Cell and Molecular Biology Faculty
Paul Sternweis, Ph.D.
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.
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
Cheng-Ming Chiang, Ph.D.
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
Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Live cell imaging and mathematical modeling of mechanical and chemical signal transduction; cytoskeleton regulation and mechanics
Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
Research Interests: Genetics and biochemistry of lipoprotein and cholesterol metabolism; cell-surface receptor function; regulation of gene expression
Joel Goodman, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Intracellular sorting of newly synthesized proteins; organelle biogenesis and membrane structure and function; the yeast peroxisome as a model of organellar assembly
William Henne, Ph.D.
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
Khuloud Jaqaman, Ph.D.
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.
Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Spatial and temporal regulation of cellular signaling events; mechanisms and physiological roles of store-operated calcium signaling
Gray Pearson, Ph.D.
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
Michael Reese, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biochemistry; biophysics; cell signaling, kinases, pseudokinases; host-pathogen interaction; co-evolution; immunology; structural biology
Philipp Scherer, Ph.D.
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
Ronald Taussig, Ph.D.
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.
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular pathogenesis of leishmaniasis and other parasitic infections; host-pathogen interactions; development of novel antiparasitics.
Gang Yu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biochemistry of signal transduction, gene regulation, and membrane protein complexes; molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and neurodegeneration
These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.