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.
  • Lauren Veronica Albrecht, l.albrecht@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Discovery of novel molecular pathways driving cell growth and tissue homeostasis in health and in disease.
  • Bogi Andersenbogi@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    The goal of my research is to understand the role of the circadian clock in skin and the gene-regulatory mechanisms underlying epidermal differentiation and repair.
  • Rosa M. Andradermandra1@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Understanding the Redox homeostasis of Toxoplasma gondii to find new therapeutic targets
  • Kavita Arorakarora@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We are interested in the diverse cellular responses triggered by TGF-ß signaling proteins in development. Recent areas of study are: the neuroendocrine control of developmental timing, and the regulation of metabolism by TGF-ß ligands.
  • Scott Atwood, satwood@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    The Atwood lab is interested in how stem cell heterogeneity drives epidermal homeostasis and disease using models of skin development and cancer.
  • Tallie Z. Baramtallie@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Epigenetic mechanisms in brain plasticity; stress, epilepsy, learning and memory
  • Lee Bardwell, bardwell@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We study cancer signaling pathways and other disease-relevant regulatory pathways, focusing on protein kinases, scaffold proteins, and transcription factors. We also do some computational/mathematical modeling.
  • Kevin T. Beierkbeier@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Molecular and neural circuit basis of mental illness, substance use disorders, Alzheimer’s disease – genetic/epigenetic individual vulnerability factor identification
  • Claudia Benaventeclaudia.benavente@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Identifying therapeutic vulnerabilities in solid malignancies harboring RB1 mutations, with special emphasis on epigenetics.
  • Elizabeth N. Besselizabeth.bess@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Uncovering chemical reactions encoded in the gut microbiome to understand and treat human disease
  • Bruce Blumbergblumberg@uci.edu,  Developmental & Cell Biology
    My lab focuses on multi-‘omic analyses of gene environment interactions important for development, adult physiology and disease predisposition using in vitro and in vivo models.
  • Emiliana Borrelliborrelli@uci.edu,  Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Involvement of dopamine in addiction and in neurological and psychiatric disorders
  • Daniela Bota, dbota@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    To understand the biology and to develop new translational approaches for neurologic malignancies and cancer-related cognitive impairments.
  • Remi Buisson, rbuisson@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Genomic instability, DNA repair and mutagenesis in cancer
  • Thomas Burke, tpburke@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    We study bacterial pathogenesis and the host innate immune response to infection. We’re also targeting innate immunity as a strategy to treat cancer.
  • Minji Byun, byunm1@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Epigenetic modulator dysfunction in human developmental and immune disorders
  • Anne L. Calofalcalof@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    My laboratory uses genetic model organisms to study how stem cell behaviors and gene expression changes both direct normal development and contribute to the etiology of syndromic and non-syndromic birth defects.
  • John Chaput, jchaput@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Biological Chemistry
    Oligonucleotide therapeutics based on evolvable non-natural genetic polymers
  • Dongbao Chendongbaoc@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Uterine and placental hemodynamics, perinatal vascular biology, pregnancy complications
  • Phang-Lang Chenplchen@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Dissecting DNA damage response pathway
  • Ken W.Y. Chokwcho@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Using genomics, we study how early cellular differentiation events, particularly in the endodermal lineage leading to an animal’s gut and extraembryonic structures, are programmed.
  • Olivier Civelliocivelli@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Molecular neurobiology, G protein-coupled receptors, peptide neurotransmitters
  • Melanie Coccomcocco@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Biophysical and Structural Studies of Membrane and DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Xing Daixdai@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Intrinsic and microenvironmental control of skin and mammary epithelial stem cell function in development and repair/regeneration, and how such control mechanisms go awry in disease and aging.
  • Fangyuan Ding, dingfy@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    RNA biology and engineering, synthetic biology, single molecule imaging and quantification
  • Timothy Lamont Downingtim.downing@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    The Downing Lab explores new and innovative approaches to cell and tissue engineering. We are particularly interested in understanding how the genome is regulated through non-sequence-based changes to DNA (epigenetics) during healthy tissue development and disease progression.
  • Nir Drayman, nirdra@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Studies how cell-to-cell variability affects viral infection outcomes using technologies such as live-imaging, machine learning, single-cell RNA-sequencing and microfluidics
  • Aimee Edingeraedinger@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Understanding endolysosomal trafficking and sphingolipid biology and translating these discoveries into new therapies for cancer, obesity, and other diseases
  • Asuka Eguchi, asuka.eguchi@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    We study the pathogenic progression of genetic cardiomyopathies to develop therapeutic strategies for heart failure. Human iPSCs provide the disease model to study disease phenotypes.
  • Dae Seok Eomdseom@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Intercellular signaling in stem cells and tissue remodeling
  • Philip L. Felgner, pfelgner@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    The UCI Vaccine R&D Center is supported by the NIH to develop vaccine and vaccine adjuvants for infectious diseases. There is an emphasis on Pandemic Preparedness. The lab is equiped with all of the science, equipment and know-how to construct and test lipid nanoparticle (LNP) vaccines of the kind that are in the COVID vaccines from Moderna and BioNTech. The same mRNA/LNP technology developed for the COVID vaccine is also applicable to gene therapy and gene editing.
  • Mark Fishermfisher@hs.uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Stroke, vascular neurobiology, blood-brain barrier, cerebral microvascular disease
  • Angela Fleischman, agf@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Role of inflammation in the development of hematologic malignancies.
  • Don Forthal, dnfortha@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    My laboratory focuses on understanding how antibodies interact with cells bearing Fc receptors (such as macrophages, monocytes, NK cells) and how such interactions affect viral infection. We are interested both in ways that antibodies protect from infection and in ways that antibodies participate in immunopathology.
  • David Frumandfruman@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    The focus of research in the Fruman Lab is targeted therapies to modulate signaling and metabolism in lymphocytes and leukemia cells.
  • Anand K. Ganesanaganesan@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Our work understands how melanocytes respond to environmental cues in the context of skin disease and cancer.
  • Paul Gershonpgershon@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    mRNA transcription and modification
  • Shane Gonengonens@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    The Gonen lab studies proteins implicated in disease by cryogenic electron microscopy, biochemistry and computational modelling
  • Steve A. N. Goldstein, sgoldst2@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Ion channels in the heart, innate immune system, and nervous system in health and disease
  • Celia Gouldingcelia.goulding@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    We are deciphering iron acquisition in Mycobacterium tuberculosis informed by structural and chemical biology, and proteomics. We are also working on contact-dependent growth inhibition systems (CDI), and the structural basis of its mechanism of action.
  • Michael Green, m.green@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Structure-function relationships in metalloproteins, protein engineering, and biological C-H bond activation
  • Matthew Griffin, griffin@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Our lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying host-microbiota interactions during cancer progression and treatment.
  • Steven Grosssgross@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    I study how molecular motors function and are regulated, and also a new pathway in the innate immune system to kill bacteria.
  • Chris Halbrook, chris.halbrook@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    My lab is primarily focused on understanding mechanisms that support cancer development and resistance to therapy.
  • Klemens Hertelkhertel@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Regulation of gene expression by alternative splicing, bioinformatics, human genetic disease
  • Michael Hicksmrhicks1@hs.uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics, Developmental & Cell Biology 
    Stem cell and gene therapies for skeletal muscle regeneration
  • Allon Hochbaum, hochbaum@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Structural biology and biochemistry of bacterial cytochrome polymers; metabolism and metabolic heterogeneity in bacterial populations and communities.
  • Todd C. Holmestholmes@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    We study non-image forming visual mechanisms controlling arousal, phototaxis/light avoidance, time-of-day information behaviors in Drosophila (Fogle et al., 2011, Science; Ni, Baik et al., 2017, Nature).
  • Naoto Hoshinhoshi@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Regulation and pathological roles of a voltage-gated potassium channel, Kv7 channel
  • Yilin Huyilinh@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & 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
    Ubiquitin-proteasome dependent protein degradation, Proteomics, Protein-protein interactions, Structural biology, Biological mass spectrometry, Cancer, Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Christopher C.W. Hughescchughes@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Vascular biology with a focus on microphysiological systems, also called organ-on-chip technology. We work on cancer, neurological diseases, diabetes and vascular malformations
  • Matthew Arthur Kalani Inlay, minlay@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    The biology, development, and therapeutic use of hematopoietic stem cells in blood and marrow transplantation, and the role of the immune system in graft tolerance and graft-versus-host disease.
  • Cholsoon Jang, choljang@uci.edu , Biological Chemistry
    Nutrition metabolism, metabolic diseases, mass spectrometry
  • Rongsheng Jin, r.jin@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Structure and function of bacterial toxins and receptors; synaptic proteins; protein complexes; protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; X-ray crystallography; Cryo-EM
  • Barbara Jusiak, bjusiak@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    My lab combines mammalian synthetic biology and fruit fly (Drosophila) models to study cancer-host interactions and to engineer immune cells against cancer.
  • Peter Kaiserpkaiser@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Our lab studies the ubiquitin proteasome pathway, cell cycle, and cancer metabolism, focusing on mechanism of diet/therapeutics interactions and development of mutant p53 reactivation compounds.
  • Vladimir Kefalov, vkefalov@hs.uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Functional analysis of rod and cone photoreceptor cells, mechanisms of light- and dark-adaptation, and photoreceptor degeneration and visual disorders
  • 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, epigenetics and cancer stem cells, protein phosphatase regulation in diabetes and obesity.
  • Orkide Koyuncu, okoyuncu@hs.uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    In the Koyuncu lab, we study virus infections of the nervous system with a focus on local and global changes in neuronal biology during alpha herpesvirus infection
  • Evgeny Kvon, ekvon@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    The Kvon lab investigates mammalian gene regulation using cutting-edge genomics, genome editing, and transgenic tools. We are particularly interested in studying the role of gene regulation in development and evolution and how its malfunction leads to congenital disease
  • Young Jik Kwonkwonyj@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Gene therapy, Nanomedicine, Cancer vaccines, Cell therapy
  • Albert La Spada, alaspada@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Our research seeks the mechanisms that underlie neurodegeneration and neuron cell death in spinal & bulbar muscular atrophy, spinocerebellar ataxia type 7, Huntington’s Disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, and by reproducing molecular pathology in mice and in neurons, astrocytes, and skeletal muscle cells derived from human patient stem cells, we are developing therapies to treat these diseases.
  • Arthur Landeradlander@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We study the Systems Biology of growth, development, birth defects and cancer. Mathematical and computational approaches are used extensively.
  • Thomas E. Lanetlane@uci.edu, Neurobiology & Behavior
    The focus of the laboratory is to evaluate underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms contributing to neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration, and repair in pre-clinical models of neurologic disease.
  • Pablo Lara-Gonzalez, plaragon@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Molecular pathways that ensure accurate chromosome segregation in mitosis and their intersection with embryonic development; entry and exit from quiescence in response to nutrient signaling.
  • Devon A. Lawsondalawson@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Cellular, molecular and genomic mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis
  • Wei Ling Lauwllau@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Vascular injury and gut dysbiosis in chronic kidney disease
  • Gina Leeginalee@uci.edu Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Elucidate oncogenic signaling pathways that rewire cellular metabolism, RNA biogenesis and RNA epigenetic modification in human cancer
  • Han Li, han.li@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Engineering of enzymes and microbes for health, sustainability, and environment.
  • Wei Li, wei.li@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Computational Biomedicine: Epigenetics Liquid Biopsy and Alternative Polyadenylation Therapy
  • Chang Liu, ccl@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    What does the map between macromolecular sequence and function look like? How does a gene’s evolutionary past shape its future?
  • Haoping Liuh4liu@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    We study the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans, Candida-host cell interaction, mechanisms of pathogenesis and drug resistance.
  • Melissa Lodoenmlodoen@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    My research program is focused on the innate immunity, neuroinflammation, and host-pathogen interactions during infection with Toxoplasma gondii.
  • Ulrike Ludereruluderer@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We investigate mechanisms by which prenatal and postnatal exposures to toxic chemicals and ionizing radiation disrupt reproductive function and cause ovarian cancer.
  • Ray Luorluo@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Our research interests are in the general area of computational structural biology and biophysics. We are particularly interested in computational analysis of solvation-mediated electrostatics and polarization effects in molecular recognition and disordered proteins in cancer biology and biosynthesis.
  • Andrej Luptakaluptak@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    RNA biology and chemistry
  • Grant R. MacGregorgmacg@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Function of FNDC3 proteins in development, homeostasis and reproduction; Improved mouse models of late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Francesco Marangonif.marangoni@uci.edu,  Physiology & Biophysics
    Study of immune regulation using functional intravital microscopy
  • Matthew Marsdenmdmarsde@hs.uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    My research is primarily focused on HIV cure efforts and involves molecular analysis of latent HIV together with cellular and animal models of HIV infection.
  • Rachel W. Martinrwmartin@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Structural biology and biophysics of both highly soluble proteins and protein aggregates; enzyme discovery; NMR methods development.
  • Thomas F. Martinez, t.martinez@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Unannotated microprotein discovery and characterization, proteomics, genomics, cell biology, protein biochemistry
  • Ivan Marazzi, imarazzi@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    The Marazzi Laboratory studies epigenetic and chromatin-mediated control of gene expression in the context of the cellular response to pathogens or cellular differentiation.
  • Selma Masrismasri@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Research in the Masri lab is aimed at understanding the relationship between disruption of circadian rhythms and tumorigenesis, with a major focus on immunology, metabolism and stem cell biology.
  • Michael McClellandmmcclell@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    High-throughput genetics, evolution of Salmonella pathogenesis; bacterial therapy for cancer; cancer genomics and prognostic
  • Reggie McNulty, rmcnulty@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Macromolecular assemblies in inflammation and cancer using Cryo-EM and other approaches
  • Dan Mercoladmercola@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Current emphasis is prostate cancer and the interaction of cancer cells and the microenvironment as examined by DNA sequencing and gene expression changes. The ethnic differences in tumor and microenvironment interaction are also being examined for European American and African American populations.
  • Haik Mkhikian, hmkhikia@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    We study 1) how glycans regulate cell-surface biology, 2) the dysregulation of glycosylation in immune aging, and 3) the development of new methodologies/tools for glycobiology
  • Edwin S. Monukiemonuki@hs.uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Modeling and probing the roles and pathologies of the choroid plexus and cerebrospinal fluid on the human brain
  • Benjamin R. Morehouse, b.morehouse@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Studying the evolution and diversification of innate immune signaling systems using biochemical and structural methods. Interested in cyclic nucleotides and chemical defenses.
  • Naomi Morrissettenmorriss@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Tubulin and microtubules, tubulin targeting drugs in protozoan parasites, tubulin mutations
  • Ali Mortazaviali.mortazavi@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Applications of genomics, computation, and sequencing technologies to the analysis of transcriptional regulation in development
  • Stanley W.K. Ng, stanlewn@uci.edu Biological Chemistry
    The Ng Lab uses multiple spatial and omics sequencing technologies to profile tissue clones and assess their contribution to overall disease state, treatment response, and patient outcomes
  • Dequina Nicholas, dequinaa@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    We study chronic inflammation in type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Trina M. Norden-Krichmar, tnordenk@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry 
    Bioinformatics; genetic factors in human diseases; medical, environmental and marine genomics; computational drug discovery; machine learning
  • Shivashankar Othy, sothy@uci.edu Physiology & Biophysics
    Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Immune Regulation: Decoding Neuro-Immune Interactions, Vaccine Mechanisms, and Mechanosignaling in Immune System
  • Krzysztof Palczewski, kpalczew@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Physiology & Biophysics
    Kris Palczewski’ s laboratory is focused on the fundamental process of vision taking place in rod and cone photoreceptors of the retina and the adjacent pigment epithelium.
  • Nicholas Pannunzio, nrpann@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Cancer etiology, cancer genetics, genome integrity, DNA double-strand break repair, and cancer health disparities in underrepresented groups
  • Michael J. Parsons, mparson1@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Understanding how the pancreatic progenitors are regulated will inform how insulin-producing β cells are made and reveal transitions that occur during onset of pancreatic cancer.
  • Medha M. Pathak, medhap@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Our lab aims to understand how the mechanically-activated Piezo1 ion channel regulates neural stem cell fate at molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.
  • Eric Perlmaneric.pearlman@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Innate immunity to pathogenic bacteria and fungi
  • 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
  • Jenn Prescherjpresche@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    We develop chemical tools and noninvasive imaging strategies to spy on cellular communication.
  • Abraham J. Qavi, aqavi@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Development of innovative diagnostic technologies for (re)-emerging pathogens.
  • Feng Qiaoqiao@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Telomeres & telomerase and their roles in cancer and stem cell diseases; Structural, biochemical and molecular genetic analyses of ribonucleoprotein assemblies
  • Farah Rahmatpanah, frahmatp@uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Prostate cancer disparities, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, bioinformatics, epigenetics
  • Olga Razorenovaolgar@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    We focus on kidney and breast cancer. We study tumor suppressors and oncogenes, as well as tumor cell microenvironment (especially hypoxia). We are interested in tumor cell metabolism and metastasis. Our ultimate goal is to find critical molecular targets expressed by cancer cells for therapy design.
  • Markus Ribbemribbe@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Biofuel, activation and reduction of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, artificial enzymes, assembly & function of enzymes containing complex metal cofactors
  • Matt Rose, mfrose@hs.uci.edu, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Mapping gene networks, cell fate, and neural wiring decisions with multi-omics and 3D-cleared and live imaging in neurodevelopment and models of neurologic disease
  • Thomas F. Schillingtschilli@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Our laboratory is generally interested in the early embryonic development of the vertebrate nervous and musculoskeletal systems. We study zebrafish, small teleost fish that have emerged as a powerful new genetic system for studying how genes control early development. The genetic mechanisms we are studying have important implications for human craniofacial birth defects and cancers.
  • Marcus Seldin, mseldin@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Population genetics approaches to investigate inter-organ signaling
  • Pratik Shah, pratik.shah@uci.edu, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Develops novel multimodal AI and computational techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms of disease
  • Xiaoyu Shi, xiaoyu.shi@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We develop super-resolution microscopy and spatial multiomics methods to study aging and cancer at from molecular to organ levels.
  • Yongsheng Shiyongshes@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Our laboratory studies the mechanism and regulation of mRNA processing in development and in pathogen-host interactions.
  • Albert Siryaporn, asirya@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Bacterial pathogenesis, host-microbe interactions, antimicrobials, and biofilm development
  • Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, dorotask@hs.uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Skowronska-Krawczyk’s laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of aging in the eye and on discovering novel treatments to prevent age-related vision loss.
  • 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
  • Christine Suetterlinsuetterc@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    We are studying the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which causes wide-spread STI, with focus on its developmental cycle and interactions with host cell organelles.
  • Bryan Sun, sunb8@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    The Sun Laboratory studies genetic mechanisms of skin tissue development and disease with a particular interest on regulatory elements of the noncoding genome. We use primary cell culture, skin organoids, and human/patient samples for our research.
  • Sha Sunshasun@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    The main focus of our research involves the functional roles of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in epigenetic programming.
  • Vivek Swarup, vswarup@uci.edu, Neurobiology & Behavior
    Genomics of Neurodegenerative dementia
  • Ming Tanmingt@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Infectious Disease and Bacterial Pathogenesis Research on the intracellular bacterium Chlamydia: focus on gene regulation, host-pathogen interactions
  • Andrea J. Tenneratenner@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    Complement: Molecular basis of  neuroinflammation; Alzheimer’s disease
  • Leslie M. Thompsonlmthomps@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and therapeutic approaches to human neurodegenerative disease
  • Katherine Thompson-Peer, ktpeer@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Investigating how neurons respond and recover after injury
  • Roberto Tinoco, rtinoco@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    We investigate T cell immune responses against viral infections and cancers.
  • Francesco Tombolaftombola@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Sensing mechanisms of the cellular microenvironment, ion channel physiology and pharmacology, development of new biosensors
  • Sheryl Tsaisctsai@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Drug design and crystallography of protein complexes
  • E. R. Chulie Ulloa, chulie.ulloa@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    We investigate novel therapeutic strategies (e.g., immune-based therapies and drug-repurposing) to treat drug-tolerant or -resistant bacterial pathogens.
  • Armando Villalta, villalts@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    The regulation of immune cell and tissue progenitor interactions in skeletal muscle degenerative and autoimmune disorders
  • Lisa Wagarlwagar@hs.uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics 
    Translational human immunology, adaptive immunity, organoids, vaccines and infectious diseases
  • Craig Walshcwalsh@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    T cell tolerance, autoimmunity, stem cells, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease
  • Wenqi Wang, wenqiw6@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    Cancer signaling, oncogene, tumor supressors, organ size control, Hippo pathway, YAP/TAZ
  • Rahul Warriorrwarrior@uci.edu, Developmental & Cell Biology
    The lab uses modern molecular and genetic approaches in Drosophila to study the regulation of proteoglycan synthesis and related questions in developmental and cell biology.
  • Gregory Alan Weissgweiss@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    The Weiss Lab invents new technologies to dissect how life’s molecules work and then work to control, improve, and fix them.
  • Katrine Whiteson, katrine@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    The Whiteson lab studies human associated microbial and viral communities. We use metagenomics, metabolomics, microbiology and bioinformatics to answer questions about how microbes and viruses (especially phages!) affect human health.
  • Travis Wilestravis.wiles@uci.edu, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
    Wiles Lab research focuses on the form and function of microbiomes, the ecology and evolution of antibiotic resistance, and immune sensing of gut bacterial communities.
  • Xiangmin Xuxiangmix@uci.edu, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Neural circuits, brain diseases, Viral genetic tool development
  • Qin Yang, qiny3@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    Identifying novel targets and developing new tools for the treatment of obesity and diabetes
  • Kyoko Yokomorikyokomor@uci.edu, Biological Chemistry
    We study the mechanism and function of heterochromatin dynamics in human cells using muscular dystrophy FSHD and DNA damage response as the model systems.
  • Alvin Yu, alviny6@uci.edu, Physiology & Biophysics
    My lab uses multiscale computational techniques to investigate the molecular mechanisms of disease.