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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Haini N. 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
Assistant 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
Professor Cellular Biology

Protist systematics, cell evolution, and flagellar development.

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Jacek Gaertig
Professor Cellular Biology

Biogenesis of microtubule-based organelles including cilia, organelle compartmentalization, intracellular patterning.

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David J. Garfinkel
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Retrovirus-like transposons in budding yeast, factors that modulate retrotransposition and genome stability.

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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

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 T. 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

Cilia and cilia-related disease; single molecule imaging; intraflagellar 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 (Rich) Meagher
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Cell-type and nuclear-type specific epigenetic control in brain, adipose tissue, placenta, and blood, cellular memory and molecular turnover

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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

Cell biology and biochemistry of the human pathogen Toxoplasma gondii searching for potential targets for chemotherapy.

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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
Associate 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.
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition 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
Assistant Professor Infectious Diseases; Microbiology

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

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Richard A. Steet
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

We investigate the pathogenesis and treatment of lysosomal storage disorders using zebrafish models and cultured cells (including iPS-derived cell types); our approach integrates confocal microscopy, biochemistry and chemical biology.

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Michael Terns
Distinguished Research Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics; Microbiology

Newly discovered immune systems found in bacteria and archaea; mechanisms of viral defense and prevention of the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

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Maria M. Viveiros
Assistant 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
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Heparan sulfate proteoglycan, angiogenesis, tumorigenesis, tumor metastasis, stem cell, coagulation.

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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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