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Genetics & Molecular Biology Research

Genetics and Molecular Biology

Research in the biology department utilizes manipulative approaches to study gene function and the genetics of disease in a variety of model systems, including C. elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, mice, rats, and mammalian cell culture.  In addition, our research aims to elucidate the molecular basis of biological function, whether the emphasis is on aspects of cell physiology or structure, or on processes like the regulation of gene expression.

Faculty Conducting Research in Genetics & Molecular Biology

Contact Specialization
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.
PISB 317

My research program is focused on understanding epigenetic mechanisms that govern higher order brain function via chromatin packaging in neurons.

Denise Garcia
Associate Professor,
College of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Biology
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology (courtesy appointment)
PISB 422
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Tali Gidalevitz
Associate Professor
PISB 418

My lab aims to understand the mechanisms that maintain healthy protein folding environment in the cell, and how they fail in neurodegenerative diseases and aging. We use genetic and live imaging approaches in a genetically tractable organism, C. elegans, as discovery tools, and apply the findings to mammalian systems.

Nianli Sang, M.B., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
PISB 417
Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Bases of Major Human Diseases
Aleister Saunders, PhD
Executive Vice Provost for Research & Innovation; Professor
104 Left Bank
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular/Cellular Biology