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Participating Mentors

Twenty-four faculty from three different graduate fields, BMCB (Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology), GGD (Genetics, Genomics and Development) or Biophysics participate in the MBG-REU program.

Eric E. Alani (BMCB, GGD): signaling in DNA mismatch repair

Daniel Barbash (BMCB, GGD):  speciation, molecular evolution, and development

Joeva Barrow (BMCB): mitochondria biology, metabolism, mitochondrial and metabolic diseases

Joshua Chappie (BMCB, Biophysics): Structure and function of nucleotide-driven molecular machines, bacterial pathogenesis and defense systems

Cedric Feschotte (BMCB, GGD): mobile genetic elements, such as transposons and endogenous viruses, in the genomes of vertebrates, including humans

Martha Field: mechanisms that underlie physiological outcomes associated with perturbed one-carbon metabolism

Chris Fromme (BMCB, Biophysics): regulation of Golgi trafficking, with a focus on signaling GTPases

Andrew Grimson (BMCB, GGD): signaling in post-transcriptional regulation

Maureen R. Hanson (BMCB, GGD): cell biology and genetics of plant organelles

Fenghua Hu (BMCB, GGD): cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Toshi Kawate (BMCB, Biophysics): structures and mechanisms of membrane proteins that drive extracellular ATP mediated signaling

Ailong Ke (BMCB, Biophysics): structural basis of CRISPRs and the cas operon in an RNA-based adaptive immune system

Siu Sylvia Lee (BMCB, GGD): genetic and epigenetic determinants of stress response and longevity in C. elegans

Hening Lin (BMCB): roles of protein post-translational modifications in cell signaling and metabolism

Jun "Kelly" Liu (BMCB, GGD): bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling and mesoderm development in C. elegans

Praveen Sethupathy (GGD): gene regulatory mechanisms in gastrointestinal stem cells 

John Schimenti (BMCB, GGD): DNA damage signaling in mammalian development

Marcos Simoes-Costa (BMCB, GGD): gene regulatory networks in neural crest differentiation

Marcus Smolka (BMCB, GGD): mechanisms of genome maintenance with a focus on DNA lesion detection and signaling in yeast and mammals

Robert Weiss (BMCB, GGD): regulation of genomic integrity

Mariana Wolfner (BMCB, GGD): signaling of reproductive proteins in post-mating changes and the initiation of embryogenesis