Graduate Faculty

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Amy K. Schmid

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: 125 Science Dr, French Family Science Center 4105, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 613-4464

Although life science research has entered the post-genomic era, we still understand little about the diversity of microbial life on earth. Information is particularly lacking on microbial extremophiles, which thrive at the limits of life. Extremophiles can be found in deep-sea hydrothermal vents... Full Profile »

A. Jonathan Shaw

Professor of Biology

Office: Rm 139, Bio Phy Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 660-7344

My research centers on the evolution and diversity of bryophytes. Current projects in the lab include molecular phylogenetic analyses of familial and ordinal level relationships in the arthrodontous mosses, studies of... Full Profile »

David R. Sherwood

Professor of Biology

Office: Box 90338, Department of Biology, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-1000

Phone: (919) 613-8192

Our research is directed at elucidating mechanisms underlying morphogenetic processes in development. We primarily use the model system C. elegans in our research, and combine powerful genetic and systems biology approaches with live-cell imaging to address three main topics:   Tissue... Full Profile »

Nina Tang Sherwood

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biology

Office: Box 90338 137 Bio Sciences, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90338, Science Drive, 371D Biosci, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-8658

We use Drosophila melanogaster as a model to understand nervous system development and function. A genetic screen for molecules important to these processes identified the fly ortholog of the spastin gene, which when mutated in humans leads to a progressive neurodegenerative disease called... Full Profile »

James N. Siedow

Professor Emeritus of Biology

Office: 130 Science Drive, 3105 French Science Centre, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Duke Box 90338, Department of Biology, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-5445

Physiological, biochemical and molecular studies of plant oxidative processes. I suspended the operation of my laboratory about eight years ago. Historically, the research in my laboratory looked at metabolic processes related to aerobic respiration in plants and fungi. Specifically, this... Full Profile »

Gustavo Monteiro Silva

Assistant Professor of Biology

Office: 130 Science Drive, 3103 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: 130 Science Drive, Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

My main research goal is to understand and be able to control how cells respond to stressful and harmful conditions, which are the underlying causes of many human diseases. To achieve this goal, I study cellular response to stress at the protein level and aim to characterize the different... Full Profile »

Kathleen Kovalevski Smith

Professor of Biology

Office: 130 Science Drive, Room 122 Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 684-3402

My current work is a focus on the relation between evolution and development in the mammalian skull. My model system involves comparisons of development in placental and marsupial mammals. These mammals are characterized by different developmental trajectories, extending back to some of the... Full Profile »

Tai-ping Sun

Professor of Biology

Office: 3104 French Family Science Center, Durham, NC 27708

Campus Box: Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338

Phone: (919) 613-8166

The diterpenoid phytohormone gibberellin (GA) plays pivotal roles in regulating growth and development throughout the life cycle of higher plants. Mutations affecting GA biosynthesis or GA response were the key to control plant stature in wheat and rice that led to dramatically increased grain... Full Profile »