College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Faculty Directory

Tenure Track Faculty

Norma Allewell , Professor. Ph.D. Yale University, 1969. Biochemical mechanisms of multisubunit proteins, particularly those involved in nitrogen metabolism.

Norma Andrews, Chair of the Department and Professor. Ph.D. University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 1983. Cell biology of host infection by intracellular pathogens, and mechanisms of plasma membrane repair.

Spencer Benson, Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1978. Genetic analysis of bacterial surfaces; prokaryotic molecular biology; evolution.

Volker Briken, Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Paris (France), 1998. Molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and their importance for the virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Kan Cao, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2005. Molecular mechanisms of Hutchinson Gilford progeria syndrome and normal aging.

Caren Chang, Associate Chair and Professor. Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1988. Plant molecular genetics: signal transduction; hormonal signaling.

Todd Cooke, Professor. Ph.D. Cornell University, 1979. Plant development and evolution, generation of biological form, developmental mechanisms operating in the origin and diversification of land plants, nature of multicellularity.

Charles F. Delwiche, Professor. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990. Molecular systematic; phylogenetic origin of land plants, and the evolution of chloroplasts.

Jeffrey DeStefano, Professor. Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1990. Mechanism of retroviral reverse transcriptases as it relates to replication and recombination.

Jonathan D. Dinman, Professor. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1988. Post-transcriptional control of gene expression.

Najib El-Sayed, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Yale University School of Medicine, 1993. Biology of parasitism and host-pathogen interactions using genomic approaches with the ultimate goal of better understanding infection and survival mechanisms.

José FeijóFull Professor, Ph.D. University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1995. Plant Reproduction, with an emphasis on the use of pollen tubes as cell biology models for  integrated approaches on the coordination of ion signalling events that coordinate apical cell growth and morphogenesis. This systems view implies a combination of methods, from biophysics and imaging, to transcriptomics and theoretical modeling.

Thomas Fuerst, Professor. Ph.D. Cornell University, 1984. Director of The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR). 

Steven W. Hutcheson, Professor. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1982. Molecular plant pathology; molecular biology of Pseudomonas parasitism; role and regulation of Type III protein secretion systems; pathogenicity and non host plant resistance.

Sridhar Hannenhalli, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1995. Gene regulation, Molecular evolution.

Antony M Jose, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Yale University, 2005. Movement of RNA between animal cells and across generations.

Vincent Lee, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. University of California - Los Angeles, 2000. Host-pathogen interactions, molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, allosteric regulation of molecular complexes. 

Zhongchi Liu, Professor. Ph.D. Harvard University, 1990. Molecular genetics of flower development in Arabidopsis.

Roy Mariuzza, Professor. Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Paris (1986). Structural and molecular basis of ligand recognition by cell surface receptors of the immune system.

Kevin McIver, Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Host-Bacterial pathogen interactions; Molecular mechanisms of virulence gene regulation in Streptococcus pyogenes; Protein secretion in Francisella tularensis.

David Mosser, Professor. Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 1983. The cell biology and immunology of macrophages and dendritic cells.

John Moult, Professor. D. Phil. Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford 1970. Computational modeling of biological systems, bioinformatics and structural genomics, relationship between human genetic variation and disease. 

Stephen Mount, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Yale University, 1983 . Pre-mRNA splicing.

Donald Nuss, Professor. Ph.D. U. New Hampshire, 1973. Engineering of viruses to understand and control fungal pathogenesis.

Anne Simon, Professor. Ph.D. Indiana University, 1983. Molecular biology of plant-virus interactions.

Wenxia Song, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Kansas State University, 1991. Regulation of B lymphocyte activation and B cell-mediated antibody responses, and pathogenesis of and host responses to Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Daniel C. Stein, Professor. Ph.D. University of Rochester, 1981. Molecular genetics; virulence mechanisms of pathogenic bacteria; Characterization of DNA Restriction and Modification Systems.

Richard Stewart, Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1984. Microbial physiology molecular biology of bacterial motility; sensory systems in microorganisms.

David Straney, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Ph.D. Yale University, 1987. Fungal molecular biology: molecular biology fungal pathogenicity on plants; mechanisms of gene regulation.

Heven Sze, Professor. Ph.D. Purdue University, 1975. Biochemistry and physiology: membrane structure, function, and biogenesis; mechanism and regulation of solute transport; bioenergetics; proton-and calcium-pumping ATPases.

Scott Walsh, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Structural studies of interleukin-receptor interactions.

Wade C. Winkler, Associate Professor. Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2002. RNA-based regulation of gene expression in bacteria.

Stephen Wolniak, Professor. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1979. Cell biology: cell motility; mechanisms of chromosome movement during mitosis; signal transduction in the regulation of mitotic progression.

Louisa Wu, Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of California, 1995, San Diego. Host defense against pathogens; signal transduction and cell-cell signaling in the innate immune response in insects. 

Instructional Faculty

John Buchner, Instructor, General Microbiology. Ph.D.  

Kenneth Frauwirth, Lecturer. Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley. T cell activation and peripheral tolerance mechanisms; regulation of lymphocyte metabolism. 

Edgar Moctezuma, Instructor. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1998. Plant physiology - fruit development, plant hormones,postharvest biology, plant genetic engineering.

David Rollins, Lecturer, Ph.D. University of Maryland.

Patricia Shields, Instructor. Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1985.

Emeritus Faculty

George Bean , Emeritus Professor. Ph.D. University of Minnesota,1963. Plant pathology: occurrence, development, and control ofmycotoxins.

Rita Colwell , Emerita and Distinguished University Professor. Ph. D. University of Washington. Research interests focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health.

Thomas Cook, Emeritus Professor.

Raymond N. Doetsch, Emeritus Professor.

Elisabeth Gantt , Emerita and Distinguished University Professor. Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1958. Cell biology: photosynthetic apparatusand accessory pigments; physiology of algae; phylogenetic relationships.

Sam W. Joseph , Emeritus Professor. Ph.D. St. John's University (New York),1970. Bacterial toxins; mechanisms of virulence; emerging causes ofhuman gastroenteritis; chromosomal and extra chromosomal factorsrelated to bacterial pathogenesis.

James Kantzes, Emeritus Professor.

David Lockard, Emeritus Professor.

Glenn Patterson, Emeritus Professor.

James Reveal, Emeritus Professor. 

Bob S. Roberson, Emeritus Professor.

Robert T. Yuan, Emeritus Professor. 

Ronald M. Weiner , Emeritus Professor. Ph.D. Iowa State University, 1970. Marine bacteriology; degradation of complexpolysaccharides; molecular biology and morphogenesis of buddingbacteria; establishment of submerged marine surface communities.

Affiliate Faculty

Ibrahim Z. Ades, Affiliate Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1976. Regulatory processes that govern eukaryotic cell development.

Marco Colombini , Affiliate Professor. Ph.D. McGill University, 1974. Structure and mode of action of membrane transport systems; molecular basis for voltage control of channel-forming proteins.

James Culver, Affiliate Professor, Center for Biosystems Research, UMBI. Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1991. Molecular plant-virus interactions; virion assembly, replication, and long-distance movement of tobacco mosaic virus.

Iqbal Hamza, Affiliate Associate Professor. Ph.D. State University of New York School of Medicine, 1998. Cell Biology and Genetics of Micronutrient and Metal Metabolism. 

William R. Jeffery, Affiliate Professor. Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1971. Evolution of developmental mechanisms in chordates.

Nicole Li, Affiliate Assistant Professor. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2009. Systems biology of vocal fold inflammation and wound healing.

Ian Mather, Affiliate Professor. Ph.D. Univ. College of North Wales, 1971. Expression and function of mammary glycoproteins.

Donald Milton, Affiliate Professor. Dr.Ph. Harvard University, 1989.  Health effects of bioaerosols.

Daniel Nelson, Affiliate Assistant Professor. Ph.D. University of Georgia, Athens, 1999. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Daniel Perez, Affiliate Associate Professor. Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 1995. The molecular basis of interspecies transmission, pathogenesis, and cross-protection of influenza A viruses.

Leslie Pick, Affiliate Professor. Ph.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., 1986. Embryonic development, evolution and axon guidance in Drosophila.

Lisa TaneyhillAffiliate Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Princeton University, Molecular Biology, 2000. The vertebrate neural crest, a transient population of migratory cells that  ultimately differentiate to become a wide range of structures, including the peripheral nervous system, skin pigment cells, portions of the heart, and the craniofacial skeleton.

Shunyuan Xiao, Affiliate Associate Professor, Center for Biosystems Research, UMBI. Ph.D. Plant Genetics, Huazhong Agricultural University, China 1992. Cellular and molecular bases of plant defense. 

Adjunct Faculty

Eric Baehrecke, Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Medical School. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992. Steroid regulation of gene expression, differentiation, and programmed cell death during insect development.

Thomas Cebula , Adjunct Professor, MD. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1973. Microbial genomics: evolution of pathogens, mechanisms of pathogenicity/virulence, DNA mismatch repair, molecular mechanisms of mutagenesis, microbial forensics.

Daniel L. Cohen, Adjunct Associate Professor, MD.   

Eric O. Freed, Adjunct Professor, Chief, Virus-Cell Interaction Section-NIH. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990. HIV-1 assembly, release, and maturation.

Kim Y. Green, Adjunct Associate Professor, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases-NIH. (Ph.D.) Molecular studies of viral agents of gastroenteritis; relating to epidemiology and vaccine development; replication of Calciviruses. 

Peter Hobart, Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Ph.D. Wesleyan University. Infectious disease.

Zvi Kelman, Adjunct Professor. Ph.D. DNA replication in Archea, with a focus on the initiation and elongation phases of DNA replication. 

June Kwak, Adjunct Professor. Ph.D. Pohang University of Science and Technology, 1997. Guard cell ABA and Ca2+ signal transduction/Single cell-type functional genomics.

Alison McBride, Adjunct Professor, Head, DNA Tumor Virology Section-NIH. (Ph. D.) Papillomavirus Replication and gene expression.  Virus-cell interaction and regulation of viral transmission in dividing cells.

Bernard Moss, Adjunct Professor, Chief, Laboratory of Viral Diseases-NIH. Ph.D. Mass. Inst. Technology, 1967. Poxvirus-host interactions; viral DNA replication; recombinant vaccines and gene therapy; assembly of virions; structure and function of the HIV envelope protein.

Ted Pierson, Adjunct Professor, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis Section-NIH. (Ph.D.) Flaviviruses: dengue virus and West Nile virus.

Owen White, Adjunct  Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Ph.D. New Mexico State University, New Mexico, 1992. Genomics.