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Eladio Abreu
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 2013
My research has focused on understanding the consequences of epigenetic silencing on primary ciliogenesis. I am currently shifting my research interests toward pedagogy. More specifically, I¿m interested in the application of active learning in science education. My aim is to teach scientific concepts in an engaging manner that captivates my students. I design my lectures in a way that encourages students to ponder these concepts outside of my classroom. View Profile.
Rustom Antia
Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Rollins 1107
I am interested in developing a quantitative understanding of the dynamics of pathogens and immune responses. View Profile.
Michal Arbilly
Rollins 2127
I am a behavioral ecologist, and I use theoretical models to try and understand how cognition and behavior evolve. I'm especially interested in how group-living shapes learning and decision-making processes. View Profile.
Chris Beck
Professor of Pedagogy
Rollins 1105
I am working on improving inquiry-based learning in laboratory classes by developing the bean beetle as a new model system for teaching. View Profile.
Gordon Berman
Assistant Professor
Rollins 2107
Our lab attempts to reveal new insights into animal behavior through developing novel theoretical and computational techniques. We have a particular emphasis on data-driven approaches, pursuing quantitative understanding into entire repertoires of behaviors and aiming to make connections to the genetics, neurobiology, and evolutionary histories that underlie them. View Profile.
Patrick Cafferty
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 2011
The ultimate goal for my classes is to make learning biology interesting, engaging, and fun. Over the years, I have worked with excellent athletic coaches who provided assistance, encouragement, and helped to plan my training. I approach classroom teaching with the qualities of these coaches in mind as I aim to guide my students through problems using active learning methods. View Profile.
Ronald Calabrese, Senior Associate Dean for Research
Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Rollins 2113
We are interested in how rhythmic motor patterns are generated and modulated by the central nervous system. We study the heartbeat network of medicinal leeches as a model because the interneurons and motor neurons that control the hearts have been identified and are experimentally accessible for electrophysiological analyses, and the quantitative data generated lends itself to computational modeling and hybrid-systems analyses. View Profile.
Kathleen Campbell
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 1025
My teaching responsibilities run from a freshman seminar course on DNA and forensics, to the introductory biology series, and upper division microbiology lectures and labs. The focus is introducing concepts, giving real life examples, and understanding how all of these pieces of the puzzle fit together and make up the exciting field of biology. View Profile.
Dave Civitello
Assistant Professor
Rollins 1011
Why do epidemics grow large in some places but not others? Our current research aims to build new theory for disease outbreaks that can explain parasite transmission and reproduction in heterogeneous populations and dynamic environments. We combine field surveys, experiments, and mathematical modeling to improve predictions and control of disease outbreaks that are relevant for biodiversity conservation and human health. View Profile.
Megan Cole
Senior Lecturer
1462 Bldg. Room 104
I strive to engage intro bio students in real research experiences where, with some guidance, they can design and implement their own lab experiments. I hope this early exposure to the true nature of scientific research, with all its complexity and confusion, instills a deeper appreciation for the excitement and creativity inherent to the study of biological systems. View Profile.
Anita Corbett
Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Rollins 1021
Research in our laboratory primarily focuses on determining the function of evolutionarily-conserved RNA binding proteins. These RNA binding proteins play critical roles at many steps in gene expression. Interestingly, mutations in genes that encode ubiquitously expressed RNA binding proteins often lead to tissue-specific diseases. View Profile.
Gray Crouse, Emeritus
Rollins 1009
We study processes that cause DNA damage and mutation in the cell, and processes that repair the damage before it can cause mutations. Our particular interest is in oxidative damage and we use that most perfect of model organisms, yeast. View Profile.
Jaap De Roode
Rollins 1113
We study the evolution of parasites and their hosts. One of our main questions is how environmental conditions can select for more or less harmful parasites. View Profile.
Roger Deal
Associate Professor
Rollins 2017
Our research is driven by a desire to understand the fundamental mechanisms of chromatin-based gene regulation. We strive to elucidate how these mechanisms are used to shape the gene expression profiles of individual cell types during cell differentiation and organ formation. View Profile.
Arri Eisen
Professor of Pedagogy
Rollins 1001C
I am especially interested in letting students, majors and non, experience the many amazing aspects of biology beyond the purely pre-med perspective. View Profile.
Alexander Escobar
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 1103
Life is dynamic. I try to bring the cell to life using the many animations and 3-D models available today so students can experience this for themselves. View Profile.
Andreas Fritz
Associate Professor
Rollins 1119
The highly reproducible development of complex organisms from a single cell is one of the most amazing biological processes. We use the zebrafish model system to investigate the genetic and molecular requirements underlying embryonic patterning and development. View Profile.
Nicole Gerardo
Rollins 1111
Our lab is interested in how host and microbial traits shape the evolution of both beneficial and harmful associations. We are particularly interested in how host immune responses differ upon introduction of beneficial versus harmful microbes, and how the presence of protective microbes alters host investment in immunity. We utilize insect microbe associations amenable to experimental manipulation. View Profile.
David Gorkin
Assistant Professor
Rollins 1009
How does a single genetic blueprint give rise to the trillions of highly specialized cells that make up a human being? To carry out this amazing feat, cells have a vast array of proteins that layer epigenetic information on top of the genetic blueprint -- collectively referred to as the "epigenetic machinery". My research uses genomic approaches to understand how this epigenetic machinery works, and what happens when it malfunctions. View Profile.
Meleah Hickman
Assistant Professor
Rollins 1027
The Hickman lab investigates the strategies yeast species employ to generate genetic and phenotypic variation that facilitate environmental adaptation. We primarily focus on the genomic plasticity of Candida albicans, the leading fungal pathogen of humans and its ability to rapidly acquire resistance to antifungal drugs. View Profile.
Dieter Jaeger
Rollins 2129
We study detailed realistic single cell models in conjunction with slice and in vivo electrophysiology to examine computational properties of cerebellar and basal ganglia networks. View Profile.
George H. Jones, Emeritus
Goodrich C. White Professor
Rollins 2001
Dr. Jones retired in 2013.
We are interested in the biochemistry and evolution of RNA degradation pathways in bacteria and the relationship of RNA degradation to antibiotic biosynthesis in Streptomyces . We are particulary interested in RNA polyadenylation in various bacterial species and in the role of double strand specific endoribonucleases in regulating antibiotic production. We utilize biochemical, genetic, and bioinformatic approaches to study these systems. View Profile.
William Kelly
Rollins 2029
We study highly conserved and presumably ancient mechanisms that operate in the germ line to protect and maintain the integrity of the genome across generations. We have identified several of these mechanisms and study them using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. View Profile.
Katia Koelle
Associate Professor
Rollins 1015
We study the ecological, evolutionary, and within-host dynamics of RNA viruses. Our focus is on viruses affecting humans, particularly influenza and dengue viruses. View Profile.
Steven L'Hernault, Chairman
Rollins 2001C
We study how the vesicular trafficking pathway in developing sperm alters the cell surface to allow it to interact with the egg surface. Our studies are done in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans using genetic, molecular and biochemical techniques. View Profile.
Bruce Levin
Samuel C. Dobbs Professor
Rollins 1109
We do theoretical and empirical studies of the population biology and evolution of bacteria and their accessory genetic elements and the population dynamics, evolution, and control of infectious disease. View Profile.
Robert Liu
Rollins 2131

Winship Distinguished Research Professor (2014-2017)
We study how neurons in the brain are activated by communication sounds. We are particularly interested in the changes that occur when individuals learn the behavioral significance of these sounds.

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John Lucchesi, Emeritus
Asa G. Candler Professor
Rollins 1011
Dr. Lucchesi retired in 2015.
Chromatin is the complex of DNA and protein that makes up chromosomes. We study the chemical and structural changes that occur in chromatin in order to initiate and maintain gene expression. View Profile.
David Lynn
Emerson Hall E409
My research interests include chemical biology, self-assembly, and signal transduction in cellular development and pathogenesis, conformation and molecular evolution, nanostructural synthesis and self-assembly, molecular skeletons for storing and reading information, and the origins of life. View Profile.
Pat Marsteller, Emerita
Professor of Practice
Rollins 1101
Dr. Marsteller wanted us to say that she is proud of Emory faculty, staff, students and administration for their efforts to find ways to help each other in these difficult times of Covid! In her 30 years at Emory she states she has been inspired by the creativity and innovation of Emory students, postdocs, faculty and staff. View Profile.
Levi Morran
Associate Professor
Rollins 1029
We study sex and coevolution. We want to know why sex is so common in nature and how interactions between species alter the course of evolution. View Profile.
Malavika Murugan
Assistant Professor
Rollins 2101
Social behavior is arguably one of the most essential sets of behaviors of all mammals (including humans). In our lab we are interested in understanding how the brain represents social sensory information and how this information is transformed to enable appropriate social interactions. By incorporating a wide range of techniques- cellular resolution imaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, advanced analytical methods, and novel rodent behavioral paradigms - we aim to provide a comprehensive and mechanistic understanding of neural circuits underlying social behaviors. View Profile.
Edward Nam
Senior Lecturer
What makes up life? How does it work? How are we all connected? These are not just biological questions to ponder. We ask ourselves these very same questions as we create our lives. My mission as a teacher and scientist is to empower students to explore life- biological, personal, and professional. View Profile.
Ilya Nemenman
Math & Science Center N240
My group is applying methods of theoretical physics and information theory to understand how biological systems, such as molecular circuits, entire cellular networks, single neurons, whole brains, and entire populations learn from their surrounding environment and respond to it. View Profile.
Kate O'Toole
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 2009
The biological world is amazing and learning about it should be interesting, and fun, and accessible to everyone. As an undergraduate biology lecturer, I strive to establish a student-centered learning environment in order to reach people with different learning preferences and different kinds of minds. View Profile.
Gregg Orloff, Emeritus
Senior Lecturer
I taught in the Biology Dept. for 27 years. Topics about which I rambled include genetics, cell biology and cancer biology. My interests include cancer education via my website, CancerQuest (www.cancerquest.org). View Profile.
Astrid Prinz
Associate Professor
Rollins 2105
We combine experimental and computational methods to study pattern generation, synchronization, and homeostasis in small neuronal networks. Our work relies on the collaboration of researchers from diverse backgrounds, including biologists, neuroscientists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians. View Profile.
Leslie Real, Emeritus
Asa G. Candler Professor
Rollins 1001A
Interaction of genetic structure of populations and the ecological dynamics of infectious diseases; molecular evolution in rabies viruses. View Profile.
Miguel Reyes
As an evolutionary biologist, I am interested in response to stress within the context of phenotypic plasticity, physiological tradeoffs and symbiosis dynamics. Environmental stressors such as increasing climatic temperatures, fluctuations in nutrient resources, and crowding via decreasing habitats act as major drivers for variation in life-history characteristics. View Profile.
Leila Rieder
Assistant Professor
Rollins 2025
Multiple meters of DNA are packaged into the nucleus of each cell, requiring highly interactive levels of organization. Our research focuses on how elegant genome organization, with emphasis on nuclear domains, leads to efficient and precise gene regulation. View Profile.
Iain Shepherd
Associate Professor
Rollins 1131
My lab studies the genetic basis of the development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) - the nervous system of the intestine. We use genetic, cell biological, and embryological experimental techniques in our studies. These studies are clinically important. Hirschsprung's disease is a pediatric ENS condition that affects 1 in 5000 live births, the cause of which is only partly understood. View Profile.
Melody Siegler, Emerita
Associate Professor
Our research concerns the developmental events that give rise to the mature nervous system, specifically the interplay of lineage and extrinsic influences in the formation of neural circuits. View Profile.
Sam Sober
Associate Professor
Rollins 2103
Work in my lab uses the songbird vocal control system to investigate how the brain controls vocal behavior and learns from experience. View Profile.
Rachelle Spell
Professor of Pedagogy
Rollins 2015
I help students learn; I help teachers teach. I strive to both help my students develop as scientists and support faculty develop as educators. My work on faculty and curriculum development has launched a research emphasis on how institutional factors can affect teaching practices. View Profile.
Amanda Starnes, Emerita
Senior Lecturer
Rollins 2125
Maintaining student interest (in "Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy" and "The Biology of Parasites") is a principle teaching goal. Using an organismal approach, students are encouraged to offer answers to class questions and their knowledge is further enhanced through student-led presentations. View Profile.
Darrell Stokes, Emeritus
Rollins 2127
Dr. Stokes retired in 2014.
My laboratory has focused on structural, biochemical, and biophysical studies of insect and crustacean muscles. View Profile.
Jitendra Thakur
Assistant Professor
We are interested in following two specific research areas under the broad umbrella of the Epigenetics & Chromatin field: Genetics and epigenetics of centromeres and Role of RNA in chromatin organization. View Profile.
Nic Vega
Assistant Professor
Rollins 2019
Our lab is interested in microbial ecology in the host environment, and we use a combination of experiments and modeling to understand these complex systems. We are particularly interested in understanding the assembly and evolution of commensal microbial communities and in determining the factors that make host-associated communities resilient to stress, including antibiotic perturbation and invasion by pathogens. To this end, we use the nematode worm C. elegans as a tractable experimental system for microbial community assembly. View Profile.
Daniel Weissman
Assistant Professor
Math & Science Center N244
We want to have a theory of evolution that will predict how populations will evolve from a reasonable set of measurements. Towards this goal, we work on how populations explore the fitness landscape, and how evolutionary dynamics can be inferred from sequencing data from natural and experimental populations. View Profile.
Barry Yedvobnick, Emeritus
Notch is a major signaling pathway within metazoa that has been implicated in an array of developmental and disease mechanisms. Using genetic and molecular methods, our lab has been screening for novel loci that contribute to Notch signaling. View Profile.
Shozo Yokoyama, Emeritus
Asa G. Candler Professor
We study the molecular genetics and adaptive evolution of color and dim-light vision in various vertebrate species. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of these adaptive events, we use methods of molecular/cell biology, protein modeling, quantum chemistry, psychophysics, and molecular evolution. View Profile.

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