Molecular Biology, Genetics, & Physiology (MBGP)

Training in the Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Physiology provides scientists with an understanding of biology that spans genomic influences to organismal phenotype. Techniques and knowledge in these areas serve as the groundwork for many disciplines that includes medical research, evolution, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and molecular physiology. A key goal of this group is that members and trainees focus on understanding the molecular and physiological aspects underlying interesting and important biological characteristics, which allows skill sets to be transferable between different research fields. Faculty in this group have collaborations with many research groups that include members of the UC College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and multiple other institutions within and outside of UC.

Graduate Advisors for MS Thesis and PhD Program

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Josh Benoit

Joshua Benoit*
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Research interestInsect stress tolerance, hormonal regulation of metabolism, reproductive physiology
The Benoit lab studies the mechanisms underlying insect stress tolerance and dormancy, reproductive physiology, and regulation of metabolism; with a slant towards medically-important arthropods.

Prof. Buchholz in his office

Daniel Buchholz *
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Research interest: Evolution and development; hormonal control of development
The Buchholz lab studies the role of hormones in development and evolution. In particular the lab examines frog metamorphosis through comparative endocrinology

Prof. Buschbeck in her lab

Elke Buschbeck*
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Research interest: Neuroethology: function and evolution of insect visual systems
The Buschbeck lab studies the function, development and evolution of invertebrate eyes.

Field Station, Theresa Culley's students invarious locations. Eli Williams, a student in the Environmental Field Techniques course, is measuring instantaneous photosynthethetic rates of invasive honeysuckle with the Li-Cor 6400 infrared gas analyzer with Prof Theresa Culley.

Theresa Culley*
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Research interest:
Population genetics of plants, invasive species; habitat fragmentation


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Ronald DeBry
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Research interest: Phylogenetic systematics, molecular forensics

Dennis Grogan with the beach in the background

Dennis Grogan
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Microbiology, hyperthermophilic archaea, genome stability

Katie Grogan

Kathleen Grogan*
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Research interest: Anthropological genetics, epigenomic response, environmental change. The Grogan lab studies how genetic and epigenetic variation impacts inter-individual differences in health, survival, and reproduction across environmental conditions.

Prof. Gross in his lab

Joshua Gross*
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Research interest: Molecular and genetic bases for cave adaptation; evolution and development
The Gross lab studies the genetic and developmental mechanisms that underlie morphological, sensory, physiological and behavioral evolution. We utilize a model system called the blind Mexican cavefish.

Prof. Jayne running a snake through an experiment

Bruce Jayne*
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Research interest: Neural control of movement and behavior of ectothermic vertebrates.
The Jayne lab uses comparative studies to determine the relative importance of variation in anatomy, behavior and environmental factors for affecting whole-animal function.

Noelia Lander

Noelia Lander*
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Research interest: Molecular Parasitology, trypanosomes, cell signaling, host-parasite interaction, genome editing, CRISPR/Cas9. Integrating cellular, biochemical and genetic approaches the Lander lab studies the signaling pathways by which Trypanosoma cruzi—the etiological agent of Chagas disease—senses microenvironmental changes and triggers specific cellular responses that lead to differentiation among the main stages of the parasite's life cycle.

Prof. Lentz and a student measuring trees in the forest

David Lentz*
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Research interest: Historical ecology, paleoethnobotany

Prof. Matter in a foggy field

Stephen Matter*
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Research interest: Ecology, metapopulation, dispersal, migration, climate change, population, modelling, community

Undregraduate studies photos for Rebecca Farabaugh, Sennott Square and Crawford Hall, June, 24, 2015, 210185

Nathan Morehouse*
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Research interests: Visual and behavioral ecology, coevolutionary dynamics of reproductive traits
The Morehouse Lab studies the visual ecology and reproductive biology of insects and spiders. Research themes include the evolution of visual functions like color vision and gaze control, sensory exploitation, sexual selection, sexual conflict, and life history evolution.

Ken Petren doing research in a cave

Ken Petren*
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Research interest: Landscape genetics, rapid evolution, ancient DNA, vertebrates


Prof. Rollmann in the desert with cactus

Stephanie Rollmann*
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Research interest: Genetics and neurobiology of behavior, olfaction; chemical ecology
The Rollmann lab takes a multi-dimensional approach to understanding the genetic and neural underpinnings of chemical communication and behavior by combining behavioral, molecular genetic and neurophysiological approaches.

Prof. Rowe in New on a bridge with mist behind her

Annette Rowe*
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Research interest: Environmental Microbiology, Electromicrobiology, Astrobiology, Bioremediation, Microbial Ecology, Geomicrobiology, Bioelectrochemistry, Electrosynthesis, Synthetic Biology