Research Areas

Our research is not easily categorized. Programs of investigation are interdisciplinary in nature and by design. There is a great deal of collaboration and interaction between labs, in spite of the number and wide-ranging interests of the faculty. A consensus is that the study of basic biological mechanisms at the molecular level will provide the greatest insight into the normal and pathological function of cells, tissues and organisms. The emphasis is on basic research, though much of the research is either human-health related or transferable into advances in medicine. Among the diseases being investigated at the molecular level are AIDS, Fanconi anemia, ataxia telangiectasia, cystic fibrosis, gastric ulcers, diabetes, amebiasis, autoimmune diseases, and various forms of cancer, such as T-cell leukemia, Kaposi’s sarcoma, melanoma, and breast, gastrointestinal and prostate cancer.