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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BMB Faculty

The training and teaching faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology represent a wide array of research interests.


Weeraratna, AshaniE.V. McCollum Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Tumor microenvironment, cancer biology and aging, melanoma metastasis and therapy resistance
Bailey, ScottAssociate ProfessorStructure/function studies of genome integrity
Bryant, RandyProfessorEnzymatic mechanisms in bacterial DNA recombination
Cai, DanfengAssistant ProfessorInfluence of biomolecular condensates on chromatin organization and transcription
Culotta, ValeriaProfessor,
Associate Vice Provost for Postdoctoral Affairs
Metabolism of metal ions and oxygen radicals
Drummond-Barbosa, DanielaProfessorControl of ovarian stem cells and their differentiating progeny by diet, insulin, and other systemic signals; molecular mechanisms of meiotic maturation; Drosophila model system
Jordan, PhilipAssociate ProfessorGenome maintenance and meiosis; DNA recombination and chromosome segregation
Kavran, JenniferAssistant ProfessorMechanistic studies of eukaryotic signaling pathways
Leung, AnthonyAssociate ProfessorGene regulation by non-coding RNAs in embryonic development and cancers 
Matunis, MichaelProfessorSignaling through SUMOylation and functions to health and disease
Nayar, UttharaAssistant ProfessorTargeted therapy resistance in metastatic breast cancer 
Pearce, ErikaBloomberg Distinguished ProfessorRole of metabolism in regulating immune cell development and function
Rebecca, VitoAssistant Professor Acral lentiginous melanoma, stem-like cancer cell biology, autophagy-lysosome function, signal transduction pathways, therapy resistance
Wan, FengyiAssociate ProfessorSignal transduction and gene regulation in immune response and cancer
Wang, JiouProfessorMechanisms of neurodegeneration and protein quality control
Wright, WilliamProfessorGerm cell-Sertoli cell interactions; mechanisms of sperm-zona pellucida recognition and binding
Zirkin, BarryProfessorLeydig and stem cell aging; male fertility and infertility; reproductive toxicity


Brown, TerryProfessor EmeritusAndrogen receptor structure, function, expression and transcriptional activity; age-dependent changes in the prostate; prostate cancer
Chhabra, YashResearch AssociateGender-dependent differences in the melanoma tumor microenvironment
Chung, Jin-Yong  Assistant ScientistReproductive biology, Leydig cell biology & aging, hypogonadism, spermatogenesis
Douglass, StephenResearch AssociateMeyloid-derived immune suppression in melanoma progression and therapy response
Hwang, HoYonResearch AssociateMechanisms of neurodegeneration and protein quality control
Krag, SharonProfessor EmeritusGlycosylation dolichol site-occupancy molecular approaches, research ethics
Learn, Brian Research AssociateDNA replication
Miller, PaulProfessor EmeritusNucleic acid chemistry and biochemistry
Periz, GoranSenior AssociateMolecular and cellular mechanisms of protein quality control, neuronal degeneration, animal models of disease
Pryzhkova, MarinaAssistant ScientistStem cell genomic integrity, genome editing, gametogenesis
Zhang, TaoResearch AssociateRNA and protein homeostasis in neurodegenerative diseases.


Coulombe, PierreProfessorUniversity of Michigan Medical School, Department of Cell Developmental Biology
Evans, JaniceProfessorUniversity of Purdue, Department of Biological Sciences
Hamacher-Brady, AnneAssistant ProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Klein, SabraProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Meeker, AlanAssociate ProfessorSchool of Medicine, Departments of Pathology, Oncology and Urology
Prigge, SeanAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Scott, AlanProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Sinnis, Photini ProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Wallach, EdwardProfessor EmeritusSchool of Medicine, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics 
Wills-Karp, Marsha ProfessorSchool of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Zacur, HowardProfessorSchool of Medicine, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology
Zoon, KathrynDirector, Scientist EmeritusNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Intramural Research