Welcome to the Department of Biology

Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Molecular Biology

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
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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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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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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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
RK Jayaswal
R. K. Jayaswal
Genetic analysis of Staphylococcus and Listeria, heavy metal antibiotic drug resistance
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