MOLB Faculty Research Interests

MOLB Faculty Research Interests


Faculty Member Department Research
Ashley, Amanda Chemistry & Biochemistry Replication of genetic information, a fundamental biological process common to all living organisms, and maintenance of its integrity.


Animal & Range Sciences Two focus areas: progesterone¹s actions mediated by membrane receptors, and chemokines¹ effects in early pregnancy and breast cancer.


David E.
Fish & Wildlife Sciences Improve conservation and management of aquatic resources in the American Southwest including topics in limnology, fisheries management, and conservation genetics.


Creamer, Rebecca Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences Plant-associated microbe interactions
Curtiss, Jennifer Biology Cell and developmental biology


Biology Emergence and control of RNA viruses


Immo A.
Biology & Institute of Applied Biosciences Molecular biology and physiology of mosquitoes


Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Sciences Virology, plant pathogen resistance, biotechnology


Hernandez Gifford, Jennifer Animal & Range Sciences Reproductive Physiology
Holguin, Omar Plant and Environmental Sciences Mass Spectral Analysis of Plant Primary and Secondary Metabolism from GMOs


Houston, Jessica Chemical Engineering Biomedical engineering and biophotonic technologies.


Chemistry & Biochemistry Hormonal carcinogenesis


Indriolo, Emily Biology Pollen-pistil interactions in the mustard family of plants (Brassicaceae).


Lodato, Patricia Bioogy Understanding the post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating the assembly of the T3SS and Shiga toxin production.


Lopez-Martinez, Giancarlo Biology Short and long-term effects that single and repeated bouts of environmental stress can have on animals.


Chemistry & Biochemistry Mechanism of recombinational DNA repair and chromosomal maintenance


Chemistry & Biochemistry Determining three-dimensional structures of small proteins in solution by multidimensional multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.


Mera, Paola E. Biochemistry Identify unique species-specific genetic modules that control cell proliferation in pathogenic bacteria in order to uncover novel targets for new antibiotics.


Biology Population genetics, conservation biology, molecular sequence evolution, population demography, statistical modeling, scientific software engineering.


Nishiguchi, Michele Biology Molecular and ecological basis of speciation


Pietrasiak, Nicole Plant & Environmental Services Soil Microbiology, Phycology, Desert Soil Ecology, Biocrusts


Randall, Jennifer Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science (EPPWS) Plant Development and plant microbe interactions including the innate plant ‘immune’ system.


Ian M.
Plant & Environmental Services Alfalfa genetics, transgene expression, marker-assisted selection.


Sengupta-Gopalan, Champa Plant & Environmental Services Nitrogen-fixation, plant-bacterial interactions.


Biology & RISE Program, Affiliate Prof. of Electrical & Computer Engineering Neuroscience / biophysics / nanoscience
Shuster, Charles Brad Biology Regulation of the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons.


Geoffrey B.


Environmental gene probes, microbial biodegradation


Song, Joe Computer Science Develop statistically effective and computationally efficient algorithmic framework to detect, represent, and manipulate functional, temporal, and statistical associations among random variables, to account for causal interactions in dynamic biological networks. I call this the three-association framework (3AF).


Summers, Adam


Animal Range and Sciences Identification of strategic supplementation time points and nutrients during gestation to improve progeny growth, development and reproduction


Van Voorhies, Wayne Molecular Biology Program Measuring metabolic rates and gas exchange in a variety of organisms including algae. Design and development of metabolic assay systems and chemostats for growing algae.

Algae Cultivation Testbed


Biology Metagenomics of mosquito gut microbiome.

Algae and biofuel.


Chemistry & Biochemistry Transition metals such as iron, copper, manganese and zinc serve essential functions in biology and are required for such fundamental processes as respiration, photosynthesis and DNA synthesis among others.  My lab is interested in the mechanisms by which bacteria acquire these metals from the environment, and how certain metalloproteins are used as sensors of environmental conditions.


Plant & Environmental Services Cotton breeding, genetics and genomics.