Genetics represents a unified set of tools to dissect biological mechanisms. But more importantly the discipline provides a conceptual framework for understanding biological systems and organismal variation. As a result, genetic analysis continues to have an essential role in fields as diverse as developmental biology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology, and genetics research is key to advances in medicine. Our faculty collaborate on an array of problems in genetics, with many exploiting the power of genetic analysis in one of the elite model genetic systems (C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, mice and others). Current research interests in the group include the regulation of gene expression, neural development, morphogenesis, complex trait genetics, and the genetics of human pathogens.

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Brian Ackley
  • Professor
  • Co-Director, Undergraduate Biology Program
  • Director, NIH Graduate Training at the Chemistry-Biology Interface
  • Campus Coordinator, Kansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence