Department of Biology
MSC 03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

MARC: (505) 277-1760






Current Program Mentors




Bearer, Elaine


Living cells are dynamic -- transporting components inside, changing their shape, and locomoting. In the central nervous system, this dynamic behavior establishes, maintains and modifies neuronal connections. We use a range of microscopic imaging and molecular techniques to understand the mechanisms of these dynamics using model systems, including squid giant axon, transport of Herpes simplex virus, and human blood platelets. These studies address fundamental questions pertaining to learning and memory.

Bhaskar, Kiran Molecular Genetics and Microbiology The role of immune system in Alzheimer’s disease (AD): Microglia-specific neuroinflammation and the induction of tau pathology, neuronal cell cycle events and neurodegeneration
Brinker, Jeff Chemical and Biological Engineering Understanding of porous and composite nanostructured materials and development of new classes of nanoparticle-based therapeutics for treatment of cancer and rare and infectious diseases.
Calhoun, Vince The MIND Research Network Developing techniques for making sense of complex brain imaging data.
Cannon, Judy Pathology Definition and understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control T cell migration to and within lymph nodes. We use a combination of cutting edge imaging techniques to visualize T cell movement in living tissues along with computational modeling tools to answer questions about how specific types of motility affect T cell function.
Cripps, Richard M. Biology Genetic control of heart and skeletal muscle development
Cunningham, Charles Biology Invertebrate Immunology; oysters as environmental biosensors; annotating the genome of the oyster Crassistrea gigas; the response of schistosome to stressors; the mode of action of the anti-schistosomal drug praziquantel.
Hanson, David T. Biology Carbon metabolism of algae and plants with an emphasis on CO2 fixation and respiration and how their interaction impacts secondary metabolism.

Hathaway, Helen J.

Cell Biology & Physiology

Vascular physiology and blood pressure control

Hudson, Laurie

 Pharmaceutical Sciences

Receptor-mediated signal transduction, with an emphasis on changes in cellular function arising from certain receptor signaling pathways during tumorigenesis and tumor progression.

Pearson, Osbjorn Anthropology Paleoanthropology, origin of modern humans, skeletal biology, functional morphology, quantitative methods; Africa, Europe

Taylor, Lee


Members of the Taylor Lab study various aspects of the evolution and ecology of plants, fungi and bacteria. Interests include 1) the evolutionary dynamics of mutualism in the context of partner-choice, 2) host-shifts and roles of fungi in plant diversification, and 3) environmental drivers, dispersal and niche partitioning in communities of soil fungi. Most projects involve the use of molecular tools for sample identification, phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics.

Wandinger-Ness, Angela


Small GTPases and drug discovery for ovarian cancer, polycystic kidney disease and peripheral neuropathy


Past or Potential Program Mentors




Bisoffi, Marco

Biochemistry Molecular Biology

Molecular mechanisms of metastasis and androgen independence in prostate cancer. Field cancerization of breast and prostate tissues and clinical implications for diagnosis and prognosis. Telomere and telomerase biology.

Caldwell, Kevin K.


Signal transduction in systems for learning and memory, prenatal exposure to ethanol

Dunaway–Mariano, Debra

Chemistry & Chemical Biology

Genome mining for chemical and biological diversity;  synthetic biology for the environment; enzyme evolution,  structure, function and drug targeting.

Edwards, Jeremy S.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Spatial-Temporal Modeling of Signaling Networks
and Functional Genomics Tool Development

Gonzalez Bosc, Laura




Cell Biology & Physiology

The role of the transcription factor, NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T cells), in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle phenotype and its implication in the development of high blood pressure within the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) associated with lung disease or residence at high altitude

Grey, John Chemistry Spectroscopic characterization of structure-function relationships from nano- to micrometer size scales in molecular semiconductor systems.   Charge transfer processes in donor/acceptor organic photovoltaic materials and devices.

Griffith, Jeffrey K.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Using gene sequences to detect human diseases

Hartley, Rebecca S. Cell Biology & Physiology The goal of our laboratory is to define post-transcriptional mechanisms of cell cycle regulation in the early embryonic cell cycle of Xenopus laevis and in the cancer cell cycle. The long-term goal of the Principal Investigator's laboratory is to understand how the cell cycle is regulated during the development of a multicellular organism.
Hofkin, Bruce V. Biology The role of crayfish in interrupting transmission of schistosomiasis in Kenya, mammalian schistosomes found in North America; and conservation-related aspects of host-parasite biology.

Hu, Andy C.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Molecular Bases of Human Genetic Disease and Programmed Cell Death in Health and Disease

Kanagy, Nancy L.

Cell Biology & Physiology

Vascular physiology, hypertension and blood pressure control

Liang, Fu-Sen Chemistry Developing new strategies to achieve the spatiotemporal regulation of microRNAs and other cellular RNAs. Engineering inducible cellular behaviors in mammalian systems using chemical approaches. Building new traceless protein labeling methods in living cells.

Liu, Jim K.

College of Pharmacy

The study of the toxicity and cacinogenesis of metal ion

Loker, Eric (Sam)


Internal defense systems in invertebrates

Melançon III, Charles E. Chemistry & Chemical Biology Natural product genome mining and comparative genomics. Natural product drug discovery and chemical ecology. Natural product biosynthesis. Development of natural product detection systems. Development of novel strategies for manipulation of natural product biosynthetic pathways

Miller, Kelly B.


Acquiring, describing and analyzing morphological data best, but I am also interested in getting high-quality molecular data, especially nuclear protein-coding genes.

Miller, Robert D.


Marsupial immunology

Natvig, Donald O.


Molecular evolution in Neurospora

Northrup, Diana E. Biology How microbes help form the colorful ferromanganese deposits that coat the walls of Lechuguilla and Spider Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park (funded by the National Science Foundation Life in Extreme Environments Program); how these deposits compare to surface desert/rock varnish coatings (funded by the NSF Geosciences Directorate); how microbes participate in the precipitation of calcium carbonate formations called pool fingers; and the microbial diversity located in the hydrogen sulfide cave.

Ozbun, Michelle

Molecular Genetics Microbiology 

The focus of research is on the differentiation-dependent life cycles of PVs and how the life cycles are disrupted leading to malignancies

Parra, Karlett J.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

structures, cellular functions, and regulation of V-type ATPase pumps (V-ATPases).

Perrone–Bizzozero, Nora I.


Protein regulation during brain development processes of learning and memory

Pontes, Olga

Biology: epigenetics My lab is focusing in unveiling, at the cellular and molecular levels, the interplay between noncoding RNA-guided epigenetic silencing and the spatiotemporal dynamics of the nuclear organization to yield new insights into how genome functions in normal and stress conditions. To achieve this goal, we use microscopy, deep sequencing, proteomics and complementary biochemical and molecular genetic approaches in the model system Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea Mays. Our approach integrates the different regulatory layers of the genome to uncover fundamental functional principles of noncoding RNA-dependent mechanisms.

Salinas Remiro, Irene

Biology: fish immunology The evolution of mucosal immune system in vertebrates, mostly fish. The interactions between the microbiota and the mucosal immune system of rainbow trout. Mucosal vaccines.
Sinsabaugh, Robert L. Biology Ecosystem ecology, microbiology, nutrient cycling.
Witt, Christopher C. Biology Avian systematics and molecular evolution; evolutionary inference using phylogenetic comparative methods; biogeography of the Neotropics; hummingbird evolution and comparative physiology; high-altitude adaptation; integrative ornithology.