Microbiology research in the department concentrates on the use of traditional and molecular techniques to explore environmental, industrial and medical aspects of the occurrence and biological activity of microorganisms. An important focus is the inhibition of undesirable microbial processes by external agents.
Cell and Molecular Biology and Physiology
Cell and Molecular Biology and Physiology (CMBP) faculty research focuses on cellular processes in a variety of contexts, including neuronal homeostasis, immunobiology, cancer and host-pathogen interactions.
Members of the group coalesce around a common interest in cellular organization, regulation and communication. They perform both basic and collaborative clinical research.
CMBP research efforts result in a deeper appreciation for how cells function and communicate, as well as translational enterprises that advance the Precision Medicine Initiative launched by the National Institutes of Health.
Molecular Basis of Disease (MBD) is a program that includes faculty in seven departments engaged in interdisciplinary research on molecular and cellular contributions to disease: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience, and Computer Information Systems.
The program provides graduate and undergraduate fellowships, runs a distinguished lecturer series, organizes an annual retreat, as well as provides support for state-of-the-art facilities in these departments.
Brains & Behavior (B&B) is a multidepartmental umbrella organization that promotes research broadly related to the neurosciences. It sponsors student fellowships, provides seed grants for research, and promotes collaborations across departments.
Research interests of the NBB faculty span significant areas of neuroscience and are performed at the molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral levels. NBB faculty use traditional and cutting-edge techniques such as electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, calcium imaging, transgenic approaches, neural tract tracing, epigenetics and optogenetics to address a wide range of research topics.
Individual research projects employ a variety of model systems, including nematodes, gastropods, fish and several vertebrate species to address topics of dopamine reward pathways, gene networks' organization of cellular networks and behavior, epigenetic regulation of food intake and adipocyte function, Rett syndrome and diabetes, epigenetics, inflammation and obesity, social regulation of adult sex change, obesity reversal, and neuronal development and regeneration.
Biology faculty involved in this program are associate members of the Neuroscience Institute.