Faculty Alphabetically


Anindita (Oni) Basu

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Single cell genomics, microfluidics, host-pathogen interaction, drug testing


Graeme-Bell_Profile-624x938Graeme Bell 

Professor, Department of Medicine

Genetics of diabetes and other metabolic disorders; development and regeneration of insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells


bergelson_j2Joy Bergelson

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

The coevolution of bacterial pathogens and their plant hosts; molecular ecology.



bishopDouglas Bishop

Professor, Department of Radiation & Cellular Oncology

Meiotic recombination, recombinational DNA repair in yeast and mammalian cells.


Crosson_0Sean Crosson

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Deciphering the structure, function, and topology of microbial signaling systems.

Di RienzoAnna Di Rienzo  

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Amount of patterns of genetic variation in human populations.



3382Eileen Dolan

Professor, Department of Medicine

Pharmacogenetics of anticancer agents.


drummond-headshot-2012aAllan D. Drummond

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Spectrum, frequency and consequences of errors in protein synthesis, sensing and response to misfiled proteins.



du_2Wei Du

Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research 

Cell cycle, tumor suppressor genes, and development.



Rick_FehonRichard Fehon

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Regulation of epithelial polarity and proliferation during development.


Ferguson_ChipEdwin Ferguson

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Developmental genetics of cell fate specification and stem cell maintenance


_w1FCOdm Yoav Gilad

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Understanding gene regulatory processes and elucidating the genetic architecture of human-specific traits including disease.

Jack_Gilbert_(1)Jack Gilbert

Professor, Department of Surgery

I am interested in microbial ecology, especially the metabolic and signaling reactions between bacteria and their environment, and how communities of microorganisms establish in new environments.



conrad_gilliamConrad Gilliam

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Our group is generally focused upon identification of genetic determinants of common genetic disorders, with a particular emphasis on neurological and psychiatric genetic disease.



ben-2Benjamin Glick

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Biogenesis of secretory pathway organelles, and directed evolution of fluorescent proteins.


49-1Michael Glotzer

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

The molecular mechanism of cytokinesis in animal cells.



Gomez_ChristopherChristopher Gomez

Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease — with a focus on the means by which genetic mutations in ion channels or other essential proteins lead to dominantly inherited neurodegenerative diseases.


greenberg_jeanJean Greenberg

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Arabidopsis defense mechanisms against bacterial infection; Pseudomonas syringae virulence mechanisms.



12709Robert Grossman

Professor, Department of Medicine

Biomedical informatics, data intensive computing, big data, data science, cloud computing, and related areas.


Chuan-He_3Chuan He

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Regulation of gene expression by dynamic and reversible RNA modifications, epigenetic DNA methylation in various biological processes and human diseases.



He TCTong-Chuan He

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery 

Molecular biology of bone and soft tissue tumors; BMP and Wnt signaling in stem cells; Regulation of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation; Cancer microenvironment and bone metastasis; Gene therapy and regenerative medicine.

PIXin He

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Computational and statistical methods for identification of genes involved in complex diseases and for regulatory genomics.


Ellie HeckscherEllie Heckscher

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Development and function of neural circuits in the motor system



ho_rRobert Ho

Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Pattern formation and early development in the simple vertebrate zebrafish.


Staff-Sally1-375x250Sally Horne-Badovinac

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Collective cell migration and basement membrane remodeling during organ morphogenesis.


imHae Kyung Im

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Development of statistical methods to make sense of large amounts of genomic and other high dimensional data. Current focus is in the integration of GWAS and functional genomics studies and prediction of complex traits to understand the biology of complex traits.


kratsios-headshotPaschalis Kratsios

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Locomotion is an ancient behavior displayed by vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Despite anatomical differences in the execution of locomotion between species, locomotion invariably relies on the function of a specialized network of neuronal and muscle cells known as the motor circuit. Motor neurons lie at the heart of this circuit and display remarkable diversity based on anatomy, electrophysiology and molecular composition. Decades of research on motor neuron development and function have set the foundation upon which we intend to build and expand our knowledge on the molecular principles governing motor neuron diversity and motor circuit assembly.


kreitman2Martin Kreitman

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

Population genetics; molecular evolution.



stephen_kronStephen Kron

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Signal transduction, DNA damage checkpoints, cell cycle control, and epigenetic. Technology for proteomics, drug discovery and systems biology.

bruce_lahnBruce Lahn

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Epigenetic mechanisms of cell fate restriction in stem cell differentiation.



2718Michelle Le Beau

Professor, Department of Medicine

Molecular analysis of recurring chromosomal abnormalities in human tumors; identification of cooperating mutations and genetic pathways leading to transformation.



longManyuan Long

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

New gene evolution: the rates and patterns, the impact of new genes on protein networks, the functional and phenotypic effects; species-specific development and developmental evolution; other problems of genome evolution. Drosophila as experimental systems; in silico genomics of animals and plants.

IMG_1270Vincent Lynch

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Vertebrate developmental evolution and gene regulation



Quantrell AwardsJocelyn Malamy

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Molecular regulation of root system growth and development in Arabidopsis and crop plants.

McNerneyMeganMegan McNerney

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Our lab studies the genetic abnormalities in myeloid neoplasms, a type of blood cancer. Using a variety of genomic approaches, we determined that a transcription factor gene, CUX1, is deleted in half of patients with poor-risk myeloid neoplasms. We are now determining the function of CUX1 by a combination of in vivo models and functional genomic approaches. The long-term goal is to leverage this information to identify to new treatments for patients with this disease.

mcpeek_marysara192x246Mary Sara McPeek

Professor, Department of Statistics

Applications of probability and statistics to genetics; complex trait mapping; counting-process models for genetic recombination.


MetsLaurens Mets

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Biosynthesis of chloroplasts.


Moskowitz,Ivan.sm_Ivan Moskowitz

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Molecular genetics of cardiovascular development and congenital heart disease.



ed for ggsb websiteEd Munro

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Actomyosin network dynamics and contractility; cell polarization; tissue morphogenesis; computational cell and developmental biology.

Marcelo NobregaMarcelo Nobrega

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Genetics of heart development and congenital heart diseases. Genetic engineering of mouse models of human diseases. Genomic organization and gene regulatory architecture. Vertebrate comparative genomics.


Novembre,JohnJohn Novembre

Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Computational approaches to study processes that shape human genetic diversity

Ober head shot_8-2014_1Carole Ober

Professor, Department of Human Genetics

Complex trait genetics; QTL mapping; asthma; fertility




2807Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade

Professor, Department of Medicine

Cancer genetics and epigenetic, molecular genetics of breast and ovarian cancer; genetics of cancer predisposition in diverse populations including BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, inflammation and cancer.


Popko_BrianBrian Popko

Professor, Department of Neurology

Mouse models in the study of neurological disorders.



price_trevor_1Trevor Price

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

Genetics of speciation, including molecular studies of gene flow, quantitative genetics of sexually selected traits, and comparative analyses using molecular phylogenies.

Vicky Prince1Victoria Prince

Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Molecular, cellular, and comparative study of vertebrate axial patterning using the zebrafish model.


rebay_10_06_1Ilaria Rebay

Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research

Transcriptional regulatory circuitries in development and disease; Receptor tyrosine kinase signal transduction.



reinitz_john192x246John Reinitz

Professor, Department of Statistics

My laboratory is engaged in a long term project to understand how DNA sequence specifies biological form. We are interested not only in the specification of typical form by a typical genome, but also in the effects of variability. Such variability might take the form of genetic variation in a population or intrinsic fluctuations in an individual. These problems touch on issues central to developmental and evolutionary biology, and efforts to solve them have previously led to the development of new branches of mathematics.

marsha_newMarsha Rosner

Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research

Growth factor receptor signaling leading to cell growth, cell differentiation, or cell death.


rothman-denes_luciaLucia Rothman-Denes

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

RNA polymerase structure and function; mechanisms of transcription regulation; host-viral interactions.


rust_bwMichael Rust

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Biophysical and biochemical study of the architecture and robustness of biological systems; cyanobacterial circadian clock.


RuthenburgAlexander Ruthenburg

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Chromatin biochemistry, biophysics, and chemical biology.

10517Andrey Rzhetsky

Professor, Department of Medicine

Analysis of complex molecular networks for understanding common phenotypes.


schmidt-ott_uUrs Schmidt-Ott

Associate Professor, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy

Developmental genetics and evolution of insects.



Jon-crop2Jonathan Staley

Professor, Department of Cell & Molecular Biology

Pre-mRNA splicing; non-coding RNA function, mechanism, and regulation.


13972Barbara Stranger

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Human population genomics, transcriptome variation, disease genetics, evolution


thorntonJoseph Thornton

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

Mechanisms and dynamics by which genes and the proteins they encode have evolved diverse functions


turkewitz_aaron_1Aaron Turkewitz

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Secretory granules; exocytosis and endocytosis; evolution of membrane traffic.


wu_c_200x193Chung-I Wu

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution

Speciation, genomics, evolutionary genetics, molecular population genetics, sexual selection.


ZhuangXiaoxi Zhuang

Professor, Department of Neurobiology

Mouse genetic approaches to study the role of neuromodulation in psychiatric and neurological disorders