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Zaghloul Ahmed
Neuronal injury and repair, electromagnetic stimulation, rehabilitative techniques and devices
Alejandra D. Alonso
Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in diseases like Alzheimer
S. Elizabeth Alter
Marine metagenomics, molecular evolution and population genetics of marine organisms including fishes and marine mammals; environmental DNA techniques for monitoring marine biodiversity; reconstructing evolutionary and demographic histories using genetic data; molecular adaptation to anthropogenic disturbances in marine environments.
Sebastián Alvarado
How epigenetic mechanisms shape neuronal substrates and how they relate to evolution
Asohan Amarasingham
Neural circuits and their models, neural coding, statistics of neurophysiological signals
Barbara Ambrose
Plant Evolutionary Developmental Genomics
Jose Anadon
GLOBAL, CLIMATE CHANGE; ECOLOGICAL MODELING, HABITAT LOSS, SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MIDELS; POPULATION DYNAMICS, SPATIAL ECOLOGY, BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS
Robert P. Anderson
Developing GIS-based methods of modeling species geographic ranges using occurrence records and environmental data.
Cesar Arenas-Mena
Multipotency and developmental gene regulatory networks
Ivica Arsov
The role of mitochondrial phospholipids in t-cells apoptosis and development
Andrea Baden
MOLECULAR UNDERPINNINGS OF PRIMATE SOCIAL AND REPORDUCTIVE STRATEGIES PARTICULARLY IN MALAGASY STREPSIRRHINES
Mitchell B. Baker
Behavior, ecology and evolution
Michael Balick
Economic botany and medicinal plants
Probal Banerjee
Neurobiology and neurochemistry
Jill Bargonetti
Molecular biology of tumor suppressor P53
George F. Barrowclough
Ornithology, systematics, population genetic
Jennifer A. Basil
sensory ecology of marine vertebrates
Jeff Beeler
Information processing and plasticity in basal ganglia circuitry and its contribution to motivational plasticity, behavioral flexibility and neuropsychiatric disorders (PD, obesity, addiction, depression)
Amy C. Berkov
Tropical plant - insect interactions and urban botany
Nicolas Biais
Role of physical forces in microbiology
Marom Bikson
Neural engineering, electric field-neuronal interactions, epilepsy, medical devices
Jeffrey A. Bird
Ecosystem ecology, soil C and N cycling, soil microbial ecology, plant-microbial interactions, and mechanisms of soil C and N stabilization
Christopher Blair
Molecular Systematics, Phylogeography, Landscape Genetics, Biogeography, Herpetology
Richard Bodnar
Neuropharmacology of analgesia and ingestion
Brian M. Boom
Systematics and economic botany of neotropical plants
Louis Bradbury
Diana P. Bratu
Fluorescence microscopy, nanoprobes, dynamic processes of nucleic acids, post-transcriptional control of gene expression with implications in disease
Christopher Braun
Function and evolution of auditory and hydrodynamic senses in fishes
Derrick T. Brazill
Extracellular factors regulating cell behavior
Patricia A. Broderick
In vivo microvoltammetry; neurotransmitters and behavior; human epilepsy; cocaine addiction; schizophrenia; depression and anxiety
Joshua Brumberg
Electrophysiology, imaging and anathomy of cortical circuits in the rodent somatosensoty cortex, in vivo and in vitro.
Frank T. Burbrink
Molecular and morphological phylogenetics
Avrom J. Caplan
CUNY Associate University Dean for Research
Ana Carolina O. Q. Carnaval
Evolutionary biogeography, biodiversity studies, herpetology, amphibian chytridiomycosis
James M. Carpenter
Phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy and behavior of hymenoptera
Patrizia Casaccia
Epigenetic regulation of oligodendroglia in development and disease/ Environmental control of brain health and disease, Gut-brain communication/ Multiple Sclerosis/ Glial Tumors
John A. Chamberlain
Cephalopod paleobiology and evolution; fossil chondrichthyans; functional morphology
Abha Chauhan
Oxidative stress in autism, amyloid beta-protein fibrillization in Alzheimer
Hai-Ping Cheng
Bacterial molecular mechanism for sensing host and environmental stimuli
Maria Contel
Synthesis and characterization of transition-metal complexes and their medicinal and catalytic applications.
Joel Cracraft
Ornithology; systematics; biodiversity
Douglas C. Daly
Systematics, economic botany, and biodiversity in the Amazon
John J. Dennehy
Bacteriophage evolutionary ecology
Krista Dobi
Genetics, Development, Muscle
Jeremy Draghi
The role of gene interactions (epistasis) in evolution, using both simple mathematical models and complex simulations to understand how adaptation works when changes are required in multiple genes.
Robert O. Duncan
Physiological mechanisms of visually guided behavior in healthy individuals
Laurel Ann Eckhardt
Molecular genetics of lymphocyte differentiation
Helene C. Eisenman
Cell biology of melanotic fungi
Shana Elbaum-Garfinfle
Protein/RNA Granules; Intracellular liquid organelles; protein assembly & aggregation; aging & protein homeostasis; neurophysiology and degeneration; c.elegans genetics; single molecule fluorescence.
Abdeslem El-Idrissi
Synaptic plasticity and mechanisms of epileptogenecity
Mark M. Emerson
Cone photoreceptor development; Cis-regulatory elements in neuronal development and transcriptional specificity.
Lesley Emtage
Jimmie E. Fata
Molecular mechanisms underlying mammary gland biology and breast cancer
Paul G. Feinstein
Molecular cellular development
Maria Figueiredo-Pereira
Neurodegeneration: focus on the field of protein degradation
John Flynn
Vertebrate paleontology, mammalian evolution, systematics
Paul M. Forlano
Behavioral neuroendocrinology, cellular and molecular neuroethology of vocal-acoustic communication in fishes, comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy
David Foster
Oncogenes and signal transduction
Allyson Friedman
Dissecting the neural circuits that mediate social behaviors in healthy and diseased states.
Eitan Friedman
Signal transduction, G.protein coupled receptors, neuronal plasticity
Jean Gaffney
Identification and characterization of novel fluorescent proteins from marine organisms.
Julio Gallego-Delgado
Malaria, Blood Brain Barrier, Acute Kidney Injury, Translational Medicine, Renin Angiotensin System, Wnt/β-catenin/Tcf pathway
Kevin Gardner
Structural biology, optogenetics, protein, protein interactions
M. Felice Ghilardi
Motor control, Learning, Plasticity, Parkison's disease
Stefano Ghirlanda
Evolution and neural mechanisms of behavior - especially learning, stimulus processing, and organization of behavior in time
Christopher C. Gilbert
Primate and Mammalian evolution over the past 65 million years with a focus on anatomy, systematics, and paleontology.
Mitchell Goldfarb
Sodium channel structure/function/modulation, synaptic transmission, epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia, somatosensation, spatial memory
Cheng-Xin Gong
The molecular mechanism of neurofibrillary degeneration in Alzheimer's
Jeffrey H. Goodman
Development of deep brain electrical stimulation as a therapy for epilepsy
J. Stephen Gosnell
causes and consequences of ecological diversity; nature resrouce management
Paul Gottlieb
Assembly mechanisms of double stranded RNA containing viruses
Shubha Govind
Signal transduction in drosophila pattern formation and immunity
Sanna M. Goyert
Understanding the host’s innate immune response to bacterial infection and the genes/proteins that regulate specific responses
Nancy Greenbaum
STRUCTUAL BIOLOGY OF NONCODING RNA; DEVELOPMENT OF RNA-BASED BIOIMAGING PROBES
Dianne Greenfield
Coastal Phythoplankton Ecology and Biogeochemistry; Molecular Biology and quantification of Marine Plankton; Global change and effects on marine ecosystems; Harmful algal bloom ecology
David A. Grimaldi
Entomology, systematics of diptera, insect fossils
David F. Gruber
Microbial ecology, marine biogeochemistry, coral reef ecology
Marilyn R. Gunner
Plant biophysics: electron transfer reactions in photosynthesis
Cheryl Hayashi
Functional genomics, Molecular evolution, Biology of spiders and spider silk, Systematics
Andrew J. Henderson
Systematics, floristics, and ecology of new world palms
Michael J. Hickerson
comparative phylogeography, population genetics, computational biology
Mandë Holford
Chemical Marine Biology: An evolutionary roadmap to the discovery and characterization of novel neuropeptides from marine organisms.
Nathalia Holtzman-Glickman
Developmental genetics and organ morphogenesis in Zebrafish
Karen Hubbard
Cellular senscence and immortalization
Amy E. Ikui
Molecular mechanism of cell division using budding yeast as a model system
Khalid Iqbal
Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, disease mechanisms, biomarkers and preclinical therapeutic studies; neurofibrillary *(tau) pathology and neuroregeneration with neurotrophic peptide mimetics.
Anuradha Janakiraman
Bacterial cell biology: molecular genetics of bacterial cell division.
David Jeruzalmi
Structural Biology of DNA Replication and DNA repair
Michelle T. Juarez
Using Drosophila as a model organism to determine the molecular and cellular mechanisms that localize an epidermal response to injury and infection.
Mohammed A. Junaid
Changes in gene expression in neurodegeneration
Kenneth G. Karol
Green algal systematics and evolution, comparative organellon genomics
Khosrow Kashfi
Dietary regulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes
Lawrence M. Kelly
Angiosperm systematics and flouristics
Simon Kelly
Perception, Decision-making, Attention
Edward Kennelly
Phytochemistry: medicinal plants
Reza Khayat
Pathogen host interaction, X-ray crystallography, Cryo-electron microscopy, Biochemistry
Eunsoo Kim
Microbiology, Eukaryotic phylogeny and genomics, Microbial symbiosis, Microbial diversity
Frida Kleiman
Coordinated response to DNA damage by transcription, RNA processing and DNA repair factors, and their contribution to the risk of getting breast cancer
Maria Knikou
Human neural basis of motor control, spinal neuronal circuits, electromagnetic stimulation of the central nervous system, neuronal plasticity, recovery of neurological disorders
Ronald L. Koder
Synthetic biology, computational protein/enzyme design
Andreas H. Kottmann
Understanding the regulation of structural plasticity in the adult brain during motor learning and memory; neurogenesis; molecular etiology of progressive neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and ALS.
Konstantinos Krampis
Bioinformatics, Genomics, Cloud Computing, Next-Gen sequencing
David C. Lahti
Evolutionary and behavioral ecology, especially the evolution of complex and learned traits in birds and humans
James Lendemer
Biodiversity and conservation of lichens and other fungi
Jonathan Levitt
Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of the central visual pathways, organization and development of mammalian cerebral cortex
Christine Li
Understanding how different chemicals in the nervous system affect behavior. Using genetic model systems to understand neurodegenerative diseases
Ekaterina Likhtik
Neural syntax of learning and emotional processing, threat and safety, cortical-subcortical communication, inhibitory systems, amygdala.
Hyungsik Lim
Multiphoton microscopy of live tissue, biomedical instrumentation
Peter N. Lipke
Role of functional amyloids in cell adhesion; cell surface architecture in yeast
Damon P. Little
Plant systematics and character evolution, bioinformatics
Diego Loayza
Telomere function in human cells.
David J. Lohman
Ecology, evolution, and conservation of insects and other volant animals in Southeast Asia
Gholson Lyon
TAF1 syndrome, KBG syndrome, NAA-10, and NAA15 related syndromes
Prabodhika Mallikaratchy
Nucleic Acid Aptamers, In vitro evolution of artificial nucleic acid ligands, Therapeutic drug delivery, Cancer, Biochemical investigations of ligand receptor interactions.
Lisa L. Manne
Impact of climate and competition on species' abundances. Biogeography. Spatial patterns of biodiversity. Climate change research
Itzhak Mano
Neuronal cell death that occurs when the brain is flooded with too much of the neurotransmitter glutamate
John F. Marra
Phytoplankton ecology, ocean productivity, food resources from the ocean
John H. Martin
Understanding development of the motor systems and motor behavior; repair of the damaged motor systems
Dan McCloskey
Understanding spontaneous patterns of activity in the brain under normal conditions and in neurological and psychological disorders
Kyle C. McDonald
Alicia Melendez
Molecular and genetics study of autophagy in C. Elegans.
Carmen Violeta Melendez-Vasquez
Glial cell biology, myelination, cytoskeleton
Jin Meng
Morphology evolution and systematics of mammals
Fabian Michelangeli
Plant systematics (particularly melastomataceae) and insect-plant co-evolution
Susana Mingote
The brain circuits controlling motivated behavior, particularly circuits modulated by the dopamine system, by using a circuit-based approach integrating my expertise in behavior, anatomy, synaptic physiology and optogenetics.
Robbin Moran
Systematics, ecology, and geography of the new world tropics
Shiraz Mujtaba
Define Epigenetic Mechanisms Directing the Progression of Castrate-resistant Prostate Cancer to Identify Molecular Targets for New Developing Therapeutic Modalities
Theodore R. Muth
Host pathogen interaction bacterium
Monn Monn Myat
Collective cell migration in organ development and angiogenesis
Robert F.C. Naczi
Floristics of eastern North America, systematics and ecology of Cyperaceae, systematics and ecology of Sarraceniaceae
Michael Novacek
Systematics, paleontology
Olorunseun Ogunwobi
Mechanisms of metastasis; tumor cell biology and epigenetics; organ cancers
Benjamin D. Ortiz
Chromatin, gene regulation and immune system development
Hysell Oviedo
Function and dysfunction of auditory circuits
Lucas Parra
Probabilistic modeling of neuronal signals with particular focus on real-time neuro imaging
Pablo Peixoto
mitochondrial biogenesis and functional interactions in normal and diseased cells. More specifically, my laboratory applies biochemistry, electrophysiology, and live cell imaging approaches to study exchange of mitochondria signals and mitochondrial dynamics in yeast and mammalian cells
Susan L. Perkins
Systematics, biogeography, and evolutionary studies of parasites and symbionts including malaria parasites, edosymbiotic bacteria of bloodfeeding leeches and St. Louis encephalitis viruses.
Mark Pezzano
Immunology T-cell development
Gregory M. Plunkett
Vascular plant systematics using molecular and structural data, with an emphasis on the dicot order Apiales (e.g. Araliaceae and Apiaceae); biogeography of plants from the Pacific and Indian ocean basin
Juergen E.W. Polle
Physiology and biotechnology of microalgae
Lorenzo Prendini
Empirical study of phylogeny, macroevolution, speciation, biogeography, and comparative evolutionary biology, using scorpions and minor arachnid orders as model organisms.
Carolyn Pytte
Function and regulation of new neurons born in the post-embryonic brain, particularly in adulthood
Weigang Qiu
Microbes, genomics, population genetics, evolution, and bioinformatics
Luis E. N. Quadri
Genetics and biochemistry of cell-wall component and secondary metabolite biosynthesis in clinically-relevant mycobacteria
Vanya Quinones-Jenab
Drug abuse, hormonal effects on behaviors and intracellular mechanisms, gender differences in drug abuse and pain responses.
Jayne Raper
Host pathogen interactions: parasites and bacteria
Stephen M. Redenti
Stem cell physiology, development and tissue engineering
Andrew Reinmann
URBAN ECOLOGY, FOREST ECOLOGY, ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY, PLANT ECOPHYSIOLOGY, TERRESTRIAL BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, DENDROCHRONOLOGY, LAND USE
Tony Ro
Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention and Perception
Patricia Boyle Rockwell
Signal transduction pathways
Robert F. Rockwell
Population ecology, population genetics, conservation biology
Susan A. Rotenberg
Biochemistry and cell biology of the motility signaling pathway in human cancer cells
Jessica M. Rothman
Nutritional Ecology; Primate Ecology and Behavior
Andrey Rudenko
Genetic/Epigenetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of normal memory function, dysfunction in neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders in Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD
David S. Rumschitzki
Early events in atherogenesis: the transport of water and macromolecules into and macromolecular accumulation in the walls of large vessels, including the role played by membrane proteins.
Shireen Saleque
Genetic and epigenetic processes regulating hematopoietic stem and progenitor programs and function
Renuka P. Sankaran
Whole plant mineral nutrition and homeostasis, interaction of metal contaminants such as CD with mineral nutrients in terms of ion transport, and transfer of these minerals through the food chain.
Moira Sauane
Study the molecular biology of anti-cancer genes that with the goal of improving outcomes of therapeutic strategies for cancer and discovering new therapeutic strategies that can complement with existing ones
Cathy Savage-Dunn
Development and molecular genetics of caenorhabditis elegans
Anjana D. Saxena
Nucleolar stress factors, cell cycle regulators, tumor suppressor pathways, ribosome biogenesis, RNA metabolism
Thomas Schmidt-Glenewinkel
Biochemistry and molecular biology of neurotransmitter receptors
Mara Schvarzstein
Molecular, Cellular and genetics study of chromosome and centrosome inheritance during meiosis and the early embryonic divisions in C. elegans.
David Schwab
Peter Serrano
Animal behavior, Comparative Psychology, Pharmacology
Orie Shafer
the neurobiological basis of circadian timekeeping, the mechanism that times sleep and activity; and entrainment, the process by which circadian clocks are set to local time. His research employs genetic, physiological, imaging, and behavioral methods to understand how neural networks create a robust yet entrainable circadian rhythm, and he is particularly interested in how such networks operate when challenged by the unreliability of the modern light environment.
Orie Shafer
Chang-Hui Shen
Mechanism of transcriptional activation Regulation of pH and copper homeostasis Control of phospholipid biosynthesis
Mark E. Siddall
Parisitology: phylogeny of leeches
Nancy Bingham Simmons
Mammalian systematics
Shaneen M. Singh
Bioinformatics, computational biology
Ratna Sircar
Developmental neuroplasticity; neurobiology of learning and memory
Brian Smith
Systematics, Biogeography, Phylogeography, Ornithology
John Sparks
SYSTEMATICS AND BIOGEOGRAPHY OF FRESH WATER AND MARINE FISHES; EVOLUTION OF BIOLUMINESCENCE AND BIOFLUORESCENCE IN MARINE SYSTEMS
Rebecca Spokony
Hormonal control of development
Phillip Staniczenko
My work seems to improve predictions of the effect of environmental change on species interactions and the ecosystem services they provide us, such as insect pollination of crops and biological pest control.
Ruth E. Stark
Structure and development of protective plant polymers; molecular biophysics of lipid metabolism; molecular structure and assembly of fungal melanins; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Eleanor Sterling
Biodiversity and conservation
Dennis Stevenson
Systematics of cycads
Gillian Stewart
Biogeochemistry, radioecology, trace metal and elemental cycling, plankton physiology, food web ecology, carbon flux and sequestration
Melanie L.J. Stiassny
Ichthyology, systematics and evolution
Barbara Studamire
Identify and characterize host factors that interact with retroviral integrase and modulate the results of viral integration
Larissa Swedell
Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Sociality, Sexual Conflict
Maral Tajerian
Brain plasticity, with particular emphasis on the extracellular matrix regulation of neuronal and glial alterations in preclinical models and human tissues.
Ofer Tchernichovski
The use of songbirds to study mechanisms of vocal learning
William W. Thomas
Systematics and Evolution of the plant families, Cyperaceae, Simaroubaceae and Picramniaceae. Biodiversity and Conservation of the Atlantic forests of Northeastern Brazil
Benjamin M. Torke
The systematics, evolution, and biogeography of the leguminosae
Mariana P. Torrente
investigating the molecular mechanisms underpinning neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease, with an emphasis in epigenetics and protein folding
Ina Vandebroek
Bioactivity and conservation of medicinal and food plants for human health and well-being in rural and urban environments.
Richard R. Veit
Ecology of birds and other vertebrates
Robert S. Voss
Systematic mammalogy, tropical biology
Bao Q. Vuong
Molecular mechanisms that regulate immunoglobulin gene diversification and genome stability
John R. Waldman
Historical ecology and conservation biology of anadromous fishes; environmental history and management of urban waterways
William G. Wallace
Estuarian ecology
Hoau -Yan Wang
Molecular mechanism, pathophsiology & neurodegenerative diseases
Daniel C. Weinstein
Signaling mechanisms underlying germ layer formation and suppression in the early vertebrate embryo
Ward C. Wheeler
Molecular systematics and evolution
Osceola Whitney
Behavioral Neuroscience, Molecular Neuroscience
Andrzej Wieraszko
Synaptic plasticity in the brain
Tony Wilson
Sexual Selection and Speciation in Aquatic Systems
Eleanore T. Wurtzel
Molecular and structural biology studies on plant biochemical pathways to provide knowledge and tools for developing sustainable solutions to worldwide vitamin A deficiency and malnutrition and meeting the challenges of global food security in the face of climate change
Lei Xie
Multi-scale modeling and simulation of genotype-phenotype associations and drug actions, polypharmacology and structure-based drug design
Song-Yu Yang
Neurosteroid metabolism, neurodegeneration, and HSD17B10 gene related disorders: Alzheimer's disease, and HSD10 deficiency (infantile neurodegeneration)
Leora Yetnikoff
Development and plasticity of dopamine circuitry, with an emphasis on adolescence. Why is adolescence such a uniquely vulnerable period in the lifespan? How do drugs of abuse administered during adolescence alter the development of dopamine circuitry?
Jun Yoshioka
Physiology and Pharmacology
Zahra F. Zakeri
Regulation of cell death in development aging
Chester B. Zarnoch
marine ecology, shellfish biology, and aquaculture
Wei Zhang
Motor control, Biomechanics, Bioengineering
Hualin Zhong
Molecular and cell biology/study the mechanisms of nuclear transport