Genetics PhD Mentors

The following faculty advise students in our Genetics PhD Program.

Mentors can also be viewed by specific field or study organism.

To view faculty in the Departments of Genetics and Medical Genetics only, please see our Faculty List.

Reid Alisch

Neurological Surgery
The role of epigenetics in human health and disease processes, particularly in relation to the origins of mental illness.

Richard Amasino

Understanding how plants sense and respond to seasonal environmental changes

Jean-Michel Ane

Symbiotic associations between plants and microbes (bacteria and fungi)

Alan Attie

Genetics of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic diseases

Anjon Audhya

Biomolecular Chemistry
Regulation of vesicle biogenesis and membrane transport during development

Arash Bashirullah

Intercellular communication: uncovering mechanisms that coordinate the development of multicellular organisms

David Baum

Genetic basis for plant phenotypic evolution and understanding evolutionary relationships from sequence variation

Andrew Bent

Plant Pathology
Disease resistance and defense signal transduction in plants

Seth Blair

Integrative Biology
Developmental genetics of patterning and cell signaling in Drosophila

Barak Blum

Cell and Regenerative Biology
Regenerative biology of the endocrine pancreas, genetics of type-1 and type-2 diabetes

Grace Boekhoff-Falk

Developmental biology, gene expression, hormones, growth and differentiation factors

Karl Broman

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
 genetics and genomics

David Brow

Biomolecular Chemistry
Molecular mechanisms of transcription termination and pre-mRNA splicing in yeast

Hao Chang

Planar cell polarity in mammalian skin development and cancer

Qiang Chang

Medical Genetics and Neurology
DNA methylation-dependent epigenetic regulation of brain functions

Lara Collier

We use genetic and pharmacological approaches in mouse models to study disease etiology and treatment

Cameron Currie

Ecological and evolutionary genomics of symbiotic systems

John Doebley

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Quantitative genetics of maize-teosinte evolution

Timothy Donohue

Unlocking the secrets of microbes to benefit society

David Eide

Nutritional Science
How cells and organisms survive and thrive under nutrient-deficient conditions

Feyza Engin

Biomolecular Chemistry
Diabetes and metabolic disorders, organelle dysfunction, stress responses, beta cell biology

Catherine Fox

Biomolecular Chemistry
Mechanisms required for genome duplication and stability in eukaryotic organisms

Audrey Gasch

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Elucidating the role, regulation, and evolution of eukaryotic stress responses

Michael Gould

Oncogenes and suppressor genes in mammary carcinogenesis

Richard Gourse

Control of gene expression and the structure of the bacterial chromosome

Daniel S. Greenspan

Cell and Regenerative Biology
Genes important to vertebrate development and human disease

Yevgenya Grinblat

Integrative Biology and Neuroscience
Pattern formation, neural development, zebrafish developmental genetics

Mary Halloran

Integrative Biology
Understanding mechanisms controlling development of the nervous system

Jeff Hardin

Integrative Biology
Using C. elegans to study cell movement and adhesion during embryonic development

Melissa Harrison

Biomolecular Chemistry
Studying embryonic development to understand the transcriptional mechanisms for a totipotent state

Chris Todd Hittinger

Evolution of carbon-responsive gene networks, yeast biodiversity, industrial brewing and biofuel applications

Aaron Hoskins

RNA splicing, gene expression, fluorescence microscopy, RNA/protein complexes

Zhen Huang

Neurology and Nueroscience
Neuron and glial cell fate specification and differentiation, cortical neuron migration, migration disorders

Christina Hull

Biomolecular Chemistry and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Anna Huttenlocher

Cell migration, Wound repair, Inflammation

Akihiro Ikeda

Medical Genetics
Identifying genes involved in aging, cell proliferation and neovascularization using mouse genetics

Junsu Kang

Cell and Regenerative Biology
Zebrafish, regeneration, fin, heart, enhancer, genetic mutant

Nancy Keller

Bacteriology and Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Exploring genetic regulation of virulence and natural product synthesis by fungi

Judith Kimble

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics
Molecular regulation of germ line self-renewal and differentiation in C. elegans

Patrick Krysan

Functional genomics of Arabidopsis signal transduction

Dudley Lamming

Biology of aging and age-related diseases, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

Robert Landick

RNA polymerase structure/function; regulation of RNA chain elongation

Allen Laughon

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Smad transcription factors and associated cofactors in response to TGF-beta signaling

Carol Eunmi Lee

Integrative Biology and Center for Rapid Evolution
Rapid Evolutionary responses to global change, including biological invasions, climate, and pollution. Genetic architecture of invasive species, functional ecological and evolutionary genomics

Peter Lewis

Biomolecular Chemistry
Epigenetic Mechanisms in Development and Cancer

Ahmed Mahmoud

Cell and Regenerative Biology
Mammalian cardiac regeneration

Patrick Masson

Genetics of root growth behavior using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system.

David McCulley

Developmental biology and genetics related to lung and pulmonary vascular development and disease.

Phil Newmark

Integrative Biology
Germ cell development and regeneration in planarians; developmental biology of parasitic flatworms

Marisa Otegui

Botany and Genetics
Cellular trafficking and signaling

Brian Parks

Nutritional Sciences
Leveraging genetics to understand the pathways and molecular mechanisms that contribute to metabolic diseases.

Bret Payseur

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Speciation, Evolution of Extreme Phenotypes, Recombination

Francisco Pelegri

Genetics and Medical Genetics
Cellular and developmental mechanisms in the vertebrate egg-to-embryo transition, early cell fate specification

Caitlin Pepperell

Ecological and evolutionary interactions between humans and human pathogens

Nicole Perna

Systems-scale evolutionary genomics of agriculturally, biomedically and industrially significant bacteria

Jason Peters

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gene networks and genetic tools in bacteria.

John Pool

Population genomics and the genetic basis of adaptive evolution

Tomas Prolla

Genetics and Medical Genetics
DNA repair, cancer and the aging process

Sushmita Roy

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics
Machine learning methods; the structure, function and evolution of regulatory networks; predictive models

David Schwartz

Chemistry and Genetics
Scalable discovery of human and cancer structural variation through invention and applications of single molecule systems

Nathaniel Sharp

Mutation, Evolution, Genome Architecture, Genetic Variation, Sexual Selection

Ahna Skop

Genetics, Medical Genetics and Life Science Communications
Asymmetric cell division, cytokinesis, cell polarity & cell cycle genomics and proteomics

Paul Sondel

Pediatrics and Human Oncology
Antibody recognition of cancer cells in mice and in patients

Rupa Sridharan

Cell and Regenerative Biology
Epigenetics and Induced pluripotent stem cells

Michael Sussman

Signal transduction and plasma membrane receptors in Arabidopsis thaliana, genomic technologies

Michael Taylor

School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division
Genetic dissection of blood-brain barrier development

Randal Tibbetts

Human Oncology
Genetic control of DNA replication and repair in mammals. Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Han Wang

Integrative Biology
Genetic and Neural Dissection of Sleep in C. elegans

Jue D. (Jade) Wang

Genome stability, DNA replication and stress response in bacteria

David Wassarman

Medical Genetics
Mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration

Beth A. Weaver

Cell and Regenerative Biology - McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
Mitosis, Aneuploidy, Cell Cycle, Cancer

Deneen Wellik

Cell & Regenerative Biology
The role of Hox genes in the development, growth and homeostasis of the adult skeleton, muscle and lung.

Donna Werling

Genetic risk for autism and other neuropsychiatric conditions, sex differences in neurobiology and risk for disease

Marvin Wickens

The molecular basis of RNA control: how it is accomplished, integrated and evolves

Jill Wildonger

How neuronal structure and function is shaped by the microtubule cytoskeleton and polarized transport

Jerry Yin

Genetics and Neurology
cAMP/PKA/dCREB2 signaling in sleep, memory formation, neurodegenerative diseases, developmental disabilities

Jae-hyuk Yu

Molecular genetics and genomics of spore formation and mycotoxin biosynthesis in filamentous fungi

Jing Zhang

Using genetically engineered mouse models to study normal and mutant hematopoietic stem cell functions

Xinyu Zhao

Genetics and epigenetic regulation of neural stem cells and neuronal development

Xuehua Zhong

Mechanisms and roles of epigenetic modifications underpinning various biological processes