Faculty

Name Research Interests
R. Craig Albertson

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Dominique R. Alfandari

Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts

Cell migration in Developmental systems

Kathleen F. Arcaro

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Environmental Toxicology

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

Evolutionary Genomics

Cynthia L. Baldwin

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Cellular Immunity: Intracellular Microbes and gamma delta T cells

Michael J. Barresi

Professor, Smith College

How Glial Cells Help Wire the Nervous System

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Tobias Baskin

Professor, Biology

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

The role of the actin cytoskeleton in the morphogenesis and development of plant cells

Eric L. Bittman

Professor, Department of Biology

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Samuel J. Black

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Basis of Innate Immunity Against Parasitic Protozoa

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Microbial cellular and community networks; influence of environmental change on the evolution of molecular processes; systems biology; bioinformatics

John P. Burand

Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Biology of Insect Viruses, and Insect Pathology

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and divergence in wild, weedy and crop plant species

Min Chen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Application of Proteins in Biotechnology; Functional Mechanism of Membrane Protein Pores, Channels and Transporters

Alice Cheung

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular and cell biology of male-female interaction and polarized cell growth in plant reproduction

Peter Chien

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Regulated Protein Degradation in Bacterial Cell-Cycle Progression

John M. Clark

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Action of Pesticides and Cellular Basis for Resistance

Elizabeth A. Connor

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

To determine the contribution of glial Schwann cells and extracellular matrix molecules to nerve terminal stability at the frog neuromuscular junction.

Hélène Cousin

Research Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts

Cranial Neural Crest Migration during Embryonic Development

Kristen DeAngelis

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology

Community ecology and physiology of soil microbes, climate change, plant-soil interactions

Edward P. Debold

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts

Muscle Myosin in Cardiovascular Disease and Muscular Fatigue

Gerald B. Downes

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Michelle Farkas

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Development and Application of Chemical Biology Methods for the Study of Cancer Progression and Metastasis

Rafael A. Fissore

Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Ca2+ Release Mechanisms in Mammalian Oocytes during Maturation and Fertilization

Molly Fitzgerald–Hayes

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Chromosome Segregation and Centromere Function, Cell Cycle Control and Checkpoint Signaling

Neil St. John Forbes

Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Engineering Tumor-Targeting Therapies

Scott C. Garman

Associate Professor of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Structural biology of glycoproteins in human disease

Anne Gershenson

Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Protein Folding and Function, Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy

Lila M. Gierasch

Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Protein folding in the cell and molecular chaperone functions

Lori Goldner

Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

Single Molecule Biophysics

Kevin L. Griffith

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Regulation of Biological Networks by Cell-Cell Signaling

David J. Gross

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Cell Surface Receptor Signaling

Jeanne A. Hardy

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Design of allosteric pathways in caspases and phosphatases; x-ray crystallography

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology (sabbatical, Spr 16)

Regulatory Networks and Natural Variation in Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis and Growth

Daniel N. Hebert

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Protein Folding, Quality Control and Degradation of Membrane Glycoproteins

Alejandro P. Heuck

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Bacterial Pathogenesis

James F. Holden

Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Physiology and ecology of hyperthermophilic archaea; Geomicrobiology of geothermal environments

Matthew A. Holden

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Cell membrane mimics; Membrane transport studies; Functional bionetworks

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Molecular and cellular mechanisms of vertebrate retinal development and retinal disease.

D. Joseph Jerry

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Tumor Suppressor Genes and the Cellular Basis for Susceptibility to Breast Cancer

Igor A. Kaltashov

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Architecture and Dynamics of Transport Proteins

Rolf O. Karlstrom

Professor, Department of Biology

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Maria Kilfoil

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

Cell Mechanics and Cell Biophysics

Young–Cheul Kim

Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts

Impact of Nutrients and Dietary Bioactive Components on Chronic Diseases

Michele M. Klingbeil

Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Parasitology, the replication and repair of mitochondrial DNA (kinetoplast DNA network) in African trypanosomes

Jungwoo Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Translational Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Wei–Lih Lee

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Mechanism of Dynein-Mediated Nuclear Migration and Spindle Positioning

Susan B. Leschine

Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Microbial Biology: Anaerobic Decomposition of Insoluble Natural Polymers; Fuels from Biomass

Genglin Li

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Biophysical properties of ion channels, synaptic transmission in sensory systems, sensory information encoding and decoding.

Zhenhua Liu

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

John M. Lopes

Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Regulation of Gene Expression in Yeast

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation

Jesse Mager

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Developmental Biology: Cell-Cell Signaling

Thomas J. Maresca

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Ensuring Genomic Integrity through Cell Division

Michele Markstein

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Regulation of gene expression, Genome architecture, Epigenetics of intestinal and neural stem cells. 

 

Michael J. Maroney

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Metallobiochemistry

Craig T. Martin

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Transcription; Protein-DNA Interactions

Lynne A. McLandsborough

Associate Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

Involvement of Bacterial Surface Molecules in Attachment to Food and Food Processing Surfaces

Mark S. Miller

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Aging, Exercise, Skeletal Muscle, Muscle Mechanics, Sex Differences

Lisa M. Minter

Associate Professor of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Notch signaling in autoimmune diseases

Yasu S. Morita

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Mycobacterial Pathogenesis: Glycobiology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology

Murugappan Muthukumar

Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Statistical Mechanics of Polymers

Jennifer Normanly

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Regulation of signaling metabolites and cellulosic biofuel feedstock development

Barbara A. Osborne

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Immunoglobulin Gene Diversification; Induction of Apoptosis in Lymphocytes

Om Parkash

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Plant genetic engineering and biotechnology, phytoremediation of soil contaminants

V. Adrian Parsegian

Professor, Gluckstern Chair, Physics Department, University of Massachusetts

Sandra Petersen

Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the brain signal for ovulation.

Shelly Peyton

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Biomaterial Platforms to Investigate and Apply Fundamental Principles of Cell Migration

Randall W. Phillis

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Genetics of Neural Develoment in Drosophila

Leonid A. Pobezinsky

Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Non-coding RNAs in the immune system

Dominic L. Poccia

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Activation of Sperm Nuclei at Fertilization

David I. Ratner

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

Regulation of Gene Expression in Dictyostelium

Peter H. Reinhart

Director, Institute of Applied Life Sciences & Clinical Professor

Luke Remage–Healey

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neural basis of behavior

Margaret (Peg) Riley

Professor of Biology

Microbial molecular evolution and ecology

Jennifer L. Ross

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

Biological Physics of Microtubules

Vincent M. Rotello

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Synthetic Models of Biomolecular Activity

Ana M. Salicioni

Research Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Mechanisms Responsible for Sperm Function. Role of Testis-Specific Kinases in Male Fertility and as Targets for Contraception

Steven J. Sandler

Professor and Department Head of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

The Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Replication and Homologous Recombination

Maria M. Santore

Professor of Polymer Science & Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Interfacial Polymer Physics, Dynamics, and Colloidal Phenomena

Nathan Schnarr

Lecturer of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Polyketide Synthase Engingeering

Alan L. Schneyer

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts

New Regulators of Glucose Homeostasis and Insulin Sensitivity

Larry M. Schwartz

Professor, Department of Biology

Molecular mechanisms that mediate programmed cell death

Stylianos P. Scordilis

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Stress and Contractile Proteins

David A. Sela

Assistant Professor, Food Science

Host-microbe coevolution, microbial genomics & ecology, host dietary influences on microbiota form and function

M. Sloan Siegrist

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

Adaptation of Intracellular Pathogens to the Host Environment

Sallie W. Smith–Schneider

Scientist, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Signaling During Mammary Gland Development and Carcinogenesis

James V. Staros

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Protein structure and function; biochemical and biophysical aspects of signal transduction

Meg Stratton

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department

Molecular level understanding of proteins that are involved in long-term memory formation

Alexander Suvorov

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Janice C. Telfer

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

The Role of RUNX Family Transcription Factors in Immune System Development

Gregory N. Tew

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Supramolecular Polymer Science

Sankaran (Thai) Thayumanavan

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Biomimetic Organic Molecules and Polymers

Lynmarie K. Thompson

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Director, Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program

Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Proteins

Alicia R. Timme–Laragy

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Developmental toxicology of environmental contaminants, transcription-factor-mediated antioxidant defenses, pancreatic B-cell development

Kimberly D. Tremblay

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts

Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

Ludmila Tyler

Lecturer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Using the model grass Brachypodium distachyon to understand development and bioenergy traits. 

Richard Vachet

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Bioanalytical Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Protein Folding, Metal-Protein Interactions, Gas-Phase Chemistry, Nanomaterials

Elena Vazey

Assistant Professor, Departement of Biology

Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration

Elizabeth Vierling

Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular chaperone function in the cytosol and organelles, plant stress response

Pablo E. Visconti

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Signal Transduction Pathways During Sperm Capacitation

Patricia Wadsworth

Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Living Cells

Elsbeth Walker

Gilgut Professor, Biology (sabbatical 2015-16)

Molecular genetic approaches to studying mechanisms of metal ion homeostasis in plants

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of symbiosis between plant hosts and beneficial microbes

Christine A. White–Ziegler

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Environmental Regulation of Gene Expression in Escherichia coli

Steven A. Williams

Gates Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Molecular Biology of Human Parasitic Diseases/Genome Projects

Patrick L. Williamson

Professor of Biological Sciences, Amherst College

Lipid Asymmetry in the Plasma Membrane

Sarah Witkowski

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Deleterious changes in Myocardial and Vascular Tissue

Hen–ming Wu

Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

Molecular Biology of Plant Development

Hang Xiao

Associate Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

Cancer Preventive Dietary Components, Diet-based Strategy for Cancer Prevention

Nagendra Yadava

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Understand how mitochondrial dysfunction leads to neurodegeneration and other age-associated diseases such as diabetes and cancer, and the molecular, biochemical and physiological causes of mitochondrial dysfunction.

Guodong Zhang

Assistant Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

Angiogenesis, Inflammation and Tumorigenesis

R. Thomas Zoeller

Professor, Department of Biology

Environmental endocrine disrupters