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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.

Prospective students please note:  Emeritus faculty generally do not accept new graduate students.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Carol Anderson Carol Anderson
Assistant Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
carola [at]
812-856-5603, 6-9901(lab)
JH 333
Meiosis, recombination, and DNA damage signaling
Thumbnail photo for Brian Calvi Brian Calvi
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
bcalvi [at]
JH 361B
Cell cycle control of DNA replication and genome stability.
Thumbnail photo for David Daleke David Daleke
Adjunct: Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

daleked [at]
MY 200B / MY 200 (lab)
Structure and organization of biological membranes; phospholipid transporters; effect of diabetes on membrane structure.
Thumbnail photo for Christina Dann Christina Dann
Affiliate Asst. Scientist Biology, Asst. Scientist Chemistry Dept.

ctdann [at]
Myers 216B
Genetic and cellular studies of mouse spermatogonial stem cells.
Thumbnail photo for Pranav Danthi Pranav Danthi
Associate Professor of Biology

pdanthi [at]
SI 220B
Reovirus-host interactions.
Thumbnail photo for Roger Hangarter Roger Hangarter
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
rhangart [at]
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

rwhardy [at]
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: Associate Professor, Medical Sciences

pchollen [at]
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]
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]
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]
JH A508 / JH A505 (lab)
Cytogenetics, developmental genetics, and molecular genetics of Drosophila.
Thumbnail photo for Justin Kumar Justin Kumar
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
jkumar [at]
MY 202A
Regulation of Tissue/Organ Specification and Patterning
Thumbnail photo for Soni Lacefield Soni Lacefield
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
sonil [at]
JH A315B
Mitotic and Meiotic Cell Cycle Regulation
Thumbnail photo for Jun Liu [missing] Jun Liu
Assistant Scientist, Hu Lab

liuju [at]
MY 240
Thumbnail photo for Michael Lynch Michael Lynch
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Class of 1954 Professor

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

matthewk [at]
JH A507
Thumbnail photo for Stephanie Mauthner Stephanie Mauthner
Assistant Scientist, Tracey Lab

mauthner [at]
(812) 856-2681
Thumbnail photo for Anirban Mitra Anirban Mitra
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biology, Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics

anmitra [at]
MY 200C
The role of microenvironment regulated microRNAs in promoting ovarian cancer metastasis.
Thumbnail photo for John Murray John Murray
Senior Scientist, Hu Lab

murrayjo [at]
MY 230
Thumbnail photo for Elizabeth Raff Elizabeth Raff
Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
raff [at]
MY 100A
Specification of three-dimensional biological form.
Thumbnail photo for Sidney Shaw Sidney Shaw
Associate Professor of Biology and Technical Director, Light Microscopy Imaging Center

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
sishaw [at]
MY 354
Microtubule dynamics and cellular morphogenesis in Arabidopsis.
Thumbnail photo for Nicholas Sokol Nicholas Sokol
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
nsokol [at]
JH A504/JH A502A(lab)
Regulatory RNA pathways in stem cells and differentiation.
Thumbnail photo for W. Dan Tracey W. Dan Tracey
Linda and Jack Gill Chair and Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
dtracey [at]
ofc 856-2574 / lab 6-2876
ofc MSBII 204 / lab MSBII 250
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of nociception (pain) and of touch sensation; development of neuroscience research tools; high throughput methods for behavioral analysis; molecular genetics, confocal microscopy, electrophysiology
Thumbnail photo for Claire Walczak Claire Walczak
Adjunct: Professor, Medical Sciences

cwalczak [at]
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
Associate Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
azelhof [at]
JH 357A
Photoreceptor cell morphogenesis
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