Department Directory


Faculty by areas of interest

Emeritus Faculty





Former Postdocs


Student Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Faculty Essays



PBIO Photo Gallery

Faculty Areas of Interest

Molecular physiology and neurobiology

The central goal of molecular physiology and neurobiology is to uncover the essential molecules, and the important interactions between these molecules, that underlie the dynamics of healthy cells.  In the long run, our limited understanding of the basic mechanisms of life is what limits our success in combating complex diseases like cancer, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative disease.  So the study of healthy cells and tissues is a cornerstone of medical research.  Scientists in these fields draw from an ever-growing array of techniques, including site-directed mutagenesis of proteins, high-resolution imaging of cells and tissues, and genetic manipulation of whole organisms.


faculty photo

Marv Adams

Molecular Scaffolds

faculty photo

Chip Asbury

Molecular basis of biological motion

faculty photo

Andres Barria

Synaptic Physiology. Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Plasticity

faculty photo

Mark Bothwell

Biochemical mechanisms of growth-factor action; molecular and cellular physiology of nerve growth factors

faculty photo

Linda Buck

The Sensing of Odors and Pheromones

faculty photo

Steven Carlson

Molecular and cellular physiology of synapse formation

faculty photo

Stanley Froehner

Regulation of Membrane Specializations by Protein Scaffolds: Implications for Human Diseases

faculty photo

Qinghang (Chris) Liu

Molecular Signaling Mechanisms of Cardiac Hypertrophy and Heart Failure

faculty photo

David Perkel

Neural mechanisms of vocal learning

faculty photo

Mike Regnier

Molecular mechanisms of striated muscle contractile regulation

faculty photo

Jane Sullivan

Cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission

faculty photo

Linda Wordeman

Cell division; Molecular motors