Research Areas

Research Areas
Research Areas

Within the School of Biological Sciences, faculty are affiliated with one of two broad research areas. Faculty collaborate extensively within and between these areas as well as with colleagues in other departments.

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Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior

Faculty members address fundamental, interdisciplinary research questions that bridge ecological, evolutionary, physiological, and behavioral processes. We use a diversity of approaches to address these questions including: field studies, laboratory experiments, mathematical modelling, comparative genomics, functional genetics, systems biology, and phylogenetics. We are an interactive community of researchers who collaborate among laboratories and across the university to make new discoveries related to the diversity of the natural world.

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Genetics, Cellular, & Molecular Biology

Faculty members use proteomic and genomic strategies, combined with bioinformatics to study fundamental biological processes of organisms ranging from viruses, prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes and fungi, to whole plants and animals. Areas of focus include cell biology, population and molecular genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, virology, immunology, structural biology, animal/plant pathology, genomics, bioinformatics, and molecular evolution. Interactive clusters of research groups focus on plant and animal virology, microbial physiology and cell biology, comparative pathobiology, plant growth and development, biotic stresses, biofuels, protein engineering, evolutionary genomics, and computational biology.

Animal Behavior

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Alex Basolo EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Behavior, Morphology and Life History Traits; Evolutionary Genetics
Robert Gibson EEB Biological Sciences Animal Behavior; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology
Eileen Hebets EEB Biological Sciences; Entomology Evolution and Function of Animal Communication, Sensory Systems and Mating Systems
Daizaburo Shizuka EEB Biological Sciences Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology; Social Networks; Ornithology
William Wagner EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Male and Female Reproductive Behavior
Rick Bevins EEB

Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior; Minority Health Disparities Initiative; Substance Abuse and Violence Initiative

Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Animal Learning and Behavior and Biopsychology
Jeffrey Stevens EEB

Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior

Evolution of Decision Making and Cognition

Bioinformatics

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Alan Christensen GCMB Biological Sciences DNA Damage and Repair, Plant Mitochondrial Genomes, Repeats Of Unusual Size, Recombination
Etsuko Moriyama GCMB Biological Science; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Nebraska Food for Health Center Bioinformatics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Population Genetics
Hideaki Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences Electrophysiology and Structural Biology; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Bioinformatics
Eric Weaver GCMB Biological Sciences Virology; Microbiology; Immunology
Chi Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Computational Systems Biology; Bioinformatics; Gene Protein Interaction Network; Omics Data Integration
Jeff Mower GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Comparative Genomics and Molecular Evolution of Plant Genomes
Samodha Fernando GCMB Animal Science; Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center; Gut Fucntion Initiative Microbiome; Host-Microbe Interations; Microbe-Microbe Interations; Antibiotic Resistance
Jessica Petersen GCMB Animal Science Identifying Functional Variation Associated with Health and Performance Traits in Livestock and Horses
Jean-Jack Riethoven GCMB Center for Biotechnology Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Massive Parallel Workflows; Cloud Computing for Lifesciences
Andrew Benson GCMB Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Complex Sets of Host and Dietary Factors that Collectively Influence Composition and Function of the Gut Microbiome
Joshua Herr GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Center for Plant Science Innovation Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology of Host-Associated Microorganisms
Asit K. Parrnaik GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Zika Virus Replication and Pathogenesis; Host Cell Functions in RNA Virus Replication, Antivirals, Vaccines, Interferons

Biology Education & Science Communication

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Chad Brassil EEB Biological Sciences Mathematical Modeling of Ecological Interactions
Catherine Chia GCMB Biological Sciences Protein Targeting; Cytoskeletal-Membrane Interactions
Brian Couch GCMB Biological Sciences Assessment in Undergraduate STEM Courses
Eileen Hebets EEB Biological Sciences; Entomology Informal Science Education, STEM Outreach, and Science Communication
Karl Reinhard EEB Natural Resources Parasitology; Palynology

Ecology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Chad Brassil EEB Biological Sciences Mathematical Modeling of Ecological Interactions
Clay Cressler EEB Biological Sciences Disease Ecology and Evolution
John DeLong EEB Biological Sciences Body Size Evolution; Predator-Prey Ecology; Eco-evolutionary Dynamics; Ecological and Evolutionary Energetics; Human Population Ecology
Sheri Fritz EEB Biological Sciences; Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Paleoecology; Aquatic Ecology; Tropical Ecology
Robert Gibson EEB Biological Sciences Animal Behavior; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology
Eileen Hebets EEB Biological Sciences; Entomology Evolution and Function of Animal Communication, Sensory Systems, and Mating Systems
Kate Lyons EEB Biological Sciences;  Smithsonian Institute Species and Community Level Responses to Climate Change; Extinction and Extinction Risk; Macroecological Patterns Across Space and Time; Macroevolution of Body Size in Mammals; Biases in the Mammalian Fossil Record
Sabrina E. Russo EEB Biological Sciences;  Center for Root & Rhizobiome innovation Biodiversity; Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Seed Dispersal
Daizaburo Shizuka EEB Biological Sciences Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology; Social Networks; Ornithology
Brigitte Tenhumberg EEB Biological Sciences; Mathematics; Natural Resources; Entomology; Agronomy & Horticulture Plant and Insect Ecology; Life History Evolution; Population Management and Demography
Peter Wagner EEB Biological Sciences; Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; Nebraska State Museum Phylogenetics; Sampling Theory; Evolutionary Rates; Evolutionary Trends
Karrie A. Weber GCMB Biological Sciences; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska Water Center, Daughtery Water for Food Institute Microbiology of Soil, Sediment and Water Biogeochemical Cycling; Geomicrobiology of Modern and Paleo-Environments; Physiology of Novel Microorganisms and Metabolisms Using Culture Dependent and Independent Techniques
Bob Zink EEB
Biological Sciences; Natural Resources Systematics; Phylogeography; Conservation Genetics
Samodha Fernando GCMB Animal Science; Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center; Gut Fucntion Initiative Microbiome; Host-Microbe Interations; Microbe-Microbe Interations; Antibiotic Resistance
David Wedin EEB Natural Resources Plant Ecology; Ecosystem Science
Sydney Everhart PP Plant Pathology Population Genetics; Fungal Pathogens; Epidemiology; Population Genomics; Multivariate Analysis
Bob Harveson PP Plant Pathology; Panhandle Research and Extension Center Root Rot Diseases of Sugar Beets; Bacterial Diseases of Dry Beans; Diseases of Sunflower, Peas, Chickpeas and Potatoes
Joshua Herr GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Center for Plant Science Innovation Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology of Host-Associated Microorganisms
Jeffrey Stevens EEB Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior Evolution of Decision Making and Cognition

Evolution

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Alex Basolo EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Behavior, Morphology and Life History Traits; Evolutionary Genetics
Paul Blum GCMB Bioloigcal Sciences; Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences; Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering; Biological Systems Engineering Microbial Extremophile Biology; Human Neuron Biology
Sheri Fritz EEB Biological Sciences; Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Paleoecology; Aquatic Ecology; Tropical Ecology
Eileen Hebets EEB Biological Sciences; Entomology Evolution and Function of Animal Communication, Sensory Systems and Mating Systems
Kristi Montooth EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Genes, Genomes and Physiology
Etsuko Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Nebraska Food for Health Center Bioinformatics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Population Genetics
Jay Storz EEB Biological Sciences Evolutionary Genetics, Genomics and Physiology
Peter Wagner EEB Biological Sciences; Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; Nebraska State Museum Phylogenetics; Sampling Theory; Evolutionary Rates; Evolutionary Trends
William Wagner EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Male and Female Reproductive Behavior

Genetics & Genomics

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Audrey Atkin GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease Regulation of Gene Expression; RNA Biology; Cell Communication
Zoya Avramova GCMB Biological Sciences Chromatin Structure; Gene Regulation; Plants Response to Stress; Epigenetics
Paul Blum GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences; Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering; Biological Systems Engineering Microbial Extremophile Biology; Human Neuron Biology
Heriberto Cerutti GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Functional Genomics; Epigenetics; RNA interference; Biotechnology; Renewable Biofuels
Alan Christensen GCMB Biological Sciences DNA Damage and Repair, Plant Mitochondrial Genomes, Repeats Of Unusual Size, Recombination
Brian Couch GCMB Biological Sciences Assessment in Undergraduate STEM Courses
Robert Gibson EEB Biological Sciences Animal Behavior; Ecology; Evolutionary Biology
Kristi Montooth EEB Biological Sciences Evolution of Genes, Genomes and Physiology
Etsuko Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Nebraska Food for Health Center Bioinformatics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Population Genetics
Jay Storz EEB Biological Sciences Evolutionary Genetics, Genomics and Physiology
Karrie A. Weber GCMB Biological Sciences; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska Water Center, Daughtery Water for Food Institute Microbiology of Soil, Sediment and Water Biogeochemical Cycling; Geomicrobiology of Modern and Paleo-Environments; Physiology of Novel Microorganisms and Metabolisms Using Culture Dependent and Independent Techniques
Charles Wood GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology; Biochemistry Human Viral Infection Associated Diseases including Cancers
Bin Yu GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation RNA Silencing and Epigenetics
Chi Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Computational Systems Biology; Bioinformatics; Gene Protein Interaction Network; Omics Data Integration
Bob Zink EEB Biological Sciences; Natural Resources Systematics; Phylogeography; Conservation Genetics
P. Stephen Baenziger GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture Plant Breeding and Genetics
Jeff Mower GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Comparative Genomics and Molecular Evolution of Plant Genomes
Harkamal Walia GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Plant Adaptation to Environmental Stresses
Daniel Ciobanu GCMB Animal Science Functional Genomics; Genetic Dissection of Complex Traits; Genetics of Disease Susceptibility
Jessica Petersen GCMB Animal Science Identifying Functional Variation Associated with Health and Performance Traits in Livestock and Horses
Nicole Buan GCMB Biochemistry
Julie Stone GCMB Biochemistry; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Redox Biology Center Plant Programmed Cell Death; Sphingolipids; Redox
Andrew Benson GCMB Food Science and Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Complex Sets of Host and Dietary Factors that Collectively Influence Composition and Function of the Gut Microbiome
Sydney Everhart PP Plant Pathology Population Genetics; Fungal Pathogens; Epidemiology; Population Genomics; Multivariate Analysis
Richard Wilson GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Redox Biology Center Molecular Mechanisms Governing Fungal Colonization of Rice Cells
Asit K. Pattnaik GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Zika Virus Replication and Pathogenesis; Host Cell Functions in RNA Virus Replication, Antivirals, Vaccines, Interferons
Fernando Osorio GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Pathogenesis and Protective Immunity of Animal Viruses, using animal models testing vaccines in their target species
Matt Wiebe GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Biology of Poxviruses; Intrinsic Defenses Against Foreign DNA

Human Health

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Audrey Atkin GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease Regulation of Gene Expression; RNA Biology; Cell Communication
Paul Blum GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences; Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering; Biological Systems Engineering Microbial Extremophile Biology; Human Neuron Biology
Deb Brown GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Immune Response to Viral Infections and Vaccine Development
Qingsheng Li GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology HIV Transmission, Vaccine, and Prevention
Charles Wood GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology; Biochemistry Human Viral Infection Associated Diseases including Cancers
Luwen Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Viral Oncogenesis; Stem Cell Biology; Infectious Diseases; Innate Immunity
Andrew Benson GCMB Food Science and Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Complex Sets of Host and Dietary Factors that Collectively Influence Composition and Function of the Gut Microbiome
Bob Hutkins GCMB Food Science and Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Gut Microbiology, Probiotics, Prebiotics
Amanda Ramer-Tait GCMB Food Science and Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Host-Microbiota Interactions; Influence of the Diet on the Gut Microbiota
Thomas Petro GCMB UNMC Oral Biology; Nebraska Center for Virology; Nebraska Center for Cell Signaling Antiviral and Antitumor Immune Responses
Rick Bevins EEB Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior; Minority Health Disparities Initiative; Substance Abuse and Violence Initiative Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Animal Learning and Behavior and Biopsychology
Shi-Hua Xiang GCMB Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Virology; Anti-Viral Research (Vaccines and Therapeutics)

Mathematical Modeling

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Chad Brassil EEB Biological Sciences Mathematical Modeling of Ecological Interactions
Clay Cressler EEB Biological Sciences Disease Ecology and Evolution
John DeLong EEB Biological Sciences Body Size Evolution; Predator-Prey Ecology; Eco-evolutionary Dynamics; Ecological and Evolutionary Energetics; Human Population Ecology
Hideaki Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences Electrophysiology and Structural Biology; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Bioinformatics
Sabrina E. Russo EEB Biological Sciences;  Center for Root & Rhizobiome innovation Biodiversity; Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Seed Dispersal
Brigitte Tenhumberg EEB Biological Sciences; Mathematics; Natural Resources; Entomology; Agronomy & Horticulture Plant and Insect Ecology; Life History Evolution; Population Management and Demography
Peter Wagner EEB Biological Sciences; Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; Nebraska State Museum Phylogenetics; Sampling Theory; Evolutionary Rates; Evolutionary Trends
Jeffrey Stevens EEB Psychology; Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior Evolution of Decision Making and Cognition

Microbiology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Audrey Atkin GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease Regulation of Gene Expression; RNA Biology; Cell Communication
Paul Blum GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences; Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering; Biological Systems Engineering Microbial Extremophile Biology; Human Neuron Biology
Deb Brown GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Immune Response to Viral Infections and Vaccine Development
Heriberto Cerutti GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Functional Genomics; Epigenetics; RNA interference; Biotechnology; Renewable Biofuels
Catherine Chia GCMB Biological Sciences Protein Targeting; Cytoskeletal-Membrane Interactions
Ken Nickerson GCMB, PP Biological Sciences; Plant Pathology; Chemistry Quorum Sensing and Fungal Dimorphism in Candida albicans
Karrie A. Weber GCMB Biological Sciences; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska Water Center, Daughtery Water for Food Institute Microbiology of Soil, Sediment and Water Biogeochemical Cycling; Geomicrobiology of Modern and Paleo-Environments; Physiology of Novel Microorganisms and Metabolisms Using Culture Dependent and Independent Techniques
Luwen Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Viral Oncogenesis; Stem Cell Biology; Infectious Diseases; Innate Immunity
Samodha Fernando GCMB Animal Science; Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center; Gut Fucntion Initiative Microbiome; Host-Microbe Interations; Microbe-Microbe Interations; Antibiotic Resistance
Paul Black GCMB Biochemistry; Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication Biochemistry of Fatty Acid Transport, Activation and Metabolic Flux
Nicole Buan GCMB Biochemistry
Andrew Benson GCMB Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Complex Sets of Host and Dietary Factors that Collectively Influence Composition and Function of the Gut Microbiome
Bob Hutkins GCMB Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Gut Microbiology, Probiotics, Prebiotics
Jacques Izard GCMB Food Science & Technology Microbiome of the Digestive Tract, Interaction with Wellness and Diet
Amanda Ramer-Tait GCMB Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center Host-Microbiota Interactions; Influence of the Diet on the Gut Microbiota
Thomas Petro GCMB UNMC Oral Biology; Nebraska Center for Virology; Nebraska Center for Cell Signaling Antiviral and Antitumor Immune Responses
Tony Adesemoye PP Plant Pathology; West Central Research & Extension Center Plant Root Microbiome; Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria; Biological Control of Plant Diseases; Soilborne Plant Pathogenic Fungi Diversity
Sydney Everhart PP Plant Pathology Population Genetics; Fungal Pathogens; Epidemiology; Population Genomics; Multivariate Analysis
Bob Harveson PP Plant Pathology; Panhandle Research and Extension Center Root Rot Diseases of Sugar Beets; Bacterial Diseases of Dry Beans; Diseases of Sunflower, Peas, Chickpeas and Potatoes
Joshua Herr GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Center for Plant Science Innovation Metagenomics and Microbial Ecology of Host-Associated Microorganisms
James Steadman PP Plant Pathology; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Agronomy and Horticulture; Panhandle Research and Extension Center Bean Diseases
Richard Wilson GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Redox Biology Center Molecular Mechanisms Governing Fungal Colonization of Rice Cells
Raul Barletta GCMB Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences; Redox Biology Center Molecular Genetics of Pathogenesis and Drug Resistance in Mycobacteria
Shi-Hua Xiang GCMB Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Virology; Anti-Viral Research (Vaccines and Therapeutics)

Molecular & Cellular Biology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Audrey Atkin GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Disease Regulation of Gene Expression; RNA Biology; Cell Communication
Zoya Avramova GCMB Biological Sciences Chromatin Structure; Gene Regulation; Plants Response to Stress; Epigenetics
Deb Brown GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Immune Response to Viral Infections and Vaccine Development
Heriberto Cerutti GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Functional Genomics; Epigenetics; RNA interference; Biotechnology; Renewable Biofuels
Catherine Chia GCMB Biological Sciences Protein Targeting; Cytoskeletal-Membrane Interactions
Brian Couch GCMB Biological Sciences Assessment in Undergraduate STEM Courses
Etsuko Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Nebraska Food for Health Center Bioinformatics; Molecular Evolution; Molecular Population Genetics
Ken Nickerson GCMB, PP Biological Sciences; Plant Pathology; Chemistry Quorum Sensing and Fungal Dimorphism in Candida albicans
Eric Weaver GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Virology; Microbiology; Immunology
Karrie A. Weber GCMB Biological Sciences; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Nebraska Water Center, Daughtery Water for Food Institute Microbiology of Soil, Sediment and Water Biogeochemical Cycling; Geomicrobiology of Modern and Paleo-Environments; Physiology of Novel Microorganisms and Metabolisms Using Culture Dependent and Independent Techniques
Charles Wood GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology; Biochemistry Human Viral Infection Associated Diseases including Cancers
Bin Yu GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation RNA Silencing and Epigenetics
Luwen Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Viral Oncogenesis; Stem Cell Biology; Infectious Diseases; Innate Immunity
Paul Staswick GCMB Agronomy & Hortculture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Hormonal Activity in Plants
Paul Black GCMB Biochemistry; Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication Biochemistry of Fatty Acid Transport, Activation and Metabolic Flux
Nicole Buan GCMB Biochemistry
Julie Stone GCMB Biochemistry; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Redox Biology Center Plant Programmed Cell Death; Sphingolipids; Redox
Thomas Petro GCMB UNMC Oral Biology; Nebraska Center for Virology; Nebraska Center for Cell Signaling Antiviral and Antitumor Immune Responses
Richard Wilson GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Redox Biology Center Molecular Mechanisms Governing Fungal Colonization of Rice Cells
Asit K. Pattnaik GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Zika Virus Replication and Pathogenesis; Host Cell Functions in RNA Virus Replication, Antivirals, Vaccines, Interferons
Fernando Osorio GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Pathogenesis and Protective Immunity of Animal Viruses, using animal models testing vaccines in their target species
Matt Wiebe GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Biology of Poxviruses; Intrinsic Defenses Against Foreign DNA
Shi-Hua Xiang GCMB Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Virology; Anti-Viral Research (Vaccines and Therapeutics)

Parasitology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Clay Cressler EEB Biological Sciences Disease Ecology and Evolution
Scott Gardner EEB Biological Sciences; H.W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology Parasite Mammal Biodiversity
Karl Reinhard EEB Natural Resources Parasitology; Palynology

Plant Biology & Pathology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Zoya Avramova GCMB Biological Sciences Chromatin Structure; Gene Regulation; Plants Response to Stress; Epigenetics
Heriberto Cerutti GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation Functional Genomics; Epigenetics; RNA interference; Biotechnology; Renewable Biofuels
Alan Christensen GCMB Biological Sciences DNA Damage and Repair, Plant Mitochondrial Genomes, Repeats Of Unusual Size, Recombination
Sabrina E. Russo EEB Biological Sciences;  Center for Root & Rhizobiome innovation Biodiversity; Plant Ecology and Ecophysiology; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Seed Dispersal
Bin Yu GCMB Biological Sciences; Center for Plant Science Innovation RNA Silencing and Epigenetics
P. Stephen Baenziger GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture Plant Breeding and Genetics
Jeff Mower GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Comparative Genomics and Molecular Evolution of Plant Genomes
Daniel Schachtman GCMB

Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Biotechnology; Center for Plant Science Innovation

Plant Root Microbiome, Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Microbial Diversity, Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology
Paul Staswick GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Hormonal Activity in Plants
Harkamal Walia GCMB Agronomy & Horticulture; Center for Plant Science Innovation Plant Adaptation to Environmental Stresses
Julie Stone GCMB Biochemistry; Center for Plant Science Innovation; Redox Biology Center Plant Programmed Cell Death; Sphingolipids; Redox
Karl Reinhard EEB Natural Resources Parasitology; Palynology
Tony Adesemoye PP Plant Pathology; West Central Research & Extension Center Plant Root Microbiome; Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria; Biological Control of Plant Diseases; Soilborne Plant Pathogenic Fungi Diversity
Bob Harveson PP Plant Pathology; Panhandle Research and Extension Center Root Rot Diseases of Sugar Beets; Bacterial Diseases of Dry Beans; Diseases of Sunflower, Peas, Chickpeas and Potatoes
Richard Wilson GCMB, PP Plant Pathology; Redox Biology Center Molecular Mechanisms Governing Fungal Colonization of Rice Cells

Virology

Faculty Section Department Research Interests
Deb Brown GCMB Biological Sciences, Nebraska Center for Virology Immune Response to Viral Infections and Vaccine Development
Qingsheng Li GCMB Biological Sciences, Nebraska Center for Virology HIV Transmission, Vaccine, and Prevention
Hideaki Moriyama GCMB Biological Sciences Electrophysiology and Structural Biology; Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Bioinformatics
Eric Weaver GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Virology; Microbiology; Immunology
Charles Wood GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology; Biochemistry Human Viral Infection Associated Diseases including Cancers
Luwen Zhang GCMB Biological Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Viral Oncogenesis; Stem Cell Biology; Infectious Diseases; Innate Immunity
Samodha Fernando GCMB Animal Science; Food Science & Technology; Nebraska Food for Health Center; Gut Fucntion Initiative Microbiome; Host-Microbe Interations; Microbe-Microbe Interations; Antibiotic Resistance
Thomas Petro GCMB UNMC Oral Biology; Nebraska Center for Virology; Nebraska Center for Cell Signaling Antiviral and Antitumor Immune Responses
Asit K. Pattnaik GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Zika Virus Replication and Pathogenesis; Host Cell Functions in RNA Virus Replication, Antivirals, Vaccines, Interferons
Fernando Osorio GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Pathogenesis and Protective Immunity of Animal Viruses, using animal models testing vaccines in their target species
Matt Wiebe GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Biology of Poxviruses; Intrinsic Defenses Against Foreign DNA
Shi-Hua Xiang GCMB Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Virology Molecular Virology; Anti-Viral Research (Vaccines and Therapeutics)

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