The main focus of the Molecular Biology Division is to understand the regulation of basic and disease related cellular processes such as gene expression, hormonal signaling, RNA processing, DNA replication, recombination and repair.
Faculty and Research Interests
Gene structure and regulation
Regulation of DNA replication, cell cycle, cancer
Molecular mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions and plant gene expression
Tumor promoter-induced signal transduction pathways, Carcinogenesis, Cancer prevention
Gene regulation, Post-transcriptional control of messenger RNA stability, Translation and localization by RNA-binding proteins, mRNA untranslated regions and nucleases, Genetic mechanisms of development, Cancer, Obesity
Mechanisms of purposeful mutation relating to innate and adaptive immunity
Mechanisms of mammalian DNA double-strand break repair
Gene expression; protein phosphorylation cascades.
Eukaryotic molecular biology; hormone action; gene expression.
Nucleic acid biochemistry; molecular genetics.
Cellular mechanisms of maintaining genomic stability; DNA damage response during chromosomal replication.
Mechanism of insulin action; regulation of gene expression by lipids; lipid transporters and lipid binding proteins; obesity and metabolic regulation.
Biological networks that coordinate metabolism and growth
Signal Transduction, Natriuretic Peptides, Guanylyl Cyclase Receptors and cGMP.
Nucleic acid biochemistry; molecular biology.