Student Affairs Officer

Enika Tumanov
Hershey Hall, Room 220B


Tracy Johnson

Associate director and program Administrator

Ira Clark
Hershey Hall, Room 220C


Ira Clark
Cory J. Evans
Rafael Romero
Kirsten Turlo

The Faculty Advisory Committee

Tracy Johnson Chair, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Utpal Banerjee Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Ellen Carpenter Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Michael Carey Professor of Biological Chemistry
John Colicelli Professor of Biological Chemistry
Albert Courey Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Soraya de Chadarevian Professor of History
Frank Laski Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Aldons J. Lusis Professor of Human Genetics
Kelsey Martin Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Jeffery F. Miller Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Paul Barber Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Stephen Smale Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Caius Radu Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology


Participating Faculty


Yibin Wang Molecular Signaling of Heart Failure

Biological Chemistry

Eddy De Robertis Molecular Biology of Development in Mice and Frogs
Mike Carey Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Crosstalk Among Chromatin Remodeling Machines and Co-Activators
John Colicelli Signal Transduction in Cancer and Neurobiology
David Eisenberg Protein Structure, folding and design
Feng Guo Molecular mechanism of miRNA biogenesis
Reid Johnson Gene expression and chromosome biology in bacteria and yeast
Timothy Lane Tumor genetics, microenvironment and endothelial stem cell recruitment, in breast and ovarian cancer.
Kelsey Martin Cell Biology of Learning-related Synaptic Plasticity
Greg Payne Genetics and cell biology of intracellular protein transport
Kathrin Plath Epigenetic regulation of stem cell self-renewal, differentiation, and cancer.
Gabriel Travis Biochemistry of Vertebrate Photoreceptors.
Gerry Weinmaster Notch Signaling in Mammalian Cells
James Wohlschlegel Proteomic Studies of Ubiquitin and SUMO-regulated Protein Networks
Larry Zipursky The Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Neuronal Connection Specificity

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Albert Courey Spatial Control of Transcription in Development
Yung Ya Lin Optimization of magnetic resonance imaging of biological samples

Human Genetics

Esteban Dell’Angelica Genetic Disorders of Organelle Biogenesis and Protein Trafficking
Julian Martinez-Agosto Molecular pathways in stem and progenitor cell development
Paivi Pajukanta Genetics of cardiovascular diseases
Karen Reue Identification of metabolic disease genes


Utpal Banerjee Signal Transduction and transcriptional control of Neuronal and Hematopoietic Development
Jau-Nian Chen Development of Vertebrate Cardiovascular System
Amander Clark Molecular Regulation of Embryonic Stem Cell and Germ Cell Biology
Andrew Diener Molecular interactions between a fungal pathogen and its plant host
Volker Hartentein Brain Development in Drosophila
Ann Hirsch Molecular Analysis of Plant-Microbe Interactions; Role of Flavonoids and Other Plant Compounds in Human Health
Luisa Iruela-Arispe Vascular Biology / Angiogenesis
Steve Jacobsen Mechanisms of epigenetic gene regulation by DNA methylation
Frank Laski Regulation of Development in Drosophila
William Lowry Stem Cell Self-renewal and Differentiation
Karen Lyons Growth Factor Signaling in Mammalian Development and Disease
Hanna Mikkola Molecular regulation of hematopoietic stem cell development
Matteo Pellegrini Computational methods to interpret genomic data
Alvaro Sagasti Development of complex cell shapes in zebrafish touch-sensing neurons


Milan Fiala Innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease


Ira Kurtz Structure and function of ion transporters


Doug Black The Regulation of Neuronal Gene Expression through Alternative Pre-mRNA Splicing
Ben Bonavida Resistance and the induction of apoptosis in tumor cells
Ken Bradley Anthrax Toxin
Peter Bradley Host cell invasion and host-pathogen interaction in Toxoplasma gondii.
Genhong Cheng Host Immune and Inflammatory Responses to Infections, Cancers and Metabolic Challenges
Asim Dasgupta Molecular Biology of Small Mammalian RNA Viruses
Rob Gunsalus Regulation of Cellular Respiratory Functions in Microorganisms
Kent Hill Mechanism and Biology of Cell Motility in African Trypanosomes
Patricia Johnson Evolution, pathogenesis & cell biology of a human parasite
Beth Lazazzera Mechanisms of Multicellular Behavior in Bacteria
Benhur Lee Viral Attachment and Entry, HIV and Emerging Viruses, Glycobiology
Aldons J. Lusis The analysis of complex genetic diseases
Jeff F. Miller Sensory Transduction in the Control of Bacterial Virulence
Jeffrey H. Miller Study of Mutagenesis and Antibiotic Action
Robert Modlin Innate and adaptive immune responses to microbial infection
April Pyle Human Embryonic Stem Cell Survival, Transformation and Cell Fate Decisions
Wenyuan Shi Biology and Biotechnology of Bacterial Pathogenesis
Steve Smale Transcriptional Regulation in the Immune System
Fuyu Tamanoi Signal Transduction involving the Ras-sperfamily G-proteins, protein farnesylation and anti-cancer drugs
Jerome Zack Pathogenic processes of HIV-1 infection


Nicholas Brecha Neurochemical Pathways in the Vertebrate Retina
Joshua Trachtenberg Understanding cortical plasticity from synapses to circuits


Karen Gylys Synaptic degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute

Debora Farber Retinal biochemistry, Molecular biology, and Genetics of retinal degenerations

Orthopaedic Surgery

Susan Krum Estrogen signaling and bone maintenance


Richard Gatti Molecular Genetics of Ataxia-Telangiectasia
Paul Mischel Molecular pathogenesis of brain tumors


Ren Sun Systems Biology of viral infection: Integration of Biology, Nanotechology and Medical Application
Yi Sun The Molecular Control of Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation
Hong Wu Molecular Biology of Cancer and Stem Cells

Physiological Science

Rachelle Crosbie Molecular Basis of Muscle Function and Muscular Dystrophy
Reggie Edgerton Neural Control of Movement and Neuromuscular Plasticity
Stephanie White Social influences on learning and memory


Mirella Dapretto Neural imaging approaches to language, cognition and developmental disorders
Jennifer Labus Pain disorders and stress neurobiology
Ellen Carpenter Psychiatry Transcription regulators in nervous system development