Program Faculty Research Areas

Name/Personal Web Site/Links Research Area(s) Email

Adams, Paul

Biophysical characterization of proteins associated with signal transduction

Almodovar Montanez, Jorge

Design and construction of polymeric biomaterials for cell manufacturing and regenerative medicine in nerves and bone

Al-Rubaye, Adnan
Associate Director

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

Alverson, Andrew

Diatom comparative genomics, molecular evolution, and phylogenetics

Atungulu, Griffiths

Engineering effective strategies to maintain grain quality and prevent mycotoxin development

Bacon, Robert

Wheat, oats and canola breeding and genetics; Molecular markers

Bailey, Tameka

Investigating the molecular mechanism of triple negative breast cancer brain metastases.

Balachandran, Kartik

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

Baum, Jamie

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

Beitle, Bob

Bioseparation and fermentation

Beyzavi, Hassan

Biomimetic nanomaterials and catalysts for applications in biomedical imaging, PET for cancer and brain imaging; MRI contrast agents; cancer therapy, Photodynamic Therapy; energy sustainability and green industrial and chemical transformations.

Bluhm, Burton

Plant Pathology

Bottje, Walter

Poultry physiology

Burgos, Nilda

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

Cartwright, Rick

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

Catanzaro, Donald

Human and ecological health, statistics, internet technologies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and developing new methods to visualize complex issues. Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, comparing and contrasting rapid systems.

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.

Correll, Jim

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

Donoghue, Annie

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

Douglas, Michael

Genetic population structure of avian species

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.

Dridi, Sami

Avian endocrinology and molecular genetics

Du, Yuchun

Mass spectrometry based quantitative proteomics; mammalian cell biology

Durdik, Jeannine

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

Egan, Martin

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

Erf, Gisela

Poultry immunology; autoimmunity

Etges, William

Population genetics, pheromone chemistry, genetics of reproductive isolation

Evans, Timothy

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

Evans-White, Michelle

Constraints and consequences of the mass balance of multiple chemical and biochemical elements on aquatic microbial and animal community structure and ecosystem function.  Aquatic bioassessment and global change biology.

Fan, Chenguang

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

Foley, Steven

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

Fritsch, Ingrid

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

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

Goforth, Robyn

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

Goggin, Fiona L

Host plant resistance and plant insect interaction

Greene, Nicholas

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

Greenlee, Lauren

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

Hargis, Billy

Poultry veterinarian, poultry health lab director, poultry diseases

Henry, Ralph

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

Hestekin, Christa

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

Hestekin, Jamie

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

Hettiarachchy, Navam

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

Heyes, Colin

Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies of Protein Conformational Dynamics

Howard, Luke

Health-promoting properties of fruit and vegetable phytochemicals and nutriceuticals

Huang, Yan

Skeletal muscle development, Nutrition and metabolism

Ivey, Mack

Molecular microbiology and genetics

Iyer, Shilpa

Mitochondrial Diseases; Induced pluripotent stem cells;Bioenergetics; Cell cycle regulation; Public Outreach for mitochondrial disorders

Jensen, Hanna

Neurological implications of cardiovascular disease and intervention; Ischemic tissue injury

Jia, Yulin

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

Kim, Jae Kyeom

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

Kim, Jin Woo

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

Kirkpatrick, Terrence

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

Koeppe, Roger

Membrane biochemistry; ion channels for molecular signaling

Kong, Byung-Whi

Molecular virology; functional genomics in host-virus interactions.

Korth, Ken

Plant:insect interactions, plant gene expression, terpenoid metabolism

Kral, Tim

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

Kuenzel, Wayne

Poultry physiology; neurobiology

Kumar, T.K. Suresh

Protein 3-D structure, dynamics, folding and interactions

Kwon, Young Min

Genetic/genomic analysis of bacterial pathogens

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.

Lay, Jackson

Protein mass spectrometry, biomarkers

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

Lehmann, Michael

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

Lessner, Daniel

Archeobacteria; Sulfur cluster proteins

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.

Li, Jiali

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

Li, Yanbin

Biosensors, food safety, biological security

Mason, R. Esten

Wheat breeding, genetics and genomics

McIntosh, Matt

Synthetic organic chemistry, natural product total synthesis, methods development

McNabb, David

Regulation of gene expression, pathogenesis of Candida albicans

Millett, Frank

Bioenergetics; electron transfer reactions

Moradi, Mahmoud

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

Muldoon, Timothy

Biomedical optics and imaging systems for diagnosis of disease

Nakanishi, Nagayasu

Early animal evolution, using marine invertebrate models (sea anemones and jellyfish, in particular) to determine key molecular, cellular and developmental factors underpinning the origin and early evolution of sensory and nervous systems

Nelson, Christopher

Adapting CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technologies for precision medicine for genetic disease and regenerative medicine.

Patitz, Matthew

Theoretical and computational models of nanoscale self-assembling systems

Paul, David

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

Pereira, Andy

Rice functional genomics, disease resistance, drought tolerance

Pinto, Ines

Chromatin, histones, yeast, chromosome segregation, mitosis

Purcell, Larry

Soybean genetics, molecular mapping, and breeding

Qian, Xianghong

Complementary experimental and modeling tools to facilitate membrane-based separation for purification of monoclonal antibodies, gene therapy products, and virus clearance in the biopharmaceutical area.

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

Rajaram, Narasimhan

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

Rao, Raj

Cellular engineering methods to develop technologies for regenerative biomedical therapies.

Rath, Narayan

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

Rhoads, Douglas, Director

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

Ricke, Steve

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

Rojas, Alejandro

Ecology and evolution of soilborne fungi and oomycetes, plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in agriculture. Structure and function of the plant microbiota.

Rojas, Clemencia

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of plant innate immunity and bacterial virulence

Rosenkranz, Charles

Embryonic development, cloning, transgenics, gene regulation

Rupe, John

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

Sakon, Joshua

Protein crystallography; structure of medically or industrially important proteins

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.

Servoss, Shannon

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

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

Spiegel, Fred

Protozoology; mycology

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

Stenken, Julie

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

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

Stites, Wesley

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

Striegler, Susanne

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

Sun, Xiaolun

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

Szalanski, Allen

Insect population genetics, molecular systematics, molecular diagnostics

Tian, Ryan

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

Tipsmark, Christian

Fish physiology.

Trudo, Sabrina

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

Tzanetakis, Ioannis

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

Wang, Yong

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

Washington, Tyrone

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

Westerman, Erica

Behavioral genetics/genomics, developmental plasticity, and the neural mechanisms underlying sensory integration in butterflies.

Wilkins, Charles

Bacteria and tissue analysis by mass spectrometry

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.

Worthington, Margaret

Molecular genetics and genomics for improving fruit breeding.

Zhang, Qingyang

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

Zhao, Jiangchao

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