
Regine Choe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Choe Lab

Diffuse optics for in vivo cancer detection, diagnosis and therapy monitoring
Mark Dumont, Ph.D.
Mark E. Dumont, Ph.D.
Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Dumont Lab

Signal transduction; membrane protein structure, yeast molecular biology
Dmitri Ermolenko, Ph.D.
Dmitri N. Ermolenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Ermolenko Lab

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.
Thomas Foster, Ph.D.
Thomas H. Foster, Ph.D.
Professor

Imaging Sciences

Foster Lab

Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer and Microbial Infections
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biology

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis
Alan Grossfield, Ph.D.
Alan M. Grossfield, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Grossfield Lab

Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation
Karlene Gunter, Ph.D.
Karlene K. Gunter, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Role of mitochondria in calcium homeostasis, apoptosis and metabolic control
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.
Jeffrey J. Hayes, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair

Biochemistry & Biophysics

William A. Bernhard Memorial Lab

Hayes Lab

DNA structure; chromatin; protein-DNA interactions
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Paul J. Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Kammermeier Lab

G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.
Clara L. Kielkopf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Kielkopf Lab

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.
Todd Krauss, Ph.D.
Todd D. Krauss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Chemistry

Krauss Lab

Understanding the fundamental properties of materials with a size in between individual molecules and macroscopic objects
Xin Li, Ph.D.
Xin Zhiguo Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Li Lab

Small non-coding RNA regulation in germ cells; paternal aging; transgenerational inheritance.
Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.
Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.
Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Maquat Lab

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.
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.
David H. Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Mathews Lab

Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.
David McCamant, Ph.D.
David W. McCamant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chemistry

McCamant Lab

Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Photophysics
James McGrath, Ph.D.
James L. McGrath, Ph.D.
Professor

Biomedical Engineering

McGrath Lab

Cell Motility, and Quantitative light microscopy
Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.
Benjamin L. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor

Dermatology

Benjamin Miller Lab

Carbohydrate and protein recognition, molecular design, and biomolecular sensing
Joshua Munger, Ph.D.
Joshua C. Munger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Munger Lab

Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.
Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.
Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.
Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Phizicky Lab

tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications.
Lewis Rothberg, Ph.D.
Lewis Rothberg, Ph.D.
Professor

Chemistry

Rothberg Lab

Organic Electronics, Plasmon-enhanced Spectroscopy and Biomolecular Sensing
Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.
Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.
Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sharma Lab

Computational biology of RNA; RNA comparative sequence analysis; RNA structure prediction; analysis of HIV RNA genomes.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Microbiology & Immunology

Thakar Lab

Identification of immune signatures and characterization of dynamics of immune responses by using systems biology approaches.
Douglas Turner, Ph.D.
Douglas H. Turner, Ph.D.
Professor

Chemistry

Turner Lab

Biophysical chemistry of RNA folding/stacking using NMR; RNA-targeted therapeutics
Richard Waugh, Ph.D.
Richard E. Waugh, Ph.D.
Chair
Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Waugh Lab

Cell Adhesion, Mechanical and thermodynamic properties of biological membranes; cellular mechanics and function of cytoskeletal proteins
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.
Joseph E. Wedekind, Ph.D.
Professor

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Wedekind Lab

Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by riboswitches and microRNAs as a basis for therapeutic development.
Tingting Yang, Ph.D.
Tingting Yang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Yang Lab

Structure and function of calcium-activated chloride channels
David Yule, Ph.D.
David Ian Yule, Ph.D.
Professor

Pharmacology & Physiology

Yule Lab

Mechanisms Underlying Ca<sup>2+</sup> Signaling Events in Exocrine Cells