Faculty & Research
Cellular organization and behavior in the Archaea domain of life
Regulation of protein phosphatases and the evolution of cellular signaling
Developmental control of gene expression
Self-organization of living and active matter
Neural development and behavior
Single-molecule biochemistry and biophysics. Transcription and RNA processing. Cytoskeletal networks and regulation.
Cytoskeletal assembly and dynamics
Biochemistry of behavior
Repair of broken chromosomes and triggering of the DNA damage response
Antimicrobial design; targeted protein degradation; TSC2 activators; enzyme structure-function studies
Uncovering fundamental molecular mechanisms of virus translocation across biological membranes
Molecular neurobiology and RNA metabolism
Mechanisms for control of mitochondrial protein activity, quality and lifespan
Physical biology of the cell
Chemical glycobiology and organic chemistry
Expertise: Genomics of brain development.
Genetics and molecular biology of bacteria and yeast
Gene expression in cellular stress responses
Physiological genomics of the mammalian neocortex
Molecular mechanisms of synaptic development.
Expertise: Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance; single molecule approaches to study chromatin associated factors in vitro and in cells.
Endosomal membrane traffic in neurons
Complex fluids and biological physics; programmable self-assembly of soft materials; colloidal interactions and phase transitions; DNA nanotechnology; self-organization of active matter; optical trapping and single-molecule science.
Circadian rhythms, behavior and gene expression
Neurogenetics of sensory behaviors
Mechanisms of protein folding in the cell
Structural bioinformatics analysis of telomeric complexes, integrating X-ray crystallographic structure determination, molecular evolution, and structure-function studies
Homeostasis and neural circuit plasticity and function
Master's Advising Head
Comparative anatomy, evolution, physiology, biomechanics