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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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Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Areas
Carl Bauer
Professor
SI 305A
855-6595
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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
Interim Chair
Professor
SI 405A
856-2331
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The study of the molecular and cellular biology of the Archaea, with particular interest in transcription, DNA replication 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
SI 400A
855-0491
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Mechanistic understanding of molecular chaperone functions and bacterial infections.

Jared Cochran
Assistant Professor
SI 405C
855-6935
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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
Professor
SI 201A
856-1467
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Biochemistry of RNA virus infection and innate immunity

Hengyao Niu
Assistant Professor

 

SI 305B
856-0192
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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
855-1874
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Mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene silencing and large-scale epigenetic control
Adam Zlotnick
Professor
SI 220A
856-1925
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Biophysics of virus assembly related to virus biology, development of antiviral strategies, and construction of virus nanostructures

 

Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Member Contact Research Areas
Karen Bush
Adjunct Professor,
Department of Biology

JH A311

855-1542
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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
Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry
SI 320D
856-1704
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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
856-1840
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Structure-activity relationships of macromolecules
Bogdan Dragnea
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
CH C231B
856-0087
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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 320A
856-5449
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Metal sensor proteins in pathogenic bacteria; NMR structural studies of regulatory RNAs in mammalian RNA viruses.
Richard Hardy
Associate Professor,
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

856-0302

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Regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression by epigenetic modifications
Tuli Mukhopadhyay
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology
SI 220C
856-3686
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Structure and assembly of enveloped, RNA viruses

Alphavirus Structure and Assembly

Martha G. Oakley

Director of Graduate Studies, Biochemistry

Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

SI 320B
855-4843
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Bacterial chromosome segregation; coiled coil proteins; structure and function of condensins and other structural maintenance of chromosomes proteins.
Michael VanNieuwenhze
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry
SI 200A
856-7545
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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.

 

Professionals

Faculty Member Contact Research Areas
Julia van Kessel
Assistant Research Scientist
SI 400B
856-2235
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Bacterial cell-cell communication (quorum sensing); mechanisms of gene regulation in bacteria; regulation of bacterial stress response; dynamics of global transcriptional regulation.