Faculty

Chris Amemiya
Professor
camemiya@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Biochemistry and molecular biology
David Ardell
Associate Professor
dardell@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms
Miriam Barlow
Professor
mbarlow@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Experimental evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
Professor Laura Beaster-Jones
Assistant Teaching Professor/LPSOE
lbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolution and development of chordates, developmental gene regulatory networks
Anna Beaudin
Assistant Professor
abeaudin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Defining origin of developmentally- restricted immune cells and developmental basis of immune dysfunction. Developmental hematopoiesis, immune system establishment, developmental basis of immune dysfunction.
Michael Beman
Associate Professor
mbeman@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans
Gordon Bennett
Assistant Professor
gbennett2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
The co-evolution and origins of insect-microbe symbioses.
Assistant Professor
jblois@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Terrestrial paleoecology, niche and community modeling and phylochronology
Wei-Chun Chin
Associate Professor
wchin2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Polymer physics and engineering of cellular and environmental systems
Associate Professor
mcleary4@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Cell fate decisions and regulation in Drosophila neural stem cells and RNA decay.
Professor
mcolvin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Models of biological processes and molecular dynamics of disordered proteins
Professor Michael Dawson
Associate Professor
mdawson@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolutionary ecology, biogeography and phylogeography of marine invertebrates.
Dr. Eva de Alba Bastarrechea
Acting Associate Professor
edealbabastarrechea@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Structural Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry of macromolecules and macromolecular ensembles (emphasis in inflammation and cellular death), Protein Engineering, NMR Spectroscopy.
Danielle
Assistant Professor
dedwards5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Ecological, phenotypic, genomic and behavioral evolution of reptiles and amphibians; Conservation genetics/genomics
Professor
aescobar4@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Calcium in cardiac cellular signaling and techniques to study cardiac cells in vivo
Assistant Professor
ffilipp@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Systems biology, fluxomics of cancer metabolism and metabolic disease
Associate Professor
cfrank3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Genome and community dynamics of bacterial endophytes in conifer trees
Xuecai Ge
Assistant Professor
xge2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Cell signaling in neural development, brain tumors and neurological disorders
Professor
agopinathan@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Theory at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter physics
Assistant Professor
jagrasis@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Microbiome Regulation, Viral Metagenomics, Systems Immunology
Professor
hart4@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Terrestrial wildland ecosystems ecology, plant and soil microbe interactions
Assistant Professor
ahernday@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Epigenetic and transcriptional networks and metabolic engineering of yeasts
Linda Hirst
Professor
lhirst@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Experimental soft matter physics and biophysics
Katrina Hoyer
Assistant Professor
khoyer2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Immunological tolerance and auto-immune disease, regulatory T cells
Emilia Huerta-Sanchez
Assistant Professor
ehuerta-sanchez@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Human population genomics, biostatistics and molecular evolution
Kirk Jensen
Assistant Professor
kjensen5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Parasite pathogenesis and immunology, toxoplasma and host-immune responses
Shilpa Khatri
Assistant Professor
skhatri3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Numerical Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Math, Applications in Biology and Oceanography
Assistant Professor
cli32@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Cancer imaging, cancer therapy, fluorescence molecular tomography, x-ray imaging, biomedical imaging system and algorithm
Assistant Professor
bliu27@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Motion and transport of living microorganisms and biological fluid dynamics across scales.
Andy LiWang
Professor
aliwang@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
NMR spectroscopy, structural biology, biochemistry, molecular mechanisms of biological clocks
Professor
pliwang@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Protein biochemistry, HIV inhibition, anti-inflammation, structural biology
Assistant Adjunct Professor
gloots@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Limb and skeletal development, genetics of bone metabolism, transcriptomics
Associate Professor
jmanilay@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Developmental immunology, cell fate regulation, hematopoiesis
Kara McCloskey
Associate Professor
kmccloskey@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Stem cell and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine applications
Assistant Professor
ejmctavish@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Computational approaches to big trees and big data: phylogenetics, genomics, and the Open Tree of Life
Emily Moran
Assistant Professor
emoran5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolutionary ecology of plant responses to environmental change
Victor Muñoz
Professor
vmunoz3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Our group’s research interests are on the areas of Biophysics, Structural/Computational Biology and Synthetic Molecular Biology. Within this broad area we investigate the conformational and functional behavior of proteins (how they fold, bind, and function) with the combined goals of deciphering their mechanisms of operation and understanding their general design principles towards developing exciting engineering applications in the emerging field of Bionanotechnology.
Chih-Wen Ni
Assistant Professor
+1 (209) 228-4308
cni3@ucmerced.edu
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Research Program:
Clarissa Nobile
Assistant Professor
cnobile@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular development of microbial communities, biofilm formation
Professor
rortiz@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Insulin resistance; cardiorenal and metabolic disorders; comparative physiology of Northern Elephant Seals.
Associate Professor
noviedo2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Stem cell regulation, cancer and regeneration in planarians
Assistant Adjunct Professor
sroy5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular evolution, gene/genome structure, intragenomic conflict, balancing selection, sex chromosomes and determination
Assistant Professor
rsaha3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Epigenetic mechanisms of neuronal gene transcription, roles in mental health and autism
Assistant Professor
jsexton2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Plant adaptation, species range limits biological invasions and evolutionary conservation science
Assistant Professor
ssindi@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Mathematical biology, dynamical systems and computational biology and bioinformatics
Mark Sistrom
Assistant Professor
msistrom@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Ecology, Evolutionary biology
Paul Smaldino
Assistant Professor
Research Program:
Population dynamics, social and cultural evolution, self-organization, mathematical and computational modeling
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Assistant Professor
asubramaniam@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Synthetic Biology, Soft Matter Physics, Colloid and Interface Science, Microfabrication and Microfluidics
Professor Shahar Sukenik
Assistant Professor
ssukenik@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Biophysical chemistry, structural biology; Understanding the interplay between proteins and their environment by combining biophysical methods and live cell microscopy.
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
sgtringe@lbl.gov
Research Program:
Sequence-based approaches to studying microbial community assembly, function and dynamics
Christopher Viney
Professor
cviney@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Biomolecular materials, biologically inspired material synthesis and processing
Adjunct Professor
avisel@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Human functional genomics and enhancers in development and disease
Associate Adjunct Professor
swang7@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Applications of high-performance computing to big-sequencing data and machine learning
Fred Wolf
Assistant Professor
fwolf@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Genetic and neural coding of behavior in Drosophila
UC Merced Professor Stephanie Woo
Assistant Professor
swoo6@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Endoderm development and epithelial morphogenesis in zebrafish
Tanja Woyke
DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
twoyke@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
twoyke@ucmerced.edu
Assistant Professor
jing.xu@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Experimental biophysics, quantitative biology single-molecule analysis of molecular motors
Assistant Professor
jyeakel@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Animal foraging and food web dynamics over space and time
Assistant Professor
mzoghbi@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Structural, biochemical and functional studies of membrane transport proteins

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