Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Genetics

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Diane Byers
Diane L. Byers
Evolutionary ecology of plants in fragmented prairies including: plant-pollinator interactions, sex ratio variation, bee diversity, and inbreeding depression.
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Kevin Edwards
Kevin A. Edwards
Signal transduction, epithelial development, cell shape and the cytoskeleton; primarily using the Drosophila melanogaster model system
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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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Erik Larson
Erik Larson
Genome maintenance pathways and mutagenesis; DNA repair and mutagenesis in the immune system; lymphomagenesis and carcinogenesis pathways; DNA repair regulation and proteins; alternatively structured DNA
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Cynthia Moore
Cynthia Moore
Science Education- Development of Active Learning Methods
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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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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
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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Ben Sadd
Ben Sadd
Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite relationships using bumblebees and other insects. The evolution of antimicrobial defense in insects. Ecological immunology in insects
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Scott Sakaluk
Scott K. Sakaluk
Animal behavior, particularly in the context of the evolution of animal mating systems; eco-immunology of birds; insect reproductive behavior
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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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Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea
Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea

Neurogenetic bases of locomotion and natural behavior using the nematode C. elegans.
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Andrés G. Vidal-Gadea's publications

Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Dr Jay
R. K. Jayaswal
Staphylococci molecular/genetic analysis; heavy metal and drug resistance in Staphylococcus aureus
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Alan Katz
Alan J. Katz
Mutagen in Drosophila
David Weber
David Weber
Maize cytogenetics, especially at the interface with molecular biology; RFLP mapping; genetic control of corn oil quality and quantity; genetic control of recombination
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