Genetics is both a discipline (the study of heredity) and an experimental approach (manipulation of genes or the genetic material). Today, most geneticists include work at the molecular level by manipulating RNA or DNA…or entire genomes. Our department is strong in both model organism genetics and genomics.

Explore the labs of Biology faculty who focus their research in genetics and molecular biology:

Ahmed, Shawn
Professor
216 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-4780
shawn@med.unc.edu

Research interests: Telomere biology and germ cell immortality
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Bloom, Kerry S.
Chair of Biology
Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor

623 Fordham Hall
205 Coker Hall (Chair)
(919) 962-1182
kerry_bloom@unc.edu

Research interests: Molecular Biology; Chromosome and Spindle Dynamics
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Burch, Christina
Professor
3163 Genome Sciences Building
919-962-4445
cburch@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Experimental Evolution of Viruses
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Conlon, Frank
Professor
220 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-5500
frank_conlon@med.unc.edu

Research interests: Developmental Genetics
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Copenhaver, Gregory P.
Professor
Associate Chair for Development

4161 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4457
gcopenhaver@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Genetics
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Crews, Stephen
Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Adjunct Professor of Biology
2256 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 423-8236
steve_crews@unc.edu

Research interests: Drosophila Nervous System Development; Gene Regulation
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Dangl, Jeff
HHMI Investigator and John N. Couch Professor
4260 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4469
dangl@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Plant and Pathogen Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology, Plant Disease Resistance and Plant Metagenomics
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Dowen, Jill
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics Department, Biology Department
3360 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-8132
jilldowen@unc.edu

Research interests: Three-dimensional genome architecture and gene regulation in development and disease
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Dowen, Rob
Assistant Professor
321 Fordham Hall
858-736-6579
dowen@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Regulation of fat metabolism during development, aging, and disease
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Duronio, Robert J.
Professor
Director of the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences

3350 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4568
duronio@med.unc.edu

Research interests: Epigenetic control of the cell cycle during animal development
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Furey, Terry
Associate Professor
5022 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 966-7033
tsfurey@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Genetics of gene regulation in complex traits; Computational genomics; Chromatin biology; Crohn's disease; Environmental toxicogenomics
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Gladfelter, Amy
Associate Professor
516 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-7299
amyglad@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Cytoskeleton dynamics, biophysical cell biology, cytoplasm organization
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Goldstein, Bob
James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor
616 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-8575
bobg@unc.edu

Research interests: Cell Biology of Development, Evolution of Development, Tolerance of Extremes
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Grant, Sarah R.
Research Professor
4258 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4470
sgrant@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Plant-Microbe Interactions
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Hige, Toshihide
Assistant Professor
3157 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4736
hige@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Neurophysiology and Behavior in Drosophila
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Jones, Alan M.
Kenan Distinguished Professor
312 Coker Hall
(919) 962-6932
alan_jones@unc.edu

Research interests: Signal Perception and the Regulation of Growth and Development
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Jones, Corbin
Professor
3159 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4443
cdjones@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
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Kieber, Joseph
Kenan Distinguished Professor
4163 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4455
jkieber@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Molecular Genetic Analysis of Ethylene and Cytokinin Action in Arabidopsis
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Laederach, Alain
Associate Professor
3354 Genome Sciences Building
919-962-4565
alain@unc.edu

Research interests: Disease-associated mutations and their effect on RNA Structure
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Maddox, Amy Shaub
Associate Professor
408 Fordham Hall
919-843-3228
asm@unc.edu

Research interests: Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Cell Division
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Marzluff, William F.
William Rand Kenan Professor
208 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-2140
marzluff@med.unc.edu

Research interests: Regulation of RNA Metabolism in Animal Cells
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Matera, Gregory
Professor & Associate Chair of Biology
3352 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4567
matera@unc.edu

Research interests: RNA Processing: Biogenesis of Small Ribonucleoproteins in Health and Disease
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Matson, Steven W.
Professor
502 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-0005
smatson@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: DNA Helicases in Nucleic Acid Metabolism
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Matthysse, Ann G.
Professor
304 Coker Hall
(919) 962-6941
ann_matthysse@unc.edu

Research interests: Genetics and mechanisms of the interactions of bacteria with plant surfaces
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McKay, Daniel J.
Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Genetics Department
3358 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 843-2064
dmckay1@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Developmental Genomics
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Nimchuk, Zachary
Assistant Professor
4155 Genome Sciences Building
919-962-4460
zackn@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Plant developmental genetics and stem cell regulation
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Peifer, Mark
Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor
521 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-2271
peifer@unc.edu

Research interests: Cell adhesion, signal transduction, and cytoskeletal regulation in development and disease
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Reed, Jason W.
Associate Professor
305 Coker Hall
(919) 962-5640
jreed@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Plant Signal Transduction and Development
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Rogers, Steve
Associate Professor
422 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-7342
srogers@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Cell Biology of the Cytoskeleton, Cell Migration, and Morphogenesis
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Sekelsky, Jeff
Professor
303 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-9400
sekelsky@unc.edu

Research interests: DNA Repair and Recombination
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Shank, Elizabeth
Associate Professor
4157 Genome Sciences Building
919-962-4459
eshank@unc.edu

Research interests: Chemically mediated interactions between microbes
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Shiau, Celia
Assistant Professor
4352 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-7010
shiauce@unc.edu

Research interests: Crosstalk between immune and nervous systems; macrophages and microglia; immune activation and inflammation; vertebrate development
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Slep, Kevin
Associate Professor
402 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-4858
KSlep@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Cytoskeletal Structure and Dynamics
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Stafford, Darrel W.
Professor
442 Wilson Hall
(919) 962-0597
dws@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Molecular Biology
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Vision, Todd J.
Associate Professor
3155 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4479
tjv@bio.unc.edu

Research interests: Computational genetics, genome evolution and the architecture of complex traits
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Willett, Christopher S.
Research Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

2252 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 843-8663
willett4@email.unc.edu

Research interests: Molecular population and evolutionary genetics
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Yeh, Elaine
Research Professor
603 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-2331
elaine_yeh@unc.edu

Research interests: Nuclear division in yeast: cell cycle control; microtubule motor proteins and the cytoskeleton.
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