Integrative Biology Ph.D. (Core) Program Faculty

NameArea of Emphasis
Ajemian, MatthewFisheries ecology and conservation
Anderson, RindyBehavioral ecology, communication, cognition, sexual selection
Asghar, WaseemMicro and nanotechnology in medicine
Baldwin, John D.Population genetics and reproductive biology
Benscoter, BrianPlant and wetland ecology and fire ecology
Binninger, DavidRole of oxidative damage to proteins in aging
Blakely, Randy D.Synaptic Genetics, Neurochemistry and Pharmacology; Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Transporter Proteins and Psychoactive Drugs
Blanks, JanetMammalian retinal development, differentiation and neuroprotection
Bolton, M. McLeanDisorders of neural circuit function
Bossart, GregoryClinical domestic, marine mammal, fish, and avian medicine and wildlife pathology
Bressler, StevenCognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory
Brew, KeithDeveloping and evaluating a novel approach for OA treatment employing engineered proteins and other molecules that specifically block the enzymes responsible for degrading cartilage in OA
Brooks, RandyMarine behavioral ecology, symbiology, coral reefs
Caputi, MassimomRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulation
Chiba, AkiraMolecular neuroscience
Christie, JasonMechanisms of synaptic signaling and computation
Claiborne, Brenda J.Neuronal development in human hippocampal formation and learning in aged individuals
Davis, Ronald L.Molecular and cellular basis for learning; diseases that affect learning and memory
Dawson-Scully, Ken Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics
Detwiler, KatePrimate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats
Dorn, NathanFreshwater ecology and community ecology
Encomio, VincentThe oyster reef restoration project: restoration of the oyster beds of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon
Esiobu, NwadiutoEnvironmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosis
Fadiman, MariaEthnobotany, Latin America, world cultures and environments, environmental issues, rain forest ecosystems
Feller, IlkaAnimal-plant interactions; insect-plant interactions in estuarine and forested ecosystems
Fenton, AndreNeuro coordination, recording electrical brain activity
Fields, Gregg B.Extracellular matrix biochemistry, synthetic protein design and construction
Fitzpatrick, DavidFunctional organization and development of neural circuits in the cerebral cortex, neural basis of visual perception
Frank, TamaraZooplankton/nekton ecology and the visual ecology of marine animals
Gawlik, DaleAvian and wetland ecology
Gerstein, EdmundMarine mammal acoustics
Gibble, RebekahWetland management and conservation
Godenschwege, TanjaMolecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery
Grill, BrockMolecular mechanisms of nervous system development
Guthrie, KathleenNeurobiology
Guzman-Ramirez , EstherDiscovery of novel cancer therapeutics including both development of novel molecular target based assays and determination of the mechanism of action of compounds
Hanisak, M. DennisPhysiological Ecology of Marine Plants (Macroalgae and Seagrasses), Nutrient Dynamics, Coral Reef Ecology, Biology of Deep-water Macroalgae, Aquaculture (particularly Marine Plant Cultivation)
Hartmann, James X.Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupus
Herzing, DeniseMarine mammal behavior
Houghten, RichardThe tea bag method (solvent permeable packets used during polypeptide synthesis), combinatorial chemistry
Huang, XupeiCardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, molecular cardiology
Hueter, RobertAnatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwide
Hughes, ColinEvolutionary and conservation genetics
Iragavarapu-Charyulu, VijayaImmunology, inflammation and cancer
Isgor, CeylanNeuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats
Ja, WilliamMolecular genetics of aging, behavior and disease
Jia, KailiangMolecular regulation of aging
Kajiura, StephenFunctional morphology and sensory biology of marine fish
Kamasawa, NaomiElectron microscopy
Kantorow, MarcThe molecular genetics of eye diseases including age-related human cataract and age-related macular degeneration
Keene, AlexNeurogenetics and the evolution of behavior
Kirchman, PaulHow mitochondrial metabolism, mitochondrial DNA polymorphism, and oxidative stress influence cellular aging
Kishi, ShujiGene identification and phenotype characterization; Age-related disorders in humans, using zebrafish as a model system
Klofstad, CaseySocietal and biological influences on human behavior
Koch-Rose, MargueriteMarine botany, nutrient cycling and climate change in tropical marine systems
Kumi-Diaka, J. K.Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology
Kwon, HyungbaeUnderstanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit modification using a mouse model
Li, ZhongweiRNA metabolism, oxidative stress, biodefense
Lu, MichaelRNA metabolism, RNA therapy, bacterial genomics
Lyons, JayCellular physiology and cell signaling processes
Macleod, GregMitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging
Mansfield, KateMarine biology and vertebrate zoology with an emphasis on sea turtle ecology, behavior, habitat use, and conservation
Martemyanov, KirillStriatal signaling and drug addiction, G protein signal transduction pathways, molecular mechanisms of vision
McCarthy, PeterCultivation and identification of the symbiotic microbes present in deep-water marine sponges; screening for novel antimicrobial agents from marine invertebrates and microbes; and finding biotechnological applications for microbial products
Miller, CourtneyNeurobiological underpinnings of memory disorders, with the goal of developing novel therapeutics
Miller, DebraPathology of wildlife and exotic species (especially amphibians, sea turtles and marine mammals)
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology
Murphey, RodDevelopment and degeneration of synapses
Narayanan, RamaswamyBioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discovery
Noonburg, ErikEcological modeling
O'Corry-Crowe, GregInvestigating interactions between these apex predators and their environment
Oleinikov, AndrewMalaria studies with emphasis on mechanisms of sequestration of infected erythrocytes, protective immune response and vaccine development, anti-adhesion drugs; high throughput and engineering approaches to advance studies of complex biological systems
Paegel, BrianAssembly of cell-like compartments
Paul, ValerieEcological roles of marine natural products, impact of toxic cyanobacterial (Lynbya spp.) blooms on coral reef habitats
Perry, GaryMolecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; SIDS; educational neuroscience: brain-based learning
Pomponi, ShirleyDeveloping in vitro techniques for production of sponge-derived bioactive molecules
Porter, Marianne E.Biomechanics and functional morphology and physiology
Prentice, HowardHypoxia and the cardiovascular system
Proffitt, C. EdwardEcology of marine macrophytes and invertebrates
Puthanveettil, SathyanarayananMolecular and cellular basis of long-term memory storage and its disorders
Rathinavelu, AppuStandardization and application of real-time PCR techniques in gene expression
Rumbaugh, GavinHow synaptic proteins actively contribute to memory formation and storage
Sakmann, BertDigital neuroanatomy
Salmon, MichaelAnimal behavior
Saunders, Mary JanePlant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopy
Schummers, JamesCortical circuits
Shen, WenNeurophysiology, receptor pharmacology, synapsis, glutamate toxicity
Shibata, YoshimiImmunology
Stackman, Jr., Robert W.Learning and memory
Stewart, KellyMarine vertebrate ecology and behavior, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biology
Sutton, Tracey T.Quantitative ecology and structure of marine ecosystems
Taniguchi, Hiroki Development and function of inhibitory neural circuits
Tao, RuiNeural circuits affected by drug abuse, Psychostimulant-induced hallucinations, Environmental factor-dependent effects of psychostimulants
Thompson, NancyMarine science
Tomchik, SethNeuromodulation of memory circuits, neuronal circuits and behavior, imaging brain function in health and disease
Vertes, RobertBehavioral neuroscience, functional organization of the brainstem and its role in controlling the activity of the forebrain and neurophysiology of sleep
Volin, JohnConservation biology
Voss, JoshuaCoral reef ecology, development of advance molecular technologies with field-based ecological applications, molecular profiling of bacterial communities, marine conservation and management, integration within and among academic disciplines
Wang, GuojunMarine natural product biosynthesis and drug discovery, microbial genetics, genome mining, metagenomics, single cell genomics, enzyme function and engineering, metabolic engineering, and medicinal chemistry
Wei, JianningNeurodegenerative disorders
Weissbach, Herbert Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells
Widder, EdithProtection and restoration of marine ecosystems, and the species they sustain
Wojcikiewicz, EwaInflammation and cancer research
Wu, Jang YenNeurotransmission and brain disorders
Wyneken, JeanetteIntegrative biology, comparative and functional morphology
Xu, BaojiHow neural circuits are formed, modified, and maintained in the brain
Yasuda, RyoheiNeuronal signal transduction
Zhang, Xing-HaiPlant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology