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Name
Douglas lake
Associate Professor

Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

480-301-4993
Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
Jeanne Wilson-Rawls
Associate Professor

Wilson-Rawls' research focuses on understanding the regulation of cell fate during development and regeneration with an emphasis on skeletal muscle stem cells and gametogenesis.

480-727-6675
LSC 550

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Molecular/Cellular Biology (PhD)

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Program Faculty

Name
Expertise
James Allen
Professor

Professor of Molecular Sciences at ASU. Allen's current research interests are in biophysics and biochemistry with a focus on the role of proteins in energy and disease.

480-965-8241
PSC - C137 PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING
Gro Amdam
Professor

Amdam is a Norwegian biologist who is internationally known for her research on behavior and aging in honey bees.

480-727-0895
ISTB-1 314
Karen Anderson
Professor

Dr. Anderson is a tumor biologist who studies how the immune system can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development.

480-965-6982
Biodesign A220A 1001 S. McAllister Ave
Debra Baluch
Associate Research Scientist

Baluch oversees the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

480-727-0725
ASU/School of Life Sciences 427 E Tyler Mall
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

480-727-3395
LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Scott Bingham
Research Scientist Sr (FSC)
480-965-8520
LSE S-17
Joseph Blattman
Associate Professor

Blattman is an immunologist who studies how the immune system responds to vaccination and viral infection.

Kenneth Buetow
Professor; Director, Computational Science and Informatics Core Program, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative

Buetow is a human genetics and genomics researcher who leverages computational tools to understand complex traits such as cancer, liver disease, and obesity.

480-727-9413
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Asst Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

480-965-4482
LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
David Capco
Professor

Capco is a cell biologist who studies how different types of cells in the human body relate to disease, illness, and birth defects.

480-965-7011
LSC 306
Michael Caplan
Associate Professor

Michael Caplan’s research focuses on molecular cooperativity in drug targeting, bio-sensing, and cell signaling. Current themes: local drug delivery, endothelial dysfunction in diabetes, and cooperative DNA diagnostics.

602-955-8200
ISTB1 281M
Guy Cardineau
Instructor
480-965-2714
Beus Center for Law and Society Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Reed Cartwright
Assistant Professor

Cartwright is a geneticist who develops computational and statistical methodologies to explore evolutionary questions.

480-965-9949
Yung Chang
Professor

Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system and uses DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents.

480-965-8672
BIODESIGN BLDG A
Julian Chen
Professor

Chen is a professor of biochemistry at ASU. His research interests are in structure and function of RNA molecules and ribonucleoprotein complexes.

480-965-3650
PSD-117 PHYSICAL SCIENCE BUILDING
Qiang Chen
Professor

Chen is a molecular biologist who specializes in developing novel human therapeutics and vaccines in plants to combat infectious diseases, cancer, and biological warfare agents.

480-965-8110
BDA 330D
Cheryl Conrad
Asst Vice Pres & Professor

Conrad's research interests include studies on the neurobiology of chronic stress, sex differences in neuroplasticity following chronic stress, and links between stress and depression or anxiety disorders.

480-965-7465
Fulton Center, Suite 310 (and Psychology, Rm 208) 300 East University Drive (Box 7205)
Sharon Crook
Professor

Crook uses computational approaches to study the dynamics of neurons and networks of neurons. She also contributes to an international collaboration for describing, exchanging, and validating complex models.

480-965-0403
GWC 648
Charles Deutch
Professor Emeritus

Charles Deutch's research focuses on the physiological and biochemical mechanisms by which bacteria adapt to high-salt environments and the potential implications for medicine and environmental biology. He teaches part time.

602-543-6939
CLCC 250D
Pierre Deviche
Professor

Deviche is an animal physiologist who studies how the environment controls the reproductive system and stress responses of vertebrates.

480-965-0726
LSC 412
Assistant Research Professor
Rebecca Fisher
Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca Fisher's primary appointment is at the UA COM-Phoenix, where she designed the anatomy curriculum. Fisher studies the functional anatomy and evolution of the musculoskeletal system in vertebrates and cephalopods.

480-727-9772
Nico Franz
Professor

Franz is an insect systematist who specializes in New World weevil diversity and evolution. He curates the Hasbrouck Insect Collection and directs the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC).

480-965-2036
Natural History Collections, Alameda Building AB 145
Wayne Frasch
Professor and Faculty Leader of Biomedicine and Biotechnology Faculty Group

Frasch has developed new assays to examine the rotation of single molecules of molecular motor proteins under a microscope.

480-965-8663
LSE 605
Petra Fromme
Regents Professor

Fromme is the Paul V. Galvin Professor and director of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery at the Biodesign Institute. Her research is on structural biochemistry and biophysics of membrane proteins.

480-965-9028
PSC -C303 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Professor

Garcia-Pichel is the dean of natural sciences for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

480-727-7534
LSE 218
Roberto Gaxiola
Professor

Gaxiola studies the physiological mechanisms by which plants regulate root activity and nutrient uptake. His work may be used to engineer crops that could help secure future food supplies.

Giovanna Ghirlanda
Associate Professor

Ghirlanda is a professor of chemistry at ASU. Her research interests are in chemical biology, protein chemistry, and protein engineering, focusing on the design of functional proteins.

480-965-6645
ISTB5 235 ISTB5
Gillian Gile
Assistant Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

480-727-4761
Robin Harris
Asst Professor

The Harris lab uses genetic, molecular and imaging techniques to explore the genetics that underlie regeneration, and how we can improve the ability to repair and re-grow tissues after they're damaged.

480-965-7543
LSE 342 (Lab), LSE 333 (Office)
Shelley Haydel
Associate Professor

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist who investigates novel antimicrobials, rapid infectious disease diagnostics, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

480-727-7234
BDB 320A
Mark Hayes
Assoc Professor

Hayes' research interests include enzyme-based electrochemistry, sinusoidal electrochemistry, fluorimetry, in vivo analysis, and millisecond flow stream switching.

480-965-2566
PSC -C235 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Karmella Haynes
Assistant Professor
480-965-4636
ISTB4 273
Brenda Hogue
Professor

Hogue is a virologist who studies how coronaviruses, a large family of RNA viruses, that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), assemble and cause disease.

480-965-9478
Biodesign Institute A320D
Ian Hogue
Assistant Professor

Ian Hogue is a virologist who studies how alpha herpesviruses, including human Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1), infects the nervous system.

480-727-7322
Matthew Huentelman
Adjunct Faculty
Bertram Jacobs
Director and Professor

Jacobs is an expert on a poxvirus called vaccinia. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer and other viruses, including HIV.

480-965-4684
BDA 310C
Jeffrey Jensen
Professor

Jensen and his lab develop population genetic theory and statistical methodology for describing and quantifying evolutionary processes in both natural and experimental populations.

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 222
Stephen Johnston
Professor

Johnston work focuses on innovative solutions to fundamental problems in biomedicine, including the development of a universal preventative cancer vaccine. He holds 20 patents.

480-727-0792
BDB 230A BIODESIGN
Peter Jurutka
Assoc Professor

Peter Jurutka is an endocrinologist applying molecular medicine approaches to elucidate fundamental questions in human health/disease including work on: nutraceuticals, cancer, IBS, drug discovery, neurobiology of vitamin D.

602-543-6087
4701 W Thunderbird Rd CLCC-280 CLCC-280
Christos Katsanos
Associate Professor

Katsanos is an exercise physiologist studying metabolic responses in humans. His laboratory utilizes stable isotope tracer and molecular biology techniques to understand muscle protein and fat metabolism in obesity.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Building, Rm 2-223 13208 East Shea Boulevard
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Associate Professor

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown's lab uses microbiological skills, genomic techniques and environmental engineering to study biodegradation of water contaminants, biotechnology for renewable bioenergy production and the gut microbiome.

480-727-7574
BDA 210
Yang Kuang
Professor

Kuang is the author or co-author of more than 150 refereed publications. He has done extensive work in applying delay differential equation to models of biology and medicine.

480-965-6915
PS A429
Kenro Kusumi
Assoc Dean (ACD) & Professor

Associate dean of research, online, and graduate initiatives for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kusumi's research uses genomic approaches to address major biomedical and conservation challenges.

480-727-0530
Armstrong Hall
Douglas lake
Associate Professor

Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

480-301-4993
Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
Assistant Research Professor
480-727-6305
BDA 310B
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is the co-director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems and associate director of ASU's Origins Project,

480-965-5481
LSA 256
Tsafrir Mor
Professor

Mor is a molecular biologist and biochemist whose research focuses on using plants to produce useful and therapeutic polypeptides, proteins and enzymes.

480-727-7405
LSE 309
Efrem Lim
Assistant Professor

Efrem Lim studies how the virome (community of viruses) shapes human health and disease. His expertise is in mother-infant health and transplant diseases.

480-965-8667
Biodesign Institute, BDA 320B
Stuart Lindsay
University Professor

Lindsay is director of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics in the Biodesign Institute at ASU, a Regent’s and University Professor and Nadine and Edward Carson Professor of Physics and Chemistry.

480-965-4691
BDA 120E
Michael Lynch
Center Director & Professor

Michael Lynch's research focuses on mechanisms of evolution at the gene, genomic, cellular, and phenotypic levels, with special attention being given to the roles of mutation, random genetic drift, and recombination.

Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

480-965-6105
LSC 284
Carlo Maley
Assoc Professor

Maley is a biologist who specializes in cancer, evolution and computational biology. He works at the intersection of these fields.

480-727-7320
Biodesign Institute A320A
Marco Mangone
Associate Professor

Mangone is interested in study how eukaryotic RNA transcription is terminated and how the messenger RNA is regulated on its way to the expression into proteins, using the wound worm C. elegans as model system.

480-965-7957
BDA 220F
Hugh Mason
Associate Professor

Hugh Mason was the first to publish peer-reviewed work on the use of plants for production of vaccine antigens.

480-727-8228
LSE 323 (Ofc), 332 (Lab)
Grant McFadden
Center Director & Professor

Grant McFadden directs the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) at ASU. The McFadden lab studies how poxviruses that cause immunosuppression interact with the host immune system.

Rajeev Misra
Professor

Rajeev Misra is a microbial geneticist who studies how proteins, synthesized in the cytoplasm, are targeted to the bacterial outer membrane. He also examines the mechanisms of drug resistance.

480-965-3320
LSE 407
Ana Moore
Professor

Moore is Regents’ Professor whose research has contributed to development of the field of artificial photosynthesis.

480-965-2953
ISTB5 201 ISTB5
Thomas Moore
Professor

Moore is a Regents' Professor. He and his colleagues collaborate on research in artificial photosynthesis.

480-965-3308
ISTB5 202 ISTB5
Janet Neisewander
Professor

Neisewander's research contributes to understanding the development and treatment of drug addiction and provides new knowledge of mechanisms involved in emotional processing, and learning and memory.

480-965-0209
School of LIfe Sciences ISTB1 room 427
Jason Newbern
Asst Professor

Newbern's research is centered on developmental neuroscience. His laboratory studies the biochemical mechanisms that direct the formation of the brain and spinal cord.

480-727-3120
ISTB1 Rm 320 Arizona State University
Stuart Newfeld
Professor
480-965-6042
LSA L164
Cheryl Nickerson
Professor

Cheryl Nickerson studies the effects of biomechanical forces on living cells, how this response is related to normal cellular homeostasis or infectious disease, and its translation to clinical application.

480-727-7520
BDB 340C
David Nielsen
Assistant Professor
480-965-4113
GWC 552
Salvatore Oddo
Associate Professor

Oddo focuses his research on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying memory deficits in Alzheimer’s disease.

480-727-3490
Miles Orchinik
Associate Professor

Orchinik is a neuroscientist who studies how stress alters behavior, brain function, and the endocrine system. He is also interested in science education research, particularly in how undergraduates learn core concepts,

480-965-5084
LSE 218
Susanne Pfeifer
Assistant Professor

Pfeifer, a computational molecular biologist, studies genetic and evolutionary processes by combining large-scale, high-throughput sequence data analysis, model-based statistical inference, and modeling.

480-965-4027
School of Life Sciences LSA 120
Stephen Pratt
Associate Professor

Pratt studies the emergence of complex behavior in leaderless groups, especially social insects. He works with engineers to translate lessons from biology to artificial systems, and to develop new tools to analyze behavior.

480-727-9425
ISTB1 304
Alan Rawls
Associate Professor

Rawls is an associate professor of genomics, evolution and bioinformatics in the School of Life Sciences and executive director of clinical partnerships in the Office of the University Provost.

480-727-6676
Office of Clinical Partnerships INTDSA, rm A121
Kevin Redding
Professor

Redding is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU. His current research interests are in structure/function studies of photosynthetic reaction centers and other related areas.

480-965-0136
PSD -D323 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Rosemary Renaut
Professor

Renaut’s recent research is focused on the design and analysis of computational algorithms for solving problems arising mainly in medical and geophysical applications.

480-965-3795
GWC 652
Bruce Rittmann
Professor

Bruce Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and Regents' Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

480-727-0434
BDA 210B
Robert Roberson
Associate Professor
480-965-8618
LSE 527
Jason Robert
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr

Jason Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. A bioethicist and philosopher of biology, he is also Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences.

480-727-2460
Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Andrej Romanovsky
Adjunct Faculty

Andrej A. Romanovsky is a senior staff scientist and director of Systemic Inflammation Laboratory at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Todd Sandrin
Sr Assoc Dean + Professor

Todd Sandrin serves as vice provost of ASU's West campus, dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Science focusing on microbial biosignatures.

602-543-4506
ASU West campus FAB N303E
Adrienne Scheck
Adjunct Faculty
Yixin Shi
Assoc Professor

Yixin Shi’s research is focused on molecular biology, bacteriology and biochemistry. Shi analyzes the virulent elements necessary for bacterial survival in host environments.

480-965-3904
LSC 302
Everett Shock
Professor

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

480-965-0631
PSC -C306A PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Michael Sierks
Professor

Michael Sierks research interests include antibody based therapeutics for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzeimer's and Parkinson's Diseases.

480-965-2828
GWC 536
Brian Smith
Trustees of ASU Professor

Smith is a behavioral neuroscientist studying learning and memory systems in both insects and mammals. His work is being applied to studies of human diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

ISTB-1 rm 322
Anne Stone
Professor

Stone's specialization and main area of interest is anthropological genetics. Her current research focuses on population history and understanding how humans and the great apes have adapted to their environments.

480-727-6310
LSE 417
Jesse Taylor
Assoc Professor

Taylor is a theoretical population geneticist who uses mathematical models to explore evolutionary processes. He is especially interested in the biology of soil mites in the Madrean sky islands of Arizona and Sonora.

480-727-1736
Cesar Torres
Asst Professor

César Torres is a leader in microbial electrochemical cell research, focusing on microbial kinetics of anode-respiring bacteria (ARB) and extracellular electron transport to and from solid electrodes.

480-727-9689
GWC 548
Tatiana Ugarova
Professor
480-727-9823
ISTB1, Room 481 D
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

480-727-2093
Willem Vermaas
Foundation Professor

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

480-965-6250
LSE 549
Rebekka Wachter
Associate Professor

Wachter is professor with the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU. Her research and teaching interests include protein biochemistry, physical biochemistry, and biological chemistry.

480-965-8188
PSC -C307 PHYSICAL SCIENCE CENTER
Xiao Wang
Assistant Professor
480-727-8696
ISTB4 265
Xuan Wang
Asst Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

480-965-7789
LSE 523 427 E. Tyler Mall
Andrew Webber
Professor

Webber is a professor of molecular and cellular biosciences and also serves as executive director in the Office of the University Provost where he oversees University Accreditation and Academic Program Reviews.

480-727-9443
FULTN 420
Melissa Wilson Sayres
Asst Professor

Wilson Sayres is a computational evolutionary biologist studying sex-biased processes including human and non-human health and disease.

Jeanne Wilson-Rawls
Associate Professor

Wilson-Rawls' research focuses on understanding the regulation of cell fate during development and regeneration with an emphasis on skeletal muscle stem cells and gametogenesis.

480-727-6675
LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Asc Dean & Asc Professor ACD

Martin Wojciechowski is an evolutionary biologist who studies plants, with an emphasis on the genomics, biogeography, and phylogenetics of legumes (family Leguminosae) and cacti (family Cactaceae).

480-727-7767
Office LSE 711
Neal Woodbury
School Dir & Professor

Director of and professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and co-founder of the company HealthTell. His research ranges from protein dynamics to immunosignaturing and photosynthetic systems.

480-965-4430
PSC-C210/BDB 240C PHYSICAL SCIENCE BUILDING AND BIODESIGN