Developmental Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Rachel Roberts-Galbraith (robertsgalbraith@uga.edu) 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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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; Neuroscience

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
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Cell Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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 Dougan

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology

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

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Jonathan Eggenschwiler

Associate Professor
Genetics; Neuroscience

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

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

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Mary Goll

Associate 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; Neuroscience

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

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Natalia Ivanova

Associate Professor
Genetics

Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms regulating preimplantation development, pluripotency, differentiation and cellular reprogramming in humans

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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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Lohitash Karumbaiah

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience

Developing Translational Glycomaterials for Neural Tissue Repair and Neural Interfacing.

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Edward Kipreos

Professor
Cellular Biology

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

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James Lauderdale

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

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

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Karl Lechtreck

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology

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

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Xiaorong Lin

Professor
Microbiology; Plant Biology

Human fungal pathogens, sexual reproduction and development in fungal pathogenesis

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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

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport.

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Douglas Menke

Professor
Genetics

Developmental Regulation of Gene Expression; Evolution of Vertebrate Morphology.

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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 Mortensen

Assistant Professor
Neuroscience

In vivo optical microscopy for bone and tissue regeneration.

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Brad Nelms

Assistant Professor
Plant Biology

Cell differentiation during plant reproduction, genomics and gene regulatory networks, single-cell RNA-sequencing, reprogramming cell fate

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Ben Parrott

Assistant Professor
Toxicology; Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

Environmental and ecological influences on development, reproduction,
and aging in wildlife and humans.

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Rachel Roberts-Galbraith

Assistant Professor
Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

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

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Tania Rozario

Assistant Professor
Genetics

Understanding mechanisms that regulate stem cell behavior, regeneration, and reproductive development in tapeworms

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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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Michael Tiemeyer

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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

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Esther van der Knaap

Professor
Genetics; Plant Biology

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

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Maria Viveiros

Associate Professor
Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology

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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Lance Wells

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator
ILS Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection.

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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; Neuroscience

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
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

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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