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Research Mentors

PHYSIOLOGY

 

Peter Mohler, PhD: P​rotein targeting in excitable cells and its role in arrhythmia of the heart.

 

Vidu Garg, MDUnderstanding the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and the molecular pathways regulating normal and abnormal cardiac                          development.

 

Brenda Lilly, PhD: Regulation of vascular development and smooth muscle differentiation 

 

Noah Weisleder, PhD: Plasma membrane repair in skeletal muscle and cardiovascular physiology and pathology

 

Frederica Accornero, PhD: The role of RNA binding proteins in the mechanisms underlying heart and skeletal muscle disease.

 

Brandon Biesiadecki, PhD: Post-translation protein modifications in heart function. 


Sakima Smith, MD: Cardiac physiology as it relates to heart failure and disease.  


Kristin Stanford, PhD: The impact of exercise and metabolic health on  the respinse to injury.


 

Paul Janssen, PhD: The contractile dysfunction of muscle in heart failure and muscular dystrophy.

 

 

​CANCER BIOLOGY

 

Jeff Parvin, MD, PhD: Using bioinformatics as well as molecular and biochemical methods to study the biological processes underlying breast                                          cancer.


 

Christopher Weghorst, PhD: Genetic susceptibility, food-based cancer prevention, and assessment of prevention approaches in human clinical                                                  trials.


 

Lawrence Kirschner, MD, PhD: Signaling pathways that contribute to tumorigenesis in endocrine tumors


 

Nicholas Denko, MD, PhD: The microenvironment of solid tumors and it’s effect on tumor metabolism and therapeutic response.

  


Natarajan Muthusamy, DVM, PhD: Protein phosphorylation in lymphocyte biology and as a therapeutic target for leukemia


  

Vicenzo Coppola, MDModeling biology of human disease in mice.


 

Ewy Mathe, PhD: Developing new analytical methods to process, organize, visualize, and integrate large comprehensive data as it relates to                                   cancer.

 

Leah Pyter, PhD: Psychoneuroimmunology of the impact of stress and cancer on behavior and wound healing. 


Terence Williams, MD, PhD: The molecular biology and genetics which govern tumorigenesis and tumor response to therapy. 

 

 


  

MICROBIOLOGY, MICROBIAL PATHOGENESIS AND IMMUNOLOGY

 

John Gunn, PhD: Understanding the regulatory factors important for Salmonella and Francisella virulence and infection as well as developing                                   new vaccines and small molecule therapeutics to advance treatment/prevention of disease

 

Daniel Wozinak, PhD: Understanding the molecular biology and virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in order to prevent persistent airway                                            infections.

 

Michael Bailey, PhD: Bidirectional interactions between the host physiology and microbes within the gastrointestinal tract (the microbiome).

 

Phillip Popovich, PhD: The complexities of central nervous system injury , inflammation, and tissue repair.


Amy Lovett-Racke, PhD: The role of T lymphocyte in the onset and progression of neurological injury in multiple sclerosis.


 

Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, PhD:​ The role of micro RNAs in immune cells and multiple sclerosis. 

 

Kevin Mason, PhD: Host Pathogen interactions of nontypeable haemophilus influenzea

 

M. Asuncion Mejias, MD, PhD: Pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

 

J​ordi Torrelles, PhD: Host pathogen interactions with Microbacterium tuberculosis (TB) infections


 

Ning Quan, PhD: The inflammatory pathways that contribute to psychopathologies such as anxiety disorders.


 

John Sheridan, PhD: The impact of chronic stress on the innate immune system and inflammatory changes in the brain which affect behavior.

 

NEUROSCIENCE/NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE/MENTAL HEALTH/PSYCHOLOGY

 

Randy Nelson, PhD: Effects of light at night on circadian organization of physiology and behavior.


Christine Beattie, PhD​: Genetic and molecular analysis of motoneuron developement with an emphasis on motoneuron disease.

 

 

Courtney DeVries, PhD: The impact of chemotherapy and social isolation on neurological function, behavior and injury.


 

Jamie Jontes, PhD: Synapse and circuit formation in the vertebrate nervous system.


 

Phillip Popovich, PhD: The complexities of central nervous system injury , inflammation, and tissue repair.


 

Amy Lovett-Racke, PhD: The role of T lymphocyte in the onset and progression of neurological injury in multiple sclerosis.


 

Karl Obrietan, PhD: Cellular signaling in synaptic plasticity, epilepsy, and circadian rhythms

 

Andy Fischer, PhD: The impact of stem cells on retinal degeneration and regeneration. 

 

Scott Harper, PhD: Developing RNAi-based approaches to treat neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disease.

 

Kirk Mykytyn, PhD: Role of primary cilia in neuronal signaling

 

Candice Askwith, PhD: Role of ion channels in neuronal death and signaling

 

Jessica Lerch, PhD: Gene Expression in neuropathic pain and axon regeneration. 

  

Tamar Gur, MD, PhD: Maternal mental health in the development of psychiatric outcomes in offspring.

 

Leah Pyter, PhD: Psychoneuroimmunology of the impact of stress and cancer on behavior and wound healing

 
John Sheridan, PhD: The impact of chronic stress on the innate immune system and inflammatory changes in the brain which affect behavior.

 
Ning Quan, PhD​: The inflammatory pathways that contribute to psychopathologies such as anxiety disorders.

 

BIOMOLECULAR or BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING/BIOINFORMATICS

 

Jeff Parvin, MD, PhD: Using bioinformatics as well as molecular and biochemical methods to study the biological processes underlying breast                                          cancer.


 

Ja​yajit Das, PhD: Developing a mechanistic understanding of host pathogen interactions using computational and theoretical methods. 


 

David Wood, PhD: Developing biotechnologies through engineering proteins for specific applications such as biosensing, protein purification,                                    drug discovery, and drug delivery.

 

E​wy Mathe, PhD: Developing new analytical methods to process, organize, visualize, and integrate large comprehensive data as it relates to                                   cancer.

 

Joseph Kitzmiller, MD, PhD: Understanding and utilizing genetic influences on patient response to medicine (pharmacogenomics) in translational                                              medicine and for understanding minority health disparities.


 

 
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