Our Mission

In the Zoltowski lab, we use fundamental chemistry and biophysical approaches to understand and manipulate complex biological networks involved in regulating diverse aspects of plant and vertebrate physiology.

Regulation of Plant Growth & Development

How differences in fundamental photochemical mechanisms are related to biological function.

Fungal Circadian Clocks

Elucidate molecular models of circadian regualtion of cellulase transcription to benefit biofuel production.


Determine how metabolic and environemental cues are integrated into circadian clocks to affect both peripheral and master clock fucntion.


Interrogate Cryptochrome photochemistry to determine how CRY proteins allow organisms to sense and measure magnetic fields


Decipher allosteric mechanisms of signal transduction in LOV proteins to develop new genetically encoded optogenetic tools.