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Indiana University Bloomington

Faculty from several departments participate in our Graduate Program. They are listed according to the following research area.

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Carl Bauer


SI 305A
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The regulation of gene expression by environmental factors such as light and oxygen; Differentiation of bacteria into different cell types

Stephen Bell
SI 405A
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The mechanistic and regulatory parameters that govern DNA replication, gene transcription and cell division.

Matthew L. Bochman
Assistant Professor
SI 405B
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The maintenance of genomic integrity with a focus on DNA helicases and other factors involved in DNA replication, recombination, and repair; the evolution of DNA helicases.

Lingling Chen
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
SI 305B
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Mechanistic understanding of molecular chaperone functions and bacterial infections.

Jared Cochran
Assistant Professor
SI 405C
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Development of a metal switch for controlling the activity of P-loop NTPases; kinetic and thermodynamic investigations of unconventional kinesin-microtubule systems; high resolution structural and mechanistic studies of tubulin-protein interactions
Jim Drummond
Associate Professor
SI 305C
856- 4184
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Limited alphabet coding sequences and proteins: a minimalist approach to structure and function
Cheng Kao
SI 209
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Biochemistry of RNA virus infection and innate immunity

Hengyao Niu
Assistant Professor


SI 400A
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Detection and Repair of DNA breaks with a focus on Homologous Recombination (HR) mediated DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair, interplay of DNA repair machinery and chromatin structures.

Craig Pikaard
Carlos O. Miller Professor
Myers Hall 300
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Mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene silencing and large-scale epigenetic control
Susanne Ressl
Assistant Professor
SI 200C
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Structure Biology of Membrane Proteins; Mechanisms of bacterial and mammalion ion and molecule transport; cell adhesion and regulation of membrane lipid composition; Method development in Membrane Protein X-Ray Crystallography.
Joshua Ziarek
Assistant Professor

Deciphering the conformational dynamics of GPCR activation using biophysical, biochemical and cell-based approaches.

Adam Zlotnick
SI 220A
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Biophysics of virus assembly related to virus biology, development of antiviral strategies, and construction of virus nanostructures


Adjunct Faculty

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Karen Bush
Adjunct Professor,
Department of Biology

SI 102B

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Define mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria; determine the susceptibility of resistant pathogens to new antibiotics.
Charles Dann III
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry
SI 320D
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Protein structure-based drug design targeting cells involved in epithelial cancer and autoinflammatory disease. Biochemical, mechanistic, and X-ray crystallographic analyses of regulatory RNAs; developing riboswitch-based molecular sensors
Richard DiMarchi
Professor, Department of Chemistry
CH A508
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Structure-activity relationships of macromolecules
Bogdan Dragnea
Provost Professor, Department of Chemistry
CH C231B
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Virus-based biomaterials; biophotonics; biophysical chemistry of virus self-assembly; methodologies for measuring microscopic dynamics in supramolecular complexes.
David P. Giedroc
Professor, Department of Chemistry
SI 320C
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Metal sensor proteins in pathogenic bacteria; NMR structural studies of regulatory RNAs in mammalian RNA viruses.
Richard Hardy
Department of Biology
SI 220E
856- 0652
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Genome functions of RNA viruses and the roles of trans-acting factors
Scott Michaels
Professor, Department of Biology

MY 316C


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Regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression by epigenetic modifications
Tuli Mukhopadhyay
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology
SI 220C
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Structure and assembly of enveloped, RNA viruses Alphavirus Structure and Assembly

Martha G. Oakley

Department of Chemistry

SI 320A
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Bacterial chromosome segregation; coiled coil proteins; structure and function of condensins and other structural maintenance of chromosomes proteins.

Jonathan P. Schlebach

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

SI 320B


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Folding, processing, and quality control of integral membrane proteins in the cell; high –throughput characterization of rare mutations in disease-linked integral membrane proteins.
Malcolm E. Winkler
Professor of Biology, Microbiology Section Associate Chair
JH A414
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Genomics and Bioinformatics, Microbial Cell Biology and Environmental Responses, and Microbial Interactions and Pathogenesis.
Michael VanNieuwenhze
Department of Chemistry
SI 200A
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Synthesis, study, and design of antibiotics that inhibit bacterial cell wall biosynthesis; peptidoglycan biosynthesis and bacterial cell morphology; development of HBV capsid-binding probes and assembly-directed antivirals; oxidized phospholipids in disease and diagnostics.



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Rachel Samson
Assistant Research Scientist
SI 400B
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DNA replication.