Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Behavior and Neural Circuits
Biological Clocks and Sleep
Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology
Chromatin Biology, Epigenetics & Gene Regulation
Computational Biology
Genome Integrity
Hormones, Growth Factors and  Cytokines
Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases
Microbial Pathogenesis and Biofilms
Plant Molecular Biology
Protein Folding and Folding Diseases
Signal Transduction and Cell-Cell Communication
Stem Cells and Pluripotency
Stress Responses
Trafficking and Organelle Biogenesis

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Consistency is the key to success in bread baking and biology
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| March 16, 2015

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University Record | January 23, 2015 | Also: Michigan Daily

MCDB Alum Included in Ebola Fighters Feature
Braving Ebola New York Times | October 31, 2014

A Fitting Task
HHMI Bulletin | Spring, 2014 

Bleach vs. Bacteria
NIGMS Inside Life Science | April 02, 2014

New study reinforces the importance of sleep cycle
Michigan Daily | April 01, 2014

New biology building to increase lab space
Michigan Daily | March 18, 2014

Protein research could unlock new disease cures
Michigan Daily | March 18, 2014

Podcast: Flexible friends - protein chaperones
NakedScientists Science Interviews | March 04, 2014

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Faculty Research Strengths

  • Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Behavior and Neural Circuits
  • Biological Clocks and Sleep
  • Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology
  • Channels, Receptors, and Synapses
  • Chromatin Biology, Epigenetics, and Gene Regulation
  • Computational Biology
  • Genome Integrity
  •  Hormones Growth Factors and Cytokines
  •  Microbial Pathogenesis and Biofilms
  • Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Protein Folding and Folding Diseases
  • Signal Transduction and Cell-Cell Communication
  • Stem Cells and Pluripotency
  • Stress Responses
  • Trafficking and Organelle Biogenesis

 

Recent Research Publications

Selection on noise constrains variation in a eukaryotic promoter

Wittkopp group paper in Nature

Bacteria have potent, selective inhibitor of amyloid formation

Chapman Lab report in Molecular Cell

Rescuing the golgi puts brakes on Alzheimer's progress

Wang lab reports at ASCB/IFCB meeting

Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs

Nandakumar group report in Genes and Development

Circadian clock is like an orchestra with many conductors

Shafer lab article published in Science

UM scientists slow development of Alzheimer's plaques

Wang lab "rescues" golgi structure from fragmentation