Graduate Division

Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Gateway Ph.D. Program

Section 1

Overview

Biomedical scientists in the 21st century must have a broad knowledge base and the skill to translate this knowledge towards disease treatment. The PhD program in Cellular & Molecular Biosciences at UC Irvine provides ideal training to launch the careers of talented researchers in diverse fields of biomedicine. We offer a rigorous but flexible curriculum, along with an extensive choice of laboratories, allowing students to tailor their training to individual interests and goals. The program has five focus area

  • Cancer and Cell Biology
  • Developmental and Stem-Cell Biology
  • Genetics, Epigenetics and Genomics
  • Immunology and Microbiology
  • Structural Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics

Outstanding facilities, a collaborative culture, commitment to diversity, and guaranteed on-campus housing all contribute to a productive graduate experience. Qualified applicants receive full financial support that covers tuition, a generous stipend, and health insurance.

What Sets Us Apart?

While maintaining a strong commitment to research quality, reproducibility and rigor, at UCI we realize that being a successful scientist isn't all about expertise at the lab bench. Our programs have pioneered methods for training students in the "soft skills" such as communication, networking, personnel management and team building. We also realize that not every student is going to end up in academia and our networking events include alumni who have made successful careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, in patent law, science communications and advertising, regulatory affairs and teaching. Nevertheless, many of our alumni have also gone on to have stellar careers in academia. With Orange County having the largest concentration of medical device companies in the world there are also enormous internship and job opportunities in our back yard. A PhD in Biological or Biomedical Sciences leads to many fantastic and richly rewarding career paths. Our goal at UCI is to help young scientists learn their craft as scientists and at the same time become leaders that  go on to fulfilling and successful careers. In an area of great natural beauty and incomparable weather, Irvine is a pretty sweet place for graduate studies!

Quick Facts

Program Type

Gateway Program (students enter a Ph.D. program with one of six affiliated departments in their second year)

Capstone Type

Dissertation

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a good background in biology, physics, and chemistry. The ideal preparation includes introductory as well as some advanced courses in biology (cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, and molecular biology), biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, statistics, and physics. Demonstrated experience in laboratory research is essential.

Admission decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of an applicant’s preparation and potential to complete a rigorous program of advanced study in biology. Particular attention is paid to the applicant’s academic experience, motivation and potential for research. The latter should be documented by reference letters from individuals in positions to judge research potential. Evaluations are based on the applicant’s academic record, Graduate Record Examination scores, prior laboratory research experience, letters of recommendation, and the two essays in the online application. Applications may be submitted electronically through Grad Division.

Applicants will be asked to select a primary research interest from five Focus Areas listed on the application. The names of the Focus Areas are:
  • Structural Biology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics
  • Cancer and Cell Biology
  • Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • Genetics, Epigenetics and Genomics

The choice of Focus Area is not binding and those admitted to CMB can change their primary Focus Area before or during the first year. The main purpose of the Focus Areas is to allow students to begin specializing early in their graduate career if they have a specific research interest.

Each applicant must complete or provide:

  • Graduate Application for Admission to UCI
  • One official copy of all postsecondary academic transcripts (including transferred credits).
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general tests. The UCI institution code for the GRE is 4859, and a department code is not necessary. Test results five years old or older by the first day of school for the GRE will not be accepted.
Important dates:
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 is the deadline for receipt of all application materials for Fall Quarter admission of the following year. All admissions are for Fall Quarter only.
  • Interviews: Promising applicants are invited to attend one of the “Interview Dates, which are scheduled January 24-26 and February 7-9, 2019. No other dates will be offered. Prospective students have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students in the program and to tour the campus. All travel and housing expenses are paid by the program.
  • Notification: Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 15, 2019.

International Students:

The CMB program does admit international students. All international students must supply the following in addition to the other items listed above:

  • Official scores for the TOEFL iBT. Test results two years old or older by the first day of school for the TOEFL will not be accepted. Also, any institutional administrations of the TOEFL will not be accepted.
    •  Minimum Score of 80 with 26 in the speaking test
    • The UCI institution code for the TOEFL is 4859.

OR

  • IELTS
    • Overall score: 7, with no individual score less than 6
    • An 8 or better is required in the speaking module

Financial Support

All students admitted to the program receive an annual stipend to cover living expenses, and University fees and tuition costs.The most highly qualified applicants may also be offered the prestigious School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Fellowship Award, or other competitive fellowships. These provide an additional financial incentive for enrolling in the CMB program.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Geoff Abbott, abbottg@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Biology and pharmacology of voltage-gated potassium channels, voltage-independent potassium channels, and ion transporters.

Bogi Andersen, bogi@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry
Transcriptional regulation in the developmental biology of epidermis and mammary gland

Rosa Andrade, rmandra1@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Toxoplasma gondii, Entamoeba histolytica, Neglected Tropical Diseases and drug discovery. Clinical Interests: HIV and STD management.

Kavita Arora, karora@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Drosophila development; TGF-b signal transduction; cell signaling; Regulation of protein function by covalent modification

Scott Atwood, satwood@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Cell fate decisions in skin cancer, skin and hair follicle development, and stem cells.

Pierre Baldi, pfbaldi@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Biological Chemistry, and Development & Cell Biology
Bioinformatics, computational biology, probabilistic modeling, and machine learning

Tallie Z. Baram, tallie@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Epigenetic mechanisms in brain plasticity; stress, epilepsy, learning and memory

Lee Bardwell, bardwell@uci.edu Ph.D., Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Intracellular signaling in development and disease

Claudia Benavente, claudia.benavente@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Understanding epigenetic deregulation in pediatric cancer tumorigenesis

Michael W. Berns, mwberns@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and Surgery
Laser microsurgery of cells, embryos, and tissues

Bruce Blumberg, blumberg@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development and adult physiology

Alexander Boiko, aboiko@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Isolation and Characterization of Tumor Initiating Cells from melanoma patients.

Emiliana Borrelli, borrelli@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Pharmacology
Dopaminergic system, with particular focus on dopamine D2 receptors

Daniela Bota, dbota@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced cognitive damage, and differential mechanisms governing glioma stem cell versus neural stem cell differentiation.

Michael J. Buchmeier, m.buchmeier@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Medicine
Viral biology and pathogenesis, structural and functional proteomics of viruses, and biodefense related pathobiology

Michael D. Cahalan, mcahalan@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Ion channels in the nervous and immune systems

Anne L. Calof, alcalof@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Developmental & Cell Biology
Regulation of stem cells in development and regeneration; genomic strategies for understanding the etiology and treatment of human neurodevelopmental disorders using transgenic mouse models

Jefferson Y. Chan, jchan@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Regulation of genes associated with oxidative stress

John Chaput, jchaput@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Expanding the concepts of heredity and evolution to artificial genetic polymers with backbone structures that are distinct from those found in nature

Dongbao Chen, dongbaoc@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Angiogenesis and perinatal vascular biology

Phang Lang Chen, plchen@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cancer Biology and Biological Chemistry
Critical role of tumor suppressor genes in the genesis and progression of cancer

Steven Chessler, s.chessler@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying insulin secretion, pancreatic islet function, and beta cell failure in diabetes.

Ken W. Cho, kwcho@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Molecular mechanisms of axis specification in Xenopus

Olivier Cinquin, olivier.cinquin@uci.edu , Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Systems biology of cell differentiation

Olivier Civelli, ocivelli@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Developmental & Cell Biology
Molecular neurobiology, G protein-coupled receptors, peptide neurotransmitters

Melanie Cocco, mcocco@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
NMR spectroscopy, DNA-binding proteins, membrane proteins, cancer

Xing Dai, xdai@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry
Skin and mammary stem cells, Wnt signaling, chromatin, transcription

Michael Demetriou, mdemetri@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Molecular biology and glycobiology of T cell dysfunction in autoimmune demyelinating disease

Peter Donovan, pdonovan@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Department of Biological Chemistry, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Molecular genetics of germ cell and stem cell development

Aimee Edinger, aedinger@uci.edu, VM.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Apoptosis, cancer, intracellular trafficking

Robert Edwards, redwards@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Development of colitis and colon cancer using a G-protein mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease.

Mark J. Fisher, mfisher@uci.edu, M.D., Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
Mechanisms of cerebrovascular stroke

Angela Fleischman, agf@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry

Donald Forthal, dnfortha@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Interactions between antibodies and Fc receptors and the role of these interactions in preventing, controlling or enhancing infection with HIV and related lentiviruses.

David A. Fruman, dfruman@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Signal transduction in lymphocytes

Anand Ganesan, aganesan@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Dermatology and Biological Chemistry
Identify the key molecular regulators of melanin production, melanoma cell survival, and melanoma chemoresistance in human cells

David Gardiner, dmgardin@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Limb regeneration, stem cells, and toxicology

J. Jay Gargus, jjgargus@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Pediatrics
Molecular analysis of membrane signaling proteins

Paul Gershon, pgershon@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
mRNA transcription and modification

Charles G. Glabe, cglabe@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Amyloid Ab peptide in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis; gamete recognition

Alan L. Goldin, agoldin@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Molecular analysis of ion channel function

Celia Goulding, celia.goulding@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Structural and biochemical studies of molecular assemblies in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Michael Green, m.green@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Chemistry
Structure-function relationships in metalloproteins, protein engineering, and biological C-H bond activation

Steven Gross, sgross@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Laser tweezers; in vivo study of molecular motors

Klemens Hertel, khertel@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Regulation of gene expression by alternative splicing

Todd Holmes, tholmes@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Human neurodegenerative disease mechanisms in transgenic animals

Naoto Hoshi, nhoshi@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and Biophysics
M-type potassium ion channel regulation through protein complex

Yilin Hu, yilinh@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Member, Biofuel Innovation Center
Biofuel, activation and reduction of carbon dioxide, structure & function of metalloenzymes involved in methanogenesis, photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation

Lan Huang, lanhuang@uci.edu Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Defining the structure and function of protein complexes using cross-linking mass spectrometry and integrative modeling, Proteasomal biology, Ubiquitination, Chemical biology, Quantitative Proteomics, Protein-protein interactions; Regulation of the ubiquitin-proteasome system.

Christopher C.W. Hughes, cchughes@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Molecular biology of developmental and tumor angiogenesis

Matt Inlay, minlay@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Molecular mechanisms regulating developmental fate decisions in embryonic and adult hematopoiesis in mouse and humans.

Anthony A. James, aajames@uci.edu, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Malaria parasite development; genetic manipulation of insect vectors

Rongsheng Jin, r.jin@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Structure and function of synaptic proteins; neurotoxins and receptors; protein complexes; protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; X-ray crystallography.

Peter Kaiser, pkaiser@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry
Cell cycle control; regulation of proteins by ubiquitination

Christina Kenney, mkenney@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology
Age-related macular degeneration, AMD, mitochondrial genetics, Keratoconus, KC

Kai Kessenbrock, kkessenb@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry
Microenvironmental Control of Stem Cells and Cancer

Young Jik Kwon, kwonyj@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering
Cancer-targeted therapeutics, Engineered viral vectors for gene therapy, Cancer Vaccine

Arthur D. Lander, adlander@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and Pharmacology
Mechanisms of growth factor action; extracellular matrix; developmental neurobiology; systems biology

Devon Lawson, dalawson@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Mechanisms of Cancer Metastasis

Chang Liu, ccl@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Engineered genetic systems for rapid evolution, chemical biology, synthetic biology, and cell biology

Haoping Liu, h4liu@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry
MAP kinase signal transduction; dimorphic regulation in yeast

Melissa Lodoen, mlodoen@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Immuneevasion by Toxoplasma gondii

Ulrike Luderer, uluderer@uci.edu, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Developmental & Cell Biology and Public Health
Roles of toxicant exposure and oxidative stress in ovarian aging, premature ovarian failure and ovarian cancer

Ray Luo, rluo@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Computational biology, protein structure prediction and folding mechanisms, protein-protein interactions

Andrej Luptak, aluptak@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
RNA biology and chemistry

Grant MacGregor, gmacg@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Gametogenesis in the mouse

Rachel Martin, rachel.martin@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Solid state NMR, protein structure, membrane proteins, physical chemistry, chemical biology

Selma Masri, smasri@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry
Cancer Biology, Circadian Rhythms, Epigenetics and Metabolism.

Michael McClelland, mmcclell@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Evolution of Salmonella pathogenesis; bacterial therapy for cancer; cancer genomics and prognostics

Alexander McPherson, amcphers@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Macromolecular crystal growth; X-ray diffraction analysis of protein, nucleic acid and virus crystals; Atomic Force Microscopy studies of biological structures, immunoglobulin structure, virus structure and assembly

Dan Mercola, dmercola@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Translational research in prostatic cancer

Ilhem Messaoudi, imessaou@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Viral pathogenesis, vaccine development, microbiome, modulation of immunity by nutrition

Edwin S. Monuki, emonuki@uci.edu M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Developmental & Cell Biology
Cerebral cortex development and disease

Naomi Morrissette, nmorriss@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Genetic, cell biological and structure-function studies of tubulin and microbutules in Apicomplexan parasites

Ali Mortazavi, ali.mortazavi@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Applications of genomics, computation, and sequencing technologies to the analysis of transcriptional regulation in development

R. Michael Mulligan, rmmullig@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
RNA editing in plant mitochondria and chloroplast

Edward L. Nelson, enelson@uci.edu, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Tumor immunology, dendritic cell biology, and anti-tumor immunotherapeutics

Diane K. O’Dowd, dkodowd@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and Anatomy & Neurobiology
Electrical excitability and synaptic connectivity during development

Michael Parsons, mparson1@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Role of stem cells and facultative progenitors in development and regeneration of insulin-producing cells

Medha Pathak, medhap@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
How mechanical forces shape neural stem cells behavior in vitro and in vivo; Transduction of mechanical forces by the Piezo1 ion channel.

Eric Perlman, epearlma@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Physiology & Biophysics
Regulatory role of neutrophils in bacterial and fungal infections

Irene Pedersen, imp@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Regulation of microRNAs (miRs) and their role in human disease (Cancer), Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) development and viral defense

Maksim Plikus, plikus@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Stem cells and stem cell niche, Regeneration of tissues and organs, Biological pattern formation, Self-organization, Skin and hair follicles, Adipose tissue, WNT and BMP signaling pathways

Thomas L. Poulos, poulos@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Physiology & Biophysics
Protein engineering and crystallography

Jennifer Prescher, jpresche@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Probing biological systems with chemical tools and noninvasive imaging

Feng Qiao, qiao@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry
Telomeres & telomerase and their roles in cancer and stem cell diseases; Structural, biochemical and molecular genetic analyses of nucleoprotein assemblies

A. Olga Razorenova, olgar@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Internal (oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes) and external (tumor microenvironment) factors regulating tumor progression and metastasis

Elizabeth Read, elread@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Computational systems biology and dynamics of adaptive immunity.

Markus Ribbe, mribbe@uci.edu, Ph.D., Chancellor’s Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Chemistry Director, Biofuel Innovation Center
Biofuel, artificial enzymes, assembly & function of enzymes containing complex metal cofactors

Hamid M. Said , hmsaid@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
Cellular and molecular aspects of intestinal transport of water-soluble vitamins

Suzanne B. Sandmeyer, sbsandme@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry
Molecular genetics of a position-specific yeast retrovirus-like element

Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin, rmsandri@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Regulatory functions of a post-transcriptionally acting herpes virus protein

Paolo Sassone-Corsi, psc@uci.edu, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Mechanisms of signal transduction able to modulate nuclear functions and, in particular gene expression, chromatin remodeling and epigenetic control

Tom Schilling, tschilli@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Skeletal and neural patterning; mutational analysis and molecular genetics in the zebrafish

Bert L. Semler, blsemler@uci.edu, Ph.D, Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Replication of picornavirus RNAs; RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions

Donald F. Senear, dfsenear@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Interactions of proteins and DNA in transcriptional regulation

Yongsheng Shi, yongshes@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
The role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in stem cells and cancer

Albert Siryaporn, asirya@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Bacterial pathogenesis, mechanical signal transduction, and biofilm development

Robert Spitale, rspitale@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Focused at understanding how the flow of genetic information is controlled inside cells and altered to result in disease phenotypes

Robert E. Steele, resteele@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry
Molecular biology of Hydra development

Christine Suetterlin, suetterc@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Golgi and centrosome regulation, host pathogen interactions

Sha Sun, shasun@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Long noncoding RNAs in epigenetic programming

Ming Tan, mingt@uci.edu, M.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Medicine
Chlamydia infections: Gene regulation and host pathogen interactions

Andrea J. Tenner, atenner@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Molecular basis of modulation of human leukocyte function; Alzheimer’s disease

Leslie M. Thompson, lmthomps@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Biological Chemistry, and Neurobiology & Behavior
Molecular and biochemical mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and therapeutic approaches to human neurodegenerative disease

Francesco Tombola, ftombola@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor Physiology & Biophysics
Electrical and chemical sensing in excitable cells, VSD-containing ion channels and enzymes

Bruce J. Tromberg, bjtrombe@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics

Sheryl Tsai, sctsai@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Drug design and crystallography of protein complexes

Armando Villalta, armando.villalta@uci.edu, Ph.D, Assistant Professor Physiology and Biophysics
Immune cell and organ system interactions that promote tissue injury and repair

Craig Walsh, cwalsh@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Apoptotic mechanisms in immune development and homeostasis

Ping Wang, phwang@uci.edu, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry, Physiology & Biophysics, and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Molecular hormone actions in diseases and stem cells

Wenqi Wang, wenqiw6@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Signaling network in organ size control and cancer development

Rahul Warrior, rwarrior@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology
Developmental regulation of proteoglycan biosynthesis; Transcriptional response to BMP growth factor signaling

Marian L. Waterman, mlwaterm@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Regulation of gene expression in development and cancer

Gregory Weiss, gweiss@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, molecular biology and biochemistry

Katrine Whiteson, katrine@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Metagenomics, metabolomics and community culture models of host-associated microbial and viral communities in health and disease; human microbiome; microbial ecology.

Zeba Wunderlich, zeba@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Experimental and computational approaches to understanding regulatory DNA in animals.

Xiaohui Xie, xhx@ics.uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Developmental & Cell Biology
Computational biology, bioinformatics, and genomics

Qin Yang, qiny3@uci.edu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics
Cellular and molecular mechanisms for insulin resistance and energy expenditure in obesity and type 2 diabetes

Kyoko Yokomori, kyokomor@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Chemistry,
Chromatin Structure Regulation in Human ES Cells; Gene expression and chromatin structure

Michael Zaragoza, mzaragoz@uci.edu M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry and Pediatrics
Molecular mechanisms of inherited cardiovascular diseases

Weian Zhao, weianz@uci.edu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry
cancer and developmental mechanobiology, stem cell and immuno-therapy, and microbial genetics

Albert Zlotnik, azlotnik@uci.edu, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology & Biophysics
Chemokines, cancer metastasis, gene array analysis of human diseases and bioinformatics in immunology

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