Discovery Prep Mentors for 2020-2021

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Sharon Amacher, PhD

  • Molecular Genetics
    Sequential determination of cells during vertebrate development.
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Candice Askwith, PhD

  • Neuroscience
    Role of ion channels in neurological disease and normal physiology.
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Kellie Archer, PhD

  • Biostatistics
    Development of statistical methods and computational algorithms for analyzing high-throughput genomic data.
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Michael Bailey, PhD

  • Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Bidirectional interactions between the host physiology and microbes within the gastrointestinal tract (the microbiome).
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Ruth Barrientos, PhD

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    The role of inflammation on cognitive impairments in aging.
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Brandon Biesiadecki, PhD

  • Physiology
    Post-translation protein modifications in heart function.
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Rodney Britt, PhD

  • Center for Perinatal Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Pathophysiology of neonatal and pediatric lung diseases.
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Christin Burd, PhD

  • Molecular Genetics and Cancer Biology and Genetics
    Cancer evolution and therapeutic resistance of tumors.
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John Byrd, MD

  • Medicinal Chemistry and Veterinary Biosciences
    Therapeutic targeting with immune and targeted therapies for adult leukemia.
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Lei Cao, PhD

  • Cancer Biology and Genetics
    Anti-cancer and anti-obesity phenotypes induced by a complex environment.
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Dawn Chandler PhD

  • Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Pre-mRNA splicing in cancer and neurological disease.
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Vincenzo Coppola, MD

  • Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics
    Modeling biology of human disease in mice.
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Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate, PhD

  • Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
    The impact of obesity in the development of pancreatic diseases.
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Jayajit Das, PhD

  • Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Developing a mechanistic understanding of host pathogen interactions using computational and theoretical methods.
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Isabelle Deschenes, PhD

  • Physiology
    Molecular basis of cardiac arrhythmias.
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Hamdy Elsayed-Awad, MD

  • Anesthesiology
    Neurological damage following surgical complications.
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Andy Fischer, PhD

  • Neuroscience
    The impact of stem cells on retinal degeneration and regeneration.
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Michael Freitas, PhD

  • Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics
    Proteomic approaches to investigate chromatin remodeling in cancer.
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Daniel Gallego-Perez, PhD

  • Biomedical Engineering and General Surgery
    Development and implementation of novel nanotechnologies for applications in regenerative medicine and cancer.
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Vidu Garg, MD

  • Cardiology, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Understanding the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and the molecular pathways regulating normal and abnormal cardiac development.
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Aaron (Joseph) Goldman, PhD

  • Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Gene expression mechanisms that underlie zebrafish heart regeneration.
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Julie Golomb, PhD

  • Psychology
    Interactions between visual attention, memory, perception, and eye movements using human behavioral and computational cognitive neuroscience.
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Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, PhD

  • Neuroscience and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    The role of micro RNAs in immune cells and multiple sclerosis.
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Peixuan Guo, PhD

  • Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology
    Nanobiotechnology and RNA Nanotechnology.
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Tamar Gur, MD, PhD

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    Maternal mental health in the development of psychiatric outcomes in offspring.
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Renzhi Han, PhD

  • Cardiac Surgery
    CRISPR genome editing in understanding muscle physiology and disease, and therapeutic development.
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Jianjie Ma, PhD

  • Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery
    Regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cancer biology.
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M. Asuncion Mejias, MD, PhD

  • Center for Vaccines and Immunity, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
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Scott Harper, PhD

  • Center for Gene Therapy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Developing RNAi-based approaches to treat neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disease.
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Paul Janssen, PhD

  • Physiology and Cell Biology
    The contractile dysfunction of muscle in heart failure and muscular dystrophy.
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Lawrence Kirschner, MD, PhD

  • Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics
    Signaling pathways that contribute to tumorigenesis in endocrine tumors.
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Jamie Jontes, PhD

  • Neuroscience
    Synapse and circuit formation in the vertebrate nervous system.
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Kathryn Lenz, PhD

  • Psychology
    The impact of the endocrine and immune systems on brain development and behavior.
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Brenda Lilly, PhD

  • Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Fundamentals of blood vessel formation and smooth muscle differentiation.
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Amy Lovett-Racke, PhD

  • Microbial Infection and Immunity
    Role of T cells in the onset and progression of multiple sclerosis.
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Dana McTigue, PhD

  • Neuroscience
    The role of adult progenitor cells in repair after CNS injury or disease.
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Peter Mohler, PhD

  • Physiology
    Protein targeting in excitable cells and its role in arrhythmia of the heart.
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Kirk Mykytyn, PhD

  • Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology
    Role of primary cilia in behavior and neurological disease.
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Steve Oghumu, PhD

  • Pathology
    Cellular, molecular and immunological mechanisms of oral carcinogenesis and oral cancer chemoprevention.
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Jose Otero, MD, PhD

  • Pathology and Neuroscience
    The mechanisms of post-natal brain development in health and disease with a particular focus on the autonomic nervous system.
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Santiago Partida-Sanchez, PhD

  • Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    Ion channels and their role in regulating migration of phagocytic cells during inflammation or infection.
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Jeff Parvin, MD, PhD

  • Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics
    Using bioinformatics as well as molecular and biochemical methods to study the biological processes underlying breast cancer.
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Leah Pyter, PhD

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    Psychoneuroimmunology of the impact of stress and cancer on behavior and wound healing.
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Jill Rafael-Fortney PhD

  • Physiology and Cell Biology
    Molecular pathogenesis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
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Zakee Sabree, PhD

  • Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
    Host-microbe interactions in the evolution of physiological structures.
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Stephanie Seveau, PhD

  • Microbial Infection and Immunity
    Host-pathogen interactions of the intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.
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John Sheridan, PhD

  • Behavioral Medicine
    The impact of chronic stress on the innate immune system and inflammation to affect behavior.
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Sakima Smith, MD

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
    Cardiac physiology as it relates to heart failure and disease.
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Kristin Stanford, PhD

  • Physiology and Cell Biology
    The impact of exercise and metabolic health on the response to injury.
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Amanda Toland, PhD

  • Cancer Biology and Genetics
    Genetic susceptibility to colon, breast, and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.
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Christopher Weghorst, PhD

  • Environmental Health, Public Health, Otolaryngology
    Genetic susceptibility, food-based cancer prevention, and assessment of prevention approaches in human clinical trials.
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Noah Weisleder, PhD

  • Physiology and Cell Biology
    Plasma membrane repair in skeletal muscle and cardiovascular pathology.
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David Wood, PhD

  • Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
    Developing biotechnologies through engineering proteins for specific applications such as biosensing, protein purification drug discovery, and drug delivery.
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Daniel Wozniak, PhD

  • Microbial Infection and Immunity
    Understanding the molecular biology and virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in order to prevent persistent airway infections.

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