Faculty Research

Our faculty represent commitment and expertise in mentoring students in research and address a wide range of questions spanning from the cellular/molecular level to the organismal/ecosystem level.

Our faculty have collaborated with researchers at a broad array of national and international universities and receive funding a range of federal (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency) and state agencies (e.g., California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Agriculture and Technology Institute, California Department of Water Resources ) along with a range of industry groups.

Please contact individual faculty members directly for more information about their research programs.

Biology Department Faculty

Blumenshine, Steve:

  • Fish ecology and population dynamics
  • Fish predation and bioenergetics
  • Aquatic food webs
  • Water supply and quality

Bush, Jason:

  • Cell biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Biomedical research

Calderon-Urrea, Alejandro:

  • Molecular genetics of programmed cell death (PCD) in plants
  • Use of PCD in plant biotechnology
  • PCD during sex determination in plants
  • Transgenic plant development and plant biotechnology
  • Biofuels and other metabolites from algae

Constable, John

  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Ecology

Crosbie, Paul

  • Host-parasite interactions
  • Parasite life history strategies, population ecology, and disease ecology
  • Molecular approaches to parasite identification, systematics, and population genetics

Gousset, Karine

  • Virology
  • Cell biology
  • Microscopy

Katti, Madhusudan

  • Reconciliation Ecology
  • Urban Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Tropical Biology
  • Conservation Biology

Kern, Ruth

  • Terrestrial plant ecology
  • Plant population and community ecology of montane ecosystems
 

Lent, David

  • Neuroethology and neurobiology
  • Adaptive behaviors and neural plasticity
  • Insect cognition
  • Focus on obtaining novel insights into behavior and neural mechanisms underlying spatial processing, learning and memory, and navigation
 

Muller, Ulrike

  • Biomechanics of animal locomotion
  • Fish swimming, animal flight, bio fluid mechanics
  • Ontogenetic development of locomotion
  • Biochemical implications of ontogenetic development and niche shifts in aquatic organisms
  • Science communication

Rawat, Mamta

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular pathogenesis and pathogenomics
  • Drug resistance
  • Biochemistry and the role of thiols in microorganisms
  • Stress response of microorganisms
  • Bioremediation capacity of actinomycetes

Riley, Larry

  • Organismal physiology and endocrinology
  • Comparative endocrinology
  • Endocrine regulation of growth
  • Glucose and fat metabolism
  • Neuroendocrine mediators of appetite

Ross, Joseph

  • Transmission and molecular genetics
  • Evolutionary and developmental biology
  • Genomics and bioinformatics
  • Caenorhabditis nematodes
  • Speciation processes
  • Genetic incompatibilities

Schreiber, Fred

  • Insect biology

Tsukimura, Brian

  • Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
  • Climate Change Ecophysiology
  • Invasive Species Biology
  • Crustacean Biology

Wright, Alice

  • Bioremediation
  • Microbial physiology
  • Metabolism of agrichemicals in microorganisms
  • Microbial ecology and diversity

Youn, Hwan

  • Structure, function, and physiological impact of microbial environmental sensor proteins
  • Molecular engineering of microbial transcription factors
  • Functional genomics of microbial virulence factors

Biotechnology Program Faculty