Cell Biology Departmental Faculty

Cell biologists in FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences are engaged in research focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer, development, aging and oxidative stress/ vertebrate anoxia tolerance. Ongoing studies also include plant genomics and physiology, molecular and cellular neuroscience behind normal development, neurotransmission, behavior and neurological disorders. An excellent infrastructure in molecular biology, bioinformatics and biotechnology serves to bind these areas together. Faculty are members of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and many are also members of the Florida Center for Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology. The Integrative Biology Ph.D. program, which is a joint effort between the Biology and the Biomedical Science Departments, provides a focal point for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in these areas of research. Masters degrees, including the Professional Masters in Business Biotechnology and Bachelors degrees are also offered. Cell biologists in the department present a superb menu of laboratory courses in related fields for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.


NameArea of Emphasis
Baldwin, John D.Population genetics and reproductive biology
Binninger, DavidRole of oxidative damage to proteins in aging
Dawson-Scully, Ken Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection using live cell imaging, electrophysiology and behavior genetics
Esiobu, NwadiutoEnvironmental microbiology, drug resistance and antimicrobiosis
Godenschwege, TanjaMolecular and cellular neuroscience, neurodevelopment, cellular basis of neurological disorders and drug discovery
Hartmann, James X.Immunotherapy for adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lupus
Jia, KailiangMolecular regulation of aging
Keene, AlexNeurogenetics and the evolution of behavior
Kumi-Diaka, J. K.Reproductive pathophysiology and oncology
Lyons, JayCellular physiology and cell signaling processes
Macleod, GregMitochondrial support of neurotransmission, pH influences on synaptic plasticity, neurotransmission and aging
Milton, Sarah L.Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, marine turtle physiology
Murphey, RodDevelopment and degeneration of synapses
Narayanan, RamaswamyBioinformatics, cancer gene discovery and drug discovery
Saunders, Mary JanePlant biology, nanostructures, electron microscopy
Weissbach, Herbert Effect of oxidative stress on normal and cancer cells
Zhang, Xing-HaiPlant physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology

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