We use organisms selected for their unique phylogenetic position or their experimental utility to uncover fundamental genetic and cellular underpinnings of development and homeostasis, and ask how alterations to these processes can lead to evolutionary changes or disease. 

James Baker, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1998)
Research Assistant Professor
Imaging & Molecular Core Facility Manager
Email
305-284-6566
Laboratory Website

William Browne, Ph.D. (University of Chicago, 2003)
Assistant Professor
Email
305-284-3319
Laboratory Website

Akira Chiba, Ph.D. (SUNY Albany, 1990)
Professor
Email
305-284-3510
Laboratory Website

Kevin M. Collins, Ph.D. (Dartmouth College, 2006)
Assistant Professor
Email
305-284-3973
Laboratory Website

Julia Dallman, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1998)
Assistant Professor
Email
305-284-3954
Laboratory Website

Zhongmin (John) Lu, Ph.D. (Loyola University, 1995)
Associate Professor
Email
305-284-5048
Laboratory Website

Kathryn Tosney, Ph.D. (Stanford University, 1979)
Professor
Email
305-284-3988
Laboratory Website

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J. David Van Dyken, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 2011)
Assistant Professor
Email
305-284-3973
Laboratory Website

Athula Wikramanayake, Ph.D. (University of California at Davis, 1993)

Professor
Chair of Biology

Email
305-284-4134
Laboratory Website

Alex Wilson, Ph.D. (Macquarie University, Australia, 2001)
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Email
305-284-2003
Laboratory Website

We ask how the nervous system and behavior develop and are maintained, using a diversity of experimental and analytical approaches from molecular and cellular to the complex interplay between cells, tissues and behavior.  Our analyses reveal how organisms sense their environment, move and interact.

 

‌James Baker, Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, 1998. Molecular and genetic basis of ciliogenesis and stem cell renewal.


William Browne, Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2003. Cell fate decision making and the regulation of gene expression during embryonic development in metazoans.


Akira Chiba, Ph.D. SUNY Albany, 1990, The emergence of intelligence; uses Drosophila model and study basic rules of neural network formation in the brain with genetic manipulations and high-resolution imaging.


‌Julia Dallman, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 1998, The genetic basis of swimming and neural homeostasis.


‌Zhongmin (John) Lu, Ph.D., Loyola Chicago, 1995. Auditory neurobiology, neural mechanisms of hearing in fish, and Florida red tides and hearing.


‌Kathryn W. Tosney, Ph.D. Stanford 1981. Developmental neuroscience, development of muscles, axonal guidance, cell biology of cell motility.


‌Richard R. Tokarz, Ph.D., Colorado, 1977. Hormonal regulation of reproductive behavior in nonmammalian vertebrates.


Athula Wikramanayake, Ph.D., University of California, Davis,1993. WNT signaling and axis development in the sea urchin.


‌David L. Wilson, Ph.D., Chicago, 1969. Biology of aging: biology of mind and consciousness. Mech.