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Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Eukaryotic Cell Biology, Cytoskeleton, and Signaling

The Indiana University Department of Biology has a strong focus in eukaryotic cell biology. Many of our most fundamental challenges in Biology lay in understanding the basic mechanisms by which cells function. Stem cells, cancer cells, and the many hundreds of specialized cell types that constitute an organism share conserved essential properties. Research into how cells divide, take shape, and faithfully replicate their DNA forms a core interest for the GCDB faculty section. Individual laboratories at Indiana University are making significant contributions to our understanding of how cells send and receive signals, generate motive forces, and control the eukaryotic genome. A particular strength of the faculty lies in comparative use of plant, microbial, and animal model systems.

Laboratories focusing on eukaryotic cell cycle regulation, DNA replication and mitosis (Calvi, Ellison, Lacefield, Pomerening, Walczak, Zolan). Laboratories interested in the cytoskeletal organization and function (Hangarter, Hu, Kaufman, Raff, Shaw, Walczak). Laboratories working on cellular signaling (Innes, Lacefield, Pomerening). Laboratories with defined interest in cellular morphogenesis (Hu, Shaw).

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Brian Calvi Brian Calvi
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
bcalvi [at]
812-855-5450
JH 361B
Cell cycle control of DNA replication and genome stability.
Thumbnail photo for Christina Dann Christina Dann
Affiliate Asst. Scientist Biology, Asst. Scientist Chemistry Dept.

ctdann [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0821
Myers 216B
Genetic and cellular studies of mouse spermatogonial stem cells.
Thumbnail photo for Pranav Danthi Pranav Danthi
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
pdanthi [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2449
SI 220B
Reovirus-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Roger Hangarter Roger Hangarter
Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rhangart [at] indiana.edu
812-855-5456/5-2179(lab)
MY 352 / MY 330 (lab)
Plant physiology: environmental sensory-response systems and plant development.
Thumbnail photo for Richard Hardy Richard Hardy
Professor of Biology, Associate Chair of Teaching

Microbiology
rwhardy [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0652/6-0649(lab)
SI 220E / SI 015 (lab)
Genome functions of RNA viruses and the roles of trans-acting factors.
Thumbnail photo for Peter Hollenhorst Peter Hollenhorst
Adjunct: Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences

pchollen [at] iupui.edu
812-855-1151
JH 209
Mechanisms of transcription factor specificity in cancer.
Thumbnail photo for Ke Hu Ke Hu
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
kehu [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0166/5-0311(lab)
MY 216A / MY 230 (lab)
The Cytoskeletal Biogenesis of Apicomplexan Parasites
Thumbnail photo for Roger Innes Roger Innes
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rinnes [at] indiana.edu
812-855-2219/5-2852(lab)
MY 316B / MY 302 (lab)
Molecular genetics of plant/pathogen interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Thom Kaufman Thom Kaufman
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
kaufman [at] indiana.edu
812-855-3033/5-7674(lab)
JH A508 / JH A505 (lab)
Cytogenetics, developmental genetics, and molecular genetics of Drosophila.
Thumbnail photo for Justin Kumar Justin Kumar
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
jkumar [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2621/6-2702(lab)
MY 202A / MY 202 (lab)
Tissue Specification and Patterning in Drosophila.
Thumbnail photo for Soni Lacefield Soni Lacefield
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
sonil [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2429
JH A315B
Mitotic and Meiotic Cell Cycle Regulation
Thumbnail photo for Michael Lynch Michael Lynch
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Class of 1954 Professor

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
milynch [at] indiana.edu
812-855-7384/6-0115(lab)
JH 324C / JH 327 (lab)
Evolution; population genetics and genomics; cell biology.
Thumbnail photo for Kathy Matthews Kathy Matthews
Senior Scientist

matthewk [at] indiana.edu
812-855-5782
JH A511
Thumbnail photo for John Murray John Murray
Senior Scientist, Hu Lab

murrayjo [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0311
MY 230
Thumbnail photo for Joe Pomerening Joe Pomerening
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
jpomeren [at] indiana.edu
812-856-3952
SI 043F / SI 043
Signal transduction pathways governing early embryonic and somatic cell cycles, and understanding the integration of feedback loops and other signaling elements in their M-phase control systems.
Thumbnail photo for Elizabeth Raff Elizabeth Raff
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
raff [at] indiana.edu
812-855-5287
MY 100A
Specification of three-dimensional biological form.
Thumbnail photo for Sidney Shaw Sidney Shaw
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
sishaw [at] indiana.edu
812-856-5001
MY 354
Microtubule dynamics and cellular morphogenesis in Arabidopsis.
Thumbnail photo for Nicholas Sokol Nicholas Sokol
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
nsokol [at] indiana.edu
812-856-6812/6-4914(lab)
JH A504/JH A502A(lab)
MicroRNA Function in Drosophila.
Thumbnail photo for Claire Walczak Claire Walczak
Adjunct: Professor, Medical Sciences

cwalczak [at] indiana.edu
812-855-5919/5-6785(lab)
MY 262 / MY 260 (lab)
Mechanisms of chromosome segregation and aneuploidy; identification of new targets for therapeutic development.
Thumbnail photo for Andrew Zelhof Andrew Zelhof
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
azelhof [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0294
JH 357A
Photoreceptor cell morphogenesis
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