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Kate Ackerman, M.D.
Kate Ackerman, M.D.

Ackerman Lab

Pediatrics
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Genetics of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in lung development

Not accepting students at this time.
Brian Altman, Ph.D.
Brian Altman, Ph.D.

Altman Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Anolik Lab

Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Beck Lab

Dermatology
Medicine
Research Interest: Cutaneous allergic inflammation, Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Benoit Lab

Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: 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.

Berk Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Signaling transduction mechanisms in the vascular 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.
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: Lysosomal and mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Neil Blumberg, M.D.
Neil Blumberg, M.D.

Blumberg Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Bohmann Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Boyce Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orthopaedics
Orthopaedics
Research Interest: Bone cell bio and pathology

Not accepting students at this time.
Paul Brookes, Ph.D.
Paul Brookes, Ph.D.

Brookes Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Anesthesiology
Research Interest: 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.

Brown Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

Burack Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Calvi Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Neurosurgery
Research Interest: 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.

Chakkalakal Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: 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.

Chang Lab

George H. Whipple Laboratory for Cancer Research

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Radiation Oncology
Urology
Research Interest: 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.

Chhabra Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Hypothalamic control of melanocortin system in glucose homeostasis

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
David Dean, Ph.D.
David Dean, Ph.D.

Dean Lab

Pediatrics
Biomedical Engineering
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of gene delivery and development of gene therapies for lung disease

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Alison Elder, Ph.D.
Alison Elder, Ph.D.

Elder Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Eliseev Lab

Orthopaedics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: 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.

Elliott Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Regulation of macrophage function in innate immunity

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.

Fazal Lab

Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Role and regulation of actin-myosin interactions in endothelial cell (EC) inflammation, permeability, and apoptosis icute and chronic lung injury

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D.
Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D.
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Gan Lab

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

Georas Lab

Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: 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.

Glading Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: 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.

Hammes Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Androgen Effects on Reproduction and Cancer

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Isaac Harris, Ph.D.
Isaac Harris, Ph.D.

Harris Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Understanding the roles of antioxidants in cancer

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.

William A. Bernhard Memorial Lab

Hayes Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: 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.

Hocking Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: 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.

Holt Lab

Otolaryngology
Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: 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.

Hunter Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: 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

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: 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.

Jonason Lab

Orthopaedics
Research Interest: 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.

Järvinen-Seppo Lab

Pediatrics
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: 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.

Kiernan Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Korman, M.D.
Benjamin Korman, M.D.

Korman Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Cellular and molecular processes leading to scleroderma (fibrosis)

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.
Yi-Fen Lee, Ph.D.

Yi-Fen Lee Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Urology
Research Interest: Extracellular vesicles (Evs), Exosomes, for their roles in cancer development, progression and response to treatment in Urology cancers.

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Richard Libby, Ph.D.
Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Libby Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Ophthalmology
Research Interest: 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.

Loiselle Lab

Orthopaedics
Research Interest: 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.

Luebke Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: 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.

Mariani Lab

Pediatrics
Environmental Medicine
Medicine
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

McGraw Lab

Pediatrics
Research Interest: 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.

McMurray Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Miano Lab

Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Mooney Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Orthopaedics
Research Interest: Impact of obesity and associated type 2 diabetes on Musculoskeletal diseases, osteoarthritis, bone 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.

Morrell Lab

Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Platelet functions of hemostasis/thrombosis in glutamate regulated pathways and immune regulator function in transplant rejection and the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Nedergaard Lab

Neurosurgery
Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Neurology
Research Interest: 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.

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

Ovitt Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Palis Lab

Pediatrics
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Cellular and Molecular events underlying the ontogeny of the hematopoietic system.

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Jinjiang Pang, B.Med., Ph.D.
Jinjiang Pang, B.Med., Ph.D.

Pang Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms involved in cardiac metabolism and identifying critical targets that regulate angiogenesis under physiological and Pathological conditions

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Archibald Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

Perkins / Zhang Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: Genetic mechanisms in acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic 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.

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.

Puzas Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Orthopaedics
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Homaira Rahimi, M.D.
Homaira Rahimi, M.D.

Schwarz Lab

Pediatrics
Research Interest: Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis. Imaging of lymph nodes as a martyr for arthritic flare in RA, lymphangiogenesis in Arthritic flare in murine model of erosive arthritis.

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.

Arshad Rahman Lab

Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: 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.

Irfan Rahman Lab

Environmental Medicine
Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Dentistry
Research Interest: 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
Paul Rothberg, Ph.D.
Paul Rothberg, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Human genetic variation in the development of disease, cancer and neurodegeneration. Molecular genetics of neuronal Ceroid lipofuscinosis, Batten disease.

Not accepting students at this time.
Daniel Ryan, M.D.
Daniel Ryan, M.D.
Research Interest: Hematopoiesis

Not accepting students at this time.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.
Jesse Schallek, Ph.D.

Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance

Schallek Lab

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

Schwarz Lab

Orthopaedics
Microbiology & Immunology
Biomedical Engineering
Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Urology
Research Interest: Inflammatory bone loss as seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metastasis and wear debris induced osteolysis around prosthetic implants

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Glynis Scott, M.D.
Glynis Scott, M.D.

Scott Lab

Dermatology
Research Interest: 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.

Singh Lab

Ophthalmology
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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
Eric Small, Ph.D.
Eric Small, Ph.D.
Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute
Research Interest: Transcriptional regulation of fibroblast plasticity and cardiac fibrosis

Mentor for Cell Biology of Disease Ph.D. Program
Laurie Steiner, M.D.
Laurie Steiner, M.D.

Steiner Lab

Pediatrics
Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Thakar Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modeling 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.

Topham Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: 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.
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: 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.
Pediatrics
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: 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.

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: 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.

Xing Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Yan Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Yao Lab

Medicine
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: 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.

Yeh Lab

George H. Whipple Laboratory for Cancer Research

Urology
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: 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.

Zhang Lab

Orthopaedics
Research Interest: 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