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Kate Ackerman, M.D.
Kate Ackerman, M.D.
Associate Professor

Ackerman Lab

Pediatrics - Genetics of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in lung development
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Brian Altman, Ph.D.
Brian Altman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Altman Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Role of Circadian Rhythm in in gene regulation and cancer cell biology and metabolism.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D.
Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Anolik Lab

Medicine - The role of B cells in the pathophysiology of human systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and the study of new immuno-modulatory treatments
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Lisa Beck, M.D.
Lisa Beck, M.D.
Associate Professor

Beck Lab

Dermatology - Cutaneous allergic inflammation, Atopic Dermatitis (ecxema)
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Benoit Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Therapeutic biomaterials development for tissue engineering and drug delivery with applications ranging from bone regeneration to antioral biofilm treatments
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Bradford Berk, M.D., Ph.D.
Bradford Berk, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Berk Lab

Medicine - Signaling transduction mechanisms in the vasulcar system
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Rajnish Bharadwaj, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Rajnish Bharadwaj, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Lysosomal and mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Neil Blumberg, M.D.
Neil Blumberg, M.D.
Professor

Blumberg Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Immunobiology of red cell and platelet transfusion and to devise strategies to reducing the toxicity of blood transfusions
Not accepting students at this time.
Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.
Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.
Professor

Bohmann Lab

Biomedical Genetics - The biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of signal-transducing transcription factors and their role in development, aging and disease
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Brendan Boyce, M.B.Ch.B.
Brendan Boyce, M.B.Ch.B.
Professor

Boyce Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Bone cell bio and pathology
Not accepting students at this time.
Paul Brookes, Ph.D.
Paul Brookes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Brookes Lab

Anesthesiology - Cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. Role of Mitochondria and metabolism in ischemic preconditioning and anesthetic preconditioning.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Edward Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Brown Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
W. Richard Burack, M.D., Ph.D.
W. Richard Burack, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Burack Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID) impact on Follicular lymphoma (FL) tumors as a prognostic factor for Diffuse Large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
Not accepting students at this time.
Laura Calvi, M.D.
Laura Calvi, M.D.
Professor

Calvi Lab

Medicine - Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Microenvironmental Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in the Bone Marrow
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Joe Chakkalakal, Ph.D.
Joe Chakkalakal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Chakkalakal Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Contribution of stem cells to the maturation, regeneration and lifelong maintenance of skeletal muscle in growth aging and cancer
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Chawnshang Chang, Ph.D.
Chawnshang Chang, Ph.D.
George Hoyt Whipple Professorship of Pathology
Professor

Chang Lab

George H. Whipple Laboratory for Cancer Research

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Androgen receptor / Steroid hormones function and pathophysiology in the Prostate
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Kavaljit Chhabra, M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Kavaljit Chhabra, M.Pharm, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chhabra Lab

Medicine - Hypothalamic control of melanocortin system in glucose homeostasis
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Alison Elder, Ph.D.
Alison Elder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Elder Lab

Environmental Medicine - Toxicology of inhaled ultrafine particles (UFPs) on the lung, cardiovascular and central nervous system
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.
Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Eliseev Lab

Orthopaedics - Role of Mitochondria in regulation of cell fate in normal stem cells and cancer cells
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Michael Elliott, Ph.D.
Michael Elliott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Elliott Lab

Microbiology & Immunology - Regulation of macrophage function in innate immunity
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Fazal Lab

Pediatrics - Role and regulation of actin-myosin interactions in endothelial cell (EC) inflammation, permaeability, and apoptosis icute and chronic lung injury
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D.
Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Role of inflammatory mediators in bone marrow microenvironmental dysfunction during hematologic malignancies
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Lin Gan, Ph.D.
Professor

Gan Lab

Ophthalmology - Identifying genes required for neuron development, differentiation and survival, in the ear and eye
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Steve Georas, M.D.
Steve Georas, M.D.
Professor

Georas Lab

Medicine - Defining molecular pathways by which allergens and particulates activate epithelia and dendritic cells in the lung immune system
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Angela Glading, Ph.D.
Angela Glading, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Glading Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Role of cell-cell contact in regulating cellular function in both the normal and disease state
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephen Hammes, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Hammes Lab

Medicine - Androgen Effects on Reproduction and Cancer
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Isaac Harris, Ph.D.
Isaac Harris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Harris Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Understanding the roles of antioxidants in cancer
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair

William A. Bernhard Memorial Lab

Hayes Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Regulation of transcription, nuclear processes, related to chromatin structure and function
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Denise Hocking, Ph.D.
Denise Hocking, Ph.D.
Professor

Hocking Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Mechanism by which extracellular matrix protein, fibronectin affects cell and issue functions critical for would repair.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.
J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Holt Lab

Otolaryngology - Synaptic pharmaco-physiology of vestibular efferent-afferent interactions
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Hunter Lab

Ophthalmology - Mechanisms of light-induced retinal damage and development of non-invasive fluorescence imaging techniques to study retinal function in healthy and diseased eyes.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Professor

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology - Molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, pathogenic processes in Alzheimer's disease and CNS injury
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jennifer Jonason, Ph.D.
Jennifer Jonason, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Jonason Lab

Orthopaedics - Signalling mechanism that govern mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and maturation of committed chondrocytes and osteoblasts in skeletal development.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D.
Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Järvinen-Seppo Lab

Pediatrics - Food allergies disorders, caused by milk, eggs and peanuts.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Amy Kiernan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Kiernan Lab

Ophthalmology - Molecular development of the inner ear; regeneration; congenital deafness and vestibular dysfunction
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.
Minsoo Kim, Ph.D.
Professor
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Korman, M.D.
Benjamin Korman, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Korman Lab

Medicine - Cellular and molecular processes leading to sclerodoma (fibrosis)
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.
Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.
Professor

Yi-Fen Lee Lab

Urology - Extracdllular vesicles (Evs), Exosomes, for their roles in cancer development, progression and response to tratment in Urology cancers.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Professor

Libby Lab

Ophthalmology - Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.
Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Loiselle Lab

Orthopaedics - Identify novel strategies to improve flexor tendon healing
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Anne Luebke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Luebke Lab

Biomedical Engineering - Role of cochlear outer hair cells in hearing and hearing loss
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.
Professor

Mariani Lab

Pediatrics - Genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to chronic lung diseases, focusing on developmental antecedents and influence of environmental factors.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Identification of different stem and precursor cell pools in CNS that may be critical for cell replacement therapies or are targets of insults that lead to developmental pathologies.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Matthew McGraw, M.D.
Matthew McGraw, M.D.
Assistant Professor

McGraw Lab

Pediatrics - Epithelial injury and abnormal repair in pediatric and adult lung disease
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Helene McMurray, Ph.D.
Helene McMurray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

McMurray Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Analysis of gene regulatory networks in cancer; role of immunogenetics in transplant
Not accepting students at this time.
Joseph Miano, Ph.D.
Joseph Miano, Ph.D.
Professor

Miano Lab

Medicine - Genomics and gene regulation and function in normal and pathological processes in the cardiovascular system
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Robert Mooney, Ph.D.
Robert Mooney, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Mooney Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Impact of obesity and associated type 2 diabetes on Musculoskeletal diseases, osteoarthritis, bobe infection (osteomyelitis), and fracture repair.
Not accepting students at this time.
Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Morrell Lab

Medicine - Platelet functions of hemostasis/thrombosis in glutamate regulated pathways and immune regulator function in transplant rejection and the pathogenesis of cerebal malaria
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Professor

Nedergaard Lab

Neurosurgery - The basic biology of glial cells in the CNS and the role of astrocytes in several neurological diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, and ALS. Research is aimed at defining new strategies for the treatment of neurological diseases that target astrocytic dysfunction.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Professor

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
Professor
Associate Chair for Education

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience - Mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration within the CNS, primarily Glial Cells and Vascular components of the brain.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D.
Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D.
Professor

Ovitt Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Protective and regenerative strategies for salivary gland function and radiation therapies.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
James Palis, M.D.
James Palis, M.D.
Professor

Palis Lab

Pediatrics - Cellular and Molecular events underlying the ontogenty of the hematopoietic system.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jinjiang Pang, BMed, PhD
Jinjiang Pang, BMed, PhD
Assistant Professor

Pang Lab

Medicine - Molecular mechanisms involved in cardiac metabolism and identifying critical targets that regulate angiogenesis under physiiological and Patholgical conditions
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Perkins / Zhang Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Genetic mechanisms in acute myeloid leudemia and myelodyplastic syndrome with focus on the zinc finger oncoprotein EVI1
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Glial progenitor cells and role of astrocytes as critical modulators in CNS disease and repair
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.
Professor

Puzas Lab

Orthopaedics - Molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Homaira Rahimi, M.D.
Homaira Rahimi, M.D.
Senior Instructor

Schwarz Lab

Pediatrics - Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis. Imaging of lymph nodes as a marder for arthritic flare in RA, lymphangiogenesis in Arthritc flare in murine model of erosive arthritis.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Arshad Rahman Lab

Pediatrics - Endothelial cell biology and lung physiology as it relates to molecular analysis of signal transduction and gene regulation in the lung epithelium.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.
Professor

Irfan Rahman Lab

Environmental Medicine - Redox signaling mechanism of Proinflammatory gene expression in pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory lung diseases caused by environmental toxicants.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

Schallek Lab

Ophthalmology - Developing technologies to measure blood flow in the living Eye to examine the condition of the retina in health and disease.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.
Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.
Professor

Schwarz Lab

Orthopaedics - Inflammatory bone loss as seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metasasis and wear debris induced ostolysis around prosthetic implants
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Glynis Scott, M.D.
Glynis Scott, M.D.
Professor

Scott Lab

Dermatology - Investigation into signaling pathways of prostaglandins in human melanocytes and melanoma and the role of Plexin receptors in melanocyte and melanoma biology.
Not accepting students at this time.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Ruchira Singh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Singh Lab

Ophthalmology - Using patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to study the molecular mechanism of specific retinal and neurological diseases and applying that knowledge to pharmacologically target certain retinal disorders in patient-derived cells.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Laurie Steiner, M.D.
Laurie Steiner, M.D.
Associate Professor

Steiner Lab

PediatricsMedicine - Utilizes genomics techniques to study the molecular mechanisms underlying erythroid maturation and development in both normal and disease states
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Thakar Lab

Microbiology & Immunology - Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modiling tools to study immune response to infections and vaccination.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
David Topham, Ph.D.
David Topham, Ph.D.
Professor

Topham Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Microbiology & Immunology - Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determining the outcome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Paula Vertino, Ph.D.
Paula Vertino, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Genetics - Cancer epigenetics: the role of DNA methylation and chromatin in driving cancer phenotypes and as a target for therapeutic intervention
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Terry Wright, Ph.D.
Terry Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics - Immune response and Pathogenesis of lung injury and related pulmonary inflammation
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Lianping Xing, B.Med., Ph.D.
Lianping Xing, B.Med., Ph.D.
Professor

Xing Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine - Regulation of bone cell function in inflammatory bone loss
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Chen Yan, Ph.D.
Chen Yan, Ph.D.
Professor

Yan Lab

Medicine - Regulation and Function of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases in the Cardiovascular System
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Peng Yao, Ph.D.
Peng Yao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Yao Lab

Medicine - Pathophysiological function and molecular mechanism of new non-coding RNAs (and RBPs) and new modes of gene regulation in cardiac system and cardiovascular disease.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Shu-Yuan Yeh, Ph.D.
Shu-Yuan Yeh, Ph.D.
Professor

Yeh Lab

George H. Whipple Laboratory for Cancer Research

Urology - Role of the estrogen receptor (ER) and androgen receptor (AR) in urological diseases, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male fertility.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Xinping Zhang, B.Med., Ph.D.
Xinping Zhang, B.Med., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Zhang Lab

Orthopaedics - Molecular mechanisms of skeletal repair in bone loss due to traumatic injury, tumor and bone graft.
Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program