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Faculty Taking Students in Fall 2018

These groups have indicated they are likely to take on new graduate students in the fall, depending on funds and openings.

Effects of sensory experience and sleep on neural circuits, mechanisms underlying nervous system plasticity and memory formation
Sara Aton, Assistant Professor,

Role of molecular chaperones and disulfide catalysts in protein folding; Experimental evolution of protein folding
James Bardwell, Professor;

Understanding the barriers to proliferation in quiescent cells and how they are bypassed in diseases such as cancer
Laura Buttitta, Assistant Professor;

Mechanism by which Wnt signaling regulates target gene expression, using Drosophila as a model system
Kenneth Cadigan,

Protein sorting and quality control in the yeast secretory pathway
Amy Chang
, Associate Professor;

Using the bacterial curli system to study the fundamental principles of amyloid formation
Matthew Chapman, Professor;

Developmental and regulatory mechanisms that generate neural circuits and govern their function, using the olfactory system of Drosophila as a model system
 E. Josie Clowney, Assistant Professor;

Signaling and transport within axons, in particular how this allows neurons to make regenerative and degenerative responses to axonal injury
Catherine Collins,
Associate Professor;

Understanding how the central nervous system regulates energy stores
Roger Cone,

Gene regulation and chromosome segregation mediated by condensin complexes in C. elegans
Gyorgyi Csankovszki, Associate Professor;

Development, organization, and function of neural circuits that underlie a variety of somatosensory modalities
Bo Duan, Assistant Professor;

Understanding how peptide growth factors act to control growth, development, and aging
Cunming Duan,

Role of oxidative stress in host defense and aging
Ursula Jakob, Professor;

Fundamental cellular physiology including protein targeting, organelle biogenesis and autophagy
Daniel Klionsky, Professor;

Genomics, proteomics, and systems biology to study cell signaling and cancer-related pathways
Anuj Kumar, Associate Professor;

Cellular, molecular and circuit mechanisms underlying the plasticity in mammalian brain using in vivo imaging, electrophysiology, opto/pharmacogenetics, and behavior
Samuel Kwon, Assistant Professor;

Regulation and quality control of lysosomes
Ming Li, Assistant Professor;

Molecular mechanisms that regulate cytokinesis in epithelial cells and how this process may become mis-regulated in cancer
Ann Miller, Assistant Professor;

Biochemistry, cell biology and X-ray crystallography to understand the roles of telomerase and telomeres in cancer and ageing
Jayakrishnan Nandakumar, Assistant Professor;

Cellular machinery involved in proper deposition of plant cell wall components
Erik Nielsen,
Associate Professor;

Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate cell differentiation and pattern formation
John Schiefelbein, Professor;

Molecular and neural basis of circadian timekeeping in Drosophila melanogaster 
Orie Shafer, Associate Professor;

F- anion export
Randy Stockbridge,
Assistant Professor;

Interdisciplinary approaches to understand subcellular organization, with an emphasis on cell-free reconstitution and imaging
Anthony Vecchiarelli
, Assistant Professor;

Protein trafficking, organelle biogenesis and Golgi defects in diseases
Yanzhuang Wang,

Mechanisms of long non-coding RNA functions in regulation of genome activity
Andrzej Wierzbicki, Associate Professor;

Electrophysiological, behavioral and anatomical techniques to study retinal cells and circuits that regulate the non-image-forming visual system
Kwoon Wong, Assistant Professor;

Physiological and pathological functions of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) ion channels and Ca2+ signaling
Haoxing Xu,