Dr. Wickiser is the Director of the Center for Molecular Science, the Deputy Director of Life Science, the Course Director for Genetics and Methods and Applications in Biotechnology, and a Research Associate in the Network Science Center. He also teaches Genetics, Cell Biology, General Chemistry I and II, and the Special Topics course in RNA Forms of Genetic Control. His research interests include studying RNA-based forms of genetic control, biological networks, adaptive coloration of marine animals using hyperspectral imagery, and assessing the biological response to military explosives contamination using model organisms such as bacteria and fungus. The research involves behavioral and molecular analysis (RNA, protein, and metabolites) to shed light on complex networks of biological systems. His work involves collaborations with Yale University, the Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland-College Park, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Army Research Laboratory and is generously supported by the Network Science Center, the Army Research Office, the Army Research Laboratory, and DARPA.
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