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Biology Department, UMass Amherst

Tobias I. Baskin
Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis during Growth and Development

Magdalena Bezanilla
Tip Growth, Actin Cytoskeleton and Plant Cell Biology

Eric L. Bittman
Circadian Rhythms, Reproduction, and Seasonal Changes in Brain Function

Elizabeth A. Connor
Developmental Neurobiology: Synapse Development and Regeneration

Gerald B. Downes
Development and Function of Spinal Cord Networks

Peter K. Hepler
Role of Calcium and the Cytoskeleton in Cell Division and Development

Abbie M. Jensen
Molecular Mechanisms of Vertebrate Retinal Development and Retinal Disease

Rolf O. Karlstrom
Developmental Neurobiology: Axon Guidance and Forebrain Patterning

Joseph G. Kunkel
Pattern Formation and Development

George M. Langford
Actin-Dependent Organelle Motors and the Cytoskeleton

Wei-Lih Lee
Microtubule Dynamics, Mechanisms of Dynein-Mediated Nuclear Migration and Spindle Positioning

John R. Nambu
Gene Regulation and Programmed Cell Death in Drosophila Development

Sandra L. Petersen
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Underlying the Neural Control of Ovulation

Randall W. Phillis
Molecular Genetics of Neural Development in Drosophila

Margaret A. Riley
Microbial Molecular Evolution and Ecology

Lawrence M. Schwartz
Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Programmed Cell Death

Patricia Wadsworth
Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Living Cells

Elsbeth L. Walker
Plant Genetics and Epigenetics

Christopher L.F. Woodcock
Structure-Function Relationships in the Nucleus

R. Thomas Zoeller
Neuroendocrine Regulation of Thyroid: Mechanisms of Thyroid Hormone Action on Brain Development


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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, UMass Amherst

Maura C. Cannon
Plant Development, Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Inclusion-Bodies, Gas Vesicles

Daniel L. Chase
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurotransmitter Signaling

Alice Y. Cheung
Molecular and Biochemical Studies on Sexual Plant Reproduction

Susan L. Cumberledge
Signal Transduction in Development and Tumorogenesis

Scott C. Garman
Structural Biology of Glycoproteins in Human Disease

Lila M. Gierasch
Biophysical Approaches to Protein Folding and Localization

David J. Gross
Cell Surface Receptor Signaling

Daniel N. Hebert
Protein Folding, Quality Control and Degradation of Membrane Glycoproteins

Alejandro P. Heuck
Bacterial Pathogenesis.

Jennifer Normanly
Auxin Biosynthesis and Signal Transduction in Arabidopsis thaliana

Danny J. Schnell
Mechanisms of Protein Import into the Plant Chloroplast, Protein Targeting, Organelle Biogenesis

Karsten W. Theis
DNA Repair and Molecular Motors

Hen-Ming Wu
Molecular Biology of Plant Development

Robert A. Zimmermann
Structure and Function of Ribosomes in Protein Synthesis


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Chemistry Department, UMass Amherst

Jeanne A. Hardy
Design of Allosteric Pathways in Caspases and Phosphatases

Igor A. Kaltashov
Architecture and Dynamics of Transport Proteins

Michael J. Knapp
Kinetics and Metallobiochemistry

Michael J. Maroney
Metallobiochemistry

Craig T. Martin
Transcription, Protein-DNA Interactions

Vincent M. Rotello
Synthetic Models of Biomolecular Activity

S. "Thai" Thayumanavan
Design and Synthesis of Biomimetic Organic Molecules and Polymers

Lynmarie K. Thompson
Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Proteins

Robert M. Weis
Transmembrane Signaling, Physical Chemistry of Cell Membranes and Protein-Protein Interactions


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Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, UMass Amherst

Dominique R. Alfandari
Adam Metalloprotease Function during Embryonic Development

Juan Anguita
Proinflammatory Signals in Response to Infection

Kathleen F. Arcaro
Environmental Toxicology

Cynthia L. Baldwin
Cellular Immunity: Intracellular Microbes and Gamma Delta T Cells

Samuel J. Black
Molecular Basis of Innate Immunity against Parasitic Protozoa

John M. Clark
Molecular Action of Pesticides and Cellular Basis for Resistance

Rafael A. Fissore
Ca2+ Release Mechanisms in Mammalian Oocytes during Maturation and Fertilization

D. Joseph Jerry
Tumor Suppressor Genes and the Cellular Basis for Susceptibility to Breast Cancer

Jesse Mager
Developmental Biology: Cell-cell Signaling

Barbara A. Osborne
Immunoglobulin Gene Diversification: Induction of Apoptosis in Lymphocytes

Janice C. Telfer
Role of Runx Family Transcription Factors in Immune System Development

Kimberly Tremblay
Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

Pablo E. Visconti
Signal Transduction Pathways during Sperm Capacitation


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Microbiology Department, UMass Amherst

Jeffrey L. Blanchard
Microbial Cellular and Community Networks, Systems Biology, Bioinformatics

Jim Holden
Physiology of hyperthermophilic archaea

Michele M. Klingbeil
Parasitology, Replication and Repair of Mitochondrial DNA

Susan B. Leschine
Anaerobic Decomposition of Insoluble Natural Polymers, Fuels From Biomass

Leonard C. Norkin
Virus Entry through Caveolae: Transmembrane Signaling

Pablo J. Pomposiello
Oxidative Stress Using Bacterial Models

Steven J. Sandler
Molecular Mechanisms of DNA Replication and Homologous Recombination


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Psychology Department, UMass Amherst

Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Neuroendocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, Reproductive Endocrinology

Geert J. De Vries
Sexual Differentiation of the Brain

Nancy G. Forger
Development of Neural Sex Differences: Hormones and Neurotrophic Factors

Jerrold S. Meyer
Neurotransmitter Development and its Modulation by Psychoactive Drugs


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Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences Department, UMass Amherst


John P. Burand
Molecular Biology of Insect Viruses, Insect Pathology

Om Parkash
Plant Molecular Genetics


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Nutrition Department, UMass Amherst

Young-Cheul Kim
Nutrient Regulation of Adipocyte Differentiation and Metabolism in Obesity and Diabetes



Food Science Department, UMass Amherst

Yeonhwa Park
Conjugated Linoleic Acid Research and Biologically Active Compounds from Dietary Sources

Kalidas Shetty
Proline-Linked Pentose Phosphate Pathway and Regulation of Secondary Metabolite Synthesis, Stress Response and Development in Plants



Polymer Science and Engineering Department, UMass Amherst

Murugappan Muthukumar
Statistical Mechanics of Polymers



Chemical Engineering Department, UMass Amherst

Neil S. Forbes
Engineering Tumor-Targeted Therapies


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Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, Springfield, Mass.

Rong Shao
Molecular Mechanisms in Breast Cancer Development

J. Enrique Silva
Thyroid Hormone Physiology, Thermogenesis, Temperature Homeostasis

Sallie Smith Schneider
Signaling during Mammary Gland Development and Carcinogenesis



Amherst College

Anthony C. Bishop
Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Richard A. Goldsby
Somatic Hypermutation of Immunoglobulin Genes

David E. Hansen
Bioorganic Chemistry: Isolation of Novel Antibody Catalysts

Dominic L. Poccia
Activation of Sperm Nuclei at Fertilization

David I. Ratner
Regulation of Gene Expression in Dictyostelium



Smith College

Adam C. Hall
Anesthetic Action in the Mammalian Nervous System

Stylianos P. Scordilis
Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Contractile Proteins

Steven A. Williams
Molecular Biology of Human Parasitic Diseases/Genome Projects



Mount Holyoke College

Sarah J. Bacon
Human Reproductive Physiology


Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.

Richard B. Arenas
Breast, Melanoma, and Gastrointestinal Cancer

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