Genetics and Genomics

Experimental and computational analyses of gene and genome structure, function, and evolution in a variety of model systems ranging from viruses to prokaryotes to unicellular and multicellular eukaryotes.


Dr. Jason Addison Population genetics and speciation in marine and freshwater invertebrates.
Dr. Donald Baird

Aquatic Ecology, focuses on the study of how environmental stressors (e.g. contraminants, habitat loss, climate change) interact to pose a threat to the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Denise Clark Genetics of purine nucleotide biosynthesis in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
Dr. Bryan Crawford

Basic Cell and Molecular Biology. Zoology. Cell-ECM interactions. Matrix Metalloproteinases.

Dr. Dion Durnford Chloroplast-nucleus signal transduction pathways; photosynthetic acclimation to environmental stress.
Dr. Shawn MacLellan Structure and function of bacterial sigma factors.
Dr. Aurora Nedelcu Evolution of complexity, sex and programmed cell death, organelle genomes; green algae.
Amy Parachnowitsch Evolutionary ecology of plant-pollinator interactions
Dr. Adrian Reyes-Prieto Endosymbiosis and origins of photosynthetic organelles (plastids); evolution and diversity of photosynthetic eukaryotes.
Dr. Cheryl Patten

Biochemical and genetic characterization of beneficial plant-bacterial interactions.