Silke Hauf

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Co-Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program

Research Interests

The Hauf lab uses molecular genetics, advanced fluorescence microscopy, proteomics and computational modeling to identify the molecular mechanisms behind reliable and robust cell division.

Silke Hauf (2011)

Michelle L. Olsen

Associate Professor, School of Neuroscience

Co-Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program

Research Interests

Astrocytes in normal and abnormal central nervous system function. Ongoing projects in the Olsen lab are aimed at understanding how astrocytes contribute to development and maturation of the central nervous system and how aberrant astrocyte function contributes to CNS disease

Olsen photo

Clay Caswell

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Research Interests

The Caswell lab is focused on the pathogenic bacterium Brucella abortus, which causes debilitating infections in both animals and humans. The group is interested in defining the genetic and biochemical elements that allow Brucella to infect its hosts, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapeutic agents.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Poultry Science

Research Interests

Research in the Gilbert group focuses on cellular signaling pathways that are associated with fat development in different species, with an emphasis on the brain-fat axis in chickens. This research can improve animal production traits and can help to develop strategies to reduce the prevalence of obesity and eating disorders.

Birgit Scharf

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Research Interests

How motile bacteria sense and react to their environment is the common thread among research activities in the Scharf Lab. This includes how bacteria move towards nutrients and host signals; how motile bacteria become infected by bacteriophages; and how Salmonella colonize tumors.

Eva Schmelz

Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise

Research Interests

The focus of the Schmelz lab is ovarian cancer prevention with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms that promote peritoneal metastasis. The group is specifically interested in obesity-induced changes, bioactive sphingolipid signaling pathways, and biophysical stresses.