Directory

Name Contact Information Research Interests
Benjamin Adams

PhD Student

Siddheshwari Advani

PhD Student

Esengul Akkus

PhD Student

Korin Albert

PhD Student

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

336 Morrill II South

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Dominique R. Alfandari

Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Massachusetts

661 North pleasant street, ISB 427B

Cell migration in Developmental systems

Constance Angelou

PhD Student

Efecan Aral

PhD Student

Kathleen F. Arcaro

Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Massachusetts

Life Sciences Laboratories Office N225 Lab N240

Environmental Toxicology

Margaux Audett

PhD Student

Dilay Hazal Ayhan

PhD Student

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty, Department of Biology

362 Morrill IV South

Evolutionary Genomics

Saikeshavan Balchand

PhD Student

Cynthia L. Baldwin

Professor of Virologoy & Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

427E ISB

Cellular Immunity: Intracellular Microbes and gamma delta T cells

Keith Ballard

PhD Student

Michael J.F. Barresi

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Developmental Neurobiology, Assistant Neuron and Glial Cell Interactions; Astroglial Cell Development in the CNS

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant Professor, Biology

374B Morrill IV South

Evolution of plant development; Molecular evolution

Tobias Baskin

Professor, Biology

375F Morrill IV South

Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Christine Battle

PhD Student

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

375D Morrill IV South

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

Heather Bisbee

PhD Student

Eric L. Bittman

Professor, Department of Biology

420G Morrill III South

Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Katharine R. Bittner

PhD Student

Amye Black

PhD Student

Samuel J. Black

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427G ISB

Molecular Basis of Innate Immunity Against Parasitic Protozoa

Jeffrey L. Blanchard

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

LSL N571

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

Mariana Brena

MS Student

John P. Burand

Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

202A Fernald Hall

Molecular Biology of Insect Viruses, and Insect Pathology

Cameron Butova

PhD Student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Room N425, Life Sciences Laboratories

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

Douglas Alexander Calenda

MS Student

Mine Canakci

PhD Student

Nathan Canniff

PhD Student

Hunter Carpenter

PhD Student

Jianhan Chen

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

S585B Life Science Laboratories

Computational Biochemistry & Biophysics

Min Chen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

865 LGRT B

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

Alice Cheung

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LGRT 1226

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

LSL N325

Regulated Protein Degradation in Bacterial Cell-Cycle Progression

Christina Chisholm

PhD Student

John M. Clark

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Morrill I N311A

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

427N ISB

Cranial Neural Crest Migration during Embryonic Development

Sarah Czerwonka

Office Manager

204B French Hall

Payal Damani–Yokota
Edward P. Debold

Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts

158 Totman Building

Muscle Myosin in Cardiovascular Disease and Muscular Fatigue

Derrick Deming

PhD Student

Gerald B. Downes

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

427C Morrill 2

Development and function of spinal cord networks

Noelle Dziedzic

PhD Student

Monifa Fahie

PhD Student

Michelle Farkas

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

745C LGRT B

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

427A ISB

Ca2+ Release Mechanisms in Mammalian Oocytes during Maturation and Fertilization

Neil St. John Forbes

Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

N525 Life Sciences Laboratories

Engineering Tumor-Targeting Therapies

Lillian Fritz–Laylin

Assistant Professor of Biology

Morrill II South

Quantitative Evolutionary Cell Biology

Alam Garcia Heredia

PhD Student

Scott C. Garman

Associate Professor of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

LGRT 1230

Structural biology of glycoproteins in human disease

Yingying Geng

PhD Student

Anne Gershenson

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

LSL N333

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

LSL N331

Protein folding in the cell and molecular chaperone functions

Lori Goldner

Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

Has-407A

Single Molecule Biophysics

Jill Graham

PhD Student

Kevin L. Griffith

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

314 Morrill Science Center IVN

Regulation of Biological Networks by Cell-Cell Signaling

David J. Gross

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

LGRT 1021G

Cell Surface Receptor Signaling

Alisha Gupta

Exchange Student

Cheyenne Laural Hakes

PhD Student

Jeanne A. Hardy

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

745A LGRT B

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

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology

LSL N427 

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

Daniel N. Hebert

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

LSL N327

Protein Folding, Quality Control and Degradation of Membrane Glycoproteins

Elizabeth Henchey

PhD Student

Alejandro P. Heuck

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

LGRT 1228

Bacterial Pathogenesis

Patrick Hill

PhD Student

Matthew A. Holden

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

745D LGRT B

Cell membrane mimics; Membrane transport studies; Functional bionetworks

Heidi Hu

PhD Student

Di Huang

PhD Student

Fuu-Jiun Hwang

PhD Student

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

414A Morrill III South

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

Taewon Jeon

PhD Student

D. Joseph Jerry

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427P ISB

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

Juan M Jiménez

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Office: 111 Engineering Lab I

Fluid flow characteristics and fluid flow-dependent biomolecular pathways relevant to diseases and processes in the body.

Igor A. Kaltashov

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

N369 Life Sciences Laboratory

Architecture and Dynamics of Transport Proteins

Rolf O. Karlstrom

Professor, Department of Biology

330 Morrill 2

Developmental neurobiology; axon guidance and forebrain patterning

Laura A. Katz

Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

201 Burton Hall, Smith College

Genome evolution and biodiversity studies of microbial eukaryotes

Paul S. Katz

Professor, Department of Biology

Neuroethology, central pattern generators, single neuron RNA-seq, developmental neuroscience, evolution of neural circuits, molluscan systems

 

Muhammad Khan

PhD Student

Maria Kilfoil

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

HAS 405A

Cell Mechanics and Cell Biophysics

Hyuna Kim

PhD Student

Young–Cheul Kim

Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts

206B Chenoweth

Impact of Nutrients and Dietary Bioactive Components on Chronic Diseases

Anastasiia Klimova

PhD Student

Michele M. Klingbeil

Associate Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

N227 Life Science Lab

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

Mike Knapp

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

512 LGRT Tower A

Biological and Inorganic Chemistry; Enzyme structure and mechanisms, Hypoxia sensing, Metalloenzymes, Redesign of the second coordination sphere

Nathan J Kuhlmann

PhD Student

Ashish Kulkarni

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

N565 Life Sciences Laboratories

Immunoengineering
Nano-immunotheraputics
Immunotheranostics
Bio-inspired Materials
Drug Delivery

Lydia Lamriben

PhD Student

Jungwoo Lee

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

N267 Life Sciences Laboratories

Translational Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Wei–Lih Lee

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

454A Morrill IV South

Mechanism of Dynein-Mediated Nuclear Migration and Spindle Positioning

Susan B. Leschine

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

Life Sciences Laboratories N567

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.

Jing Liu

PhD Student

Zhenhua Liu

Assistant Professor of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts

209 Chenoweth

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention

John M. Lopes

Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

207 Morrill Science Center IVN

Regulation of Gene Expression in Yeast

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N433

Fungal comparative genomics, eukaryotic genome evolution and organism adaptation

Kirk MacKinnon

MS Student

Sibongile Mafu

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

LSL N431

Biological chemistry of plant natural products

Jesse Mager

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427M ISB

Developmental Biology: Cell-Cell Signaling

Samar A Mahmoud

PhD Student

Ira Male

PhD Student

Jacob Maman

PhD Student

Barbara Mann

PhD Student

Chelsea Marcho

PhD Student

Tyler Marcinko

PhD Student

Thomas J. Maresca

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

436 Morrill IV South

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

N373 Life Sciences Laboratory

Metallobiochemistry

Craig T. Martin

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

862 LGRT B

Transcription; Protein-DNA Interactions

Javier Mas

PhD Student

Ketan Mathavan

PhD Student

Lynne A. McLandsborough

Associate Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

248 Chenoweth Laboratory

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

Aujan Mehregan

MS Student

Matthew Metcalf

PhD Student

Mark S. Miller

Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

106 Totman Building,

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

Lisa M. Minter

Associate Professor of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427K ISB

Notch signaling in autoimmune diseases

Sarah Moore

Assistant Professor of Engineering, Smith College

Stephanie Morin

PhD Student

Yasu S. Morita

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

N233 Life Science Lab

Mycobacterial Pathogenesis: Glycobiology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology

Carrie Morrison Penland

MCB Program Coordinator

201 French Hall

Mandy Muller

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

207 Morrill Science Center IVN

Using viruses as a tool to understand cell biology

Edwin Murenzi

PhD Student

Murugappan Muthukumar

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

A212 Conte Research Center

Statistical Mechanics of Polymers

Stacey Nash

PhD Student

Jennifer Normanly

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N563

Regulation of signaling metabolites and cellulosic biofuel feedstock development

Safia Omer

PhD Student

Barbara A. Osborne

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427F ISB

Immunoglobulin Gene Diversification; Induction of Apoptosis in Lymphocytes

Emrah Ozay

PhD Student

Can Ozden

PhD Student

Onur Oztas

PhD Student

Amrita Palaria

PhD Student

Om Parkash

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

318 Paige Laboratory

Plant genetic engineering and biotechnology, phytoremediation of soil contaminants

V. Adrian Parsegian

Professor, Gluckstern Chair, Physics Department, University of Massachusetts

Has-301

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

N531 LSL

Biomaterial Platforms to Investigate and Apply Fundamental Principles of Cell Migration

Randall W. Phillis

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

355 Morrill IV South

Molecular Genetics of Neural Develoment in Drosophila

Nils Pilotte

PhD Student

J. Richard Pilsner

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

149F Goessmann

Reproductive and environmental health, sperm epigenetics, embryo development

Jason Pizzollo

PhD Student

Leonid A. Pobezinsky

Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427J ISB

Non-coding RNAs in the immune system

Dominic L. Poccia

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

324 McGuire Life Sciences Building

Activation of Sperm Nuclei at Fertilization

Archit Rastogi

PhD Student

David I. Ratner

Professor of Biology, Amherst College

426 McGuire Life Sciences Building

Regulation of Gene Expression in Dictyostelium

Peter H. Reinhart

Director, Institute of Applied Life Sciences & Clinical Professor

Life Sciences Lab, Rm N510A

Luke Remage–Healey

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

525 Tobin

Neural basis of behavior

Margaret (Peg) Riley

Professor of Biology

304A Morrill III

Microbial molecular evolution and ecology

Jennifer L. Ross

Associate Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts

302 Hasbrouck

Biological Physics of Microtubules

Vincent M. Rotello

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

379 LGRT Tower C

Synthetic Models of Biomolecular Activity

Aurelia Saftien

Exchange Student

Ana M. Salicioni

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

427S ISB

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

306 Morrill Science Center IVN

The Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Replication and Homologous Recombination

Katherine Sanidad

PhD Student

Maria M. Santore

Professor of Polymer Science & Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

A417 Conte Research Center

Interfacial Polymer Physics, Dynamics, and Colloidal Phenomena

Thomas Sawyer

PhD Student

Jake Schnabl

PhD Student

Nathan Schnarr

Lecturer of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

613 LGRT

Polyketide Synthase Engingeering

Alan L. Schneyer

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts

221 Morrill III South

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

Ford Hall 202B

Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Stress and Contractile Proteins

David A. Sela

Assistant Professor, Food Science

340 Chenoweth Laboratory

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

Tricia Serio

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Dean, College of Natural Sciences

LSL N375

Prion cycle regulation in vivo, cellular mechanisms and consequences of protein misfolding and resolution

Heather Sherman

PhD Student

Spencer Albert Shorkey

PhD Student

M. Sloan Siegrist

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts

110A Morrill Science Center IVN

Adaptation of Intracellular Pathogens to the Host Environment

Allison R Sirois

PhD Student

Sallie W. Smith–Schneider

Scientist, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

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

BayState Medical Center

Signaling During Mammary Gland Development and Carcinogenesis

James V. Staros

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

LGRT 920

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

Meg Stratton

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department

LGRT 1226

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

Eric R Strieter

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

LGRT: CHEM 5118, CHEM 5125

Protein Post-Translational Modifications

Yubing Sun

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

317 Engineering Laboratory

Harnessing the mechanobiology of stem cells

Alexander Suvorov

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

173B Goessmann

Effects on behavior by environmental xenobiotics with endocrine disruptive properties

Yuzhou Tang

PhD Student

Gregory Michael Teicher

PhD Student

Janice C. Telfer

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427D ISB

The Role of RUNX Family Transcription Factors in Immune System Development

Emily Robin Tetrault

PhD Student

Gregory N. Tew

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts

A617 Conte Research Center

Supramolecular Polymer Science

Sankaran (Thai) Thayumanavan

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

1540 LGRT Tower C

Biomimetic Organic Molecules and Polymers

Lynmarie K. Thompson

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

Director, Chemistry Biology Interface Training Program

864 LGRT B

Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Proteins

Alicia R. Timme–Laragy

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Goessmann 149C

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

Joe Torres

PhD Student

Ana Torres Ocampo

PhD Student

Kimberly D. Tremblay

Associate Professor of Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts

427C ISB

Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

Grace C Trombley

MS Student

Ning-Hsuan Tseng

PhD Student

Ludmila Tyler

Lecturer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N463

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

Madison Ashley Thaxton Tyler

PhD Student

Richard Vachet

Professor of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts

N363 Life Sciences Laboratory

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

Robert Vass

PhD Student

Elena Vazey

Assistant Professor, Departement of Biology

368A Morrill IVS

Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration

Elizabeth Vierling

Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N329

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

Pablo E. Visconti

Professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts

427W ISB

Signal Transduction Pathways During Sperm Capacitation

Patricia Wadsworth

Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts

458 Morrill IV South

Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Living Cells

Elsbeth Walker

Gilgut Professor, Biology (sabbatical fall 16)

374C Morrill IV South

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

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

LSL N429

Mechanisms of symbiosis between plant hosts and beneficial microbes

Emma Weir

PhD Student

Alexandria Wells

PhD Student

Christine A. White–Ziegler

Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Ford Hall 110

Environmental Regulation of Gene Expression in Escherichia coli

Steven A. Williams

Gates Professor of Biological Sciences, Smith College

Ford Hall 113

Molecular Biology of Human Parasitic Diseases/Genome Projects

Olivia Hope Williamson

PhD Student

Patrick L. Williamson

Professor of Biological Sciences, Amherst College

323 McGuire Life Sciences Building

Lipid Asymmetry in the Plasma Membrane

Sarah Witkowski

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts

106 Totman Building

Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Deleterious changes in Myocardial and Vascular Tissue

Lauren Woodruff

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

N265 Life Sciences Laboratories

Uncovering genetic design rules to reprogram regulation and metabolism in living cells for applications in health and biotechnology

Hen–ming Wu

Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts

LGRT 1024

Molecular Biology of Plant Development

Hang Xiao

Associate Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

338 Chenoweth Laboratory

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.

He Yang

PhD Student

Ai Chan Ye

PhD Student

Mingxu You

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

DNA/RNA nanotechnology, bioimaging and biosensing

Rilee Zeinert

PhD Student

Guodong Zhang

Assistant Professor of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

245 Chenoweth Laboratory

Angiogenesis, Inflammation and Tumorigenesis

Yili Zhu

PhD Student

Trisha Zintel

PhD Student

R. Thomas Zoeller

Professor, Department of Biology

412A Morrill III South

Environmental endocrine disrupters