Department of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Faculty and Research

Research in the Department of Biological Sciences


Research interests in biochemistry include microbial physiology, metabolomics and proteomics, tumor cell metabolism, and signal transduction pathways.

Cell Biology

Wide-ranging interests in the cell biology focus area include: cancer cell biology, eukaryotic gene regulation, bionanotechnology, yeast cell biology, and cell biology of the nervous system.


Research is in the molecular biology and physiology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms.  Particular areas of focus include regulation of gene expression, insecticidal bacteria, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, and plant-microbe interactions.


A particular focus is on the role of mitochondria and of apoptosis in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  There are extensive interactions with neurobiologists in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Systems and Computational Biology

Research interests include computational analysis of DNA sequence data, genome sequences, transcriptomics and ChIP-seq data.  Experimental work is focused on metabolomics, proteomics and other high-throughput techniques.

  • Updated: January 11, 2018