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Faculty

Chris Amemiya
Professor
camemiya@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
My laboratory is interested in the genetic basis and EvoDevo of vertebrate innovations.
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
Laura Beaster-Jones
Assistant Teaching Professor/LPSOE
lbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Discipline-Based Education Research--student self-efficacy and motivations
Assistant Professor
abeaudin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Developmental basis of normal and abnormal immune development
Michael Beman
Associate Professor
mbeman@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans
Gordon M. Bennett
Assistant Professor
gbennett2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolution of animal-microbial 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:
Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression during nervous system development
Professor
mcolvin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Classical molecular dynamics simulations of flexible proteins and nucleic acids.
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:
The de Alba lab studies the molecular and mechanistic bases of cellular processes essential to life from a biochemical and biophysics perspective.
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:
Plant microbiomes; function, community assembly, transmission, and dispersal.
Marcos Garcia-Ojeda
Associate Teaching Professor/LSOE
(209) 228-6986
mgarcia-ojeda@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
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:
Viral metagenomics, systems immunology, microbiome regulation, viral/antiviral discovery
Professor
hart4@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Terrestrial microbial and ecosystem ecology, plant-soil 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:
Transport of microorganisms in complex environments, mechanics of biological media and mechanical metamaterials
Andy LiWang
Professor
aliwang@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
NMR spectroscopy, structural biology, biochemistry, molecular mechanisms of biological clocks
Professor
pliwang@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
The P. LiWang Lab uses protein biochemistry to study HIV prevention, HIV eradication, and anti-inflammatory strategies.
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...
Chih-Wen Ni
Assistant Professor
(209) 228-4308
cni3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Gene regulation in vascular development and genetic engineering
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:
Epigenetics of neuronal gene expression during brain development & function
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:
We study evolutionary hypotheses in bacterial and viral systems using a combination of computational and laboratory genomic approaches
Paul Smaldino
Assistant Professor
Research Program:
Population dynamics, social and cultural evolution, self-organization, mathematical and computational modeling
Joel Spencer
Assistant Professor
joel.spencer@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Assistant Professor
asubramaniam@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Synthetic Biology, Soft Matter Physics, Colloid and Interface Science, Microfabrication and Microfluidics
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
zwang37@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:
Tissue morphogenesis, Control of cell migration and cell adhesion during development
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