Tenure Track Faculty


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


Volker Briken, 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, Associate 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, Chair of the Department and Professor. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1988. Post-transcriptional control of gene expression.


Daniel J. Dwyer, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Boston University, 2007. Identification of bacterial cell death biomarkers, and quantitative characterization of the physiology underlying the intrinsic cell death process, through the application of systems and synthetic biology approaches.


Najib El-Sayed, 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 Feijó, 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 signaling events that coordinate apical cell growth and morphogenesis. 


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


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


Steven W. Hutcheson, Professor. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1982. Applied microbiology; molecular biology of carbohydrate utilization by marine bacteria; applications of integrating basic metabolism with synthetic biology.



Antony M Jose, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Yale University, 2005. Deciphering the cell code that perpetuates animal life.


Patrick Killion, Assistant Clinical Professor. Curricular reform, integration of research into educational practices and learning analytics-mediated use of institutional data to characterize patterns of student success and challenge.



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

Jiqiang (Lanny) Ling, Associate Professor. Ph.D. The Ohio State University, 2008. Physiological impact of protein mistranslation. Translation fidelity in single cells. Protein synthesis defects and human diseases.



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, Professor and Associate Chair. 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.


Gilad Ofek, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Columbia University, 2001. Structural biology of enveloped viruses and recognition by molecules of the immune system; HIV and filovirus vaccines and therapeutics


Brian Pierce, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Boston University, 2008. Computational structural biology; modeling and design of immune recognition, biotherapeutics, and vaccines.


Sougata Roy, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India 2006. Cellular and molecular basis of cell-cell communication in development of multicellular organism


Margaret A. Scull, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009. Molecular mechanisms of respiratory virus infection and the host response; airway model systems.


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

William J. Snell, Research Professor. Ph. D. Yale University, 1974. Using fertilization in the green alga Chlamydomonas as a model system: molecular mechanisms of gamete membrane fusion; development of a transmission-blocking malaria vaccine; regulation of membrane protein composition of the primary cilium.



Wenxia Song, 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.


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


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


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