Developmental Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Rachel Roberts-Galbraith ( 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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Avraham, Oshri

Oshri Avraham Assistant Professor Cellular Biology Deciphering the mechanisms that regulate the diversity of peripheral glial cells to achieve a better understanding of their role in the context of disease and injury. Website

Bar-Peled, Maor

Maor Bar-Peled Associate Professor Plant Biology Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity. Website

Bi, Pengpeng

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. Website

Billmyre, Katie

Katie Billmyre Assistant Professor, Genetics Department Meiotic chromosome biology using Drosophila as a model system. Website

Cai, Haini

Haini Cai Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Nuclear and genome organization; Chromatin structure and function; Gene regulation in Drosophila development. Website

Dougan, Scott

Scott Dougan Associate Professor Cellular Biology Molecular and cellular basis of pattern formation in vertebrates; developmental genetics of zebrafish. Website

Eggenschwiler, Jonathan

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. Website

Gaertig, Jacek

Jacek Gaertig Professor Cellular Biology Molecular cell biology of the cytoskeleton; molecular genetics of ciliates. Website

Goll, Mary

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. Website

Haltiwanger, Robert

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. Website

Ivanova, Natalia

Natalia Ivanova Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms regulating preimplantation development, pluripotency, differentiation and cellular reprogramming in humans Website

Kamiyama, Daichi

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. Website

Karumbaiah, Lohitash

Lohitash Karumbaiah Assistant Professor Neuroscience Developing Translational Glycomaterials for Neural Tissue Repair and Neural Interfacing. Website

Kipreos, Edward

Edward Kipreos Professor Cellular Biology Regulation of the cell cycle; ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis and development. Website

Lauderdale, James

James Lauderdale Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Developmental neurobiology: molecular genetic mechanisms of vertebrate eye and forebrain development. Website

Lechtreck, Karl

Karl Lechtreck Associate Professor Cellular Biology Cell Biology of Cilia; Cilia-related diseases, Intracellular Transport. Website

Lin, Xiaorong

Xiaorong Lin Professor Microbiology; Plant Biology Human fungal pathogens, sexual reproduction and development in fungal pathogenesis Website

Liu, Hongxiang

Hongxiang Liu Assistant Professor Neuroscience Sensory organs of taste: development, maintenance, and molecular regulations using genetically modified mouse models. Website

Lukowitz, Wolfgang

Wolfgang Lukowitz Associate Professor Plant Biology Fertilization, and early cell-fate decisions in plant embryos. Website

Medlock, Amy

Amy Medlock Associate Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Understanding intracellular and intercellular heme transport. Website

Menke, Douglas

Douglas Menke Professor Genetics Developmental Regulation of Gene Expression; Evolution of Vertebrate Morphology. Website

Moore, Patricia

Patricia Moore Professor Entomology The role of developmental mechanisms in sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects. Website

Mortensen, Luke

Luke Mortensen Assistant Professor Neuroscience In vivo optical microscopy for bone and tissue regeneration. Website

Nelms, Brad

Brad Nelms Assistant Professor Plant Biology Cell differentiation during plant reproduction, genomics and gene regulatory networks, single-cell RNA-sequencing, reprogramming cell fate Website

Parrott, Ben

Ben Parrott Assistant Professor Toxicology; Savannah River Ecology Laboratory Environmental and ecological influences on development, reproduction, and aging in wildlife and humans. Website

Roberts-Galbraith, Rachel

Rachel Roberts-Galbraith Assistant Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Regeneration and development; understanding cellular/molecular mechanisms that underlie neural regeneration in planarians. Website

Rozario, Tania

Tania Rozario Assistant Professor Genetics Understanding mechanisms that regulate stem cell behavior, regeneration, and reproductive development in tapeworms Website to come

Schulz, Cordula

Cordula Schulz Assistant Professor Cellular Biology Tissue replenishment from stem cells, Drosophila genetics. Website

Shen, Ping

Ping Shen Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience Molecular and Cellular Basis of Brain Functions and Development in the Drosophila Model. Website

Tang, Lili

Lili Tang Associate Professor Environmental Health Science; Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program Adverse neurological outcomes; Host-Microbe-Chemical (3-way) interaction; C. elegans model organism. Website

Tiemeyer, Michael

Michael Tiemeyer Distinguished Research Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans. Website

van der Knaap, Esther

Esther van der Knaap Professor Genetics; Plant Biology The regulation of fruit shape and size of tomato and other Solanaceous crops Website

Viveiros, Maria

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. Website

Wells, Lance

Lance Wells Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection. Website

West, Christopher M.

Christopher M. West Professor Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii; Glycobiology of protozoa. Website

White, Michael

Michael White Associate Professor Genetics Evolutionary Genomics and Sex Chromosome Evolution. Website

Yao, Yao

Yao Yao Assistant Professor Neuroscience Develop regenerative therapies for neurological diseases by investigating the pathological and therapeutic roles of extracellular vesicles in cellular and animal models. Website

Yin, Hang

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 Website

Zeltner, Nadja

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. Website