Genetics

GeneticsGenetics 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.

Select a faculty member below to learn more about their research in this area:

Dr. Brian Ackley
Associate Professor
(785) 864-5821
5004 Haworth

Interactions between neurons and their environment during development

Dr. Mizuki Azuma
Associate Professor
(785) 864-6163
7031 Haworth

The function of Ewing sarcoma proteins in mitosis.

Professor, Chancellors Club Teaching Professor
(785) 864-4007
7035 Haworth

T cell activation, cell signaling, adhesion molecules.

Associate Professor
(785) 864-4328
8035 Haworth

Regulation of cell shape in nematode tubule formation.

Dr. David Davido
Associate Professor
(785) 864-4022
7047 Haworth

Molecular virology and pathogenesis of herpes simplex virus.

Dr. Susan M. Egan
Professor, Chair, Department of Molecular Biosciences
(785) 864-4294
8031 Haworth (Lab office)
Dr. Lynn Hancock
Associate Professor
785-864-6859
8047 Haworth

Mechanisms of pathogenesis for Enterococcus

Dr. P. Scott Hefty
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Studies Director
(785) 864-5392
8051 Haworth

Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia Pathogenesis

Dr. Erik Lundquist
Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1995
(785) 864-5853
5049 Haworth Hall

Developmental neurobiology, genetics, and genomics.

Dr. Stuart Macdonald
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-5362
Haworth Hall, Room 4043

Genetics of complex traits, Genome biology, Drosophila quantitative genetics.

Dr. Kristi Neufeld
Professor, Research Coordinator
(785) 864-5079
7049 Haworth

Role of APC tumor suppressor protein in normal colon and in cancer.

Dr. Berl Oakley
Irving S. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology
(785) 864-8170
7050 Haworth

Mitosis, gamma-tubulin function, cell cycle regulation and fungal secondary metabolites.

Dr. Dean Stetler
Associate Professor
(785) 864-3549
3043 Haworth

Autoimmunity; Development of therapeutic reagents for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Dr. Lisa Timmons
Associate Professor
(785) 864-7363
5041 Haworth

ABC transporters and RNAi: anti-foreign genome responses and stem cell regulation.

Associate Professor, Alumni Liaison
(785) 864-5235
4004 Haworth

Morphogenetic mechanisms of limb development.


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