Members

Federica Accornero

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology

Underlying heart and skeletal muscle diseases, with a primary focus on the role of RNA-binding proteins in regulating the expression of pathologic genes during stress challenges.

Juan Alfonzo

Professor of Microbiology

Editing and Modification of tRNA: Roles in Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Disease

Sharon Amacher

Professor of Molecular Genetics

RNA processing during vertebrate development; RNA decay; muscle-specific RNA splicing

Irina Artsimovitch

Professor of Microbiology

Molecular mechanism and regulation of transcription

Amanda Bird

Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics

Roles of metal ions in RNA metabolism; ncRNAs

David Bisaro

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Viral pathogenesis, small RNA-directed chromatin methylation, viral suppression of transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene silencing

Dennis Bong

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

RNA-DNA complexation and functional modulation by synthetic bifacial peptide nucleic acid

Ralf Bundschuh

Professor of Physics, Chemistry&Biochemistry, and Hematology

Computational modeling of RNA structure and kinetics, RNA editing, sequence analysis

Dawn Chandler

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Mechanisms of alternative pre-mRNA splicing in the DNA damage response

James A Cowan

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Structure and chemistry of RNA as a drug target and the design of novel metallopharmaceuticals against viral and pathogen RNA motifs

Charles J Daniels

Professor of Microbiology

Archaeal SNO-RNAs

Mark Foster

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Protein-nucleic acid interactions, NMR spectroscopy, biophysical methods

Kurt Fredrick

Professor of Microbiology

Ribosome structure and function

Venkat Gopalan

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Structure-function relationships in RNase P, a catalytic RNP complex

Tina M Henkin

Professor of Microbiology

How nascent transcripts recognize specific effectors and use that information to control gene expression

Paul K Herman

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Regulation of eukaryotic cell proliferation; Functions of ribonucleoprotein complexes in quiescent cells

Jay B Hollick

Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics

Epigenetic mechanisms of gene control, Chromosome structure and function

Anita Hopper

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Intracellular trafficking of RNA and proteins; Nucleus organization; RNA processing

Michael Ibba

Professor and Chair of Microbiology

Protein synthesis in bacteria and archaea; antibiotic resistance

Jane Jackman

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Molecular mechanisms of tRNA processing enzymes

Stephen J Kolb

Assistant Professor of Neurology

RNA metabolism in neurological diseases

Shan-Lu Liu

Professor of Virology

Role of IFN-stimulated genes in HIV, Ebolavirus and Zika virus infection, RNA virus assembly and release, viral oncogenesis and human lung cancer

Iris Meier

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Anchoring of Ran signal transduction in plants, Nuclear pore and nuclear envelope protein function, and Genomic a nalysis of long coiled-coil proteins

Karin Musier-Forsyth

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and nucleic acid-protein interactions in HIV

Kotaro Nakanishi

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Our research interest focuses on elucidating the mechanism of microRNA (miRNA)-mediated gene regulations underlying cell type determination

Shahid M. Nimjee

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neuroscience

My research focuses on the discovery and development of therapeutic RNAs to treat pathological thrombosis in treating diseases like stroke, carotid, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease.

Daniel R Schoenberg

Director of the Center for RNA Biology and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Fundamental aspects of mRNA metabolism and the role of mRNA decay in inherited genetic disorders and cancer

Guramrit Singh

Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics

Control of post-transcriptional gene expression by dynamic ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes

R Keith Slotkin

Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics

My laboratory aims to discover how potentially mutagenic “jumping genes” or transposable elements are epigenetically repressed from generation to generation, as well as how this system has been adopted over evolutionary time to regulate non-transposable element genes.

Matthew Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Phage ecology, evolution and discovery; Phage-host interaction biology via genome-wide ‘omics analyses

Robin Wharton

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Translational control during Drosophila development

Li Wu

Professor of Virology

Molecular mechanisms of HIV replication and host cell interactions.