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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. Erdem Bangi

My laboratory takes a novel and innovative approach to studying colorectal cancer by leveraging sophisticated genetic tools and practical advantages of Drosophila. We build, study and drug-screen Drosophila cancer models that reflect the complexity and diversity of sequenced human tumors.

Faculty Member
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.

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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.

Faculty Member
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. Jonathan H. Dennis

The biology of chromatin involved in the innate immune response.

Faculty Member
Dr. Debra A. Fadool

Structure and Function of Ion Channel Proteins; Signal Transduction and Neuromodulation by Phosphorylation; Impact of Obesity and Diabetes mellitus on Olfactory and Sensory Processes

Faculty Member
Dr. James M. Fadool

Using zebrafish as an model system, we investigate genetic & cellular mechanisms regulating photoreceptor development, patterning, retinal degeneration and regeneration.

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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. Ashwanth Francis

Our laboratory uses biophysical techniques including quantitative live-cell imaging, single virus tracking, and correlative cryo-Electron Tomography approaches to gain mechanistic and structural insights into virus-host interactions. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the cell-biology underlying the disassembly and transport of single virus particles such as HIV-1 to their replication centers inside the nucleus

Faculty Member
Dr. Peter Fraser

Dynamic changes in chromatin and chromosome architecture regulates patterns of cellular gene expression during differentiation and development, or in response to environmental signals. Our research looks at various levels of chromatin, chromosome and nuclear structure, from individual nucleosome modifications to the dynamic 3D structure of chromosomes and their inter-relationships in the nucleus and how they affect genome functions.

Faculty Member
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. Steven Lenhert

Biological membranes; cell-substrate interactions; bionanotechnology.

Faculty Member
Dr. Lisa C. Lyons

We are interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which sleep and the circadian clock affect neural plasticity from drug tolerance to long-term memory. We use Drosophila melanogaster and mice for our research with sleep deprivation.

Faculty Member
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. Douglas Storace

Sensory processing, function and organization of neural circuits, imaging brain activity.

Faculty Member
Dr. M. Elizabeth Stroupe

The Stroupe laboratory uses cryogenic electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography to discover fundamental mechanisms in ribosome biogenesis 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

Molecular and cell biology of the cell nucleus

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.