Cell and Molecular Biology Faculty


Paul Sternweis, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Research Interests: Regulation of intracellular events by cell-surface receptors; structure and function of GTP-dependent regulatory proteins and their effectors

Joseph Albanesi, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mechanisms of membrane fusion; role of lipids in membrane trafficking; membrane vesiculation of dynamin

Neal Alto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Alto Lab
Research Interests: The intersection between human signal-transduction and bacterial pathogenesis; use of biochemical and cell biological analysis to define molecular mechanisms of microbial infectious disease

James Bibb, Ph.D.
Bibb Lab
Research Interests: Protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation related to neural function

Michael Brown, M.D.
Brown-Goldstein Lab
Research Interests: Regulation of gene expression; cell-surface receptor function; genetics and biochemistry of lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism

Cheng-Ming Chiang, Ph.D.
Chiang Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms of transcriptional regulation and epigenetic control; chromatin remodeling and histone tail modification; sumoylation and ubiquitination; functional interplay between oncoproteins and tumor suppressor proteins; general transcription factors and cofactors

Melanie Cobb, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Protein kinase cascades; MAP kinases; signal-transduction mechanisms

James Collins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Collins Lab
Research Interests:  Germ cells, immunology, parasite biology, pathogenesis, regeneration, stem cells

Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Live cell imaging and mathematical modeling of mechanical and chemical signal transduction; cytoskeleton regulation and mechanics

Russell DeBose-Boyd, Ph.D.
DeBose-Boyd Lab
Research Interests: Regulation of HMG-CoA reductase and sterol metabolism

Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Brown-Goldstein Lab
Research Interests: Genetics and biochemistry of lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism; cell-surface receptor function; regulation of gene expression

Joel Goodman, Ph.D.
Goodman Lab
Research Interests: Intracellular sorting of newly synthesized proteins; organelle biogenesis and membrane structure and function; the yeast peroxisome as a model of organellar assembly

F. Kent Hamra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Hamra Lab
Research Interests: Signal transduction pathways that regulate stem cell development; application of sperm stem cells to biology and medicine

William Henne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Henne Lab
Research Interests:  Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Sculpting; formation and dynamics of inter-organelle membrane contact sites (MCSs) in human health and disease

Jer-Tsong (J.T.) Hsieh, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Human cancer gene therapy; signaling defects in urogenital cancers

Lily Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Huang Lab
Research Interests: Cytokine receptor; signal transduction; hematopoiesis; structure-function analysis of protein; cancer

Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Jaqaman Lab
Research Interests: Quantitative single-molecule imaging of receptor organization and signaling; linking molecular and cellular behavior across multiple scales; computational image analysis and data multiplexing.

Steven Kliewer, Ph.D.
Mangelsdorf-Kliewer Lab
Research Interests: Physiology of nuclear receptors

Mark Lehrman, Ph.D.
Lehrman Lab
Research Interests: Informational carbohydrates in the endoplasmic reticulum: roles in protein folding, stress responses, and human disease

Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Spatial and temporal regulation of cellular signaling events; mechanisms and physiological roles of store-operated calcium signaling

James Malter, M.D. 
Malter Lab
Research Interests: Post-transcriptional gene regulation and signaling in the immune and nervous system. 

David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Mangelsdorf-Kliewer Lab
Research Interests: Mechanism of nuclear hormone receptor action; role of retinoids in cancer; transcriptional regulation of lipid metabolism

Denise Marciano, M.D.,  Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Marciano Lab
Research Interests: Regulation of cell-cell adhesion during tubule and glomerular formation and in polycystic kidney disease

Carole Mendelson, Ph.D.
Mendelson Lab
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms in tissue-specific, developmental, and hormonal regulation of eukaryotic gene expression

John Minna, M.D.
Minna Lab
Research Interests: Molecular genetics of human cancer; growth factors and signal transduction in human tumors

Gray Pearson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Research Interests:  Breast Cancer; Cell motility and invasion; Epithelial-to Mesenchymal Transition; Metastasis; Tumor microenvironment

Kate Luby-Phelps, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Light microscope imaging of structure and function in living cells and tissues

Ryan Potts, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Potts Lab
Research Interests: Role of ubiquitin ligases in tumor initiation and progression, vesicular trafficking, and genome stability. 

Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
Ranganathan Lab
Research Interest: Biophysical mechanisms that underlie cellular signal transduction in sensory neurons

Michael Reese, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Reese Lab
Research Interests: Biochemistry; biophysics; cell signaling, kinases, pseudokinases; host-pathogen interaction; co-evolution; immunology; structural biology

Daniel Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Rosenbaum Lab
Research Interests: Structure and mechanism of integral membrane signaling proteins

Elliott Ross, Ph.D.
Ross Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms and regulatory behavior of G-protein signaling; regulated protein-protein interactions in signal transduction

Michael Roth, Ph.D.
Roth Lab
Research Interests: Recognition and sorting of cell-surface glycoproteins

David Russell, Ph.D.
Russell Lab
Research Interests: Steroid and bile-acid metabolism; molecular genetics; gene regulation; protein structure-function

Philipp Scherer, Ph.D.
Scherer Lab
Research Interests: Identification and physiological characterization of novel secretory proteins that serve as potential links between the adipocyte and the processes of whole body energy homeostasis; inflammation and cancer; beta cell biology

Sandra Schmid, Ph.D.
Schmid Lab
Research Interests: Mechanisms governing and regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis, structure and function of the GTPase dynamin

Joachim Seemann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Seeman Lab
Research Interest: Biogenesis of the Golgi apparatus

Dean Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Smith Lab
Research Interest: Sensory transduction in Drosophila melanogaster

William Snell, Ph.D.
Snell Lab
Research Interests: Cell-cell interactions and signal transduction during fertilization in Chlamydomonas; cellular and molecular mechanisms of cell-cell fusion

Ronald Taussig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research Interest: G protein-mediated signaling

Lance Terada, M.D.
Research Interests: Vascular biology; oxidant biochemistry; signal transduction; acute lung injury

Dawn Wetzel, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Wetzel Lab
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular pathogenesis of leishmaniasis and other parasitic infections; host-pathogen interactions; development of novel antiparasitics. 

Michael White, Ph.D.
White Lab
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms for control of cell growth and differentiation

Angelique Whitehurst, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Whitehurst Lab
Research Interests:  

Helen Yin, Ph.D.
Yin Lab
Research Interest: Mechanisms for signal transduction through the actin cytoskeleton

Gang Yu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yu Lab
Research Interests: Biochemistry of signal transduction, gene regulation, and membrane protein complexes; molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and neurodegeneration

Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.
Yu Lab
Research Interest: Study of cell division cycle

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.