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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
Michael Akins
Assistant Professor
PISB 319
mra69@drexel.edu
Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons
Shivanthi Anandan, Phi
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; Associate Professor
PISB 320
anandans@drexel.edu
My research program uses molecular genetic and classical microbial genetics to study signal transduction pathways in marine and freshwater cyanobacteria. I focus on gene expression in cyanobacteria, and how this gene expression gives the organism an adaptive advantage.
Dr. John Bethea
Professor
PISB 123.04
jrb445@drexel.edu
Felice Elefant , Ph.D.
Professor, Director of the Biology Graduate Program
PISB 317
fe22@drexel.edu

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

Denise Garcia
Assistant Professor
PISB 422
adg82@drexel.edu
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Tali Gidalevitz
Assistant Professor
PISB 418
Tali.gidalevitz@drexel.edu

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.

Dr. Daniel Marenda
Associate Dean of Research, Associate Professor
PISB 421
daniel.marenda@drexel.edu
Developmental neurobiology and behavior. Modeling Alzheimer’s disease, CHARGE syndrome, and Pitt-Hopkins in Drosophila
Nianli Sang, M.B., Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center; Associate Professor
PISB 417
nianli.sang@drexel.edu
Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Bases of Major Human Diseases
Aleister Saunders, PhD
Senior Vice Provost for Research; Professor
104 Left Bank
Aleister.Saunders@drexel.edu
Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular/Cellular Biology