Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Cell and Developmental

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Martha Cook
Martha E. Cook
Evolution of plants and algae, structure and development at the cellular level, using various types of microscopy
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Kevin Edwards
Kevin A. Edwards
Signal transduction, epithelial development, cell shape and the cytoskeleton using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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Craig Gatto
Craig Gatto
We employ modern Molecular Biology and Protein Biochemistry along with electrophysiology to study the structure-function, mechanism, biosynthesis, assembly and cellular trafficking of P-type ATPases or Ion pumps (e.g. Na,K-ATPase, Ca-ATPases).
Tom Hammond
Tom Hammond
Molecular genetic analysis of unpaired DNA silencing and meiotic drive.
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Viktor Kirik
Viktor Kirik
Molecular mechanisms determing division plane selection and orientation of cell expansion in growing plant cells, particularly the role played by microtubules
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests

Alysia Vrailas Mortimer
Alysia Vrailas Mortimer

Aging and environmental factors in meurological disorders and muscular dystrophies using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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Nate Mortimer
Nathan T. Mortimer
Cellular immunology and parasitology using Drosophila melanogaster and parasitoid wasps as a model host-parasite system; molecular genetics of cellular immunity; parasite virulence mechanisms; genetics of autoimmunity
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Wade Nichols
Wade Nichols

Genetics of virulence determinants of the opportunistic human pathogens Haemophilus influenzae and Haemophilus parainfluenzae
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John Sedbrook
John Sedbrook

Molecular genetics of cell expansion and trophic responses in Arabidopsis thaliana; improvement of plant biomass for use as feedstocks to generate biofuels
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Laura Vogel
Laura A. Vogel
Immune regulation at the cellular level, incorporating studies of genetics, biochemistry, and environmental effects
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Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Robert Preston
Robert L. Preston
Osmoregulation in euryhaline fish and marine and freshwater invertebrates; energetics of membrane transport; mechanism of mercury inhibition of membrane transport systems; D-Amino acid transport and metabolism
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