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Allen Anandaranja, MBBS

Allen Anandarajah, MBBS
Research interests: The role of imaging studies in the evaluation of inflammatory arthritis; early rheumatoid arthritis with particular emphasis on outcome measures and co-morbidities; erosive osteoarthritis of the hand; the IQ-LUPUS Project which focuses on a patient-centered approach to improve health care for lupus patients

Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD

Jennifer Anolik, MD, PhD
Research interests: The mechanisms of B cell tolerance in systemic lupus, bone marrow B cell development, and B cell regulation by the innate immune system and of the bone compartment in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Both translational approaches and murine models are utilized to study the diversity of B cell roles in systemic autoimmunity.

Anolik Lab

Jennifer Barnas, MD, PhD

Jennifer Barnas, MD, PhD
Research interests: Cellular interactions within the renal microenvironment of lupus nephritis and how this contributes to the pathophysiology of human systemic lupus

Barnas Lab

Lin Gao, MBBS, PhD

Lin Gao, MBBS, PhD
Research interests: The role of senescent cells in organ damage in lupus and treatment targets

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Maria de la Luz Garcia-Hernandez, PhD

Maria de la Luz Garcia-Hernandez, PhD
Research interests: Understanding the role of DC-STAMP in osteoclastogenesis; defining the value of DC-STAMP as a marker for progression from psoriasis to psoriatic arthritis

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R. John Looney, MD

R. John Looney, MD
Research interests: The role of senescent cells in organ damage in lupus and treatment targets

Looney Lab

Bethany Marston, MD

Bethany Marston, MD
Research interests: The development of web-based curricula for rheumatology fellows based on basic science and clinical research methodology written by experts in the field.

Nida Pellett, PhD

Nida Meednu Pellett, PhD
Research interests: Understanding the underlying pathogenic mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the role of B cells in the development and progression of these diseases; autoantibody independent functions of B cells including interaction with other immune cells and other relevant organ systems; mechanism of how B cells interact with osteoclasts and osteoblasts to contribute to bone erosion process in rheumatoid arthritis

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Ananta Paine, PhD

Ananta Paine, PhD
Research interests: Employing integrative approaches to address challenging research questions related to autoimmune bone diseases; understanding the involved mechanisms for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

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Christopher Palma, MD, ScM

Christopher Palma, MD, ScM
Research interests: Investigating potential new therapies for granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis

Javier Rangel-Moreno, PhD

Javier Rangel-Moreno, PhD
Research interests: Understanding the complex interactions among immune cells that take place in target tissues; defining and understanding the distinctive and strategic organization of immune cells in the peripheral tissues and how they contribute to the local induction of pathological or protective immune responses

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Christopher Richardson, MD, PhD

Christopher Richardson, MD, PhD
Research interests: Understanding the role of B cells and antibodies in autoimmune skin disease; understanding the pathogenesis of cutaneous lupus

Richardson Lab

Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH

Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH
Research interests: Understanding the mechanisms that underlie pathologic bone resorption and new bone formation in psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; understanding the mechanisms that are responsible for bone marrow edema as recorded on magnetic resonance imaging scans in inflammatory arthritis

Ritchlin Lab

Ummara Shah, MD

Ummara Shah, MD
Research interests: Investigating potential new therapies for systemic lupus erythematosus

Darren Tabechian, MD

Darren Tabechian MD
Research interests: Clinical research in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gout

Ralf Thiele, MD

Ralf Thiel, MD
Research interests: Using high frequency ultrasound, power doppler and 3D ultrasound to identify tophi in gout as well as synovitis and enthesitis in gout, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis; sonographic diagnosis and outcomes assessment of crystal arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathy

Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program