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Rice University
6500 Main Street, MS-180
Houston, Texas 77030-1400

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Ph.D. Program in Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology
Suite 170 BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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Faculty/Research

The group includes faculty members from eight departments across the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (including both Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine faculty).

alvarez
Pedro J.J. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Engineering
-Environmental sustainability
-Fate & transport of toxic chemicals
-Water footprint of biofuels
-Microbial-plant interactions
gangbao2
Gang Bao, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Genome editing
-RNA detection
-Molecular imaging
-Nanomedicine
gbennett
George N. Bennett, Ph.D. 
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
-Genetic engineering of metabolic pathways
-Microbial response to environmental signals
-Engineering cofactors

 MattBennett2014
Matthew R. Bennett, Ph.D. 
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
-Synthetic gene circuits
-Dynamics of gene regulation
-Transcriptional signaling
-Modeling genetic processes
-Cellular oscillators
clementi2
Cecilia Clementi, Ph.D. 
Chemistry
-Protein mechanisms at the
molecular level
-New theoretical scaffold research
-Blending theory
deem2
Michael W. Deem, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Newton's laws of biology
-Physics of evolution
-Vaccine design
-Personalized critical care
Bioengineering
-Regulation of intracellular transport
-In situ molecular pathway analyses
Golding
Ido Golding, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 -Physics of living cells
 -Stochastic gene expression
 -Cell-fate determination
gonzalez2
Ramon Gonzalez, Ph.D. 
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
-Metabolic engineering
-Functional genomics and systems biology
-Microbial and cellular metabolism
Oleg2013
Bioengineering
-Cellular decision-making
-Self-organization in biofilms
-Host-pathogen interactions
-Blood stem cells networks
 
kavraki2
Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D. 
Computer Science
-Computational Structural Biology
-Protein Function Annotation
-Drug Development
-Identification of Metabolic
Engineering Pathways
kiang2
Ching-Hwa Kiang, Ph.D. 
Physics & Astronomy
-Protein and DNA mechanics
-Biomolecules and assemblies
-Nanobiomaterials
kimmel2
Marek Kimmel, Ph.D. 
Statistics
-Modeling signaling pathways
-Cancer genes mutations
-Evolution and genetics of human diseases
-Genetic networks
Natasha Kirienko
Natasha Kirienko, Ph.D. 
BioSciences
-Mitophagy as a host defense against pathogens
-Mitophagy in tumorigenesis and tumor development
-Drug discovery
-Host-pathogen interactions
kohn2
Michael H. Kohn, Ph.D. 
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
-Evolutionary genomics
-Speciation & adaptation
-Warfarin resistant rodents
-Warfarin, vitamin K cycle & human
health
kolomeisky2
Anatoly B. Kolomeisky, Ph.D. 
Chemistry
-Network analysis of biological processes
-Intracellular transport processes
-Mechanisms of biological machines
-Protein-DNA interactions
christy
Christy Landes, Ph.D. 
Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering
-Single Molecule Spectroscopy
-Protein Separations
-Image Processing
levine2
Herbert Levine, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Eukaryotic motility
-Cellular information processing
-Biological patterns
-Evolution of drug resistance
-Collective organization of tumors
Ma3
Jianpeng Ma, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Epigenetic regulation networks
-Stem cells and cancer cells
-Anticancer drug development
-Protein dynamics
-Structural biophysics
nagrath2
Deepak Nagrath, Ph.D. 
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
-Nutritional systems biology
-Cancer metabolism
-Disease systems biology
-Cellular reprogramming
nakhleh2
Luay K. Nakhleh, Ph.D. 
Computer Science
-Abstract modeling of cellular
networks
-Metabolic modeling for pathway
inference
-Evolution analysis of networks
-Comparative genomics
onochic2
Jose Onuchic, Ph.D. 
Physics & Astronomy
-Protein folding funnels
-Electron transfer reactions
-Stochastic effects in genetic networks
phillips2
George Phillips, Ph.D. 
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
-Structural biology
-X-ray crystallography
-Computational biology
-Structural bioinformatics
-Protein dynamics
Pitkow
Xaq Pitkow, Ph.D. 
ECE Rice/Neuro BCB
-Theories of neural computation in animal brains
-Probablistic inference, control theory, nonlinear dynamics, population codes
-Stimulating & analyzing computation in neural networks
qutub2
Amina A. Qutub, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Neurogenesis & angiogenesis
-Programming human cell behaviors
-Systems biology of hypoxic response
-Integrated imaging & modeling
rob2
Robert Raphael, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Auditory systems biology
-Micromechanical biosystems
robinson
Jacob T. Robinson, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering
-Nanotechnology for neural interfaces
-High-throughput electrophysiology
-Neuroengineering
-Synthetic neurobiology
rosenberg
Susan M. Rosenberg, Ph.D. 
Baylor College of Medicine
Molecular and Human Genetics 
san2
Ka-Yiu San, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Metabolic and genetic engineering
-Systems biotechnology
-Genetic architecture and phenotype
Laura2014
Laura Segatori, Ph.D. 
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
-Reprogramming the proteostasis network
-Engineering cellular clearance
-Synthetic circuits to monitor protein degradation
-Engineering transcriptional regulators
shamoo2
Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D. 
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
-Experimental evolution: phenotype to physical principles
-Identifying adaptive networks in antibiotic resistance
-Construction of predictive models for adaptation
Silberg
Jonathan Silberg, Ph.D.  
Biochemistry & Cell Biology 
-Laboratory evolution
-Protein design
-Redox systems
-Synthetic biology
stadler
Lauren Stadler, Ph.D.  
Civil and Environmental Engineering 
-Advancing water reuse
-Energy recovery from wastewater

Francois
Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D.
ECE Rice/Neuro BCB
-Development/application of genetically encoded tools to monitor & control neural activity
-High-speed microscopy
-Optogenetics
-Protein engineering
-Synthetic biology 
suh2
Junghae Suh, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Reprogramming viruses
-Viruses for manipulation of genetic networks
-Laboratory directed evolution of viruses  
tabor2
Jeffrey J. Tabor, Ph.D. 
Bioengineering
-Synthetic biology
-Optogenetics
-Engineered proteins signaling
-Engineering multicellular behaviors
Aryeh
Aryeh Warmflash, Ph.D.
BioSciences
-Signaling dynamics
-Embryonic patterning
-Embryonic stem cells
-Synthetic developmental biology 
-Tumor microenvironment
wolynes2
Peter G. Wolynes, Ph.D. 
Chemistry
-Protein folding, function & structure
prediction
-Stochastic cell biology
-Cytoskeleton structure & dynamics
weiwei2
Weiwei Zhong, Ph.D. 
Biochemistry & Cell Biology
-Quantitative genetics
-Gene networks
-Genetic regulation of behavior and development
-Computer vision
Zhang2
David Yu Zhang, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
 
-Disease diagnostics
 -Circulating nucleic acids
 -DNA and RNA folding
 -Fluorescence assays of nucleic acids
 -Nanotechnology