Michelle E. Afkhami

Asst. Professor


My lab studies the ecology, evolution, and genomics of species interactions at scales ranging from genes to communities using a combination of long term field and greenhouse experiments, mathematical modeling, and laboratory-based molecular methods. While our research spans all types of interactions, we are especially interested in positive...

James D Baker

Research Asst. Professor


(305) 284-9055
I study the mechanisms that regulate and underlie ciliary development in animals (Drosophila in particular).  While cilia are ubiquitous on animal cells and intriguing for their fantastic ultrastructure, they have only recently been recognized as having fundamental roles in development and human disease.  In my lab we...

Winter A. Beckles

Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator


(305) 284-9506
I am interested in the mechanisms that drive evolution among wild populations introduced to new habitats. In particular, I am interested in how animal signals evolve to maintain efficacy in novel signaling environments, and how these changes can in turn influence important behaviors associated with mate choice, competition, and predator evasion....

Oliver Bracko

Research Asst. Professor


My research focuses on elucidating common mechanisms of cognitive decline in neurodegenerative disease. We employ high resolution in vivo multiphoton imaging and animal behavior in mouse models to identify novel mechanisms connecting neurodegenerative diseases. This approach allows us to follow complex physiological processes on both cellular...

William E Browne

Associate Professor


(305) 284-3319
Research in my lab is focused on investigating patterns of change underlying animal diversity.  We employ a wide range of experimental approaches to explore the molecular genetic relationship between genotype and phenotype from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Current work in the lab primarily use cultures of the lobate...

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva

Chair of Geography and Regional Studies
Secondary Faculty in Biology


(305) 284-6890
Dr. José Maria Cardoso da Silva is a biogeographer who studies the relationships between socio-economic development and environmental conservation in tropical regions. In his research, he integrates concepts and theories from geography, ecology, biogeography, conservation science, sustainability science, and political science to explore...

Akira Chiba



(305) 284-3510
Akira Chiba is a biology professor at the University of Miami. His main research area is molecular neuroscience. Chiba's own science has ‘evolved’ following his lab’s relocation from Illinois to Miami in 2007. In the ocean that surrounds and on the islands at places not so...

Kevin M Collins

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-9058
Our fundamental goal is to understand how neurons communicate in circuits to establish an appropriate level of activity that produces a robust, stable behavior. Our approach is to analyze in detail a model neural circuit that controls egg-laying behavior in the nematode C. elegans. We are taking advantage of the optical clarity and powerful...

Julia Dallman

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3954
Determining the mechanisms by which genes influence behavior is the central goal of my research program. The genome-sequencing revolution has identified thousands of genetic mutations that cause neurological disorders that impact human behavior. For any given disorder, mutations in hundreds of different genes can similarly affect behavior, and...

‌Don DeAngelis

Research Professor


(305) 284-1690

Daniel J. DiResta

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-1715
My current research interests include shallow water, benthic communities of tropical, marine ecosystems; I am interested in the population dynamics of exploited species, the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on habitat quality, recruitment dynamics and community structure, and resource management strategies for marine protected...

Kenneth Feeley

Assoc. Professor


(305) 439-4062
I study the ecology and biogeography of tropical forests. Specifically, my research is focused on how the structure, dynamics, composition, and geographic distribution of tropical forests (and their constituent tree species) are affected by large-scale anthropogenic disturbances such as climate change, deforestation, and habitat fragmentation....

Michael Stephen Gaines

Assistant Provost, Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring
Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach


(305) 284-5058
Michael Gaines is assistant provost of undergraduate research and community outreach. Dr. Gaines is director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Education Program. The major goal of the program is to increase the number of disadvantaged students in biomedical research careers. He also directs an NIH Bridge Program between the...

Mauro Galetti Rodrigues

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3468
Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Current understanding of the effects of animal extinction and the cascading effects in terrestrial ecosystems...

Paul Andrew Groff

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-3031
I'm interested in the interface between plant evolution, systematics, and ecology. The species that have been recognized by biologists sometimes turn out to have surprising relationships in evolutionary history, and DNA sequence data reveal "cryptic species" that had previously been overlooked. I'm also interested in the...

Jane Indorf

Educator Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach


(305) 284-9557
My research interests are in science education, evolutionary biology, and population genetics. Though trained as an evolutionary biologist, I shifted my focus to discipline-based education research to study how students best learn science and how educators can use evidence-based teaching practices to improve life science education. Currently, my...

Mason Klein

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology


(305) 284-7129
What do animals do, and how exactly do their actions arise?  My lab's research is in biophysics and neuroscience.  We use insect model systems to better understand the transformation from sensory input to motor output, a fundamental goal of systems neuroscience.  This input-output path travels from the molecular...

Dana M Krempels

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-3977
As a senior lecturer, I strive to teach students to think critically and skeptically, to educate themselves thoroughly via multiple, reliable sources, and to think for themselves.  Evolutionary theory provides the basis for this enterprise, as it allows me to show students how to recognize the differences between science, pseudoscience,...

Thomas Lisse

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-3957
Our lab is interested in answering fundamental questions how eukaryotic cells control their migration, survival and self-renewal during homeostasis and in response to injury and disease. Our long-term goal is to understand how growth factor and steroid hormone signaling pathways distinctly regulate skin cells to control the hair cycle and hair...

Zhongmin Lu

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5048
I am interested in sensory neurobiology with the primary focus on the sense of hearing. My Previous work emphasized on central auditory processing, sound localization, and ultrasonic detection in fish. The current research of my lab is to use the zebrafish (Danio rerio) to model hearing disorders in humans. The zebrafish has become an...

Charles H. Mallery

Assoc. Professor
Associate Dean for Graduate and Administrative Services


(305) 284-3188
I have served as a technical swim official to the National Governing Body of Swimming in the United States, U.S.A. Swimming and to the NCAA , where I have been the referee for over 25 National Championships, 4 U.S. Olympic Festivals, and 4 Olympic Trials. I Worked as a technical swim official on the pool deck...

Kevin Grant McCracken

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-9058

Lena Maria Mueller

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-0270
Research in my lab aims to elucidate the molecular basis of an intimate partnership of plant roots and symbiotic soil fungi, referred to as arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) symbiosis. AM symbiosis is a mutually beneficial cross-kingdom species interaction centered on nutrient exchange: while the fungus provides the plant with mineral nutrients such as...

Vivek Nagendra Prakash

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-7121
The Prakash Lab at the University of Miami is a multidisciplinary Organismal Biomechanics Lab, working at the interface of Physics, Engineering and Biology. Our work is driven by a sense of curiosity, fascination and discovery. Organismal behavior results from emergent properties of a large number of physical and biological processes occurring...

Sandra Rieger

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-9935
How sensory nerve endings in the skin interact with skin cells, such as epidermal keratinocytes, is a fundamentally understudied research area. This knowledge ishowever highly important as these interactions promote wound repair and limb regeneration, and their perturbations are known to lead to disease conditions like peripheral neuropathy. The...

Malancha Sarkar



(305) 284-3879
My main focus is teaching but I do participate in research in my spare time. I am interested in understanding cancer drug resistance and also in development of new drugs from natural resources.

Odelia Schwartz

Assoc. Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Secondary Faculty in Biology


(305) 284-2268
Home Page: https://www.odeliaschwartz.com

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey



(305) 284-3013
My research over four decades has been governed by the laws of thermodynamics –specifically the balance and transformations of matter and energy.  My experiences have grown into three current major research areas for the past decade: a) Coastal Restoration Ecology, b) Coastal ecosystem services and c) Small Island development...

Christopher A Searcy

Asst. Professor


My lab is engaged in conservation ecology, the use of ecological principles to answer questions related to basic ecological theory, while also informing conservation practices and management of threatened or endangered species. We are particularly interested in utilizing the most up-to-date mathematical models and statistical methods to inform...

Cynthia Silveira

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-6566
My lab studies a long-known but poorly appreciated member of all microbiomes: bacteriophages. Phages, for short, are viruses that infect bacteria and are the most abundant and diverse biological entities on the planet. Yet, we have only scratched the surface of their biological significance: 50 to 90 % of phages genomes sequenced to date have no...

Sheyum Syed

Assoc. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology


(305) 284-7122
My research area is biological physics with the aim of understanding complex behavior as it arises in the natural world. The complex behaviors we are interested in include locomotion, sleep, feeding, and collective phenomena that may arise from interaction among multiple individuals. We focus on the model organism Drosophila melanogaster to...

Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology


(410) 905-5107
Secondary Faculty in the Department of Biology Nikki Traylor-Knowles is an Assistant of Marine Biology and Ecology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She is a cell biologist that studies the evolution of immunity, wound healing, and regeneration. Her lab uses techniques from cell biology, genomics,...

J. David Van Dyken

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-9054
My lab is interested in understanding how genetics, cell physiology, ecology and evolution interact across spatial scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems to shape patterns of biocomplexity, biodiversity, and organismal design. We take an integrative, systems-based approach combining high-throughput experiments in the model eukaryote,...

Yunqiu Wang

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-4181
My current research has been concentrating on the characterization of genetic structure of small mammal and South Florida slash pine populations in South Florida. A series of modern molecular techniques, such as DNA sequencing, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), genotyping, etc. are applied in this project. The purpose of thess studies are to...

Zheng Wang

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology


Zheng Wang's research interest is in bioinformatics. His lab is working on 3D reconstruction of genome structures, family classification of topologically associating domains, prediction of protein functions, prediction of protein structures, and analysis of biological complex networks. He collaborates with cancer...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3512
The primary goal of my research is to understand the origins of plant diversity. I use phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequence data in combination with information from morphology, anatomy, and ecology to understand the timing and direction of changes in floral and vegetative traits, geographic distribution, and diversification rates. My students...

Athula H Wikramanayake, Ph.D.

Chair of Biology


(305) 284-4134
I am an evolutionary developmental biologist and my laboratory uses embryological, molecular, genomic and phylogenetic approaches to investigate the evolution of pattern formation in metazoan embryos. A major focus of my laboratory is to investigate the molecular basis for the evolution, specification and patterning of the animal-vegetal (AV)...

Alexandra C C Wilson



(305) 284-2003
My research focuses on characterizing the mechanisms that metabolically and developmentally integrate hosts and symbionts. Symbioses are interactions between species; some symbioses involve one species living inside the cells of the other species - this is endosymbiosis. A compelling challenge in biology concerns identifying and characterizing...

Stefan Wuchty

Assoc. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology
Member CCS, SCC


(305) 284-4189
Home Page:  http://www.wuchtylab.org