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Faculty

Department

Research interests

Hideki Aihara

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

DNA rearrangement systems relevant to human health

Grant Anderson

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Dulth campus

Thyroid Hormone, Brain Development, Blood Brain Barrier, Drug Transport and Metabolism, Lipid Metabolism

Matthew T. Andrews

Biology at the Duluth campus

Characterization of genes responsible for the induction and maintenance of hibernation in mammals

Ian Armitage

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

My laboratory is involved with the development and application of state-of-the-art multinuclear, multidimensional magnetic resonance methods to elucidate the structure, dynamics and mechanism of action of biological macromolecules.

Edgar A. Arriaga

*Accepting students

Chemistry

Explore and characterize organelles to elucidate the complexities of biological systems and to address current biomedical problems

Vivian Bardwell

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Mechanisms of transcriptional repression and how inappropriate transcriptional regulation leads to cancer and developmental disorders

David A. Bernlohr
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Adipose Biology and Obesity Linked Insulin Resistance, Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Function, Adipokine Biology and Insulin Resistance

Anja-Katrin Bielinsky
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

The Bielinsky lab studies mechanisms that suppress genome instability in yeast and human cells. In particular, we focus on pathways that are regulated by ubiquitin and SUMO.

Daniel R. Bond

Microbiology and Immunology

Bacteria can transfer electrons to metals and other organisms, powering global geochemical cycles and industrial processes. Microbial electrochemical technologies harness this ability, using electrodes as electron sources and sinks for metabolism. We aim to discover conductive pathways at the core of this electron flow, and understand how organisms sense redox conditions that require different electrical pathways

Erin Carlson

*Accepting students

Chemistry 

The Carlson lab is pursuing the discovery of the master regulators of bacterial growth and communication and ultimately, the identification of new antibiotics through the application of diverse tools at the interface of chemistry and biology. 

Clay Carter

Plant Biology

Plant-microbe and plant-animal interactions, protein trafficking in plant cells

Yue Chen

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

 

Benjamin Clark

Biomedical Sciences at the Duluth campus

Immunoendocrinology, with an emphasis on the role of neuroendocrine peptide hormones as autocrine regulators of immune function

Robert Cormier

Biomedical Sciences at the Duluth campus

Identification and characterization of susceptibility genes for colorectal cancer including analysis of both human cancer tissues and mouse models of colorectal cancer (CRC)

Scott Dehm
*Accepting students

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Role of the androgen receptor (AR) and alterations in AR signaling in prostate cancer development and progression

Lester R. Drewes

Biomedical Sciences at the Duluth campus

Molecular characterization of the blood-brain barrier/neurovascular unit with an emphasis on nutrient and drug transport in health and disease. 

Zigang Dong

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at Hormel Institute

Carcinogenesis & Chemoprevention

Mikael Elias

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Cellular phosphate uptake and bacterial virulence, chemical bonds to phenotypes, Molecular engineering of enzymes and biotechnological applications

James M. Ervasti
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Define the function of dystrophin in striated muscle to understand how its absence or abnormality leads to the pathologies observed in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies

Deborah A. Ferrington

Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Age-related macular degeneration, Immunoproteasome and cellular stress response, Proteasome function in the aging retina

Michael Freeman

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Natural product biosynthesis, Microbial genetics, Targeted metagenomics

Melissa Gardner

*Accepting students

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Biophysical Studies of Mitotic Microtubule Dynamics and Spindle Function

Aaron Goldstrohm

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Principles and mechanisms that control expression of genes

Wendy Gordon

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

How cell surface receptors convert signals from extracellular stimuli like mechanical force into a biological response

Jeffrey Gralnick

Microbiology

Understanding the physiology ofShewanella, a species of gram-negative bacteria found throughout the world in aquatic environments

Timothy J. Griffin

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Development and application of mass spectrometry-based tools to study proteins and proteomes

Daniel Harki
*Accepting students

Medicinal Chemistry

Design, synthesis and biophysical characterization of small molecules that influence cellular function

Reuben S. Harris
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Mechanisms of mutation in immunity and carcinogenesis

Thomas Hays

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Applying genetic, molecular and biochemical approaches in Drosophila to study the molecular regulation of motor proteins and intercellular transport

Eric A. Hendrickson
*Accepting student

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Mechanisms of mammalian DNA double-strand break repair

Anne Hinderliter

Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Duluth campus

Membrane-localized phenomena

Charalampos Kalodimos
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Determination of the structural and dynamic basis for the function and assembly of large protein machineries; and the determination of the role of the internal protein dynamics in regulating protein activity and allosteric interactions

Fumiaki Katagiri

Plant Biology

Plant immune network

Romas J. Kazlauskas

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Protein engineering for biocatalysis

Arkady B. Khodursky
 

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Mechanisms of adaptation in antibiotic resistant bacteria, genomic landscape of starvation-recovery transitions in bacterial populations

Do-Hyung Kim

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Biological networks that coordinate metabolism and growth

Ryan A. Langlois

*Accepting students

Microbiology and Immunology

Immunity to influenza virus infections

Nicholas Levinson

*Accepting students

Pharmacology

How protein-protein interactions induce conformational changes at a distance, a phenomenon termed allostery

Fang Li

Pharmacology

Structural biology of human diseases including virus infections, cancer, and abnormal blood pressure

John D. Lipscomb

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Mechanisms of oxygenases, the enzymes nature uses to catalyze the incorporation of oxygen into biological molecules

Hinh Ly

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Molecular mechanisms of Lassa fever virus replication and host immune suppression

Louis Mansky
*Accepting students

Microbiology and Immunology

Cell and molecular biology of HIV and HTLV; Antiviral drug target identification; Antiviral drug resistance; HIV genetic variation, evolution and population genetics; Viral quasispecies; Virus assembly; Evolution of emerging viruses; Paleovirology

Douglas Mashek
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Characterizing the alterations in metabolism that define diseases such as fatty liver disease and Type 2 Diabetes

Kevin H. Mayo

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Structural biology is aimed at understanding cell adhesion at the molecular level where protein-protein and protein-carbohydrate interactions ae critical

Joseph M. Metzger

Integrative Biology and Physiology

Integrative systems biology of cardiovascular function; Cardiac gene therapy; Transgenic models of heart disease; Molecular mechanisms of sarcomere function; Human iPS cell cardiac myocytes

Sharon E. Murphy

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Metabolism of nicotine and nitrosamines, characterize the enzymes involved in nicotine metabolism

Chad Myers

Computer Science and Engineering

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Harry Orr

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Molecular genetics of neurodegenerative diseases, principally the autosomal dominant form of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA1)

Laurie Parker

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Assay development for post-translational modifications (PTMs), with a focus on protein phosphorylation by tyrosine kinases

Lincoln R. Potter

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Hormone/parascrine natriuretic peptide family and their cognate guanylyl cyclase (GC)-A and GC-B receptors

Lawrence Que

Chemistry

Bio-inorganic chemistry, specifically on the topic of iron, oxygen and biocatalysis

Michael J. Sadowsky

Soil, Water, and Climate

Development of technologies to determine sources of fecal pollution in waterways

Daniel Schmidt

*Accepting students

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Invents and applies protein engineering technologies to study fundamental functional principles of natural and artificial living systems at a cellular level

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Biosynthetic Pathway Engineering and Discovery, Biosynthetic Pathway Engineering and Discovery, Biosynthesis and Designer Microbes

Janet L. Schottel

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Regulation of gene expression in cells in response to stresses such as desiccation, nutrient deprivation, culture density, osmotic stress, heat shock, and mechanical stress

Burckhard Seelig
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Implementing Darwinian evolution in a test tube to generate novel proteins with custom-made properties

Jeffrey Simon

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Reveal chromatin mechanisms that control gene expression during development and disease

Michael Smanski
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Natural products discovery in the post-genomics era, Precision engineering of diverse bacterial species

Alexandra Sobeck

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Cellular mechanisms of maintaining genomic stability; DNA damage response during chromosomal replication

David D. Thomas

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Fundamental molecular motions and interactions that are responsible for cellular movement, to determine the molecular bases of muscle disorders, and to devise novel therapies based on these discoveries

Margaret Titus

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

Understand how the actin cytoskeleton and its associated motors, myosins, and actin binding proteins that link the cytoskeleton to adhesion receptors are used to generate amoeboid motility and how cells interpret extracellular cues to move directionally

Natalia Tretyakova

*Accepting students

Medicinal Chemistry

Investigate the structural basis for carcinogenic and anticancer activity of DNA- and protein-modifying agents

Gianluigi Veglia

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Study the structure and dynamics of membrane embedded enzymes

Lawrence P. Wackett
*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Enzyme transformations for biotechnological applications

Kendall B. Wallace

Biomedical Sciences at the Duluth campus

Mechanisms by which foreign chemicals, including drugs and industrial and environmental pollutants, interfere with mitochondrial metabolism and genetics to bring about various metabolic diseases

Carrie M. Wilmot

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Understand the mechanisms of post-translational modification required for protein enzyme activity

Jeongsik Yong

*Accepting students

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Function of RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNAs in post transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms