Developmental Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Brian Condie ( or visiting the Developmental Biology website.

The purpose of Developmental Biology at UGA is to further the study of development in all organisms and at all levels of life, to represent and promote communication among students of development, and to promote the field of developmental biology.

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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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Mark R. Brown
Professor Entomology; Neuroscience

Neuroendocrinology of development, reproduction, and metabolism in insects; evolution of peptide hormone structure and function.

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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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Brian Condie
Associate Professor Genetics; Neuroscience

The genetic analysis of mouse pharyngeal development and the development of new tools for chromosome engineering.

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Steve Dalton
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells- cell reprogramming.

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Scott T. Dougan
Associate Professor Cellular Biology

Molecular and cellular basis of pattern formation in vertebrates; developmental genetics of zebrafish.

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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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Jacek Gaertig
Professor Cellular Biology

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

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Mary Goll
Assistant Professor Genetics

Epigenetic regulation in the context of development and cancer. We focus on heterochromatin and primarily use zebrafish as a model system.

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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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Takahiro Ito
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular and cellular biology of normal and malignant stem cells

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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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Lohitash Karumbaiah
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

Developing Translational Glycomaterials and Neuromodulation Systems for Functional Neural Tissue Repair; Targeting Extracellular Matrix Triggers of Brain Tumor Progression

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Edward T. Kipreos
Professor Cellular Biology

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

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James D. Lauderdale
Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Developmental neurobiology: molecular genetic mechanisms of vertebrate eye and forebrain development.

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Karl Lechtreck
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Cilia and cilia-related disease; single molecule imaging; intraflagellar transport

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Hongxiang Liu
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

Sensory organs of taste: development, maintenance, and molecular regulations using genetically modified mouse models.

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Wolfgang Lukowitz
Associate Professor Plant Biology

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

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Nancy Manley
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Evolution, organogenesis, and function of the thymus and parathyroids.

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Amy Medlock
Assistant Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport.

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Douglas Menke
Assistant Professor Genetics

Developmental Regulation of Gene Expression; Evolution of Vertebrate Morphology.

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Allen J. Moore
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Genetics, evolution and development of behavior; sexual selection; quantitative genetic models of evolution

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Patricia Moore
Professor Entomology

The role of developmental mechanisms in sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects.

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Luke J. Mortensen
Assistant Professor Neuroscience

In vivo optical microscopy for bone and tissue regeneration.

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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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Cordula Schulz
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Tissue replenishment from stem cells, Drosophila genetics.

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Ping Shen
Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Brain Functions and Development in the Drosophila Model.

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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 Tiemeyer
Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans.

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Esther van der Knaap
Professor Genetics

the regulation of fruit shape and size of tomato and other Solanaceous crops

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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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Lance Wells
Associate Professor, Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Role of post-translational modifications, primarily O-glycosylation, in human diseases including type II diabetes, cancer, and congenital muscular dystrophy.

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Christopher M. West
Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii; Glycobiology of protozoa

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Michael White
Assistant Professor Genetics

Evolutionary Genomics and Sex Chromosome Evolution

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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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Nadja Zeltner
Assistant Professor Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Cellular Biology

Effects of pathological stress on cells of the peripheral nervous system and the adrenal gland. In vitro disease modeling using human pluripotent stem cells.

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