Current Faculty

Below is an alphabetical listing of Current Biology faculty. Please note you can search by first or last name. All of Biology faculty are affiliated with at least one of the four interdisciplinary graduate programs and you can limit your search to only those faculty affiliated with a particular program. In addition, you can search for only those faculty who can chair graduate student Masters or PhD committees. And you can combine these criteria to further limit your search.

Name Title Research Interests
Lynn Adler


Ecology and Evolution of Insect-Plant Interactions

R. Craig Albertson

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Peter Alpert


Plant Ecology and Conservation Science

Courtney C. Babbitt

Assistant Professor of Biology and Commonwealth Honors College

Evolutionary Genomics

Madelaine E. Bartlett

Assistant Professor

Diversity of Shape and form present in flowering plants.

Tobias Baskin


Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis During Growth & Development

Magdalena Bezanilla


Molecular Mechanisms Behind Plant Cell Growth

Eric L. Bittman


Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Jeffrey Blanchard

Associate Professor

Anaerobic Microbiology, Microbial Ecology and Evolution, Genomics, Bioinformatics

Steven D. Brewer

Senior Lecturer II

Science Education; Instructional Technology

Bruce Byers

Associate Professor

Songbird Vocalizations

Ana L. Caicedo

Associate Professor

Plant Molecular Evolution and Evolutionary Genomics
Elizabeth A. Connor

Associate Professor

Neuromuscular Junction: Development and Maintenance

Cristina Cox Fernandes

Lecturer/Adjunct Research Associate Professor

Diversity of Amazonian Fishes

Gerald B. Downes

Associate Professor

Development and Function of Spinal Cord Networks

Elizabeth R. Dumont


Vertebrate Morphology

Laura I. Francis


Molecular Mechanisms

Alexander R. Gerson

Assistant Professor

Integrative Eco-physiology - Environmental Physiology of Birds

Judith E. Goodenough

Senior Lecturer II

Circadian phototactic rhythm in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Samuel P. Hazen

Associate Professor

Regulatory Networks and Natural Variation in Plant Cell Wall Biosynthesis

Christiane I. Healey


Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior

Peter W. Houlihan

Senior Lecturer

Animal Behavior, Vertebrate Ecology, and Conservation Biology

Duncan J. Irschick


Functional Morphology, Evolution, and Behavioral Ecology

Abigail Jensen

Associate Professor

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease
Rolf O. Karlstrom


Developmental Neurobiology: Axon Guidance and Forebrain Patterning
Joohyun Lee

Research Assistant Professor

Epigenetic regulation of plant-environment interactions

Proper timing of the flowering transition in plants is a key developmental process necessary for adaptation to various ecological niches. Many plant species require exposure to the prolonged cold of winter to flower, a temperature-sensing process referred to as vernalization. The cold memory is maintained mitotically and thus is an epigenetic switch that promotes flowering in spring. The cold-induced epigenetic switch is an important factor that affects the yield of various agricultural crops, because certain plants cannot flower at the proper time without vernalization. In Arabidopsis thaliana, prolonged exposure to cold epigenetically represses the expression of a floral repressor, FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). This is achieved by the increase of the evolutionary conserved Polycomb Repressive Complex2 (PRC2)-mediated epigenetic silencing mark, trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27me3), at FLC. However, how plants sense the prolonged cold and measure the duration of cold exposure are not known. Therefore, my research aims to identify and characterize the network of genes controlling a cold-induced epigenetic switch in plants.

Wei-Lih Lee

Associate Professor

Mechanism of Dynein-Mediated Nuclear Migration and Spindle Positioning

Geng-Lin Li

Assistant Professor

Synaptic Transmission

Kari D. Loomis


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Thomas J. Maresca

Assistant Professor

Cell Division

Michele Markstein

Assistant Professor

Stem Cells and Cancer

Benjamin Normark


Evolution of Unusual Genetic Systems

W. Brian O'Connor

Emeritus Professor

Randall W. Phillis

Associate Professor

Neurogenetics of Drosophila

Jeffrey Podos


Mechanisms and Evolution of Vertebrate Behavior; Bioacoustics

Adam Porter

Associate Professor

Evolutionary Biology; Computational Biology

Alan M. Richmond

Senior Lecturer II/Curator


Margaret Riley


Microbial Molecular Evolution and Ecology

Caleb M. Rounds


Plant Physiology

Lawrence M. Schwartz

Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrated Science

Programmed Cell Death

Karen B. Searcy

Adjunct Research Assistant Professor

Plant Reproductive Ecology

Tristram G. Seidler

Extension Assistant Professor/Curator

Plant Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation

Elena Vazey

Assistant Professor

Neuromodulation and Neurodegeneration

Patricia Wadsworth


Cell Division and Cytoskeleton

Elsbeth Walker


Plant Development and Molecular Genetics

R. Thomas Zoeller


Thyroid Hormone Action on Brain Development and Environmental Disruption of Thyroid Hormone Action