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Department of Biology

Faculty & Research

Research Strengths

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Inexpensive whole genome sequencing and other high-throughput technologies are revolutionizing the ways that we address fundamental questions in biology from how organisms evolve to how cells become cancerous. Because of the unprecedented amounts of data these technologies make available, we can begin to address biological questions in their full complexity.  Long recognized as a leader in the field of evolutionary biology, Indiana University is now leading the way in applying genome-level analyses to diverse biological questions.  Answering those questions is most often an interdisciplinary activity, requiring the skills of statisticians, computer scientists, and bioinformaticians as well as biologists.  The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics supports our efforts by providing next generation DNA sequencing and by helping to create and support these necessary–and exciting–interdisciplinary collaborations.  The faculty listed below use genomic and bioinformatic approaches to study diverse problems, including: genome evolution, gene regulatory networks, environmental adaptation, the impact of horizontal gene transfer between organisms, speciation, the evolution of behavior, the human microbiome, and many other aspects of biology.  Please check out the web pages of the individual investigators below for more details on the exciting ways IU scientists are applying genomics and bioinformatics to understand life on earth.

Faculty Member Contact Description
Thumbnail photo for Volker Brendel Volker Brendel
Professor of Biology and Computer Science

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
vbrendel [at] indiana.edu
812-855-7074
SI 205C
Thumbnail photo for Yves Brun Yves Brun
Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology

Microbiology
ybrun [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8860/5-7239(lab)
JH 447G / JH 447F (lab)
Mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation.
Thumbnail photo for Peter Cherbas Peter Cherbas
Emeritus Professor of Biology

Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology
cherbas [at] indiana.edu
812-855-6273
JH A317
Drosophila development and genomics; Nuclear receptors.
Thumbnail photo for Justin (Jeong-Hyeon) Choi [missing] Justin (Jeong-Hyeon) Choi
Assistant Scientist

jeochoi [at] indiana.edu
812-855-9786
JH 059
Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics: High-throughput Next Generation Sequence and Tiling Array Analysis
Thumbnail photo for Patricia Foster Patricia Foster
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
plfoster [at] indiana.edu
812-855-4084/5-4054(lab)
JH 447E / JH 447A(lab)
Mutagenesis, DNA repair, replication, and recombination.
Thumbnail photo for Don Gilbert Don Gilbert
Senior Scientist

gilbertd [at] indiana.edu
unlisted phone
JH 336A
Genome informatics and biology public digital libraries.
Thumbnail photo for Matthew Hahn Matthew Hahn
Professor of Biology and Informatics

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
mwh [at] indiana.edu
812-856-7001/6-7016(lab)
JH 249B / JH 249 (lab)
Computational and evolutionary genomics; evolution of transcriptional regulation; molecular population genetics.
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 David Kehoe David Kehoe
Professor of Biology

Microbiology
dkehoe [at] indiana.edu
812-856-4715
JH A413A
Environmental regulation of gene expression in bacteria.
Thumbnail photo for Eric Knox Eric Knox
Director, IU Herbarium

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
eknox [at] indiana.edu
812-855-9601
JH A313
Plant evolution, speciation, phylogenetic systematics, chloroplast genome evolution; horizontal gene transfer; flora of Indiana.
Thumbnail photo for Jay T. Lennon Jay T. Lennon
Associate Professor

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lennonj [at] indiana.edu
812-856-0962
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)
Microbial Ecology and Evolution
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 Emília Martins Emília Martins
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
emartins [at] indiana.edu
812-856-5840/5-5652(lab)
JH 133B / JH 133 (lab)
Behavioral evolution, phylogenetics and informatics.
Thumbnail photo for Jake McKinlay Jake McKinlay
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
jmckinla [at] indiana.edu
812-855-0359/5-9332(lab)
JH A309 / A308 (lab)
Microbial metabolism and its role in cell physiology, the environment, and biotechnology.
Thumbnail photo for Colin Meiklejohn Colin Meiklejohn
Assistant Scientist

cmeiklej [at] indiana.edu

MY 216B
Thumbnail photo for Keithanne Mockaitis Keithanne Mockaitis
Associate Scientist

kmockait [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2051
Lab MY 100
Thumbnail photo for Armin Moczek Armin Moczek
Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
armin [at] indiana.edu
812-856-1468/6-1783(lab)
MY 102D / MY 102 (lab)
Evolution and Development; Insect Genomics; Developmental Plasticity; Behavioral Ecology and Sexual Selection; Insect Endocrinology; Invasive Species and post-invasion Evolution; Natural History of Onthophagus beetles.
Thumbnail photo for Leonie Moyle Leonie Moyle
Associate Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lmoyle [at] indiana.edu
812-856-7027/6-7051(lab)
JH 325C / JH 325 (lab)
Genetics of speciation and adaptation, Comparative genomics, Evolutionary ecology, Plant reproduction.
Thumbnail photo for David Nelson David Nelson
Adjunct: Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

nelsonde [at] indiana.edu
812-856-2813/5-3145(lab)
MS 420
Chlamydial Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and Pathogen Discovery.
Thumbnail photo for Irene Garcia Newton Irene Garcia Newton
Assistant Professor of Biology

Microbiology
irnewton [at] indiana.edu
812-855-3883
JH 221C
Functional genomics of environmental microbes and symbiosis.
Thumbnail photo for Jeffrey Palmer Jeffrey Palmer
Distinguished Professor and Class of 1955 Professor

jpalmer [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8892
JH 235C / JH 229/235 (lab)
Horizontal gene transfer in plants and fungi. Evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes. Intracellular transfer of organellar genes to the nucleus. Evolution of mutation rates.
Thumbnail photo for Loren Rieseberg Loren Rieseberg
Distinguished Professor of Biology

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
lriesebe [at] interchange.ubc.ca
unlisted phone
MY 330
Plant evolutionary genomics; speciation; domestication; invasiveness; Compositae genomics; conservation.
Thumbnail photo for Dean Rowe-Magnus Dean Rowe-Magnus
Associate Professor of Biology

Microbiology
drowemag [at] indiana.edu
812-855-8514/6-0723(lab)
JH 451(lab)
Integrons and Super-Integrons; biofilm formation; c-di-GMP signalling pathways; natural competence; ecology and pathogenesis in the Vibrionaceae.
Thumbnail photo for Milton Taylor Milton Taylor
Professor Emeritus of Biology

taymil [at] indiana.edu
812-855-3340
SI 220A
The interferon response in hepatitis C patients. A study using DNA array technology to explain the differences in response to treatment and decrease in viral titer.
Thumbnail photo for Malcolm Winkler Malcolm Winkler
Professor of Biology; Microbiology Section Associate Chair

Microbiology
mwinkler [at] bio.indiana.edu
856-1318/6-1184/6-1781
JH A414 / JH A410 (lab)
Physiology, molecular genetics, and pathogenesis of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
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