Research Showcase

Alex C. Engel

Immunology Uncovering molecular mechanisms by which spatial information is integrated into immune signaling will have important consequences for autoimmunity, immunopathology, and our understanding of pathogen sensing and commensal control…

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Claire Ting

Claire Ting

Plant Biology and microbiology Prochlorococcus, a cyanobacterium that has evolved to dominate vast regions of the world’s open oceans, is a significant model system for advancing our knowledge of photosynthesis and marine ecosystems.

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Dan Lynch

Daniel Lynch

Sphingolipids are vital components in all eukaryotes. The roles of sphingolipids in the moss Physcomitrella patens may be investigated by altering expression of sphingolipid genes using RNA interference.

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David C. Smith

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Evolutionary ecology Where, why, and how are questions my students and I ask while sitting lakeside in Isle Royale observing tadpole and dragonfly larvae interact…

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Derek Dean

Derek Dean

The genetics of seizure disorders In my research, I am trying to better understand the genetics that link nutrition and metabolism to seizure disorders such as epilepsy.

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Heather Williams

Heather William

Neuroscience and animal behavior I’m interested in bird songs and the brains that produce them….

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Henry Art

Hank Art

Forest ecology Natural and human-use disturbances have played a role in shaping communities and ecosystems in Hopkins Forest…

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Joan Edwards

Joan Edwards

Ecology of plant-animal interactions Plants use many strategies that ensure reproductive success—some are subtle, others are explosive…

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Lois Banta

Lois Banta

Microbiology Agrobacterium tumefaciens injects some of its DNA into plant cells, co-opting the plant cell to provide food for it and causing “plant cancer”—how does it move its DNA?…

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Luana Maroja

Luana Maroja

Evolution Speciation is the process in which an ancestral lineage splits into two distinct ones, which eventually become fully reproductively isolated. How does this isolation evolve and how do lineages become distinct?

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Manuel Morales

Manuel Morales

Ecology of mutualisms Ants, leafhoppers, and plants, oh my!….

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Marsha Altschuler

Marsha Altschuler

Molecular genetics Tetrahymena thermophila faces a formidable task at each cell division—with ~36,000 chromosomes to segregate into daughter nuclei it has somehow found a way not to lose any…  

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Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter

Neuroscience Which neural populations and neural networks in the brain play an important role in maintaining homeostasis, and how does their activity affect animal physiology and behavior?

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Rob Savage

Rob Savage

Developmental Biology How did the annelid get its segments?…

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Steve Swoap

Steven Swoap

Molecular physiology Dieting: how does it impact your cardiovascular system? your body temperature? your longevity?

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Steve Zottoli

Steve Zottoli

Neurobiology Recovering what’s been lost—my lab is looking at nerve regeneration and recovery of behavior following spinal cord injury…

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