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Gene Regulation

Dr. Armache's Research Interest:  Mechanisms and functions of
ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes and their place
in genome regulation 

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Physics
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Dr. Bai's Research Interest:  Chromatin structure and its role in
gene regulation.  

Stanley Person Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Ferry's Research Interest:  The study the enzymology and
molecular biology of anaerobic microbes from the Archaea
domain.   

Dr. Gilmour's Research Interest: We use Drosophila as a model
system for employing a multifaceted approach to study
mechanisms of transcriptional regulation. 

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Gu's Research Interest:  The utilization of biochemical,
molecular genetics, and spectroscopic approaches to
decipher mechanisms of cellulose biosynthesis.   

Dr. Hardison's Research Interest: Epigenetic and genomic
approaches for the systematic study of eukaryotic gene
regulation. 

Associate Department Head for Graduate Education and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Keiler's Research Interest:  Protein quality control, ribosome
rescue, and new antibiotics.   

Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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  Dr. Lai's Research Interest:  Growth Control and Cancer Genetics.  

Dr. Lindner's Research Interest:  The coupling of molecular
parasitology and structural biology to study the malaria
parasite.   

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chemistry
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Dr. Llinás' Research Interest:  The combination of tools from
functional genomics, molecular biology, computational biology,
biochemistry, and metabolomics to understand the fundamental
molecular mechanisms underlying the development of this
parasite.   

Dr. Mahony's Research Interest: We build machine learning
applications to understand how transcription factors control
cellular identity. 

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Miyashiro's Research Interest: We use microbial genetics,
biochemistry, and cell biology approaches to determine the
molecular mechanisms that enable bacteria to establish
symbiosis with a eukaryotic host.  The model system is the
symbiosis formed between the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio
fischeri 
and the Hawaiian bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes
Our primary interests in this system include quorum sensing,
contact-dependent killing mechanisms, and sulfur metabolism.  

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Murakami's Research Interest:  We apply cryo-EM and X-ray
crystallography techniques to reveal three-dimensional structures 
of DNA and RNA polymerases for elucidating the mechanisms of
DNA replication and RNA transcription.   

Dr. Okafor's Research Interest:  The structural mechanisms of
signaling and regulation in protein complexes.   

Dr. Paulson's Research Interest:  The mechanism of tissue
regeneration using the response to anemia as a model system.  

H. Thomas & Dorothy Willits Hallowell Chair of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis
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Dr. Perdew's Research Interest:  The biochemical pathway of
AHR activation and characterized species difference in AHR
mediated transcriptional activation of target genes.   

Dr. Peter's Research Interest:  The role of the peroxisome
proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the regulation
of homeostasis, toxicology and carcinogenesis.   

Associate Department Head for Research and Faculty Development, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Dr. Reese's Research Interest:  Stress-induced gene expression
and UV resistance pathways, Regulation of mRNAs from birth to
death during stress responses, Targeted protein degradation
during transcriptional stress and How RNA Polymerase II contends
with barriers throughout the genome.   

Dr. Showalter's Research Interest:  The use of solution
nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, in combination
with thermodynamic analysis, chemical biology, and cellular
assays to advance understanding of protein function.   

Dr. Tan's Research Interest:  The understanding of how genes
are regulated by combining genetic, biochemical and structural
descriptions.