Faculty in participating departments

Faculty participating in the Cellular & Molecular Biosciences Program

    • Geoff Abbottabbottg@uci.edu,  Physiology & Biophysics
      Biology and pharmacology of voltage-gated potassium channels, voltage-independent potassium channels, and ion transporters.
    • Bogi Andersenbogi@uci.edu, Medicine and Biological Chemistry
      Transcriptional regulation in the developmental biology of epidermis and mammary gland
    • Rosa Andradermandra1@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Toxoplasma gondii, Entamoeba histolytica,Neglected Tropical Diseases and drug discovery. Clinical Interests: HIV and STD management.
    • Kavita Arorakarora@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Drosophila development; TGF-b signal transduction; cell signaling
      Regulation of protein function by covalent modification
    • Scott Atwood, satwood@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Cell fate decisions in skin cancer, skin and hair follicle development, and stem cells.
    • Pierre Baldipfbaldi@uci.edu,  Computer Science, Biological Chemistry, and Development & Cell Biology
      Bioinformatics, computational biology, probabilistic modeling, and machine learning
    • Tallie Z. Baramtallie@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Epigenetic mechanisms in brain plasticity; stress, epilepsy, learning and memory
    • Lee Bardwellbardwell@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
      Intracellular signaling in development and disease
    • Kevin Beierkbeier@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Identifying how experience modulates activity dynamics in neural circuits, both acutely and chronically
    • Claudia Benaventeclaudia.benavente@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Understanding epigenetic deregulation in pediatric cancer tumorigenesis
    • Michael W. Bernsmwberns@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology and Surgery
      Laser microsurgery of cells, embryos, and tissues
    • Bruce Blumbergblumberg@uci.edu,  Developmental & Cell Biology
      Gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development and adult physiology
    • Alexander Boiko, aboiko@uci.edu,  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
      Isolation and Characterization of Tumor Initiating Cells from melanoma
    • Emiliana Borrelliborrelli@uci.edu,  Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Pharmacology
      Dopaminergic system, with particular focus on dopamine D2 receptors
    • Daniela Bota, dbota@uci.edu, Neurology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      The mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced cognitive damage, and differential mechanisms governing glioma stem cell versus neural stem cell differentiation
    • Michael J. Buchmeierm.buchmeier@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Medicine
      Viral biology and pathogenesis, structural and functional proteomics of viruses, and biodefense related pathobiology
    • Remi Buissonrbuisson@uci.edu,  Physiology & Biophysics
      Genomic instability, DNA repair and mutagenesis in cancer
    • Michael D. Cahalanmcahalan@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Ion channels in the nervous and immune systems
    • Anne L. Calofalcalof@uci.edu,  Anatomy & Neurobiology and Developmental & Cell Biology
      Regulation of stem cells in development and regeneration; genomic strategies for understanding the etiology and treatment of human neurodevelopmental disorders using transgenic mouse models
    • Jefferson Y. Chanjchan@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Regulation of genes associated with oxidative stress
    • John Chaput, jchaput@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Expanding the concepts of heredity and evolution to artificial genetic polymers with backbone structures that are distinct from those found in nature
    • Dongbao Chendongbaoc@uci.edu, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Angiogenesis and perinatal vascular biology
    • Phang Lang Chenplchen@uci.edu, Cancer Biology and Biological Chemistry
      Critical role of tumor suppressor genes in the genesis and progression of cancer
    • Steven Chesslers.chessler@uci.edu, Medicine and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying insulin secretion, pancreatic islet function, and beta cell failure in diabetes.
    • Ken W.-Y. Chokwcho@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Molecular mechanisms of axis specification in Xenopus
    • Olivier Cinquinolivier.cinquin@uci.edu , Developmental & Cell Biology 
      Systems biology of cell differentiation
    • Olivier Civelliocivelli@uci.edu, Pharmacology and Developmental & Cell Biology
      Molecular neurobiology, G protein-coupled receptors, peptide neurotransmitters
    • Melanie Coccomcocco@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      NMR spectroscopy, DNA-binding proteins, membrane proteins, cancer
    • Xing Daixdai@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Skin and mammary stem cells, Wnt signaling, chromatin, transcription
    • Michael Demetrioumdemetri@uci.edu, Neurology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Molecular biology and glycobiology of T cell dysfunction in autoimmune demyelinating disease
    • Peter Donovanpdonovan@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
      Molecular genetics of germ cell and stem cell development
    • Aimee Edingeraedinger@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
      Apoptosis, cancer, intracellular trafficking
    • Robert Edwardsredwards@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Development of colitis and colon cancer using a G-protein mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease
    • Dae Seok Eomdseom@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Specialized cellular projection-mediated cell-to-cell signaling
    • Mark J. Fishermfisher@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
      Mechanisms of cerebrovascular stroke
    • Angela Fleischman, agf@uci.edu, Medicine and Biological Chemistry
    • Donald Forthal, dnfortha@uci.edu, Medicine, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Interactions between antibodies and Fc receptors and the role of these interactions in preventing, controlling or enhancing infection with HIV and related lentiviruses.
    • David A. Frumandfruman@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Signal transduction in lymphocytes
    • Anand Ganesanaganesan@uci.edu, Dermatology and Biological Chemistry
      Identify the key molecular regulators of melanin production, melanoma cell survival, and melanoma chemoresistance in human cells
    • David Gardinerdmgardin@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Limb regeneration, stem cells, and toxicology
    • J. Jay Gargusjjgargus@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics and Pediatrics
      Molecular analysis of membrane signaling proteins
    • Paul Gershonpgershon@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      mRNA transcription and modification
    • Charles G. Glabecglabe@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Amyloid Ab peptide in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis; gamete recognition
    • Alan L. Goldinagoldin@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Molecular analysis of ion channel function
    • Celia Gouldingcelia.goulding@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Structural and biochemical studies of molecular assemblies in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
    • Michael Green, m.green@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Chemistry
      Structure-function relationships in metalloproteins, protein engineering, and biological C-H bond activation
    • Steven Grosssgross@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Laser tweezers; in vivo study of molecular motors
    • Klemens Hertelkhertel@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Regulation of gene expression by alternative splicing
    • Todd Holmestholmes@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Human neurodegenerative disease mechanisms in transgenic animals
    • Naoto Hoshinhoshi@uci.edu, Pharmacology and Physiology and Biophysics
      M-type potassium ion channel regulation through protein complex
    • Yilin Huyilinh@uci.edu, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
      Biofuel, activation and reduction of carbon dioxide, structure & function of metalloenzymes involved in methanogenesis, photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation
    • Lan Huanglanhuang@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Defining the structure and function of protein complexes using cross-linking mass spectrometry and integrative modeling, Proteasomal biology, Ubiquitination, Chemical biology, Quantitative Proteomics, Protein-protein interactions; Regulation of the ubiquitin-proteasome system.
    • Christopher C.W. Hughescchughes@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Molecular biology of developmental and tumor angiogenesis
    • Matt Inlay, minlay@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry                                                                                                               Molecular mechanisms regulating developmental fate decisions in embryonic and adult hematopoiesis in mouse and humans.
    • Anthony A. Jamesaajames@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Malaria parasite development; genetic manipulation of insect vectors
    • Rongsheng Jin, r.jin@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics                                          Structure and function of synaptic proteins; neurotoxins and receptors; protein complexes; protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; X-ray crystallography.
    • Peter Kaiserpkaiser@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Cell cycle control; regulation of proteins by ubiquitination
    • Christina Kenneymkenney@uci.edu, Pathology
      Age-related macular degeneration, AMD, mitochondrial genetics, Keratoconus, KC
    • Kai Kessenbrock, kkessenb@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Microenvironmental Control of Stem Cells and Cancer
    • Mei Kongmeik1@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Nutritional microenvironment in tumor development and drug response, metabolism and epigenetics, protein phosphatase regulation in diabetes and obesity
    • Young Jik Kwonkwonyj@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering
      Cancer-targeted therapeutics, Engineered viral vectors for gene therapy, Cancer Vaccine
    • Arthur D. Landeradlander@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology and Pharmacology
      Mechanisms of growth factor action; extracellular matrix; developmental neurobiology; systems biology
    • Devon Lawsondalawson@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Mechanisms of Cancer Metastasis
    • Chang Liu, ccl@uci.edu, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Engineered genetic systems for rapid evolution, chemical biology, synthetic biology, and cell biology
    • Haoping Liuh4liu@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      MAP kinase signal transduction; dimorphic regulation in yeast
    • Melissa Lodoenmlodoen@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Immune evasion by Toxoplasma gondii
    • Ulrike Ludereruluderer@uci.edu, Medicine, Developmental & Cell Biology and Public Health
      Roles of toxicant exposure and oxidative stress in ovarian aging, premature ovarian failure and ovarian cancer
    • Ray Luorluo@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Computational biology, protein structure prediction and folding mechanisms, protein-protein interactions
    • Andrej Luptakaluptak@uci.edu, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
      RNA biology and chemistry
    • Grant MacGregorgmacg@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Gametogenesis in the mouse
    • Rachel Martinrachel.martin@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Solid state NMR, protein structure, membrane proteins, physical chemistry, chemical biology
    • Selma Masrismasri@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Cancer Biology, Circadian Rhythms, Epigenetics and Metabolism.
    • Michael McClellandmmcclell@uci.edu, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
      Evolution of Salmonella pathogenesis; bacterial therapy for cancer; cancer genomics and prognostics
    • Alexander McPhersonamcphers@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Macromolecular crystal growth; X-ray diffraction analysis of protein, nucleic acid and virus crystals; Atomic Force Microscopy studies of biological structures, immunoglobulin structure, virus structure and assembly
    • Dan Mercoladmercola@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Translational research in prostatic cancer
    • Ilhem Messaoudi, imessaou@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Viral pathogenesis, vaccine development, microbiome, modulation of immunity by nutrition
    • Edwin S. Monukiemonuki@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Developmental & Cell Biology
      Cerebral cortex development and disease
    • Naomi Morrissettenmorriss@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Genetic, cell biological and structure-function studies of tubulin and microbutules in Apicomplexan parasites
    • Ali Mortazaviali.mortazavi@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Applications of genomics, computation, and sequencing technologies to the analysis of transcriptional regulation in development
    • R. Michael Mulliganrmmullig@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
      RNA editing in plant mitochondria and chloroplast
    • Edward L. Nelsonenelson@uci.edu, Medicine and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Tumor immunology, dendritic cell biology, and anti-tumor immunotherapeutics
    • Diane K. O’Dowddkodowd@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology and Anatomy & Neurobiology
      Electrical excitability and synaptic connectivity during development
    • Michael Parsons, mparson1@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
      Role of stem cells and facultative progenitors in development and regeneration of insulin-producing cells
    • Medha Pathak, medhap@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      How mechanical forces shape neural stem cells behavior in vitro and in vivo; Transduction of mechanical forces by the Piezo1 ion channel.
    • Eric Perlmanepearlma@uci.edu, Ophthalmology and Physiology & Biophysics
      Regulatory role of neutrophils in bacterial and fungal infections
    • Maksim Plikusplikus@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Stem cells and stem cell niche, Regeneration of tissues and organs, Biological pattern formation, Self-organization, Skin and hair follicles, Adipose tissue, WNT and BMP signaling pathways
    • Thomas L. Poulospoulos@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Physiology & Biophysics
      Protein engineering and crystallography
    • Jennifer Prescherjpresche@uci.edu, Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Probing biological systems with chemical tools and noninvasive imaging
    • Feng Qiaoqiao@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Telomeres & telomerase and their roles in cancer and stem cell diseases; Structural, biochemical and molecular genetic analyses of nucleoprotein assemblies
    • A. Olga Razorenovaolgar@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Internal (oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes) and external (tumor microenvironment)
      factors regulating tumor progression and metastasis
    • Elizabeth Readrachel.martin@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Computational systems biology and dynamics of adaptive immunity.
    • Markus Ribbemribbe@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Chemistry Director, Biofuel Innovation Center
      Biofuel, artificial enzymes, assembly & function of enzymes containing complex metal cofactors
    • Hamid M. Said hmsaid@uci.edu Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
      Cellular and molecular aspects of intestinal transport of water-soluble vitamins
    • Suzanne B. Sandmeyersbsandme@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Molecular genetics of a position-specific yeast retrovirus-like element
    • Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldinrmsandri@uci.edu,Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Regulatory functions of a post-transcriptionally acting herpes virus protein
    • Paolo Sassone-Corsipsc@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Mechanisms of signal transduction able to modulate nuclear functions and, in particular gene expression, chromatin remodeling and epigenetic control
    • Tom Schillingtschilli@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Skeletal and neural patterning; mutational analysis and molecular genetics in the zebrafish
    • Bert L. Semlerblsemler@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Replication of picornavirus RNAs; RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions
    • Donald F. Seneardfsenear@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Interactions of proteins and DNA in transcriptional regulation
    • Yongsheng Shiyongshes@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      The role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in stem cells and cancer
    • Albert Siryaporn, asirya@uci.edu, Physics & Astronomy and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Bacterial pathogenesis, mechanical signal transduction, and biofilm development
    • Robert Spitalerspitale@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Focused at understanding how the flow of genetic information is controlled inside cells and altered to result in disease phenotypes
    • Robert E. Steeleresteele@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      Molecular biology of Hydra development
    • Christine Suetterlinsuetterc@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Golgi and centrosome regulation, host pathogen interactions
    • Sha Sunshasun@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Long noncoding RNAs in epigenetic programming
    • Ming Tanmingt@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Medicine
      Chlamydia infections: Gene regulation and host pathogen interactions 
    • Andrea J. Tenneratenner@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Molecular basis of modulation of human leukocyte function; Alzheimer’s disease
    • Leslie M. Thompsonlmthomps@uci.edu, Psychiatry, Biological Chemistry, and Neurobiology & Behavior
      Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and therapeutic approaches to human neurodegenerative disease
    • Roberto Tinoco, rtinoco@uci.edu,  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
      Chronic diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and cancers that evade the immune system
    • Francesco Tombolaftombola@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Electrical and chemical sensing in excitable cells, VSD-containing ion channels and enzymes
    • Bruce J. Trombergbjtrombe@uci.edu, Biolmedical Engineering, Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics
    • Sheryl Tsaisctsai@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Drug design and crystallography of protein complexes
    • Armando Villalta, armando.villalta@uci.edu, Physiology and Biophysics
      Immune cell and organ system interactions that promote tissue injury and repair
    • Craig Walshcwalsh@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Apoptotic mechanisms in immune development and homeostasis
    • Ping Wangphwang@uci.edu, Medicine, Biological Chemistry, Physiology & Biophysics, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
      Molecular hormone actions in diseases and stem cells
    • Wenqi Wang, wenqiw6@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Signaling network in organ size control and cancer development
    • Rahul Warriorrwarrior@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
      Developmental regulation of proteoglycan biosynthesis; Transcriptional response to BMP growth factor signaling
    • Marian L. Watermanmlwaterm@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
      Regulation of gene expression in development and cancer
    • Gregory Weissgweiss@uci.edu, Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, molecular biology and biochemistry
    • Katrine Whiteson, katrine@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
      Metagenomics, metabolomics and community culture models of host-associated microbial and viral communities in health and disease; human microbiome; microbial ecology.
    • Zeba Wunderlich, zeba@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
      Experimental and computational approaches to understanding regulatory DNA in animals.
    • Xiaohui Xiexhx@ics.uci.edu, Computer Science and Developmental & Cell Biology
      Computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomics
    • Qin Yang, qiny3@uci.edu, Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
      Cellular and molecular mechanisms for insulin resistance and energy expenditure in obesity and type 2 diabetes
    • Kyoko Yokomorikyokomor@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry,
      Chromatin Structure Regulation in Human ES Cells; Gene expression and chromatin structure
    • Michael Zaragoza, mzaragoz@uci.edu,  Biological Chemistry and Pediatrics
      Molecular mechanisms of inherited cardiovascular diseases
    • Weian Zhaoweianz@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
      cancer and developmental mechanobiology, stem cell and immuno-therapy, and microbial genetics
    • Albert Zlotnikazlotnik@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
      Chemokines, cancer metastasis, gene array analysis of human diseases and bioinformatics in immunology