Rice University
BioSciences at Rice

Biochemistry & Cell Biology Research Faculty

Core Faculty


Bonnie Bartel, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Genetics of peroxisome
biogenesis, dynamics,
and function
-Auxin regulation and responses
in Arabidopsis development
Beckingham
Kathleen M. Beckingham
EMAIL
-Genetic analysis of neural
circuitry in Drosophila
-Calcium signaling in Drosophila
-Nanotube applications in biology

George N. Bennett, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Genetic engineering of
metabolic pathways
-Microbial response to
environmental signals
-Engineering cofactors

Matthew R. Bennett, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Synthetic gene circuits
-Dynamics of gene regulation
-Transcriptional signaling
-Modeling genetic processes
Braam
Janet Braam, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-abiotic stress responses
-the circadian clock
-epigenetic regulation in plant defense
-autophagy regulation
Chappell photo
James Chappell, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Design of synthetic RNA
regulators of gene expression
-Creation of new gene
regulatory tools and
their application

Dan Carson, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Regulatory cell surface
components in
developing embryos
and various tumor cell models
-Study of the heparan sulfate proteoglycan, perlecan
Gustin
Michael C. Gustin, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Molecular genetics and biochemistry of signal
transduction
Kirienko
Natasha Kirienko, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Using C. elegans as a model
system to study the
conserved mechanisms of
organismal defenses
to stresses and
infection with pathogens
Lwigale
Peter Lwigale, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Molecular regulation of cornea development and regeneration
Matthews
Kathleen S. Matthews, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Structure and function of genetic regulatory proteins
McNew
James McNew, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Modeling signaling pathways
-Molecular mechanism of
biological membrane fusion
-Peroxisome biogenesis
-ER homotypic fusion
Nikonowicz
Edward P. Nikonowicz, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-RNA-Protein biochemistry, structure, function
phillips
George Phillips, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Structure and dynamics
of proteins
-Structural bioinformatics
-Natural product biosynthesis
shamoo
Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Experimental evolution:
phenotype to physical principles
-Identifying adaptive networks
in antibiotic resistance
-Construction of predictive
models for adaptation
Silberg
Jonathan Silberg, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Laboratory evolution
-Protein design
-Redox systems
-Synthetic biology
Stern
Michael Stern, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Neuron-glia interactions within
the Drosophila peripheral nerve
-regulation of motor neuron excitability
-regulation of ecdysone synthesis
Stewart
Charles R. Stewart, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Molecular Genetics
-Microbial Biotechnology
-Bacteriophage biology
Tao
Yizhi Jane Tao, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Structural Biology
-Virology
-Influenza viruses
-Birnaviruses
Uribe
Rosa Uribe, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Zebrafish studies of enteric
nervous system formation,
neural crest stem cells
and cancer development
Wagner
Daniel Wagner, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-early development of the
zebrafish embryo
-genetic basis of cell
differentiation and cell behavior
Aryeh
Aryeh Warmflash, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Signaling dynamics
-Embryonic patterning
-Embryonic stem cells
-Synthetic developmental biology
-Tumor micro-environment

Weiwei Zhong, Ph.D.
EMAIL
-Quantitative genetics
-Genetic interaction networks
-Genetic regulation of behavior
and development
-Computer vision
 

Affiliated Faculty

Correa
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
-Marine microbial
symbiosis and disease
-Microbial ecology
Oleg2015
Bioengineering
-Cellular decision-making
-Self-organization in biofilms
-Host-pathogen interactions
-Blood stem cells networks
levine2
Herbert Levine, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
-Eukaryotic motility
-Cellular information processing
-Biological patterns
-Evolution of drug resistance
-Collective organization of tumors
masiello
Caroline Masiello, Ph.D.
Earth Sciences
-terrestrial-river-ocean
biosphere interactions
-carbon sequestration
-carbon cycling
-climate change
-black carbon
matsuda
Seiichi Matsuda, Ph.D.
Chemistry
-Recombinant biosynthetic approaches to natural product biosynthesis
-Metabolic engineering to
produce terpenes
onochic2
Jose Onuchic, Ph.D.
Physics & Astronomy
-Protein folding funnels
-Electron transfer reactions
-Stochastic effects in genetic networks
Saltz
Julia Saltz, Ph.D.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
-evolution and development of
social behavior in Drosophila
Laura2014
Laura Segatori, Ph.D.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
-Relationship between protein folding and disease
-Engineering cellular clearance
-Synthetic circuits to monitor
protein degradation

Suh
Junghae Suh, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
-Design of gene
delivery vectors
-Synthetic virology
tabor2
Jeffrey J. Tabor, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
-Synthetic biology
-Optogenetics
-Engineered proteins signaling
-Engineering multicellular
behaviors
wolynes2
Peter G. Wolynes, Ph.D.
Chemistry
-Protein folding, function & structure
prediction
-Stochastic cell biology
-Cytoskeleton structure & dynamics