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Molecular and Cellular Biology MS/PhD Program Faculty

Program Directors

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.

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.

LSC 550


Molecular/Cellular Biology (PhD)

The PhD program in molecular and cellular biology prepares students for careers that span traditional disciplinary...

Program Faculty

James Allen

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.

Gro Amdam

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

ISTB-1 314
Karen Anderson

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

Biodesign A220A 1001 S. McAllister Ave
Page Baluch
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.

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.

LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Joseph Blattman
Associate Professor

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

Esther Borges Florsheim
Assistant Professor
727 E Tyler Street Rm A330B
Kenneth Buetow
Professor and CEM Center Director

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

Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Associate Professor

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

LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
David Capco

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

LSC 306
Michael Caplan
Associate Professor

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.

ISTB1 281M
Reed Cartwright
Associate Professor

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

Yung Chang

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.

Julian Chen

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

BDC-C553 Biodesign C
Qiang Chen

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.

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.

Psychology, Rm 208 950 S. McAllister Ave (Box 1104)
Pierre Deviche
Professor; Faculty Group Leader of Organismal Biology faculty group

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

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.

Wayne Frasch
Professor; Faculty Group 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.

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.

Center for Applied Structural Discovery Biodesign Institute, RM BDC-351
Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Regents' Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the Director of the Center for Applied and Fundamental Microbiomics. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

Roberto Gaxiola

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.

Gillian Gile
Associate Professor

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

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.

LSE 342 (Lab), LSE 333 (Office)
Shelley Haydel
Professor; Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist investigating new antibiotics to fight resistant infections, new technologies to diagnose infections in less than 2 hours, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

BDB 320A
Mark Hayes
Assoc Professor

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

Stephen Helms Tillery
Associate Professor

Helms Tillery is a neuroscientist who is particularly interested in how the brain learns to use sensory information in the control of skilled motor tasks.

Brenda Hogue

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.

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.

Matthew Huentelman
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Huentelman's research interests center around the investigation of the “-omics” (genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) of neurological traits and disease.

Bertram Jacobs

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.

BDA 310C
Jeffrey Jensen

Prof. Jensen is a population geneticist who develops theory and statistical methodology for describing and quantifying evolutionary processes in both natural and experimental populations.

Center for Evolution & Medicine LSC 222
Stephen Johnston

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

Peter Jurutka
Assoc Professor

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

4701 W Thunderbird Rd 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
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor

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.

BDA 210
Yang Kuang

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.

PS A429
Kenro Kusumi

Dean of natural sciences and professor in the School of Life Sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Kusumi's research focuses on vertebrate genomics.

1100 S. McAllister Ave. Armstrong Hall, Suite 240
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.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
Assistant Research Professor
BDA 310B
Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor and ASU-SFI BCI Director

Laubichler is a complex systems scientist, theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the School of Complex Adaptive Systems and the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU.

LSA 256
Tsafrir Mor

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

LSE 309
Efrem Lim
Assistant Professor

Efrem Lim studies the role of the virome in human health and disease. His expertise is in the microbiome in mother-infant health and SARS-CoV-2.

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 Regents and University Professor and Nadine and Edward Carson Professor of Physics and Chemistry.

BDA 120E
Michael Lynch
Professor and Center Director

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
University Professor, Regents' Professor, Center Director and Leader of Human Dimensions Faculty Group

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.

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.

Biodesign Institute A320A
Miyeko Mana
Asst Professor

Honing in on the intersection of stem cells, diet and cancer, Mana's research focuses on how various diets, ranging from high-fat to calorie restriction, impact stem cells and create vulnerabilities.

School of Life Sciences LSE 732
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.

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.

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

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.

LSE 407
Ana Moore

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

Thomas Moore

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

Janet Neisewander

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.

School of LIfe Sciences ISTB1 room 427
Jason Newbern
Associate Professor

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

ISTB1-426 Arizona State University
Stuart Newfeld
Professor; Faculty Group Leader of Cellular and Molecular Biosciences faculty group
LSA L164
Cheryl Nickerson

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 and biotechnology applications.

BDB 340C
David Nielsen
Assistant Professor

Nielsen's research interests include developing microbial platforms and biotechnologies to convert renewable resources into useful fuels and chemicals.

Susanne Pfeifer
Assistant Professor

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

School of Life Sciences LSC 340
Stephen Pratt

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.

ISTB1 304
Steve Presse
Assoc Professor

Presse is a joint professor in the Department of Physics and School of Molecular Sciences at ASU. His research focuses on biophysics and dynamic processes.

Alan Rawls
Executive Director, Clinical Partnerships; Faculty Group Leader of Genomics, Evolution and Bioinformatics faculty group

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.

Office of Clinical Partnerships INTDSA, rm A121
Kevin Redding

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.

PSC-C305 Bateman Physical Science Center
Rosemary Renaut

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

GWC 652
Bruce Rittmann

Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. He is an international leader in the use of microbial communities to provide services to society.

BDA 210B
Robert Roberson
Associate Professor
LSE 527
Jason Robert
Associate Professor

Jason Robert is Dean's Distinguished (Associate) Professor in the Life Sciences.

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

Dr. Romanovsky works with Zharko Pharma and other pharmaceutical startups to develop drugs for treating thermoregulation disorders and hot flashes .

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte
Assistant Professor

Geiler-Samerotte is an assistant professor in the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution and School of Life Sciences. Her lab investigates how basic features of cells influence the way those cells can evolve.

1001 S McAllister Ave Biodesign C
Todd Sandrin (Dean)
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.

ASU West campus FAB N303E
Yixin Shi
Associate 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.

LSC 302
Everett Shock

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.

Abhishek Shrivastava
Assistant Professor

Shrivastava uses biology, physics, and bioinformatics to find factors that shape spatial structure of the microbiome. His lab aims to find how changes in the microbiome correlate with the occurrence of diseases.

Michael Sierks

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

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
Noah Snyder-Mackler
Assistant Professor

Snyder-Mackler's research sits at the nexus of the social environment and the genome.

427 East Tyler Mall LSC 214
Sarah Stabenfeldt
Asst Professor

Stabenfeldt leads her research team in developing regenerative medicine strategies for acute neural injury. Her expertise areas include regenerative medicine, targeted theranostics and neurotrauma.

ISTB1 281E
Anne Stone
Regents 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.

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.

Cesar Torres
Asst Professor

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.

Biodesign C 401
William Tyler
Assoc Professor

Tyler's primary research and development interests focus on developing and applying noninvasive neuromodulation methods and devices intended to optimize human performance and brain health.

ECG 334
Tatiana Ugarova
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.

Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor;Associate Director Research and Training Initiatives

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.

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.

BD-C563 Biodesign C
Xiao Wang
Assistant Professor

Wang's research efforts include understanding synthetic multistable gene networks, the role of noise in cell differentiation, and molecular evolution, and systems biology research on small network motifs with feedbacks.

ISTB4 265
Xuan Wang
Associate Professor

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

Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister
Andrew Webber
Professor and Executive Director

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.

Jeremy Wideman
Assistant Professor

Wideman strives to understand the emergence of complexity in eukaryote evolution. Using comparative genomics and cell biological approaches he reconstructs features of the last eukaryotic common ancestor.

Room 431 Biodesign Building C
Melissa Wilson
Associate Professor

Wilson 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.

LSC 550
Martin Wojciechowski
Associate Professor and Associate Dean

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).

Office LSE 711
Neal Woodbury
V Pres/Chf Sci+Tech Ofc & Prof

Woodbury is a 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.

Fulton Center 300 E University Dr., Suite 145