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  • Sarah Ades

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-1088 Email address ades@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal transduction and antibiotic-induced stress responses in bacteria.

  • Charles Anderson

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-4736 Email address cta3@psu.edu

    Research interests:
    Research interests: In vivo imaging of plant cell wall dynamics - Molecular genetic analysis of genes involved in cell growth - Cell wall biosynthesis in dividing cells - Cell wall engineering for sustainable bioenergy production.
  • Sarah Assmann

    • Waller Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-9579 Email address sma3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular biology of plant G-proteins and kinases. Phytohormone regulation of signal transduction and RNA processing. Second messenger regulation of ion channels in plant cells.

  • Michael Axtell

    • Associate Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-0241 Email address mja18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Functional genomics of plant microRNAs and siRNAs.

  • Lu Bai

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Assistant Professor of Physics

    Phone number 814-863-4824 Email address lub15@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Single cell/single molecule study of chromatin and gene regulation

  • Craig Baumrucker

    • Professor of Animal Nutrition / Physiology

    Phone number 814-863-0712 Email address crb@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cell biology and endocrinology related to growth and differentiation of mammary and intestinal tissues. Hormones and growth factors in milk.

  • Craig Cameron

    • Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-8705 Email address cec9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Defining the molecular details of genome replication in positive-strand RNA viruses and identifying components of this process suitable for antiviral drug development.

  • Margherita Cantorna

    • Professor in Molecular Immunology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 814-863-2819 Email address mxc69@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Identification and characterization of the cellular and molecular targets of vitamin D in the immune system.

  • Douglas Cavener

    • Professor and Head of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-4562 Email address drc9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of protein synthesis and control of translation initiation of mRNAs in higher eukaryotes and the evolution of tissue specific transcriptional regulation.

  • Gong Chen

    • Professor of Biology
    • Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-2488 Email address gongchen@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanism of synaptogenesis and plasticity.

  • James Connor

    • Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 717-531-4541 Email address jrc3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of expression of iron-binding proteins in the nervous system.

  • Daniel Cosgrove

    • Eberly Chair and Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-3892 Email address dcosgrove@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of plant growth. Function and evolution of expansins. Biochemistry and rheology of plant cell walls. Growth responses to light, hormones, and water stress and other stimuli.

  • Diana Cox-Foster

    • Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-865-1022 Email address dxc12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Insect biochemistry and physiology; evolutionary development; molecular biology; host/pathogen interactions.

  • Liwang Cui

    • Professor of Entomology

    Phone number 814-863-7663 Email address luc2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Insect biochemistry and molecular biology; molecular parasitology; medical entomology; host-parasite/pathogen interactions.

  • Richard Cyr

    • Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6416 Email address rjc8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Plant cell and developmental biology. Biochemical, genetic, molecular genetic and cell biology of the cytoskeleton. Mitosis, with emphasis on spindle assembly.

  • Francisco Diaz

    • Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1499 Email address fjd10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Ovarian physiology. Role of SMAD-mediated signaling in follicular and female germ cell (oocyte) development.

  • Patrick James Drew

    • Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
    • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 814-863-1473 Email address pjd17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Control and development of the cerebral blood flow, neurovascular coupling.

  • Santhosh Girirajan

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Phone number 814-865-0674 Email address sxg47@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Ying Gu

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-867-3827 Email address yug13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of cellulose biosynthesis in higher plants. Genetic modification of plant cell wall to scale-up biofuel production.

  • William Hancock

    • Professor of Bioengineering

    Phone number 814-863-0492 Email address wohbio@engr.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The detailed workings of motor proteins and their role in intracellular transport and cell motility.

  • Pamela Hankey

    • Professor of Immunology

    Phone number 814-863-0128 Email address phc7@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of cell-mediated immunity, hematopoiesis, receptor tyrosine kinases, cellular transformation.

  • Wendy Hanna-Rose

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-7904 Email address wxh21@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Developmental genetics of organogenesis and morphogenesis in C. elegans.

  • Ross Hardison

    • T. Ming Chu Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0113 Email address rch8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of gene expression during development.

  • Eric Harvill

    • Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Phone number 814-863-8522 Email address harvill@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Interactions between bacterial pathogens (primarily Bordetella spp) and the host immune system, including virulence factors, host immune functions and genomics.

  • Jun Huang

    • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

    Phone number 814-863-4209 Email address juh17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Explores nanoscience and nanotechnology at the interface of physics, materials, engineering and biology.

  • Timothy Jegla

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1668 Email address tjj3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    We are interested in understanding how ion channels control signaling in the nervous system. We focus on potassium channel-mediated control of firing threshold and ionic mechanisms involved in the generation and processing of sensory potentials. Our research relies on a combination of mouse genetics, electrophysiology, cell biology and compound screening approaches.

  • Alan Leslie Johnson

    • Walther H. Ott Professor in Avian Biology

    Phone number 814-867-3203 Email address alj14@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Ovarian dynamics and follicle differentiation; granulosa cell tumors.

  • Vandana Kalia

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-863-8533 Email address vkalia@psu.edu

    Research interests:
    Transcriptional mechanisms that regulate memory CD8 T cell differentiation.
  • Kenneth Keiler

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0787 Email address kkeiler@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Small RNAs and protein localization in bacterial development and antimicrobial drug discovery.

  • Zhi-Chun Lai

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Developmental Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0479 Email address zcl1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal Transduction, Growth Control, and Cancer Genetics

  • Todd LaJeunesse

    • Associate Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-863-2038 Email address tcl3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Microbial Ecology and Evolution

  • Tae-hee Lee

    • Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Phone number 814-867-2232 Email address txl18@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structural and functional studies of the ribosome and the nucleosome.

  • Scott Lindner

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    Email address Scott.Lindner@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Aimin Liu

    • Associate Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-7043 Email address axl25@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Biogenesis and function of cilia in mammalian embryonic development.

  • Bernhard Luscher

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychiatry
    • Director, Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders (CMIND)

    Phone number 814-865-5549 Email address bxl25@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structure, function and regulation of GABA-A receptors and their role in anxiety disorders.

  • Yingwei Mao

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-4739 Email address yzm1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Researching the mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis using cellular and mouse models.

  • Costas Maranas

    • Donald B. Broughton Professor of Chemical Engineering

    Phone number 814-863-9958 Email address costas@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Computational studies of metabolism and gene regulation.

  • Patricia McLaughlin

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    • Director, Graduate Program in Anatomy

    Phone number 717-531-6414 Email address pxm9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Growth factors and receptors in brain and heart development and cancer.

  • B. Tracy Nixon

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3679 Email address btn1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal transduction in prokaryotes; functional domains of Rhizobium dct genes.

  • Curtis Omiecinski

    • Professor of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
    • H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Chair
    • Co-chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular Toxicology

    Phone number 814-863-1625 Email address cjo10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Human variability in xenobiotic metabolism.

  • Richard Ordway

    • Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Genetics

    Phone number 814-863-5693 Email address rwo4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cellular neurobiology using Drosophila.

  • Robert Paulson

    • Professor of Veterinary Science
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Genetics

    Phone number 814-863-6306 Email address rfp5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetic and biochemical analysis of cell signaling and differentiation during hematopoiesis.

  • B. Franklin Pugh

    • Willaman Professor in Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-8252 Email address bfp2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Biochemistry and genomics of eukaryotic transcription regulation.

  • Joseph Reese

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1976 Email address jcr8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Gene regulation in cell cycle and DNA damage control; regulation of DNA damage-induced transcription.

  • Philip Reno

    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Phone number 814-863-7740 Email address plr16@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Comparative primate and vertebrate evolution, focusing on discovering the genetic and developmental mechanisms that make us human.

  • Melissa Rolls

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Director, Center for Cellular Dynamics

    Phone number 814-867-1395 Email address mur22@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Subcellular compartmentalization of neurons.

  • Lorraine Santy

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-6813 Email address lcsanty@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Epithelial cell junction formation and turnover. Intracellular trafficking of adhesion molecules. Small GTPase cascades in the control of cell motility. Cell migration and metastasis.

  • Surojit Sarkar

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-867-4034 Email address sxs1081@psu.edu

    Research interests:
    Regulation of Immunological Memory to Pathogens and Vaccines
  • Robert Schlegel

    • Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6974 Email address ur3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation and function of membrane transbilayer phospholipid dynamics in blood cells.

  • Anthony Schmitt

    • Associate Professor of Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 814-863-6781 Email address aps13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Assembly and budding of paramyxovirus particles.

  • Song Tan

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3355 Email address sxt30@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structural biology of eukaryotic gene regulatory complexes.

  • Graham Thomas

    • Associate Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0716 Email address gxt5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Roles of the cytoskeleton at the cell membrane in epithelial cells, including issues of cell polarity and adhesion, cell signaling, and morphogenesis.

  • Yanming Wang

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3775 Email address yuw12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Epigenetic histone modifications in cell differentiation and cancer.

  • Na Xiong

    • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-2933 Email address nux1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Development and function of gamma/delta T cells.

  • Jian Yang

    • Associate Professor of Bioengineering

    Phone number 814-865-1278 Email address jxy30@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Yinong Yang

    • Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

    Phone number 814-867-0324 Email address yuy3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal transduction and functional genomics of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. Protein-protein interactions at the host-pathogen interface: targeting and recognition of fungal effectors in rice cells.

  • Christopher Yengo

    • Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-8575 Email address cmy11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton, Protein Structure/Function and Dynamics, Enzyme Kinetics, Molecular Mechanisms of Myosin Based Motility.

  • Ian Zagon

    • Distinguished Professor of Neural and Behavioral Science
    • Director, Program on Education in Human Structure

    Phone number 717-531-8650 Email address isz1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Peptides and receptors in development, cancer, cell renewal, wound healing, angiogenesis, cornea, neurodegeneration, diabetes and Crohn's Disease.

  • Siyang Zheng

    • Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

    Phone number 814-865-8090 Email address sxz10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    My laboratory aims at developing and applying micro/nano technologies for biological and medical applications.

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