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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.

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Dr. Hank W. Bass

Meiosis in higher plants; telomere dynamics; molecular cytology; maize chromatin, nuclease sensitivity profiling, G4-DNA, and genome research in maize and hop.

Faculty Member
Dr. Brian P. Chadwick

X chromosome inactivation; chromatin organization; epigenetic gene regulation.

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Dr. P. Bryant Chase

Biomechanics of cardiac and skeletal muscle.

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Dr. Hongchang Cui

Cell fate specification and reprogramming in plants; evolutionary and developmental biology; plant-environment interaction; genomics and epigenomics; proteomics; molecular genetics.

Faculty Member
Dr. Wu-Min Deng

Developmental Biology, Cell-Cell Communication, Notch and Hippo Signaling, Growth Control, Cell Competition, Drosophila Models for Tumorigenesis and Cancer.

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Dr. Jonathan H. Dennis

The biology of chromatin involved in the innate immune response.

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Dr. W. Ross Ellington

Enzyme structure, function, and evolution.

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Dr. James M. Fadool

Developmental Genetics; Analysis of visual system development and disease.

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Dr. Peter G. Fajer

Muscle contraction; structure-function of proteins; cellular physiology.

Faculty Member
Dr. Jian Feng

Epigenetic regulation of neuropsychiatric disorders

Faculty Member
Dr. David M. Gilbert

Chromosome Structure and Function in Stem Cells and Cancer

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Dr. Kathryn M. Jones

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).

Faculty Member
Dr. Thomas C. S. Keller

Cell interaction with biocompatible coatings and interfaces; Cell and molecular biology of the cytoskeleton

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Dr. Steven Lenhert

Biological membranes; cell-substrate interactions; bionanotechnology.

Faculty Member
Dr. Lisa C. Lyons

Signaling and circadian modulation regulating associative memory.

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Dr. Karen M. McGinnis

Epigenetic gene regulation in maize.

Faculty Member
Dr. Darin R. Rokyta

Molecular and statistical properties of adaptive evolution.

Faculty Member
Dr. M. Elizabeth Stroupe

3-D electron microscopy and x-ray crystallography of protein complexes involved in mRNA and sulfur metabolism.

Faculty Member
Dr. Hengli Tang

Virus-host cell interactions; Cell biology of HCV and flavirus replication; Cellular co-factors for HCV and flavivirus (dengue virus, Zika virus)infection.

Faculty Member
Dr. Kenneth A. Taylor

Macromolecular structure determination by 3-D electron microscopy; muscle, cytoskeleton and cell adhesion structure; virus structure.

Faculty Member
Dr. Roberto Vincis

Gustation; Neuronal dynamics of taste sensation and taste-related decisions.

Faculty Member
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.

Faculty Member
Dr. Hong-Guo Yu

Chromosome dynamics and genome integrity.

Faculty Member
Dr. Fanxiu Zhu

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.