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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Cell Structure, Function, and Motility

  • Hank W. Bass
    Telomeres, meiosis, and chromatin structure in maize through genetics, genomics, and 3D molecular cytology.

  • Brian P. Chadwick
    X chromosome inactivation; chromatin organization; epigenetic gene regulation.

  • P. Bryant Chase
    Biomechanics of cardiac and skeletal muscle.

  • Wu-Min Deng
    Intercellular communication in Drosophila egg chambers, growth and proliferation control and cancer models, cell competition.

  • Jonathan H. Dennis
    The biology of chromatin involved in the innate immune response.

  • W. Ross Ellington
    Biochemical adaptation; enzyme structure, function, and evolution.

  • Peter Fajer
    Muscle contraction; structure-function of proteins; cellular physiology.

  • David Gilbert
    Structure and replication of chromosomes in stem cells and cancer.

  • Laura R. Keller
    Molecular genetics; signal transduction and regulation of gene expression.

  • Thomas C.S. Keller
    Cell and molecular biology of the cytoskeleton; cytoskeleton regulation and energetics.

  • Steven Lenhert
    Biological membranes; cell-substrate interactions; bionanotechnology.

  • M. Elizabeth Stroupe
    High-resolution cryogenic electron microscopy of proteins involved in cell structure and motility.

  • Kenneth A. Taylor
    Macromolecular structure determination by 3-D electron microscopy; muscle, cytoskeleton and cell adhesion structure.

  • Dr. Hong-Guo Yu
    Chromosome structural formation, meiotic recombination and genomic integrity.

  • Dr. Qian Yin
    Biochemist and structural biologist dedicated to delineate individual proteins functions and their interactions in innate immunity, inflammation, pathogen-host interaction, and autophagy.



Research groups offering graduate training in the area of Cell Structure, Function, and Motility focus their research efforts on understanding the molecular morphology and dynamics of nuclei, flagella, muscle, and nonmuscle cell motility systems. These groups use a variety of experimental approaches (e.g., sophisticated light & electron microscopy, molecular biology, genetics, protein biochemistry, NMR) to gain greater understanding of the structural components, molecular organization, assembly, and movement of dynamic systems in vertebrate and invertebrate animal cells, plant cells, and unicellular algae. The individual labs are well equipped and focused on graduate training. Graduate students are encouraged to use state-of-the-art equipment in the departmental Biological Science Imaging Resource (BSIR), Molecular Cloning Facility, Hybridoma Facility, and at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory for their research projects.