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Research Faculty—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program Director/Department Chair: Patricia Kane, PhD

  • David Amberg, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of actin dynamics and analysis of genomic influences on actin function.

  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases

  • Xin Jie Chen, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mitochondrial biogenesis and inheritance, aging and aging-related degenerative diseases.

  • Michael Cosgrove, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of chromatin, Mixed Lineage Leukemia, structural biology, enzymology.

  • Thomas Duncan, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function.

  • Wenyi Feng, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Chromosomal DNA replication origins (location, timing and regulation), replication fork integrity and checkpoint regulation, genomic instability and chromosome fragility in both the yeast and human genome

  • Steven Hanes, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene expression in development and disease, RNA pol II regulation, homeobox genes, prolyl isomerases

  • Patricia Kane, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Vacuolar H+ATPases (structure, function, assembly and regulation), cellular pH homeostasis, cellular stress responses, protein sorting, genomics, yeast as a model system

  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins

  • Bruce Knutson, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    RNA polymerase I transcription (structure, assembly, regulation), nucleolar biology, macromolecular architecture, crosslinking, proteomics, bioinformatics, modeling, molecular genetics, biochemistry, model systems

  • Stewart Loh, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Protein engineering, design, and folding

  • Andras Perl, MD, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Genes and Viruses Predisposing to Autoimmunity, Genetics, Apoptosis, Endogenous Retroviruses, Transaldolase

  • Francesca Pignoni, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Neurogenesis; Retinal Progenitor Cells Specification and Proliferation; Genetic Control of Stem Cell Identity and Maintenance; Disease Genes Analysis in Drosophila

  • Mark Schmitt, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Ribonucleoprotein assembly and biogenesis; mitochondrial RNA import, mRNA degradation, cell cycle control

  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.

  • Stephan Wilkens, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Bound Transport Proteins

  • Michael Zuber, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    The molecular basis of retinal stem cell formation; regulating retinal stem/progenitor cell proliferation; using retinal stem/progenitor cells to heal the injured or degenerating retina.