Program Faculty Research Areas

Name/E-mail Research Area(s) Personal Web Site/Links

Adams, Paul

Biophysical characterization of proteins associated with signal transduction

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Al-Rubaye, Adnan, Associate Director

Management and genetic improvements to reduce bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis and lameness in broiler chickens.

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Alverson, Andrew

Diatom comparative genomics, molecular evolution, and phylogenetics

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Anthony, Nicholas

Poultry breeding and quantitative genetics

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Atungulu, Griffiths

Engineering effective strategies to maintain grain quality and prevent mycotoxin development

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Bacon, Robert

Wheat, oats and canola breeding and genetics; Molecular markers

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Balachandran, Kartik

Cardiovascular mechanobiology and structure-function relationships; Organ-on-chip development; Development of hybrid polymers for regenerative medicine

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Barabote, Ravi

Microbial genomics; Bioinformatics; Microbial production of Biofuels

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Baum, Jamie

Metabolic programming, mitochondrial function, energy metabolism, cell signaling, and gene expression, related to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Beitle, Bob

Bioseparation and fermentation

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Bluhm, Burton

Plant Pathology

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Bottje, Walter

Poultry physiology

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Burgos, Nilda

Weed and herbicide physiology, genetic diversity of weeds, herbicide-resistant plants

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Carbonero, Franck

Effect of the diet on the gut microbiome, and gut health and disease. Human and animal gut microbiota characterization.

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Cartwright, Rick

Molecular aspects of plant host interaction with pathogens interaction and how to integrate this information into rice disease management.

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Ceballos, R. Michael

Protein biochemistry in cellular and molecular virology of double-stranded DNA virus systems. Primary virus infection and reactivation in mammalian and fish diseases; biotechnology development of archaeal and algal dsDNA virus systems.

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Correll, Jim

Biology, genetics and molecular biology of fungal pathogens of vegetables and rice

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Donoghue, Annie

(USDA/ARS) Poultry Production and Product Safety Research Unit (research leader), physiology

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Donoghue, Dan

Poultry physiology and food safety

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Douglas, Michael

Genetic population structure of avian species

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Dowling, Ashley

Molecular systematics of Acari (mites) and other arthropods and its use in studying biogeography, evolution, and the evolution of parasitism; population genetics of pest mites focusing on origins, invasive pathways, and diagnostics.

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Dridi, Sami

Avian endocrinology and molecular genetics

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Du, Yuchun

Mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics; mammalian cell biology

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Durdik, Jeannine

Genetics of the immune system. NOTE: Dr. Durdik is unable to accept students at this time.

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Egan, Martin

Investigating the molecular strategies employed by plant pathogenic fungi to co-opt host cells and cause disease

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Erf, Gisela

Poultry immunology; autoimmunity

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Etges, William

Population genetics, pheromone chemistry, genetics of reproductive isolation

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Evans, Timothy

Genetics of neural development, evolution of axon guidance mechanisms, embryonic development in Drosophila and Tribolium.

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Fan, Chenguang

Protein biochemistry, microbiology, and synthetic biology in using genetic code expansion techniques to incorporate noncanonical amino acids into proteins for different studies

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Foley, Steven

FDA laboratory: bacterial pathogenesis, zoonoses, food safety, and molecular methods for pathogen characterization

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Fritsch, Ingrid

Lab-on-a-chip design and analysis of biological substances: microorganisms, allergens, DNA, proteins

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Gibson, Kristen

Molecular investigation of foodborne viruses; application of molecular methods to foodborne and waterborne virus ecology; control of microbial cross contamination from farm to fork

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Goforth, Robyn

Protein export systems in pro- and eukaryotes; posttranslational SRP targeting system in chloroplasts

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Goggin, Fiona L

Host plant resistance and plant insect interaction

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Greene, Nicholas

Skeletal muscle biology, mitochondrial biogenesis and quality control, exercise response and adaptation, dyslipidemia, obesity/diabetes, cell signaling, muscle protein synthesis.

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Greenlee, Lauren

Biomimetic and nanocatalyst design for antimicrobial, water treatment, biofuels conversion, and agricultural, applications.

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Hargis, Billy

Poultry veterinarian, poultry health lab director, poultry diseases

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Henry, Ralph

Protein targeting, chloroplast biogenesis, agrimedicine, protein transport, recombinant protein expression. NOTE: no longer accepting students.

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Hestekin, Christa

Separation of biomolecules (DNA and proteins) using microchannel electrophoresis for applications in medicinal and environmental applications.

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Hestekin, Jamie

Hollow fibers in artificial lung applications; hollow fibers for tissue engineering.

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Hettiarachchy, Navam

Nutraceuticals, phytochemicals, natural antioxidants, food safety; Biochemical mechanisms of biopeptides and diseases

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Heyes, Colin

Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies of Protein Conformational Dynamics

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Howard, Luke

Health-promoting properties of fruit and vegetable phytochemicals and nutriceuticals

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Huang, Yan

Skeletal muscle development, Nutrition and metabolism

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Ivey, Mack

Molecular microbiology and genetics

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Iyer, Shilpa

Energy Deficiency Disorders; Neuromuscular diseases;Mitochondrial Genetics and Bioenergetics; Telomere dysfunction and Genome Instability; Public Health Awareness and Wellness

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Jensen, Hanna

Neurological implications of cardiovascular disease and intervention; Ischemic tissue injury

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Jia, Yulin

Host resistance, host-pathogen interaction and co-evolution.

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Kim, Jae Kyeom

Prevention of chronic diseases using foods and bioactive compounds; Dietary modulation of metabolism of carcinogens; Toxicological aspects of foods.

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Kim, Jin Woo

Biocatalysis technology, nucleic acid technology, and micro/nano-biotechnology

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Kirkpatrick, Terrence

Biology, ecology and control of plant-parasitic nematodes in crop production systems

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Koeppe, Roger

Membrane biochemistry; ion channels for molecular signaling

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Kong, Byung-Whi

Molecular virology; functional genomics in host-virus interactions.

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Korth, Ken

Plant:insect interactions, plant gene expression, terpenoid metabolism

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Kral, Tim

Methanogenic metabolism, physiology and ecology life on Mars; exobiology; astrobiology; bioastronomy

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Kuenzel, Wayne

Poultry physiology; neurobiology

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Kumar, T.K. Suresh

Protein 3-D structure, dynamics, folding and interactions

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Kwon, Young Min

Genetic/genomic analysis of bacterial pathogens

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Lamm, Connie

Use of EEG and fMRI to discern differential patterns of neural activation underlying typical and atypical development relating to self-regulation strategies, and how they are impacted by factors, such as emotion, age, temperament, and beliefs.

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Lay, Jackson

Protein mass spectrometry, biomarkers

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Lee, Sun-Ok

Role of bioactive components in the prevention of CVD, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer; Bioavailability and bioefficacy of phytochemicals in pre-clinical and clinical trials

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Lehmann, Michael

Gene regulation, chromatin structure, steroid hormone action, apoptosis, Drosophila genetics and development

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Lessner, Daniel

Archeobacteria; Sulfur cluster proteins

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Lewis, Jeff

Functional and comparative genomics of microbial stress responses. Natural variation and the physiology of microbes in the wild. Yeast and bacterial genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

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Li, Jiali

Nanofabrication, nanoscale materials science, and single DNA and protein detection

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Li, Yanbin

Biosensors, food safety, biological security

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Mason, R. Esten

Wheat breeding, genetics and genomics

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McIntosh, Matt

Synthetic organic chemistry, natural product total synthesis, methods development

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McNabb, David

Regulation of gene expression, pathogenesis of Candida albicans

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Millett, Frank

Bioenergetics; electron transfer reactions

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Moradi, Mahmoud

Biomolecular simulations of protein conformational dynamics, computational investigation of structure-function relationships in proteins

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Muldoon, Timothy

Biomedical optics and imaging systems for diagnosis of disease

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Patitz, Matthew

Theoretical and computational models of nanoscale self-assembling systems

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Paul, David

Chemical sensors; electronics and transducer design; enzyme electrodes; acoustic wave devices for bioanaytical analysis, rapid diagnosis of food pathogens.

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Pereira, Andy

Rice functional genomics, disease resistance, drought tolerance

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Pinto, Ines

Chromatin, histones, yeast, chromosome segregation, mitosis

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Purcell, Larry

Soybean genetics, molecular mapping, and breeding

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Quinn, Kyle

Development of optical biomarkers to monitor wound healing for therapy; quantification of cell-matrix interactions during fibrosis; metabolic imaging in live cells and tissues

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Rajaram, Narasimhan

Development of functional molecular imaging techniques to determine tumor response to therapy; cell metabolism in tumor microenvironments of metastatic tumors.

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Rao, Raj

Cellular engineering methods to develop technologies for regenerative biomedical therapies.

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Rath, Narayan

Molecular Mechanisms of Metabolic Diseases in Poultry; Increasing Gastrointestinal Resistance to Disease

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Rhoads, Douglas, Director

Eukaryotic molecular genetics; developmental genetics, genomics, transgenics. Molecular genetics of medical diseases using the chicken as a model.

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Ricke, Steve

Food Safety, Salmonella pathogenesis, genetics, and physiology; Food fermentations; Gastrointestinal microbiology

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Rojas, Clemencia

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of plant innate immunity and bacterial virulence

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Roper, Keith

Photon-induced plasmons in nanoparticle-conjugated nucleotides for DNA assays, sensors, cancer therapy, and cell & gene engineering.

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Rorie, Rick

Reproductive Physiology; In vitro investigations of infertility in livestock through oocyte maturation, and embryo culture; Physiological processes in fescue toxicosis in cattle.

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Rosenkranz, Charles

Embryonic development, cloning, transgenics, gene regulation

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Rothrock, Craig

Soilborne plant pathogens: chemical, cultural and alternative strategies for control. Sustainable cropping systems for cotton and other field crops.

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Rupe, John

Genetic population structure of soybean pathogens and the molecular interactions of soybean and pathogens.

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Sakon, Joshua

Protein crystallography; structure of medically or industrially important proteins

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Savin, Mary

Microbial ecology in soil and water. Antibiotic resistance and broad host range plasmid dissemination from treated effluent. Nutrient cycling and microbial ecology in organic and sustainable agricultural production systems.

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Servoss, Shannon

Development of biomimetic, peptoid constructs for biomedical applications; peptoid-based affinity reagents and surface coatings for antibody microarrays.

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Shi, Ainong

Germplasm development and cultivar improvement for vegetable crops; Molecular breeding including QTL analysis, marker identification and marker-assisted selection; Predictive breeding in crops

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Shi, Wei

Chemical Biology; Chemical Proteomics; Medicinal Chemistry; Drug Design; Biological target identification of bio-active small molecules

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Spiegel, Fred

Protozoology; mycology

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Srivastava, Vibha

Development of molecular tools for precise integration of foreign genes in the plant genome and of strategies for generating environmentally safe transgenic plants

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Stenken, Julie

Bioanalytical chemistry; Bioengineering; Inflammatory responses to implants; In vivo chemical analysis of peptides and proteins

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Stephenson, Steve

Assemblages of myxomycetes associated with boreal forest, tundra and other ecosystems of high-latitude; the myxomycetes associated with Neotropical forests; the ecological distribution patterns of all three groups of mycetozoans

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Stites, Wesley

Chemical and physical understanding of protein structure, interactions and function. Oxidative post-translational modifications of proteins and impact on structure-function.

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Striegler, Susanne

Organic Chemistry: carbohydrates, glycosidases, catalysis, molecular recognition, micro- and nanogels

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Sun, Xiaolun

The complex interplay between bacterial pathogens, microbiome and host immune system in gastrointestinal tract.

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Szalanski, Allen

Insect population genetics, molecular systematics, molecular diagnostics

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Tian, Ryan

Nanostructure surface chemistry for biomedical application; sensor catalysis and nanoscale architecture

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Tipsmark, Christian

Fish physiology.

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Trudo, Sabrina

Diet and prevention of cancer and obesity. Gene-diet interactions; whole foods versus bioactive compounds; diet interventions in humans and rat models.

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Tzanetakis, Ioannis

New plant diseases, plant virus characterization and epidemiology, virus genes as disease determinants.

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Wang, Yong

Combining quantitative super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, single-molecule techniques and statistical physics to study the interfaces between physics, nanotechnology, and biology.

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Washington, Tyrone

Human skeletal muscle regeneration, cell signaling, gene expression, fatigue, atrophy

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Wilkins, Charles

Bacteria and tissue analysis by mass spectrometry

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Wolchok, Jeffrey

Development of regenerative biomaterials for biological implants with clinical relevancy. Remodeling of extracellular matrices for human primary and stem cells for tissue repair in muscle and vocal tissues.

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Worthington, Margaret

Molecular genetics and genomics for improving fruit breeding.

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Zhang, Qingyang

Computational and systems biology; Statistical modeling of biological regulatory processes; Analysis of large-scale cancer genomic data.

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Zhao, Jiangchao

Multi-omics analysis of the human and animal microbiome in health and disease, ecology and evolution of microbiome, biomarkers, big data.

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