Research Areas

Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Ecology and Urban Sustainability, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

 

Department Divisions

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

All Faculty

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

Email: bb2749@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.

 

Karen A. Beningo, Associate Professor

Email: beningo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Cell mechanics

Specialty: Our laboratory studies how mechanical forces impact cellular processes, including adhesion, cell migration, and cancer invasion. We utilize a combination of standard molecular, biophysical and microscopic tools to measure these changes and to identify the mechanisms behind their regulation.

 

Thomas Dowling, Professor

Email: Thomas.dowling@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Dowling lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.

 

Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

Email: cfan@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Sciences

Specialty: Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

Email:  haidong.gu@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.

 

Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

Email: haow@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Specialty: We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

 

 

Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

Email: glenrayhood@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.

 

Dan Kashian, Professor

Email: dkash@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology

Specialty: Ecology of forest ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems.

 

Donna Kashian, Professor

Email: dkashian@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Urban Sustainability

Specialty: My lab focuses on the effects of disturbance, including invasive species, climate change and contaminants, on aquatic communities and freshwater ecosystems. Our work examines interactions among organisms, the environment and humans, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations to address complex environmental issues.

 

Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

Email: jkenney9@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Gene Expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

David Njus, Professor

Email: dnjus@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

Email: ag1665@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Insect development.

 

Marianna Sadagurski, Assistant Professor

Email:  sadagurski@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: Central regulation of obesity and metabolism

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

Email: csteiner@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution

Specialty: My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

 

Mark VanBerkum, Professor

Email: mvb@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

 

 

 

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Cell Biology 

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Karen A. Beningo, Associate Professor

Email: beningo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Cell mechanics

Specialty: Our laboratory studies how mechanical forces impact cellular processes, including adhesion, cell migration, and cancer invasion. We utilize a combination of standard molecular, biophysical and microscopic tools to measure these changes and to identify the mechanisms behind their regulation.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

Email:  haidong.gu@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and gene expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

David Njus, Professor

Email: dnjus@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

Mark VanBerkum, Professor

Email: mvb@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

 

 

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Chemical Biology and Biochemistry

 

Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

Email: bb2749@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

David Njus, Professor

Email: dnjus@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

 

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Development

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Gene Expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

Email: ag1665@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Insect development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

Mark VanBerkum, Professor

Email: mvb@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

 

 

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Ecology and Urban Sustainability

 

Thomas Dowling, Professor

Email: Thomas.dowling@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Dowling lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.

 

 

 

Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

Email: glenrayhood@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.

 

Dan Kashian, Professor

Email: dkash@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology

Specialty: Ecology of forest ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems.

 

Donna Kashian, Professor

Email: dkashian@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Urban Sustainability

Specialty: My lab focuses on the effects of disturbance, including invasive species, climate change and contaminants, on aquatic communities and freshwater ecosystems. Our work examines interactions among organisms, the environment and humans, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations to address complex environmental issues.

 

Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

Email: csteiner@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution

Specialty: My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

 

 

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Evolution

 

Thomas Dowling, Professor

Email: Thomas.dowling@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Dowling lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.

 

Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

Email: cfan@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Sciences

Specialty: Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

Email: haow@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Specialty: We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.

 

 

 

Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

Email: glenrayhood@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.

 

Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

Email: csteiner@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution

Specialty: My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

 

 

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Genetics and Genomics

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

Email: bb2749@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.

 

Thomas Dowling, Professor

Email: Thomas.dowling@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Dowling lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.

 

Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

Email: cfan@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Sciences

Specialty: Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

Email: haow@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Specialty: We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.

 

Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

Email: glenrayhood@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Gene Expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

Email: ag1665@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Insect development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

 

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Microbiology

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

Email:  haidong.gu@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.

 

Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

Email: haow@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Specialty: We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

 

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Molecular Biology

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

Email: bb2749@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.

 

Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

Email: cfan@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Sciences

Specialty: Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

Email:  haidong.gu@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

Email: jkenney9@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Gene Expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

Email: ag1665@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Insect development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

 

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Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

Email: jkenney9@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.

 

David Njus, Professor

Email: dnjus@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.

 

Marianna Sadagurski, Assistant Professor

Email:  sadagurski@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: Central regulation of obesity and metabolism

 

Mark VanBerkum, Professor

Email: mvb@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

 

 

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Cellular, Developmental, and Neurobiology

 

Joy Alcedo, Associate Professor

Email: joy.alcedo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Alcedo lab focuses on how sensory information modulates animal physiology through neuropeptide signaling. By exploiting the genetic and molecular toolbox in C. elegans and its well-characterized neuronal connectivity, we are delineating how a network of insulin-like peptides mediate the sensory influence on development and optimize survival under different environments.

 

Karen A. Beningo, Associate Professor

Email: beningo@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Cell mechanics

Specialty: Our laboratory studies how mechanical forces impact cellular processes, including adhesion, cell migration, and cancer invasion. We utilize a combination of standard molecular, biophysical and microscopic tools to measure these changes and to identify the mechanisms behind their regulation.

 

Justin Kenney, Assistant Professor

Email: jkenney9@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: The Kenney lab is interested in understanding the molecular basis of behavior and whole-brain network function. We aim to elucidate fundamental aspects of vertebrate brain function by combining behavioral analysis, tissue clearing, and light-sheet imaging with pharmacological and molecular genetic manipulations of adult zebrafish.

 

David Njus, Professor

Email: dnjus@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: We are studying the molecular basis of dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease, focusing on the role of toxins produced from dopamine by hypochlorite. Related research investigates oxidative stress caused by non-enzymatic redox reactions.

 

Marianna Sadagurski, Assistant Professor

Email:  sadagurski@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Developmental and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: Central regulation of obesity and metabolism

 

Mark VanBerkum, Professor

Email: mvb@wayne.edu

Division: Cellular, Development and Neurobiology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology

Specialty: After birth, neurons must extend axons to form the connections underlying brain function. Using the molecular genetic toolbox of Drosophila, we seek to understand how external cues are converted into intracellular signals governing axon outgrowth and steering during the development of the embryonic nervous system.

 

 

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Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

 

Athar Ansari, Associate Professor

Email: bb2749@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The focus of research in my lab is regulation of eukaryotic transcription and co-transcriptional RNA processing by gene architecture.

 

Miriam L. Greenberg, Professor

Email: mgreenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: My laboratory utilizes the powerful genetic, molecular, and cell biological tools of the yeast system and mammalian cell cultures to elucidate the cellular functions of two essential lipid pathways. One project is to understand the mitochondrial and cellular functions of cardiolipin (CL), the signature lipid of the mitochondrial membrane, which is essential for cardiac function. The second project seeks to elucidate the essential functions of inositol phospholipids and metabolites and the cellular consequences of inositol depleting drugs.

 

Haidong Gu, Associate Professor

Email:  haidong.gu@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Gu lab focuses on understanding the molecular basis of virus-host interaction and its implication in both viral pathogenesis and therapeutic development.

 

Penelope I. Higgs, Assistant Professor

Email: pihiggs@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Higgs group uses the bacteria Myxococcus xanthus as model organisms to investigate multicellular behavior (biofilm formation) and development in bacteria. We focus on signaling mechanisms, cell fate segregation, and the molecular mechanisms of spore differentiation.

 

P.C. Lee, Assistant Professor (Starting Fall 2019)

Email: coming soon

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The laboratory is interested in infection strategies used by bacterial pathogens to cause diseases. We focus on studying the function of the effector kinases encoded by the emerging pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, and how these bacterial kinases hijack host pathways in immune cells to promote infection.

 

Victoria Meller, Professor and Chair

Email: vmeller@biology.biosci.wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Epigenetics and Gene Expression

Specialty: Male fruit flies increase expression from their X chromosome. We discovered that long and short non-coding RNAs act cooperatively to identify X chromatin for modulation. Our work dissects the mechanism of X recognition.

 

Lori Pile, Associate Professor

Email: loripile@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Members of the Pile laboratory study regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and epigenetics that control cellular decisions necessary for cell proliferation and development.

 

Jared Schrader, Assistant Professor

Email: schrader@wayne.edu

Division: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Areas: Cell Biology, Chemical Biology and Biochemistry, Development, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Specialty: The Schrader lab is focused on understanding RNA based genomic regulatory mechanisms in bacteria.  Using a systems biology approach we combine genome-wide measurements, biochemistry, and genetics to reveal the genomic regulatory programs that control bacterial development.

 

 

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Thomas Dowling, Professor

Email: Thomas.dowling@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Dowling lab interested in processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity in freshwater fishes. This information is often applied to conservation and management of threatened and endangered species.

 

Chuanzhu Fan, Associate Professor

Email: cfan@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Plant Sciences

Specialty: Using plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice) as model system, my lab Integrates theoretical, computational, and high-throughput experimental approaches to determine and predict how the genome/epigenome gives rise to the phenotype.

 

Markus Friedrich, Professor

Email: ag7274@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology and Animal Physiology, Cave Biology, Visual Behavior

Specialty: My lab studies the developmental and molecular evolution of the insect visual system using the cosmopolitan pest beetle species Tribolium castaneum and the highly endemic cave beetle species Ptomaphagus hirtus as models.

 

Edward M. Golenberg, Professor

Email: golenberg@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences

Specialty: The Golenberg lab is interested in understanding the genetic regulatory pathways that lead to morphological evolution in plants, and the effects of that evolution on genome structure. We are also interested in applying our knowledge to address agricultural and environmental issues.

 

Weilong Hao, Associate Professor

Email: haow@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Evolution, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology, Bioinformatics

Specialty: We use genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis to study mutations and genome variations.

 

Glen Hood, Assistant Research Professor

Email: glenrayhood@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and Genomics

Specialty: The Hood lab is broadly interested in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on (1) the evolution and maintenance of new species (i.e., speciation), (2) the role of genomic architecture during the speciation process, and (3) the influence of multi-trophic interactions during species diversification. To address these questions, we combine population genetics/genomics studies with manipulative field and laboratory based experiments and observations of behavior, physiology, and natural history.

 

Dan Kashian, Professor

Email: dkash@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology

Specialty: Ecology of forest ecosystems and the influence of disturbances in shaping the distribution and spatial heterogeneity of plant communities and ecosystems.

 

Donna Kashian, Professor

Email: dkashian@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Urban Sustainability

Specialty: My lab focuses on the effects of disturbance, including invasive species, climate change and contaminants, on aquatic communities and freshwater ecosystems. Our work examines interactions among organisms, the environment and humans, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations to address complex environmental issues.

 

Aleksandar Popadić, Professor

Email: ag1665@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Development, Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Biology

Specialty: Insect development.

 

Christopher Steiner, Associate Professor

Email: csteiner@wayne.edu

Division: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Areas: Ecology, Evolution

Specialty: My lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that influence the structure and stability of planktonic populations and communities.

 

 

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