Faculty


Michelle E. Afkhami

Asst. Professor

mea187@miami.edu

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

j.baker2@miami.edu

(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...

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva

Professor
Associate Dean for Program Development
Secondary Faculty in Biology

jxc1446@miami.edu

(305) 284-6890

Akira Chiba

Professor

akira.chiba@miami.edu

(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

Asst. Professor

kmc117@miami.edu

(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

j.dallman@miami.edu

(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...

Daniel J. DiResta

Senior Lecturer

diresta@miami.edu

(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...

Adrienne Leigh DuBois

Lecturer

a.dubois@umiami.edu

(305) 284-3448
I am broadly interested in the fields of behavioral ecology and evolution. My research addresses how communication signals evolve using songbirds as a study system. In particular, I am interested in agonistic interactions and how information can be honestly conveyed when the interests of signalers and receivers are directly opposed (such as when...

Kenneth Feeley

Assoc. Professor

kxf347@miami.edu

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

Professor
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach

m.gaines@miami.edu

(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...

Paul Andrew Groff

Lecturer

groff@miami.edu

(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

j.indorf@umiami.edu

(305) 284-9557
My research interests are in science education, evolutionary biology, and population genetics. Currently, my research focuses on how students best learn core biological concepts and on the generation of evidence for effective teaching practices. At the University of Miami and Miami Dade College I facilitate and coordinate the implementation of...

Mason Klein

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology

klein@miami.edu

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

dana@miami.edu

(305) 284-3977
My interest in teaching is wide-ranging, but the overarching theme is training students to think critically and skeptically, to educate themselves thoroughly via reliable sources, and to think for themselves. The study of evolutionary theory is ideal for this enterprise. Not only is the topic currently of great sociopolitical import, but it...

Thomas Lisse

Asst. Professor

txl572@miami.edu

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

zlu@miami.edu

(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

cmallery@miami.edu

(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

k.mccracken@miami.edu

(305) 284-9058
KUSHLAN CHAIR IN WATERBIRD BIOLOGY & CONSERVATION AREAS OF FOCUS Evolutionary Biology Tropical Ecology

Carol Horvitz Nutt

Professor

carolhorvitz@miami.edu

(305) 284-5364
Horvitz's background is in plant populations dynamics, particularly stochastic demography where environmental dynamics are modeled by Markov chains. Currently she is on the governing board of the Evolutionary Demography Society and the Nominating Committee of the Organization for Tropical Studies. In the past, she served as the Treasurer of...

Sandra Rieger

Assoc. Professor

sxr1132@miami.edu

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

Lecturer

m.sarkar@miami.edu

(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
Secondary Faculty in Biology

oxs113@miami.edu

(305) 284-2268
Home Page: http://www.cs.miami.edu/~odelia/ 

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey

Assoc. Professor

ksealey@miami.edu

(305) 284-3013

Christopher A Searcy

Asst. Professor

cas383@miami.edu

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.I am particularly interested in metacommunities (species assemblages that coexist across a landscape comprised of...

Leonel O Sternberg

Professor

l.sternberg@miami.edu

(305) 284-6436
I am interested in how natural processes occurring at the organismal level scale up to communities and ecosystems. I use the natural abundances of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen stable isotopes as a scaling tool. These isotopes are used as natural tracers of biochemical, physiological and ecosystem processes. Knowing something about...

Sheyum Syed

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology

s.syed@miami.edu

(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

ngt14@miami.edu

I am integrative biologist interested in the evolution of immunity and regeneration. I work with cnidarians (corals, sea anemones) to understand how their innate immune system evolved, and how it reacts to changes in their environment, such as those seen during El Niño events, or due to anthropogenic stressors such as pollution. I am...

John Albert C Uy

Assoc. Professor

j.uy@miami.edu

(305) 284-8558
The tropics harbor the greatest diversity on the planet. However, we still know little about the mechanisms that create and maintain this striking diversity. Using an interdisciplinary approach, research in the Uy lab aims to elucidate how biological diversity is generated and maintained in tropical and island systems. Our current focus is to...

J. David Van Dyken

Asst. Professor

jdv17@miami.edu

(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

yunqiu@miami.edu

(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...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor

b.whitlock@miami.edu

(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, ecology, and genetics to understand the timing and direction of changes in floral and vegetative traits, geographic distribution, and diversification rates....

Athula H Wikramanayake, Ph.D.

Professor
Chair of Biology

athula@miami.edu

(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

Professor

a.wilson1@miami.edu

(305) 284-2003
My research focuses on characterizing the mechanisms that metabolically and developmentally integrate hosts and symbionts. Symbioses are mutually beneficial interactions between species. They are so beneficial that they are everywhere - in fact you comprise ten symbiotic bacterial cells for every human cell and those bacteria are important...

Stefan Wuchty

Assoc. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology

s.wuchty@miami.edu

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