Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology


Adams, Michael E. Ph.D. Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program; Professor, Depts. of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology and Entomology phone: 951-827-4746
Fax: 951-827-3087
Hormonal regulation of development and innate behaviors; isolation, characterization and physiological actions of arthropod venom toxins.
Anderson, Garret R. Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-5849
Fax: 951-827-3087
The molecular roles of Adhesion G-protein Coupled Receptors in controlling the specificity of neural circuit assembly.
Bachant, Jeffrey Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-6473
Fax: 951-827-3087
Mechanisms that ensure accurate mitotic chromosome transmission and that make mitotic entry responsive to stressful contingencies.
Cho, Jun-Hyeong M.D. Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-2560
Fax: 951-827-3087
Neural circuit mechanisms of fear learning and memory; cellular neuroscience; synaptic physiology; optogenetics.
Curras-Collazo, Margarita C. Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-3960
Fax: 951-827-2966
Neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, excitotoxicity. Identification and function of glutamate receptor subunits in neuroendocrine cells, physiological regulation of glutamate receptor expression, mechanisms underlying neuroprotection.
Currie, Scott N. Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-2411
Fax: 951-827-2966
Network, synaptic and cellular mechanisms that control locomotion in the vertebrate spinal cord and brainstem.
Dahanukar, Anupama Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-5742
Fax: 951-827-3086
Molecular, cellular and circuit mechanisms involved in taste sensing and regulation of feeding behaviors; modulation of feeding behaviors by prior experience, nutritional and mating status, and other sensory stimuli 
Eastmond, David Ph.D. Professor phone: 951-827-4497
Fax: 951-827-3087
Toxicity and carcinogenesis of environmental chemicals; chromosomal alterations in chemically exposed human populations.
Fiacco, Todd A. Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-7865
Fax: 951-827-3087
Mechanisms of astrocyte regulation of neuronal excitability.
Gill, Sarjeet Ph.D. Distinguished Professor phone: 951-827-4621
Fax: 951-827-3087
Molecular mechanisms of toxic action and xenobiotic metabolism.
Gu, Weifeng M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-3600
Fax: 951-827-3600
Non-coding small RNAs in gene regulation and anti-virus.
Haga-Yamanaka, Sachiko Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-3560
Fax: 951-827-3087

Hormones and pheromones: Internal and external control of animal behaviors.

Karginov, Fedor V. Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-3604
Fax: 951-827-5155
Small RNAs and RNA-binding proteins in gene regulation.
Le Roch, Karine Ph.D. Professor phone office: 951-827-5422
phone lab: 951-827-5934
Fax: 951-827-3087
Understanding the life cycle progression of the human malaria parasite at the molecular level using a system Biology approach.
Maduro, Morris Ph.D. Professor phone office: 951-827-7196
Fax: 951-827-4286
Developmental mechanisms of cell fate specification and robustness in the nematode C. elegans, particularly the regulatory gene network that specifies the endoderm and mesoderm. Current work involves studying the mechanisms that control developmental robustness, using the intestine as a model for organ development from a single precursor cell to the fully-differentiated organ. 
Martins-Green, Manuela Ph.D. Department Chair and Professor

faculty office phone: 951-827-2585 


Chair's office phone: 951-827-2831


Fax: 951-827-4286

The role of chemokines in wound healing and tumor development.
Maslov, Dmitri Ph.D. Professor

phone office: 951-827-6485
Fax: 951-827-3087

Mitochondrial gene expression in kinetoplastid protozoa, including molecular biology, evolution and parasitology. Kinetoplastids have a unique organization of kinetoplast-mitochondrial DNA and a highly unusual process of post-transcriptional RNA processing, termed RNA editing. The main research focus is on regulation of RNA editing and its interactions with the system of translation. Additional research topics include evolution of kinetoplast DNA and RNA editing, and biodiversity of trypanosomatids, using molecular phylogenetic tools. 
Nugent, Connie Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-2383
Fax: 951-827-2996
Replication and maintenance of telomeric regions of chromosomes.
Ray, Anandasankar (Anand) Professor phone: 951-827-5998
Uses the olfactory system in Drosophila to understand genetic and epigenetic gene regulation; activity of receptors and neurons for behavior; and genetics of learning &memory. Basic mechanisms discovered are then exploited for developing next-generation applications for mosquitoes, pest insects, and human smell & taste.
Riccomagno, Martin M. Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-4682
Fax: 951-827-3087
Understanding molecular mechanisms underlying brain circuit formation and refinement, with particular emphasis on neuronal pruning events.
Santhakumar, Viji Ph.D.  Associate Professor phone: 951-827-2010
Fax: 951-827-3087
We are dedicated to studying the effects of interneuronal microcircuit plasticity in Epilepsy and hippocampal pathophysiology after brain injury.
Sladek, Frances Ph.D. Professor phone: 951-827-2264
Fax: 951-827-3087
Molecular mechanisms of tissue-specific gene expression; steroid hormone receptors.
Stanley, B. Glenn Ph.D. Professor of Psychology & of Molecular, Cell & Systems Biology phone: 951-827-5625
Fax: 951-827-2214
Neuronal control of eating behavior, disturbances of eating behavior, and neurotransmitters.
Talbot, Prue Ph.D. Professor phone: 951-827-3768
Fax: 951-827-4286
Stem cell biology and reproduction.
Yang, Hongdian Ph.D. Assistant Professor phone: 951-827-5414
Fax: 951-827-3087
We employ multi-disciplinary approaches, including state-of-the-art in vivo electrophysiology and calcium imaging, optogenetics, mouse behavior, computational modeling and theory, to link cellular-level physiology to circuit dynamics and network analysis in behaving animals, with the ultimate goal to understand the organizational principles of neuronal ensembles and the basis of information processing by single neurons and neural circuits in health and disease.
Zidovetzki, Raphael Ph.D. Professor phone: 951-827-5628
Fax: 951-827-2966
Transmembrane signal transduction; interaction of second messengers with lipid membranes; dynamics of cell surface receptors.
zur Nieden, Nicole Ph.D. Associate Professor phone: 951-827-3818
Fax: 951-827-3087
Embryonic stem cell specification into osteogenic lineages to understand molecular regulators of normal bone development to deduce novel therapeutic targets.

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Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
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Manuela Martins-Green: Chair of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
Tel: (951) 827-2831
Fax: (951) 827-3087
E-mail: manuela.martins@ucr.edu