Cell Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Jacek Gaertig (jgaertig@uga.edu).

Research within this group is focused on the fundamental functions of the cell, such as organelle biogenesis and function, cell polarization, cytoskeleton, cell motility, sensing, signal transduction, intracellular transport, cell cycle regulation and gene expression. Our faculty use interdisciplinary approaches including genetic, biochemical, bioinformatic, biophysical, microscopic imaging and mathematical modeling tools to understand the basic properties of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

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Maor Bar-Peled

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity.

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Pengpeng Bi

Assistant Professor
Genetics

We use​ the advanced genetic mouse models to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying
several diseases: obesity, diabetics, muscle and heart diseases.

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Haini Cai

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology

Nuclear and genome organization; Chromatin structure and function; Gene regulation in Drosophila development.

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Houjian Cai

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Post-translational modification including protein acylation, fatty acid metabolism,
prostate stem cell, Src family kinases, prostate cancer, small molecular inhibitor.

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Shiyou Chen

Professor
Physiology & Pharmacology

Molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases including vascular remodeling,
atherosclerosis, aortic aneurysm, hypertension, organ fibrosis, and asthma.

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Kelly Dawe

Distinguished Research Professor
Genetics; Plant Biology

Plant centromere and kinetochore structure and function.

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Roberto Docampo

Professor
Cellular Biology

Cellular and molecular biology of acidocalcisomes; the role of polyphosphate in trypanosomatids.

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Jonathan Eggenschwiler

Associate Professor
Genetics

Genetic analysis of mouse development; cell fate specification in the embryonic
central nervous system; patterning of the body plan’s left-right axis.

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Ronald D. Etheridge

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology

Toxoplasma’s Strategies to Manipulate Host Immunity

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Mark Farmer

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases

Protist systematics, cell evolution, and flagellar development.

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Jacek Gaertig

Professor
Cellular Biology

Molecular cell biology of the cytoskeleton; molecular genetics of ciliates.

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David Garfinkel

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, control of transposition, restriction factors.

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Neil J. Grimsey

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Defining the spatiotemporal regulation of kinase pathways and the regulation of GPCR induced
inflammation and proangiogenic signaling, for the development of therapeutic agents.

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Robert Haltiwanger

Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development.

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Tim Hoover

Professor
Microbiology

Gene regulation in bacteria; regulation of flagellar biogenesis; control of RpoN-dependent transcription in bacteria.

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Daichi Kamiyama

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Our research is aimed at identifying the principles of neural circuit assembly, which is key
to understanding the treatment of neurological disorders. To achieve this, we develop
imaging toolkits including fluorescent probes and advanced microscopes.
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Eileen Kennedy

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Chemical biology, kinase signaling, cancer, signal transduction, drug discovery.

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Edward Kipreos

Professor
Cellular Biology

Regulation of the cell cycle; ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis and development.

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Dennis Kyle

Professor
Cellular Biology & Infectious Diseases

The discovery and development of new drugs to prevent or treat malaria and leishmaniasis.
Elucidating mechanism(s) of resistance and discovering new drug treatment regimens,
combinations, or strategies to overcome resistance.

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Karl Lechtreck

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology

Cell Biology of Cilia; Cilia-related diseases, Intracellular Transport.

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Wolfgang Lukowitz

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Fertilization, and early cell-fate decisions in plant embryos.

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Richard Meagher

Distinguished Research Professor
Genetics

Molecular genetics and evolution of Arabidopsis gene expression; engineering plants
for phytoremediation of ionic- and methyl-mercury.

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Amy Medlock

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport.

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Kojo Mensa-Wilmot

Professor
Cellular Biology

Cell Signaling, Organelle Biogenesis, and Drug Discovery in Trypanosomes.

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Michelle Momany

Professor
Plant Biology

Cellular and molecular biology of polar growth in fungi.

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Kelley Moremen

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, molecular, and structural biology of mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis and catabolism.

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Silvia Moreno

Professor
Cellular Biology

Metabolism and drug development against protozoan parasites.
Calcium signaling and storage in Toxoplasma gondii.

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Vasant Muralidharan

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.

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Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology

Regeneration and development; understanding cellular/molecular mechanisms that underlie neural regeneration in planarians.

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Robert Sabatini

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and biochemical parasitology: DNA modification, homologous recombination
and the regulation of antigenic variation in Trypanosoma brucei.

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Walter K.Schmidt Jr.

Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular cell biology and biochemistry of proteases associated with isoprenylated protein
maturation and amyloidogenic peptide degradation; cancer; Alzheimer’s disease.

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Vincent Starai

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases; Microbiology

Bacterial modulation of eukaryotic membrane dynamics for intracellular survival;
SNARE-dependent membrane fusion biochemistry.

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Michael Terns

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics; Microbiology

We study CRISPR-Cas immune systems that protect prokaryotes from viruses and provide
powerful research tools for important biotechnology and biomedical applications.

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Maria Viveiros

Associate Professor
Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxciology

Mammalian germ cell and early embryonic development; meiotic chromosome segregation in oocytes;
genomic instability; impact of age and environment on meiotic division.

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Lianchun Wang

Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The regulatory function and related structure of heparan sulfate proteoglycan in angiogenesis, Alzheimer`s disease and Cancer

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Yao Yao

Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

Blood Brain Barrier, Stroke, Neurological disorders, Stem Cell Biology, Extracellular Matrix Biology

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Hang Yin

Assistant professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, brown fat development and induction, non-coding
RNA, development of novel therapies for human obesity and type 2 diabetes

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