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 Bardwell, bardwell@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
  • Elizabeth N. Besselizabeth.bess@uci.edu, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Uncovering chemical reactions encoded in the gut microbiome to understand and treat human disease
  • Bruce Blumbergblumberg@uci.edu,  Developmental & Cell Biology
    Gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development & adult physiology  Epigenomic analysis of gene-environment interactions
  • Alexander Boiko, aboiko@uci.edu,  Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Isolation and Characterization of Tumor Initiating Cells from melanoma patients.
  • 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 Buisson, rbuisson@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    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
  • Timothy Downingthdownin@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Stem cell and tissue engineering, regenerative biology, cell reprogramming, epigenomics, mechanobiology
  • Aimee Edingeraedinger@uci.edu, Developmental and Cell Biology
    Cancer biology and therapy, intracellular trafficking, obesity, drug development and delivery
  • 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
    Hematopoietic stem cell biology and leukemia
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shane Gonengonens@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Electron cryo-microscopy (Cryo-EM); Membrane proteins; Protein complexes; Computational protein design
  • Steven A. Goldstein, sgoldst2@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Ion channels in health and disease
  • 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 Grossgonens@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 splicin
  • Allon Hochbaum, hochbaum@uci.edu, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
    Biological and bioinspired materials; chemical and biophysical regulation of bacterial biofilms; supramolecular protein assembly
  • 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.
  • Autumn S. Ivyaivy@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Role of exercise-induced chromatin modifications in brain plasticity and neural function, early-life periods of brain maturation.
  • 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
  • Philip Kiser, pkiser@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Physiology and structural biology of the first steps of vertebrate vision, retinoid and carotenoid metabolism, retinal disease and therapeutics.
  • Mei Kong, meik1@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
    Mechanisms of growth factor action; extracellular matrix; developmental neurobiology; systems biology
  • Thomas E. Lanetlane@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to both host defense and disease following viral infection of the central nervous system (CNS)
    ARRIVING January 1, 2020
  • Devon Lawsondalawson@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Mechanisms of Cancer Metastasis
  • Wei Ling Lauwllau@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Vascular calcification, cerebral microbleeds, and chronic inflammation in chronic kidney disease
  • 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
    Innate immunity, host-microbe interactions, and immune evasion by Toxoplasma gondii
  • Ulrike Ludereruluderer@uci.edu, Medicine, Developmental & Cell Biology and Public Health
    Reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology
  • Ray Luorluo@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Computational structural biology, biomolecular recognition and biosynthesis, cancer biology, synthetic biology
  • 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
  • Francesco Marangonifmarango@uci.edu,  Physiology & Biophysics
    Identify immune regulatory mechanisms within tumors using functional intravital microscopy (F-IVM), and to counteract them to improve the efficacy of immunotherapies
  • 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
    Circadian Clock disruption and its links to cancer, stem cell biology and metabolism
  • Michael McClellandmmcclell@uci.edu, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
    Evolution of Salmonella pathogenesis; bacterial therapy for cancer; cancer genomics and prognostic
  • Reginald “Reggie” McNulty, rmcnulty@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Macromolecular assemblies in inflammation and cancer using Cryo-EM and other approaches
  • Alexander McPhersonamcphers@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & BiochemistryMacromolecular 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 MedicineTranslational research in prostatic cancer
  • Ilhem Messaoudi, imessaou@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & BiochemistryViral pathogenesis, vaccine development, microbiome, modulation of immunity by nutrition
  • Edwin S. Monukiemonuki@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Developmental & Cell BiologyCerebral cortex development and disease
  • Naomi Morrissettenmorriss@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & BiochemistryGenetic, cell biological and structure-function studies of tubulin and microbutules in Apicomplexan parasites
  • Ali Mortazaviali.mortazavi@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell BiologyApplications 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 BiologyRNA editing in plant mitochondria and chloroplast
  • Edward L. Nelsonenelson@uci.edu, Medicine and Molecular Biology & BiochemistryTumor immunology, dendritic cell biology, and anti-tumor immunotherapeutics
  • 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
  • Nicholas Pannunzio, nrpann@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Understanding how internal and external sources of DNA damage lead to oncogenic genome rearrangements in B cell malignancies
  • 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
  • Olga V. Razorenovaolgar@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Internal (oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes) and external (tumor microenvironment)
    factors regulating tumor progression and metastasis
  • Elizabeth Readelread@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 ChemistryMolecular 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
  • 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
  • Marcus Seldin, mseldin@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Systems genetics approaches to understand metabolism and physiology with a special emphasis on mechanisms of tissue-tissue communication
  • Donald F. Seneardfsenear@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Interactions of proteins and DNA in transcriptional regulation
  • Xiaoyu Shi, xiaoyu.shi@ucsf.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Interested in developing new in situ multiomics methods, by leveraging Super-resolution Microscopy, Expansion Microscopy and multiomics
  • 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
    Complement: Molecular basis of  neuroinflammation; 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
  • Katherine L Thompson-Peer, ktpeer@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Neuronal regeneration after injury; dendrite regeneration
  • Roberto Tinoco, rtinoco@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Adaptive Immune Responses; cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote T cell exhaustion during chronic viral infection and cancer
  • Francesco Tombolaftombola@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Electrical and chemical sensing in excitable cells, VSD-containing ion channels and enzymes
  • 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 and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Engineering and dissection of protein structure and function
  • 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
  • Xiangmin Xuxiangmix@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Molecular Genetics
  • 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 PediatricsMolecular mechanisms of inherited cardiovascular diseases
  • Weian Zhaoweianz@uci.edu, Biological Chemistrycancer and developmental mechanobiology, stem cell and immuno-therapy, and microbial genetics