BMB committee members are actively engaged in research projects that represent a diverse range of perspectives. Active student participation is important to their work, and past research students have been co-authors of numerous scholarly publications and presentations at national and international scientific conferences. Students can also work with a variety of other faculty members from allied departments. Current research topics include: the roles of membrane proteins in the regulation of microbial cell growth; design of computer algorithms for analysis of gene and protein structure; mechanisms of gene regulation in animal cells and microorganisms; mechanisms of pathogenesis in herpes viruses; mechanisms of ion channel localization in synaptic neurons; cell cycle regulation in yeast and cancer cells; mechanisms of root gravitropism; identification of bio-active compounds in nature; and computational design of protein-binding drugs.