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Our faculty pursue a wide range of research interests in virtually every subdiscipline of the biological sciences. For discussion purposes, this work can be loosely sorted into two categories: ecology, evolution, and systematics; and molecular and cellular biology. Learn about individual faculty members’ interests, projects, and publications through our faculty directory, which can by filtered by research specialty.

Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics

The research focus of faculty in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (EES) is primarily aquatic biology with research strengths and programmatic themes that link freshwater biodiversity, evolution and ecosystem studies. Faculty in this area conduct research in several fields:

  • ecosystem processes
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • physiology
  • systematics of plants, fishes, herpetofauna, invertebrates and microorganisms

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Faculty in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) group carry out research in the following areas:

  • Cellular and developmental biology: signal transduction, innate and acquired immunity, developmental genetics, evolution of developmental mechanisms.
  • Microbiology: bacterial physiology, bacterial gene structure and function, virology.
  • Animal physiology: behavioral endocrinology, comparative and integrative physiology.
  • Molecular genetics: regulation of gene expression, genetics of complex traits, functional genomics, molecular toxicology, computational biology.
  • Biochemistry: protein structure and function, bioremediation, metabolism.
  • Neurobiology: models of human disease, regulation of neural function.