Research Areas

The Gene Expression group explores how genetic information is encoded in genomes and how it is interpreted to produce functional proteins. The research interests of the faculty focus on the regulation of transcription, translation, and splicing, and the application of this knowledge to synthetic biology.
The Molecular Evolution and Genomics research emphasis centers on questions concerning the mechanisms that drive evolutionary change. A variety of theoretical, descriptive and novel experimental approaches using recent advances in genomic methodology are being used to address the roles played by various evolutionary processes in shaping organisms and populations. Specific areas of interest lie with molecular, structural and functional evolution, as well as phylogenetics, genomics, and bioinformatics.  Research by this group spans a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, including different levels of biological organization.
The Signal Transduction in Sensory Perception and Development research emphasis group explores signal transduction events during sensory perception, cell growth and differentiation, and disease. Specific areas of interest lie within hearing, taste, smell, vertebrate and microbe developmental processes and neurodegenerative disease. A wide array of techniques spanning the fields of electrophysiology, cell and developmental biology, microscopy and imaging, and molecular genetics are being utilized by this group of researchers.​

If you are interested in obtaining lab research experience, contact the faculty whose research you are most interested in.