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Antonio BainesAntonio T. Baines, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Baines' primary resarch goal is to identify and validate novel molecular targets in pancreatic cancer.



 Ashley ChiAshley Chi, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Chi researches the use of genomic analysis to dissect the influence of lactic acidosis, various tumor microenvironmental stresses, and nutrient signaling on cancer cells.


Ricardo RichardsonRicardo Richardson, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Dir. of Cancer Program
Dr. Richardson is interested in chemoattractant and chemokine receptors. He supervises a team of PIs focusing on prostate, breast, oral, esophagus, ovarian and lung cancers.


Kevin WilliamsKevin Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology (BRITE)
Dr. Williams investigates novel cancer and drug discovery through biopharmaceutical methods.


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Gene Regulation

Greg CrawfordGreg Crawford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Crawford specializes in mapping and characterizing active gene regulatory elements and understanding how these elements contribute to global gene expression patterns.


Raluca GordanRaluca Gordân, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Computer Science, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Gordân’s expertise is in computational and experimental approaches for analyzing non-coding genomic sequences to identify transcriptional regulatory regions. She uses machine learning techniques and high-throughput assays to characterize the DNA sequence preferences and the regulatory functions of human transcription factors.


David MacAlpineDavid MacAlpine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Dr. MacAlpine’s research is focused on identifying and understanding the functional DNA elements that direct and regulate the DNA replication and transcription programs.


Paul MagwenePaul Magwene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology; Director of the Graduate Program in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
Dr. Magwene seeks to understand how genetic variation affects signal transduction and gene regulatory networks, and how, in turn, variation in such networks affects cellular phenotypes.


Jenny TungJenny Tung, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology & Biology
Dr. Tung focuses on understanding how social behaviors, and the social environments they shape, influence gene regulation, population genetic variation, and ultimately health and fitness related traits.


Daniel Williams, Ph.D.Daniel Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Williams studies mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in sexually-transmitted infections.


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Avshalom CaspiAvshalom Caspi, Ph.D.
Edward M. Arnett Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Dr. Caspi’s research spans psychology, epidemiology and genetics and focuses on how childhood experiences shape aging trajectories, how genetic differences between people shape their responses to environments, and the best ways to assess and measure personality differences between people across the life course.


beth HauserBeth Hauser, Ph.D.
Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Dr. Hauser’s research in genomic medicine centers on the development of statistical methods for genetic and genomic models, application of those methods to gene discovery in complex human traits, specifically complex conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and aging.


Doug MarchukDoug Marchuk, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor; Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Marchuk studies the genetics of cardiovascular disease using both human and mouse models.


Sayan MukherjeeSayan Mukherjee, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistical Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics
Dr. Mukherjee investigates genetics and molecular applications of statistical modeling, especially regarding tumor progression.



Beth SullivanBeth Sullivan, Ph.D.
Associate Profession of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Sullivan's work focuses on chromosome and centromere engineering. Her lab addresses difficult questions in chromosome biology.


 Greg WrayGreg Wray, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology; Dir. of GCB
Dr. Wray’s research focuses on the evolution of genes and genomes with the broad aim of understanding the genetic basis for phenotypic diversity within populations. Specifically, his research assesses the relative influence of genetic variation and environmental factors on gene expression using empirical and computational approaches.

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Ornit Chiba-FalekOrnit Chiba-Falek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Dr. Chiba-Falek researches functional-genomic studies to understand the role of key candidate genes in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Fred DietrichFred Dietrich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Dietrich researches fungal genomics using cost-effective techniques such as Illumina paired-end and mate-paired sequencing. His lab utilizes comparative genomics to understand areas of basic fungal biology.


Charlie GersbachCharlie Gersbach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Director of the Center for Biomolecular & Tissue Engineering
Dr. Gersbach’s laboratory is focused on applying molecular and cellular engineering to applications in biotechnology, medicine, and basic science. In particular, his research aims to develop new methods to modify genome sequences, epigenomic regulation, and cellular gene networks in a precise and targeted manner.


Geoff GinsburgGeoff Ginsburg, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, and Nursing; Dir. of the Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine
Dr. Ginsburg has extensive experience with genome technologies and precision medicine, He is the founding Director of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine.


Susanne HagaSusanne Haga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Haga’s research focuses on barriers and facilitators to the use and integration of genomoic applications in a variety of clinical care environments and in diverse populations, using pharmacogenetics testing as an exemplar.


Terrie MoffittTerrie Moffitt, Ph.D.
Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor
Dr. Moffitt is the Associate Director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study and the founder of the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk). Her research expertise includes interdisciplinary genomics.


Catherine Silver-KeyCatherine Silver-Key, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Silver-Key studies replication genes in Drosophila and the genes' effects of metazoan development.



Tim ReddyTim Reddy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Dr. Reddy and his team use genomic approaches at the population level to reveal how genetic variants impact aspects of genome function and to provide direct insights into the underlying genetic mechanisms of disease.


Jennifer WernegreenJennifer Wernegreen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental & Evolutionary Genomics
Dr. Wernegreen’s research includes clarifying how bacterial symbiont genomes change over time, understanding the physiological and genetic diversity contained within complex microbial communities, and illuminating the impacts of environmental challenges on symbiosis.


Lingchong YouLingchong You, Ph.D.
Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering
Dr. You’s research program aims to elucidate design principles of biological networks inside and between cells. A major emphasis of his work in synthetic genomics is the development and use of quantitative methods to design, analyze, or engineer biological networks for both practical applications and to deduce fundamental biological insights.

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Mildred PointerMildred Pointer, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Pointer's research focues on contributions to salt-sensitive hypertension.


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Immunology & Pathology

Vijay Sivaraman, Ph.D.Vijay Sivaraman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Sivaraman's research interests involve elucidating immunological interactions between the host-pathogen interfaces that contribute to pulmonary Yersinia pestis infection.


Raphael ValdiviaRaphael Valdivia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology; Vice Dean for Basic Sciences
Dr. Valdivia’s research portfolio spans the bacterial co-option of the cytoskeleton and membrane traffic, identification and characterization of virulence proteins, the function of the Type III secretion apparatus, innate immune signaling during, and metabolic regulation of bacterial virulence function and cell surface composition. 

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Microbiota & Microbiome

Julie Horvath, Ph.D.Julie Horvath, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Horvath is a comparative evolutionary genomicist interested in understanding the evolutionary forces that have shaped primate genomes and that cause human disease.


John RawlsJohn Rawls, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Medicine; Dir. of Duke Center for the Genomics of Microbial System
Research in the Rawls lab uses multiple complementary approaches to understand how host-microbe interactions in the intestine regulate digestive physiology and energy balance.

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Molecular Mechanisms

Hiroaki MatsunamiHiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Neurobiology
Dr. Matsunami investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying chemosensation (taste and smell) in mammals.

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Nervous System

Gregory ColeGregory Cole, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Cole studies nervous system development and neurodegenerative disease in zebrafish. Specifically, his lab focuses on the role of herparin sulfate proteoglycans in these processes.


Ju-Ahng Lee, Ph.D.Ju-Ahng Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological & Biomedical Science
Dr. Lee investigates the effect of ethanol exposure on nervous system development.

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John Clamp, Ph.D.John Clamp, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Clamp's research interests are in the areas of phylogenetic relationships, populational structure, and ecological functions of several major groups of ciliated protists, especially ones called peritrichs and apostomes. The emphasis is on molecular analyses of phylogeny (evolutionary relationships) and population dynamics. He is particularly interested in ciliates that exist as symbionts on crustaceans and aquatic insects.

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Proteins & Enzymes

Jiahua XieJiahua Xie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology (BRITE)
Dr. Xie studies the functions of plant-produced therapeutic glycoproteins.

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