WALII operates as a virtual research institute that brings together scientists and trainees from nine institutions across the United States to collaborate and cross-train on nine major projects. Each project is carried out by labs at 3-7 institutions, led by a
Co-PI from different institutes, and uses a wide range of tools, biological systems, and disciplines.
Senior Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science
Professor of Biology (by courtesy), Stanford University
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis
Molecular Engineering Lead; Project Lead: Rational design of de novo proteins for desiccation tolerance in cells and organisms
Assistant Professor of Horticulture, Michigan State University
Evolutionary Dynamics Lead; Project Lead: Identify conserved and lineage-specific molecular responses to anhydrobiosis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of California, Merced
Project Lead: Is glass strength associated with protective capacity?
Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project Lead: How do cellular structures change during dehydration to solid-state?
Assistant Professor of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University
Project Lead: What are the genetic and metabolic milestones of recovery from desiccation?
Assistant Professor of Biology, California State University Channel Islands
Project Lead: How does partial re-hydration affect desiccation tolerance?
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Investigator at Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital
Project Lead: Molecular rules of membraneless organelle water responsiveness
Staff Associate, Carnegie Institution for Science
Assistant Professor of Biology (by courtesy), Stanford University
Project Lead: Identify genetic determinants underlying desiccation tolerance by mining natural variation in seed germination across A. thaliana populations
Postdoctoral fellow, Michigan State University
Project Lead: Developing the resurrection grass Microchloa caffra as a new system for evolutionary genetics of desiccation tolerance