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, Professor and Associate Chair. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Univeristy. 2005. Hutchinson Gilford progeria, telomere and cellular senescence, alternative splicing and human aging.

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

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, 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). 

Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. University of Texas Health-San Antonio, 2015

Brantley Hall, Assistant Professor. Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2016. Understanding gut microbiome function with the goal of rationally modulating the human gut microbiome to promote human health.

Antony M Jose, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Yale University, 2005. Conceptual work on regulation in living systems. Experimental work on RNA regulation across space and time using the nematode C. elegans.

Vincent Lee, 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.

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 Chair of CBMG. 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, Associate Professor. Ph.D. Boston University, 2008. Computational structural biology; modeling and design of immune recognition, biotherapeutics, and vaccines.

Sougata Roy, Associate 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, Associate 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.

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.