Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry Faculty

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Achenbach, Laurie, Professor and Dean, College of Science, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1988; 1990. Molecular genetics of metabolic pathways involved in the bioremediation of environmental contaminants; bacterial diversity and evolution; molecular anaerobic microbiology.

Bartholomew, Blaine, Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of California, Davis; 1988; 1991. Regulation of gene expression, chromatin structure and function, molecular mechanisms of cancer.

Bartke, Andrzej, Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., (Springfield), University of Kansas, 1965; 1984. Genetic control of aging in mammals and endocrine mechanisms responsible for the effects of longevity genes.

Bender, Kelly, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Microbiology, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2003; 2006. Metabolic regulation of bacteria involved in bioremediation; small non-coding regulatory RNAs.

Bhaumik, Sukesh R., Associate Professor, Ph.D., Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (University of Bombay), 1997; 2003. Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression; transcription-coupled ubiquitination and DNA repair; NMR structural studies on proteins and nucleic acids.

Braundmeier-Fleming, Andrea, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), 2005; 2014, Immune cell function and influence on the GI and vaginal microbiome and their implication in reproductive disorders.

Cao, Deliang, Associate Professor, M.D., Ph.D., (Springfield), Institute of Molecular Biology (University of Hong Kong), 1996; 2005. Molecular oncology and experimental therapeutics, with focuses on 1) action mechanisms and modulations of anticancer therapeutic agents and 2) the role of aldo-ketoreductases in cancer development, progression and therapy.

Clark, David P., Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Bristol, 1977; 1980.

Cooper, Morris D., Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., (Springfield), University of Georgia, 1971; 1973.

Davie, Judy, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1998; 2006. Mechanisms of gene regulation, focusing on myogenin, a transcription factor that controls skeletal muscle development.

Elble, Randolph C., Associate Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), Indiana University, 1986; 2005. Tumor suppression mechanisms in breast cancer. Biology of CLCA family proteins. Gene regulation in differentiation and stress.

Fisher, Derek, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Pittsurgh School of Medicine, 2006; 2012. Developmental regulation in Chlamydia.

Gagnon, Keith T., Assistant Professor, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2007; 2014. Biochemistry of nucleic acids, RNA and RNA-protein interactions in human biology and disease.

Gershburg, Edward, Associate Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), Tel-Aviv University, 1999; 2007. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)- encoded protein kinase in viral infection. EBV-PK regulation and enzymology and identification of its viral and cellular targets.

Gupta, Ramesh, Professor and Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1981; 1984. Molecular biology of Archaea, transcription and RNA processing in extreme halophilic and hyperthermophilic microorganisms.

Haddock, John D., Associate Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1990;1995.

Halford, William, Associate Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), Louisiana State University Medical Center, 1996; 2007. Using herpes simplex virus as a tool to understand how viral and host immune factors interact to produce life-long viral infections; devising effective cures for persistent viral infections.

Hamilton-Brehm, Scott D., Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2008; 2016. Microbial characterization of unique extreme environments, characterization of novel metalobolism pathways, and DNA investigations from ancient artifacts.

Hardwicke, Peter M. D., Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., Kings College, London, 1969; 1985. Regulation of calcium transport across membranes by calcium pumps and the sodium-calcium exchanger. Proteolipids, lipids, conjugated trienes and nonmyelin sensory nerve antigens.

Huvos, Piroska, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, 1969: 1987. Genome rearrangements.

Jayakody, Lahiru N, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Kagoshima University, Japan, 2014; 2019. Metabolic Engineering of microbes for fuels, chemical, polymers, and pharmaceuticals production; engineering post-translational protein machineries.

Kadyrov, Farid, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences, 1997; 2008. DNA replication and repair, DNA damage in cancer.

Konjufca, Vjollca, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Fayettevile, 2002; 2010. Immunology, host-pathogen interactions.

Madigan, Michael T., Professor and Distinguished Scholar, Emeritus, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1976; 1979.

Martinko, John M., Associate Professor and Distinguished Teacher, Emeritus, Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo), 1978; 1981.

Nie, Daotai, Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), University of South Carolina, 1997; 2005. Molecular and cellular biology of cancer; tumor metastasis; development of tumor therapeutics.

Niederhoffer, Eric C., Associate Professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1983; 1990. Metallobiochemistry; electron transfer; metalloprotein structure-function, microbial stress responsesvirulence factors.

Olson, Michael, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., (Springfield), University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2009; 2014,
Characterization of the biology of Staphylococcus Aureus at the host interface.

Parker, Jack, Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1973; 1977.

Rader, Bethany, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2006; 2014. Beneficial host-microbe interactions, innate immunology, microbial ecology and systems biology.

Ran, Sophia, Professor and Director, MBMB Graduate Program, Ph.D. (Springfield), Weizmann Institute of Science, 1989; 2003. Tumor physiology, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis; breast cancer metastasis.

Rao, Krishna, Associate Professor, M.D., Ph.D., (Springfield), University of Washington, 2002; University of Miami, 1991; 2007. Role of Rab25 as a tumor suppressor, treatment of head and neck cancer.

Schmit, Joseph C., Associate Professor, Emeritus, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1971; 1976.

Tischkau, Shelly A., Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology, Ph.D., (Springfield), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995; 2007. Neuroendocrinology; environmental toxicology; regulation of molecular circadian rhythms in health and disease states, including cancer and diabetes.

Torry, Donald S., Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Ph.D., (Springfield), Southern Illinois University, 1989; 2000. Human reproductive biology; cellular biology of angiogenic growth factors and immune cytokines during pregnancy. Molecular biology of placental gene expression.

Weilbaecher, Rodney, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997; 2007. Gene regulation, post-translational modifications, telomere biology.

Wilber, Andrew, Associate Professor, Public Health Laboratory Sciences Program, Ph.D., (Springfield) University of Minnesota, 2006; 2008. Gene therapy for hemoglobin disorders beta-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, gene expression regulation, stable gene delivery using non-viral and viral integrating vector systems and cancer immunotherapy.

Yuan, Rong, Assistant Professor, M.D., Ph.D., (Springfield), Shanghai Second Medical University, P.R. China, 2000; 2012. Molecular Biology of aging and longevity.