Students may choose to work with any Department of Biological Science faculty. With permission from the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, students may also forge collaborative thesis projects between biology faculty and any other faculty at Florida State University.
Meiosis in higher plants; telomere dynamics; molecular cytology; maize chromatin, nuclease sensitivity profiling, G4-DNA, and genome research in maize and hop.
X chromosome inactivation; chromatin organization; epigenetic gene regulation.
Biomechanics of cardiac and skeletal muscle.
Cell fate specification and reprogramming in plants; evolutionary and developmental biology; plant-environment interaction; genomics and epigenomics; proteomics; molecular genetics.
Developmental Biology, Cell-Cell Communication, Notch and Hippo Signaling, Growth Control, Cell Competition, Drosophila Models for Tumorigenesis and Cancer.
The biology of chromatin involved in the innate immune response.
Enzyme structure, function, and evolution.
Developmental Genetics; Analysis of visual system development and disease.
Muscle contraction; structure-function of proteins; cellular physiology.
Epigenetic regulation of neuropsychiatric disorders
Chromosome Structure and Function in Stem Cells and Cancer
I study the symbiotic interaction of nitrogen-fixing rhizobial bacteria with legume host plants: 1)How bacteria manipulate their environment during host plant invasion such that the plant not only permits entry, but provides an invasion pathway for them; 2)Why the interactions of specific strains of Sinorhizobium with particular Medicago truncatula plant ecotypes are more productive than others; 3)How plants direct resources to productive symbionts at the expense of unproductive ones (cheaters).
Cell interaction with biocompatible coatings and interfaces; Cell and molecular biology of the cytoskeleton
Biological membranes; cell-substrate interactions; bionanotechnology.
Signaling and circadian modulation regulating associative memory.
Epigenetic gene regulation in maize.
Molecular and statistical properties of adaptive evolution.
3-D electron microscopy and x-ray crystallography of protein complexes involved in mRNA and sulfur metabolism.
Virus-host cell interactions; Cell biology of HCV and flavirus replication; Cellular co-factors for HCV and flavivirus (dengue virus, Zika virus)infection.
Macromolecular structure determination by 3-D electron microscopy; muscle, cytoskeleton and cell adhesion structure; virus structure.
Gustation; Neuronal dynamics of taste sensation and taste-related decisions.
Biochemist and structural biologist dedicated to delineate individual proteins functions and their interactions in innate immunity, inflammation, pathogen-host interaction, and autophagy.
Chromosome dynamics and genome integrity.
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV); viral evasion of the host innate immune responses; viral modulation of the host kinase signaling pathways; role and assembly of KSHV tegument proteins.