Research ranges from sensory physiology, aging and neuroendocrine function through axis and nervous system development and the cell biology of motility. Our current expansion is adding junior and senior faculty who ask basic biological questions using model genetic systems such as Drosophila, zebrafish, chick, and urchinas well as several emerging model systems such as Mnemiopsis, Nematostella, and Parhyale.


‌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.

‌Isaac Skromne, Ph.D. Columbia University, 2000. Regulation and coordination of segmentation and patterning in vertebrate development.

‌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.