Faculty Directory


Farrah Bashey-Visser

Farrah Bashey-Visser

Assistant Scientist, Biology

Lecturer, Human Biology

Research Interests
ecology, evolution, microbial interactions and pathogenesis

Carl Bauer

Carl Bauer

Chair, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
oxygen and light regulation of gene expression; biosynthesis of heme and chlorophyll; prokaryotic development

Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell

Professor, Biology

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Research Interests
molecular biology of the archaea

Alan Bender

Alan Bender

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
genome, cell and developmental biology

Amy Berndtson

Amy Berndtson

Senior Lecturer, Biology

Research Interests
hormonal regulation of reproduction

James Bever

James Bever

Adjunct Professor, Biology

  • jbever@indiana.edu
  • Jordan Hall 149D

Research Interests
ecology and evolution of plants and fungi

Matthew L. Bochman

Matthew L. Bochman

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Affiliate, Biology

Research Interests
DNA helicases and the maintenance of genome integrity; fermentation science

José Bonner

José Bonner

Emeritus Professor, Biology

  • bonner@indiana.edu
  • Simon Hall 205C

Research Interests
improving science literacy

Volker Brendel

Volker Brendel

Professor, Biology

Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests
computational genome science

Bill Brizzard

Bill Brizzard

Director, Technology Commercialization

  • bbrizzar@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-3597
  • IU Research and Technology Coporation -

Research Interests
Biotechnology Program

Yves Brun

Yves Brun

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Clyde Culbertson Professor, Biology

Microbiology Section Associate Chair

Research Interests
mechanism, regulation, and evolution of bacterial shape, differentiation, and biofilm formation

Karen Bush

Karen Bush

Professor of Practice, Biotechnology

Adjunct Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Research Interests
antibiotic mechanisms of action and resistance; antibacterial drug discovery and drug development.

Brian Calvi

Brian Calvi

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
cell cycle control of DNA replication and genome stability

Sue Carter

Sue Carter

Director, Kinsey Institute

Rudy Professor, Biology

Research Interests
evolution; ecology; behavior

Geetanjali Chawla

Geetanjali Chawla

Adjunct Associate Scientist, Biology

  • chawlag@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
MiRNA mediated mechanisms in aging and dietary restriction

Lingling Chen

Lingling Chen

Director of Graduate Studies, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Research Interests
microbial structure, function and mechanism; biology of molecular chaperone (chaperonin)

Lucy Cherbas

Lucy Cherbas

Senior Scientist Emerita, Biology

  • cherbasl@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
mechanism of transcriptional regulation by a steroid hormone; drosophila cell lines; drosophila genomics.

Peter Cherbas

Peter Cherbas

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Research Interests
chromatin; chromosomes; genome integrity; developmental mechanisms; regulation in eukaryotic systems; genomics; bioinformatics

Yean Chooi

Yean Chooi

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
chromosome structure; ribosome structure and biogenesis

Keith Clay

Keith Clay

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Research Interests
microbial interactions, ecology, symbiosis, disease

Jared Cochran

Jared Cochran

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Affiliate, Biology

Research Interests
development of a metal switch for controlling the activity of P-loop NTPases; kinetic and thermodynamic investigations of unconventional kinesin-microtubule systems; high resolution structural and mechanistic studies of tubulin-protein interactions

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook

Senior Scientist, Biology

Research Interests
collections management at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center; chromosome biology

David Daleke

David Daleke

Associate Professor, Medical Sciences

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
structure and organization of biological membranes; phospholipid transporters; effect of diabetes on membrane structure.

Lynda Delph

Lynda Delph

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
evolutionary genetics and ecology; plant reproductive biology

Tom Donahue

Tom Donahue

Professor Emeritus, Biology

  • tfdonahu@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
genetic, molecular and biochemical analysis of translation intitiation in yeast.

Jim Drummond

Jim Drummond

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
limited alphabet coding sequences and proteins; a minimalist approach to structure and function

Megan Dunn

Megan Dunn

Lecturer, Biology

  • mmparrot@indiana.edu
  • Ballantine Hall 627

Research Interests
research interests include understanding the mechanisms of enveloped virus assembly and release.

John Foley

John Foley

Associate Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical Sciences

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biology

Wayne Forrester

Wayne Forrester

Adjunct Associate Professor, Medical Sciences

Research Interests
mechanisms of directed cell migration in C. elegans

Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster

Professor Emerita, Biology

Research Interests
mutagenesis, DNA repair, replication, and recombination

Clay Fuqua

Clay Fuqua

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
attachment, biofilm formation, multicellularity and disease ecology of Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Gerald Gastony

Gerald Gastony

Professor Emeritus, Biology

  • gastony@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
systematics and genome mapping of ferns; molecular phylogenetics of desert-adapted ferns

David P. Giedroc

David P. Giedroc

Lilly Chemistry Alumni Professor, Chemistry

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
zinc- and copper-specific metal sensor proteins from bacterial pathogens, translational frameshifting, and RNA structure and function in mammalian coronavirus replication.

Matthew Hahn

Matthew Hahn

Professor, Biology

Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests
computational and evolutionary genomics; evolution of transcriptional regulation; molecular population genetics

Spencer Hall

Spencer Hall

Professor, Biology

Director, EEB Graduate Program

Research Interests
ecology of infectious disease and food web interactions in freshwater environments

Roger Hangarter

Roger Hangarter

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Class of 1968 Chancellor's Professor, Biology

Research Interests
plant physiology: environmental sensory-response systems and plant development

Gail Hardy

Gail Hardy

Assistant Scientist, Brun Lab, Biology

Research Interests
holdfast biosynthesis and anchoring

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy

Professor, Biology

Associate Chair of Teaching

Research Interests
eukaryotic cell biology; cytoskeleton and signaling; virology

Jim Hengeveld

Jim Hengeveld

Senior Lecturer, Biology

  • jhengeve@indiana.edu
  • Jordan Hall A112
Andrea Hohmann

Andrea Hohmann

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Linda and Jack Gill Chair, Neuroscience

  • hohmanna@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-0672
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 220

Research Interests
mechanisms of pain; novel pain therapies

Peter C. Hollenhorst

Peter C. Hollenhorst

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences Program

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
mechanisms of transcription factor specificity in cancer

Elizabeth Housworth

Elizabeth Housworth

Chair, Mathematics

Professor, Mathematics

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
statistical genetics; phylogenetics; combinatorics; mathematical biology

Ke Hu

Ke Hu

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
cytoskeletal biogenesis of apicomplexan parasites

Heather A. Hundley

Heather A. Hundley

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences Program

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
post-transcriptional mechanisms of regulating gene expression

Laura Hurley

Laura Hurley

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, REU Program in Animal Behavior

Research Interests
evolution; ecology; behavior

Roger Innes

Roger Innes

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
molecular genetics of plant/pathogen interactions

Cheng Kao

Cheng Kao

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Director, Biotechnology

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
biochemistry of RNA virus infection and innate immunity

Thom Kaufman

Thom Kaufman

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Research Interests
cytogenetics, developmental genetics, and molecular genetics of drosophila

David Kehoe

David Kehoe

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
environmental regulation of gene expression in bacteria

Ellen D. Ketterson

Ellen D. Ketterson

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Affiliate Professor, Gender Studies

Research Interests
behavior; ecology; evolution

Eric Knox

Eric Knox

Director, IU Herbarium

Senior Scientist, Biology

Research Interests
plant evolution; speciation; phylogenetic systematics; chloroplast genome evolution; horizontal gene transfer; flora of Indiana

Justin Kumar

Justin Kumar

Professor, Biology

Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Section Associate Chair, Biology

Research Interests
Regulation of tissue/organ specification and patterning

Soni Lacefield

Soni Lacefield

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
mitotic and meiotic cell cycle regulation

Cris Ledón-Rettig

Cris Ledón-Rettig

Assistant Research Scientist

Research Interests
the role of developmental and behavioral plasticity in adaptive evolution

Jun Liu

Jun Liu

Assistant Scientist, Hu Lab, Biology

Research Interests
chromatin, chromosomes, and genome integrity; eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling

Curt Lively

Curt Lively

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Research Interests
evolution and coevolution; sex, virulence and genetic diversity in host-parasite interactions

Elisabeth A. Lloyd

Elisabeth A. Lloyd

Chair, History and Philosophy of Science

Adjunct Professor, Biology

Adjunct Professor, Philosophy

Affiliated Faculty Scholar, Kinsey Institute

Adjunct Faculty, Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior

Hui-Chen Lu

Hui-Chen Lu

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Linda and Jack Gill Chair, Neuroscience

Adjunct, Biology

  • hclu@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-9663
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 122

Research Interests
development of neural circuitry, particularly in the neocortex; activity-dependent remodeling and mis-wiring in autism, dyslexia, schizophrenia, and congenital epilepsy; neuroprotective strategies

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Class of 1954 Professor, Biology

Research Interests
evolution; population genetics and genomics; cell biology

Nancy Magill

Nancy Magill

Senior Lecturer, Biology, Biotechnology

Assistant Director of Biotechnology

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biotechnology

  • ngmagill@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-5978
  • Classroom Office Bldg. 205 (800 E. 3rd St.)

Research Interests
bacterial sporulation and stress responses, antibiotic resistance in natural isolates

George Malacinski

George Malacinski

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Research Interests
bone strengthening and molecular biology of bone remodeling

Emília Martins

Emília Martins

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
behavior, evolution, genomics, bioinformatics

Stephanie Mauthner

Stephanie Mauthner

Assistant Scientist, Tracey Lab, Biology

  • mauthner@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-2681
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 216

Research Interests
genome; cell; developmental biology

Jake McKinlay

Jake McKinlay

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
microbial metabolism and its role in cell physiology, the environment, and biotechnology

Sapna Mehta

Sapna Mehta

Visiting Lecturer, Biology

  • sapmehta@indiana.edu
  • Ballantine Hall 619
Vicky J. Meretsky

Vicky J. Meretsky

Director, Master of Science, Environmental Science Program

Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
single species; landscape scales

Scott Michaels

Scott Michaels

Associate Chair for Research and Facilities, Biology

Director, Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression by epigenetic modifications

Armin Moczek

Armin Moczek

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; evolution genomics and bioinformatics

Laura Mojonnier

Laura Mojonnier

Lecturer, Biology

Research Interests
biology; ecology; evolution; sensory biology; environmental biology; diversity; biology outreach

Kristi Montooth

Kristi Montooth

Affiliate Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
evolutionary physiological genetics; population genetics; biochemical adaptation

Leonie Moyle

Leonie Moyle

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
genetics of speciation and adaptation; comparative genomics; evolutionary ecology; plant reproduction

Tuli Mukhopadhyay

Tuli Mukhopadhyay

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
structure and assembly of enveloped; RNA viruses

John Murray

John Murray

Senior Scientist, Hu Lab, Biology

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling

Kenneth P. Nephew

Kenneth P. Nephew

Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Medical Sciences Program

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
cancer epigenetics; cancer stem cells; ovarian cancer; breast cancer, cancer biomarkers; cancer informatics; estrogen hormone action; microRNAs and cancer

Hengyao Niu

Hengyao Niu

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
mechanisms of DNA damage repair and its regulation by chromatin dynamics

Heather M. O'Hagan

Heather M. O'Hagan

Assistant Professor, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Medical Sciences Program

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
mechanisms by which inflammation initiates cancer-specific epigenetic changes

Martha Oakley

Martha Oakley

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Affiliate, Biology

Research Interests
specific recognition by proteins of biologically relevant ligands

Jeffrey Palmer

Jeffrey Palmer

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Class of 1955 Professor, Biology

Research Interests
horizontal gene transfer in plants and fungi; evolution of plant mitochondrial genomes; intracellular transfer of organellar genes to the nucleus; evolution of mutation rates

John Patton

John Patton

Associate Professor, Biology

Blatt Chair of Virology

Research Interests
replication of rotavirus, innate immune responses to viral infection

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips

Associate Professor, Biology

Science Director, Research and Teaching Preserve

Research Interests
ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry; consequences of human-accelerated environmental change on plant-soil-microbial interactions

Flynn Picardal

Flynn Picardal

Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biology

  • picardal@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-0733
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 418

Research Interests
bioremediation; environmental microbiology; biogeochemistry with a focus on the microbial reduction of iron oxides and nitrate; microbial iron oxidation, biotransformation of metals and chlorinated hydrocarbons; combined microbial;geochemical interactions

Craig Pikaard

Craig Pikaard

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Carlos O. Miller Professor, Biology

HHMI Investigator

Research Interests
mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene silencing and large-scale epigenetic control

P. David Polly

P. David Polly

Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

Affliate Member, Integrated Program in the Environment

Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Adjunct Professor, Biology

Adjunct Professor, Anthropology

Research Interests
vertebrate paleontology; comparative morphological variation at the level of the metapopulation; and the effects of Quaternary climate change on vertebrate faunas

Anne L.  Prieto

Anne L. Prieto

Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Adjunct, Biology

  • aprieto@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-4642
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 222

Research Interests
molecular cellular basis of neuronal plasticity; learning and memory; functions of receptor tyrosine kinases in the central nervous system signal transduction; developmental neurobiology; neuronal and glial differentiation; functional roles of cell adhesion molecules and extracellular matrix proteins in morphogenesis

Elizabeth Raff

Elizabeth Raff

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling; evolution

Rudolf Raff

Rudolf Raff

Distinguished Professor, Biology

James H. Rudy Professor, Biology

Research Interests
evolutionary developmental biology (EVO-DEVO); microbial processes in the fossilization of embryos

Erik Ragsdale

Erik Ragsdale

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
genetic regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity; nematode systematics and natural history

Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
ecology; microbial interactions and pathogensis

Paul Rothrock

Paul Rothrock

Associate Curator, Biology

Associate Research Scientist, Biology

Dean Rowe-Magnus

Dean Rowe-Magnus

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
integrons and super-integrons; biofilm formation; c-di-GMP signalling pathways; natural competence; ecology and pathogenesis in the vibrionaceae

Todd V. Royer

Todd V. Royer

Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Adjunct, Biology

  • troyer@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-0563
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 426

Research Interests
aquatic biogeochemistry; water resources; nutrient and carbon cycling in streams and rivers; water quality and nutrient standards

Dale Sengelaub

Dale Sengelaub

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
development of the nervous system; plasticity of neural structure and function

Sidney Shaw

Sidney Shaw

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
microtubule dynamics and cellular morphogenesis in arabidopsis

Nicholas Sokol

Nicholas Sokol

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
behavior developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems eukaryotic cell biology, cytoskeleton and signaling

Ken Spitze

Ken Spitze

Associate Scientist, Biology

  • kspitze@indiana.edu
  • Woodburn Hall 331

Research Interests
population genetics and evolutionary ecology in Daphnia

Stefan Surzycki

Stefan Surzycki

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests
characterization of C. reinhardti VNTR sequences; study of C. reinhardti transposons

Haixu Tang

Haixu Tang

Professor, Informatics and Computing

Adjunct Professor, Biology

Research Interests
algorithmic and statistical problems in bioinformatics, particularly in: repeats and segmental duplication in eukaryotic genomes; fragment assembly in DNA sequencing; mass spectrometry data analysis for proteomics, glycomics and glycoproteomics; gene regulatory analysis

Milton Taylor

Milton Taylor

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Research Interests
the interferon response in hepatitis C patients; A study using DNA array technology to explain the differences in response to treatment and decrease in viral titer

Jason Tennessen

Jason Tennessen

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems

W. Dan Tracey

W. Dan Tracey

Associate Professor, Biology

Linda and Jack Gill Chair, Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology

  • dtracey@indiana.edu
  • (812) 856-2574
  • Multidisciplinary Science Building II 204

Research Interests
behavior; developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; eukaryotic cell biology; cytoskeleton and signaling

Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui

Ho-Ching Tiffany Tsui

Senior Scientist, Winkler Lab, Biology

Research Interests
dynamics and mechanisms of peptidoglycan (PG) biosynthesis in S. pneumoniae

Julia van Kessel

Julia van Kessel

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
bacterial cell-cell communication (quorum sensing), gene regulation, bacterial development, microbial genetics and biochemistry

Michael VanNieuwenhze

Michael VanNieuwenhze

Professor, Chemistry

Affiliate, Biology

Research Interests
synthesis, study, and design of antibiotics that inhibit bacterial cell wall biosynthesis; peptidoglycan biosynthesis and bacterial cell morphology; development of HBV capsid-binding probes and assembly-directed antivirals; oxidized phospholipids in disease and diagnostics

Robert Vaughan

Robert Vaughan

Lecturer, Biology

Associate Director, Biotechnology

Director, Biotechnology Graduate Studies

Research Interests
protein mass spectrometry; quantitative proteomics; analytical method development; physical virology; biotechnology

Michael J. Wade

Michael J. Wade

Distinguished Professor, Biology

Research Interests
behavior; evolution; microbial interactions and pathogenesis

Claire E. Walczak

Claire E. Walczak

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Sciences Program

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
mechanisms of chromosome segregation and aneuploidy; identification of new targets for therapeutic development

Xindan Wang

Xindan Wang

Assistant Professor, Biology

  • xindan@indiana.edu
  • Jordan Hall 221C

Research Interests
chromosome organization and segregation

Daniel Watts

Daniel Watts

Instructor, Biotechnology, Biology

  • dajwatts@indiana.edu
  • - -
Eugene Weinberg

Eugene Weinberg

Professor Emeritus, Biology

  • eweinber@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
medical microbiology; mineral nutrition; iron withholding defense system

Meredith West

Meredith West

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Graduate Advisor/Ombudsman, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Adjunct, Biology

Research Interests
development of behavior in animals and humans with a particular interest in how learning and species-typical experience affect ontogenetic and/or phylogenetic processes

David White

David White

Professor Emeritus, Biology

  • white@indiana.edu
  • - -
Malcolm Winkler

Malcolm Winkler

Professor, Biology

Research Interests
physiology, molecular genetics, and pathogenesis of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus)

Andrew Zelhof

Andrew Zelhof

Associate Professor, Biology

Director, Drosophila Genomics Resource Center

Research Interests
developmental mechanisms and regulation in eukaryotic systems; eukaryotic cell diology; cytoskeleton and signaling evolution

Gabriel Zentner

Gabriel Zentner

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research Interests
epigenomic analysis of transcriptional regulation

Sam Zheng

Sam Zheng

Associate Scientist, Biology

  • samzheng@indiana.edu
  • Jordan Hall A513

Research Interests
neurobiology and genetic basis of behavior; collections management at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center

Joshua Ziarek

Joshua Ziarek

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Adjunct, Biology

  • jjziarek@indiana.edu
  • - -

Research Interests
deciphering the conformational dynamics of GPCR activation using biophysical; biochemical and cell-based approaches