Participating Faculty Members

The participating faculty members of the Genetics Training Grant are a well-balanced, interactive, and highly productive group. Several new faculty members have been recently added to the program. They have brought novel genetic systems and expertise to the genetics research and training program at Brandeis.

Steering Committee


Susan Lovett, Ph.D.
Program Director, Professor of Biology
Genetic Changeand Stability / Chromosome Segregation and Organization in Bacteria


Paul Garrity, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Professor
of Biology
Molecular Genetics of Sensory Transduction and Behavior


Bruce Goode, Ph.D.
of Biology
Biochemistry and Genetics of Yeast Cytoskeleton

James Haber
James Haber, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Genetics of Yeast DNA Repair and Cell Cycle Checkpoints in Response to DNA Damage
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Michael Marr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Mechanisms Controlling Gene Expression in Response to Stress


Piali Sengupta, Ph.D.
of Biology
Neurogenetics of Behavior and Development in C. elegans

Training Faculty

Susan Birren

Susan Birren, Ph.D.
of Biology
Genetic Approaches to Developmental Neurobiology
Leslie Griffith Leslie Griffith, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Genetics of Complex Behaviors
Liz Hedstrom Lizbeth Hedstrom, Ph.D.
of Biology
Investigation of the Role of IMP dehydrogenase in Translation Regulation and Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa
Isaac Krauss Isaac Krauss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Directed Evolution of Modified DNA; Evolution-Based Design of HIV Vaccines
Nelson Lau Nelson Lau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Small Regulatory RNAs in Germ Cells
Sacha Nelson Sacha Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
of Biology
Genomics and Genetics of Mammalian Neocortex
Suzanne Paradis Suzanne Paradis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Genetics of Mammalian Synapse Development
Avital Rodal Avital Rodal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Biochemical, Genetic and Live Imaging Approaches to Intracellular Membrane Traffic in Neurons; Implications for Neurodegenerative Disease
Michael Rosbash Michael Rosbash, Ph.D.
of Biology
RNA Processing and Molecular Neurobiology
Timothy Street

Timothy Street, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Mechanisms of Protein Folding in the Cell

Douglas Theobald Douglas Theobald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Biochemistry
Likelihood and Bayesian methods in structural bioinformatics and single molecule biochemistry; Evolution of Macromolecular Structures and Assemblies; Evolution of membrane protein structure and function
Larry Wangh Lawrence Wangh, Ph.D.
of Biology
LATE PCR and Genetic Diagnostics