Faculty

Bahl, Justin

 Associate Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics & Department of Infectious Diseases

Phone:  706-542-3473
Office:   Pound Hall | The University of Georgia
Lab Website | JUSTIN.BAHL@uga.edu

Research Interest
Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Science

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Bensasson, Douda

Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics & Department of Plant Biology

Phone:  706-542-1790
Office: Miller Plant Sciences, RM 1508
Lab Website | dbensasson@uga.edu

Research Interest
Evolutionary Genomics and Population Genomics

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Bergman, Casey

Associate Graduate Coordinator, Institute of Bioinformatics and Associate Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics & Department of Genetics

Phone:
Office: A128a Davison Life Sciences Complex
Lab Website | cbergman@uga.edu

Research Interest
Genomics, Bioinformatics, Evolution, and Text Mining

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Bucksch, Alexander

Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics

Departments of Plant Biology and Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources

Phone:  706-542-1823
Office: Miller Plant Science Building, Rm 2611
Lab Website | bucksch@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Plant Science

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Edison, Arthur

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar

Professor of Genetics,  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Director, NMR Facility in the CCRC

Phone:  706-5432-8156
Office: Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, RM 1040
Lab Website | aedison@uga.edu

Research Interest
Metabolomics and Systems Biology

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Kannan, Natarajan

Associate Director, Institute of Bioinformatics

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar

Phone:  706-542-7326
Office: A318 Davison Life Sciences
Lab Website | nkannan@bmb.uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Structural Biology, Systems Biochemistry, Molecular Evolution and Ontologies

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Kissinger, Jessica

Director, Institute of Bioinformatics | Professor, Department of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-6562
Office: 107C Paul D, Coverdale Center
Lab Website | jkissing@uga.edu

Research Interest
Parasite Genomics and the Biology of Genome Evolution

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Liu, Liang

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

Phone:  706-542-3309
Office: 458 Brooks Hall
Lab Website | lliu@uga.edu

Research Interest
Phylogenetics and Statistics

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Mrázek, Jan

Associate Graduate Coordinator, Institute of Bioinformatics & Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

Phone:  706-542-1065
Office: 0523 Biological Science
Lab Website | mrazek@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Microbiology Laboratory and comparative analyses of microbial (mainly prokaryotic) genomes.

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Salvador, Liliana

Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics & Department of Infectious Diseases

Phone:  706-542-3473
Office: Veterinary Medicine
Lab Website | salvador@uga.edu

Research Interest
Infectious Disease Ecology and Quantitative Epidemiology

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Zhao, Shaying

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-9147
Office: B304B Davison Life Sciences Complex
Lab Website | szhao@bmb.uga.edu

Research Interest
Cancer Systems Biology, Bacterial Genomics, Evolution and Systems Biology

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Abdo, Zaid

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University

Phone:  970-492-4455
Office:   D114 Ric | College of Veterinary Medicine & Bio Medical Sciences | Colorado State University
Lab Website | zaid.abdo@colostate.edu

Research Interest
Microbial Community Structure, Transmitting and Maintaining Antibiotic Resistance

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Arnold, Jonathan

Graduate Coordinator, Institute of Bioinformatics & Professor, Department of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-1449
Office:   C308B Davison Life Sciences Complex | The University of Georgia
Lab Website | arnold@uga.edu

Research Interest
Systems Biology, Microfluidics, Clock, Networks, and Neurospora

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Bennetzen, Jeffrey L.

Norman and Doris Giles Professor, Georgia Alliance & Eminent Scholar, Department of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-3698
Office:   C426a Davison Life Sciences Complex | The University of Georgia
Lab Website | Maize@uga.edu

Research Interest
Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Computational Biology

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Devos, Katrien

Professor, Departments of Plant Biology

Phone:  706-542-0925
Office: Miller Plant Sciences Building, RM 4107
Lab Website | kdevos@uga.edu

Research Interest
Grass Genome Structure and Evolution

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Dobbin, Kevin K.

Associate Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Phone:  706-543-8112
Office: 150e Paul D. Coverdell Center
Lab Website | dobbinke@uga.edu

Research Interest
Biostatistics, High Dimensional Data, Design, and Analysis

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Glenn, Travis

Interim Director, Institute of Bioinformatics and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Science

Phone:  706-583-0662
Office:   152 Environmental Health Science Bldg
Lab Website travisg@uga.edu 

Research Interest
Environmental & Comparative Genomics

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Gutierrez, Juan B.

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics | University of Texas, San Antonio

Phone: (210) 458-5735
Office: Flawn Science Building 4.01.10 | University of Texas, San Antonio
Lab Website | juan.gutierrez3@utsa.edu

Research Interest
Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, and Mathematics

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Jackson, Scott

Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Center for Applied Genetic Technologies

and the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics

Phone:  706-542-4021
Office: 111 Riverbend Road, Athens, GA 30602
Lab Website | sjackson@uga.edu

Research Interest
Genomic Landscape of Plant Genomes structural, functional, evolutionary and epigenetic.

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Joye, Samantha

Professor, School of Marine Programs

Phone:  706-542-5893
Office: 0159 Marine Sciences
Lab Website | mjoye@uga.edu

Research Interest
Environmental Genomics and Deep Ocean Microbiomes

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Liu, Tianming

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Phone:  706-542-3478
Office: 0415 Boyd Graduate Research Center
Lab Website | tliu@uga.edu

Research Interest
Brain Imaging

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Logan, David

Associate Professor & WEB DuBois Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences | Clark Atlanta University

Phone:  404-880-6830
Office: N/A
Lab Website | dlogan@cau.edu

Research Interest
Fungal Physiology and Genetics

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Ma, Ping

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

Phone:  706-542-0714
Office: 204 Statistics and Computer Science Services
Lab Website | pingma@uga.edu

Research Interest
Bioinformatics, Statistics, Big Data Analytics, and Functional Data Analysis

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Mao, Leidong

Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Phone:  706-542-1871
Office: 220 Riverbend Road, RM 166
Lab Website | mao@uga.edu

Research Interest
Microfluidic Platform for Systems Biology

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Ottesen, Elizabeth

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology

Phone:  706-542-1434
Office: 0550 Biological Science
Lab Website |ottesen@uga.edu

Research Interest
Environmental Biology

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Paterson, Andrew H.

Regents Professor and Head, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences

Phone:  706-542-1434
Office: 0228 Center for Applied Genetic Technology Science
Lab Website | paterson@uga.edu

Research Interest
Plant Genome Biology

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Quinn, Shannon

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Cellular Biology

Phone:  706-542-4661
Office: 0638a Boyd Graduate Research Center
Lab Website |spq@uga.edu

Research Interest
Biomedical imaging, generative modeling of biological systems, and large-scale machine learning

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Schliekelman, Paul

Associate Professor and Associate Head, Department of Statistics

Phone:  706-542-4241
Office: 456 Brooks Hall | Computer Services
Lab Website |pdschlie@uga.edu

Research Interest
Statistical Genomics

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Schmitz, Robert

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-1887
Office: B416 Davison Life Science Complex
Lab Website |schmitz@uga.edu

Research Interest
Epigenetics, Epigenomics, and DNA methylation

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Schüttler, Heinz-Bernd

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phone:  706-542-3886
Office: 313D Physics at 220 Cedar Street
Lab Website | hbs@phyast.uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Systems Biology

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Strauch, Eva-Maria

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences

Phone: 706-542-7725
Office: Pharmacy South, Rm 324
Lab Website | estrauch@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Structural Design & Protein Engineering

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Taha, Thiab

Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science

Phone:  706-542-3475
Office: 412 Boyd Graduate Studies
Lab Website | thiab@uga.edu

Research Interest
High Performance Computing and Big Data

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Tarleton, Rick

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Cellular Biology

Phone:  706-542-3362
Office: 310b Coverdell Center
Lab Website | tartleton@uga.edu

Research Interest
Immunology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pathology Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas Diesease

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Tsai, Chung-Jui

Winifred N. “Hank” Hayes Professor and Georgia Alliance Eminent Research Scholar, Department of Genetics and Plant Biology and School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Phone:  706-542-1271
Office: B310 Davison Life Sciences Complex
Lab Websitecjtsai@uga.edu

Research Interest
Gene Network Functional Genomics and Gene Family Evolution

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Wallace, Jason

Assistant Professor, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences

Phone:  706-542-9696
Office: 216 Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
Lab Website |jason.wallace@uga.edu

Research Interest
Plant Quantitative Genetics and Genomics

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Woods, Robert

 Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-4454
Office: 1089 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Lab Website |rwoods@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Simulations and Biophysics Applied to Infectious Diseases

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Xie, Zhong-Ru (Paul)

 Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone:  858-436-5789
Office: 708B Boyd Graduate Studies Building
Lab Website |paulxie@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computational Drug Discovery

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Xu, Ying

Regents GRA Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-9779
Office: A 110 Davison Life Sciences Complex
Lab Website | xyn@uga.edu

Research Interest
Cancer Systems Biology, Bacterial Genomics, Evolution and Systems Biology

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Ye, Kaixiong (Calvin)

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-5898
Office: C220 Davison Life Sciences Complex
Lab Website | kaixiong.ye@uga.edu

Research Interest
Nutritional Genomics, a new interdisciplinary field bridging Nutritional Sciences and Human Genomics.

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Cormier, Guy

Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Bioinformatics
Director, Georgia Advanced Computing Resource Center

Ph.D. 1993 Concordia University, Canada, Chemistry
Email:   gcormier@uga.edu
Phone:  (706) 542-0355
Office:   101 Computing Services Building
Lab Website 

Research Interests
High Performance Computing, next-generation sequencing data analysis, and scientific visualization

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Lorenz, W. Walter
Assistant Research Scientist, Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core
Lead Consultant, Bioinformatics

Ph.D. 1990 University of Georgia, Biochemistry
Email:   wlorenz@uga.edu
Phone:  706-542-7974
Office:   B320A Davison Life Sciences
Lab Website

Research Interests
Genome assembly and transcriptomic analysis of NGS datasets

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Malmberg, Russell

Associate Dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Professor, Department of Plant Biology

Phone:  706-542-1850
Office: 3609 Plant Sciences Building
Lab Website | russell@uga.edu

Research Interest
Bioinformatics and Plant Evolutionary Genetics

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Aggrey, Sammy

Professor, Department of Poultry Science

Phone:  706-542-1354
Office:   114 Poultry Sciences Building
Lab Website | saggrey@uga.edu

Research Interest
Nutrigenomics, Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics, Growth and Skeletal Modeling

Amster, Jon

Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry

Phone:  706-542-2001
Office: 285 Chemistry Building
Lab Website | jamster@uga.edu

Research Interest
Development of new spectrometric methods for the identification and structural analysis of high weight molecules

Ayyampalayam, Saravanaraj

Scientific Computing Professional,  Enterprise Information Technology Services

Phone:  706-542-0188
Office: 0431 Stegeman Coliseum
Lab Website | raj76@uga.edu

Research Interest
Bioinformatics, large-scale data management and analysis, high performance computing

Bhandarkar, Suchi

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Phone:  706-542-1082
Office: 538a Boyd Graduate Research Center
Lab Website | suchi@uga.edu

Research Interest
Computer vision, pattern recognition, image processing, artificial intelligence, and computational biology

Burke, John M.

Associate Professor, Departments of Plant Biology

Phone:  706-583-5511
Office: Miller Plant Sciences Building, RM 4617
Lab Website | jmburke@uga.edu

Research Interest
Plant evolutionary genetics and genomics

Cai, Liming

Professor, Departments of Computer Science

Phone:  706-542-6081
Office: 544 Boyd Graduate Research Center
Lab Website | cai@cs.uga.edu

Research Interest
RNA Structures and Algorithms

Carlson, Russell W.

Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | CCRC Executive Technical Director, Plant and Microbial Complex Carbohydrates

Phone:  706-542-4439
Office: Complex Carbohydrate Research Center | 315 Riverbend Road
Lab Website | rcarlson@uga.edu

Research Interest
Molecular basis of the interaction between a bacterium and its plant or animal host

Davis, Melissa B.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-5014
Office: B408A Davison Life Science Complex
Lab Website | mbdavis@uga.edu

Research Interest
Breast Cancer Subtype Etiology, Cancer Immunology, and Cancer Health Disparities

Dickerson, Harry

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Departments of Infectious Diseases

Phone:  706-542-5734
Office: 227 Vet Med-1
Lab Website | hwd@uga.edu

Research Interest
Teleost immune response, Ichthyophthirius mutifiliis, gene expression and function

Glover, Claiborne

Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-1769
Office: A320B Davison Life Sciences
Lab Website | glover@uga.edu

Research Interest
Protein phohoryation, signal transduction, cell cycle regulation Saccharimyces cerevisiae. Bioinformatic analysis of achaeal non-coding RNAs

Handel, Andreas

Assistant Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Phone:  706-542-5006
Office:  210A Paul D. Coverdale Center
Lab Website | ahandel@uga.edu

Research Interest
Infectious Disease Modeling

Huang, Hanwen

Assistant Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Phone:  706-713-2674
Office: B.S. Miller Hall, RM 210
Lab Website | huanghw@uga.edu

Research Interest
Statistical Machine Learning, Data Mining, Bayesian Analysis, and Bioinformatics

Kushner, Sidney R.

Professor, Departments of Genetics

Phone:  706-542-1437
Office: C414B Davison Life Science Complex
Lab Website | skushner@uga.edu

Research Interest
Mechanisms for post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes

Landau, David P.

Distinguished Research Professor, Departments of
Physics

Phone:  706-542-2908
Office: 321A Physics
Lab Website | dlandau@physast.uga.edu

Research Interest
Phase transitions and critical phenomena in magnets, alloys(including binary semiconductors), and equilibrium polymer systems

Lee, Margie D

Professor, Departments of
Plant Biology

Phone:  706-583-0797
Office: Department of Pathology
Lab Website | mdlee@uga.edu

Research Interest
Molecular ecology of intestinal bacterial communities, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, and molecular epidemiology of food safety pathogens

Leebens-Mack, Jim

Professor, Departments of
Plant Biology

Phone:  706-583-5573
Office: 2101 Miller Plant Sciences
Lab Website | jleebensmack@uga.edu

Research Interest
Phylogenomics employs genome-scale sequence data to resolve organismal relationships and investigate gene family evolution within the context of organismal relationships

Lu, Hang

Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and James R. Fair Faculty Fellow

Phone:  404-894-8473
Office: GATech | 311 Ferst Dr. NW | Atlanta, GA 30332
Lab Website | hang.lu@gatech.edu

Research Interest
Employing BioMEMS and microfluidic devices to address questions in neuroscience, cell biology, and biotechnology

Miller, John A.

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Phone:  706-542-3440
Office: 219 Hardman
Lab Website | jam@cs.uga.edu

Research Interest
Database systems, modeling & simulation, web services/workflow, and bioinformatics

Moran, Mary Ann

Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Marine Sciences

Phone:  706-542-6481
Office: 285A Marine Science Building
Lab Website | mmoran@uga.edu

Research Interest
Database systems, modeling & simulation, web services/workflow, and bioinformatics

Orlando, Ron

Professor, Department of Biochemistry Molecular Biology | CCRC

Phone:  706-542-4414
Office: 1078 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Lab Website | orlando@ccrc.uga.edu

Research Interest
n/a

Park, Andrew W.

Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases | Odum School of Ecology

Phone:  706-542-2968
Office: 106 Ecology
Lab Website | awpark@uga.edu

Research Interest
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Ecological & evolutionary host-parasite interactions.

Peterson, Joy Doran

Professor,  Department of Microbiology

Phone:  706-542-4115
Office: 546 Biological Sciences
Lab Website | jpeterso@uga.edu

Research Interest
Microbial mining, disrupting biomass to release sugar, fermenting organisms, and economical viability research

Peterson, David S.

Associate Professor,  Graduate Coordinator & Assistant Department Head of Infectious Diseases

Phone:  706-542-5242
Office: 345c Coverdell Center
Lab Website | dspete@uga.edu

Research Interest
Characterization of adhesion proteins which mediate host-parasite interactions in Plasmodium falciparum

Prestegard, James H.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry | CCRC

Phone:  706-542-6281
Office: 1077 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Lab Website | jpresteg@ccrc.uga.edu

Research Interest
Charbohydrate Chemistry and Metabolomics

Reeves, Jaxk H.

Director, Statistical Consulting Center and Associate Professor, Department of Statistics

Phone:  706-542-3316
Office: 444 Brooks Hall

Lab Website | jaxk@uga.edu

Research Interest
Climate statistics and statistical phylogenetics

Rekaya, Romdhane

Professor, Department of Animal and Dairy Science & Statistics

Phone:  706-542-0949
Office: 348 Animal Dairy Sciences

Lab Website | rrekaya@uga.edu

Research Interest
Bayesian inferences and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, longitudinal data modeling, microarray data analysis and bioinformatics

Rose, John

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-1750
Office: B204B Life Sciences Complex

Lab Website | jprose@uga.edu

Research Interest
Structural biology, protein structure-function, x-ray crystallography, single wavelength anomalous scattering, structural protenomics

Sabatini, Robert

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-1737
Office: B122 Life Sciences Complex

Lab Website | sabatini@uga.edu

Research Interest
Antigenic variation in African trypanosomes, and biosynthesis and function of base J

Song, Xiao

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Phone:  706-542-1540
Office: 213 Miller Hall | Health Sciences Campus

Lab Website | xsong@uga.edu

Research Interest
Statistical methods to deal with covariate measurement error and missing data, and to identify biomarkers for prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment selection

Summers, Anne O.

Professor, Department of Microbiology

Phone:  706-542-2669
Office: 263 Biological Sciences

Lab Website | summers@uga.edu

Research Interest
Bacterial plasmid-encoded resistance to inorganic and organic mercury compounds (the mer locus) as a model for (a) gene regulation by toxic metals, (b) microbial detoxification of
environmental hazards, and (c) the influence of toxic metals on the commensal microbiota of vertebrates

Wang, Bi-cheng

Professor and GRA Eminent Research Scholar of Structural Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phone:  706-542-1747
Office: B202 Life Sciences Complex

Lab Website | bcwang@uga.edu

Research Interest
Structural Biology / Physical Biochemistry

Wells, Lance

Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Phone:  706-542-7806
Office: 3018 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Lab Website | lwells@ccrc.uga.edu

Research Interest
Roles of regulatory post-translational modifications of proteins

York, William

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Phone:  706-542-4628
Office: 2081 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Lab Website | will@ccrc.uga.edu

Research Interest
Structural and conformational analysis of complex carbohydrates