Graduate Studies Faculty

  • Jeffrey Amack, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Genetics and cell biology of organ morphogenesis during embryonic development.
  • David Amberg, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of actin dynamics and analysis of genomic influences on actin function.
  • Edward Berry, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Biological energy transduction by membrane protein complexes, with emphasis on oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • Scott Blystone, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Actin Cytoskeletal Dynamics in the leukocyte inflammatory phenotype.
  • Dimitra Bourboulia, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    * Cancer Biology and Cell Signaling

    * Molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastasis 

    * Prostate cancer development and progression

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • Blair Calancie, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: CNS plasticity after trauma; intraoiperative electrophysiology.
  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases
  • Gary Chan, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Human cytomegalovirus pathogenesis and persistence. 

  • Xin Jie Chen, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Mitochondrial biogenesis and inheritance, aging and aging-related degenerative diseases.
  • Michael Cosgrove, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of chromatin, Mixed Lineage Leukemia, structural biology, enzymology.

  • Richard Cross, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests: Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function
  • Timothy Damron, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Radioprotectant strategies: pediatric growth plate. Treatment of Fractures in Pathology Bone, Reconstructive Alternatives: Limb-Sparing Sarcoma Surgery, Genetics of Pagetoid Osteosarcoma
  • Joseph Domachowske, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Pneumovirus pathogenesis.
  • Dipak Dube, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanism of cardiac myofibrillogenesis in vertebrates.
  • Thomas Duncan, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function.
  • Timothy Endy, MD, MPH
    Professor
    Research Interests: Understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral hemorrhagic and encephalitic arboviruses and host-vector interactions.
  • Stephen Faraone, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests:

    Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype. For more detail, see CV

  • Bart Farell, PhD
    Voluntary Faculty
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of visual perception of 3-D position, motion, color and object shape, investigated by psychophysical methods.
  • Wenyi Feng, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Chromosomal DNA replication origins (location, timing and regulation), replication fork integrity and checkpoint regulation, genomic instability and chromosome fragility in both the yeast and human genome
  • Gerold Feuer, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: HTLV pathogenesis and Tax function; Humanized SCID mouse models of hematopoiesis; lentivirus vectors; KSHV/HHV-8 infection and pathogenesis; SCID-hu immune responses against HIV envelope
  • Eileen Friedman, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: The role of the kinase Mirk/dyrk1B in solid tumors
  • Jerrie Gavalchin, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of pathogenic antibody production in autoimmune glomerulonephritis; Cell-surface receptors for retroviruses
  • Debashis Ghosh, MSc, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Structure and function of enzymes in estrogen and androgen biosynthesis; rational design of enzyme modulators in hormonal breast and prostate cancers; characterization of interphotoreceptor retinol binding proteins.
  • Stephen Glatt, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology

  • Steven Goodman, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Proteomic assessment of sickle cell severity.
  • Steven Hanes, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Gene expression in development and disease, RNA pol II regulation, homeobox genes, prolyl isomerases
  • Sandra Hayes, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Roles of B lymphoid kinase (Blk) in lymphocyte development and activation as well as in preventing autoimmunity

  • George Holz, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Drug development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Brian Howell, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: The signal transduction events that regulate the functional organization of neurons in the brain, and the phenotypes caused by defects in the genes that encode these signaling molecules.
  • Huaiyu Hu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular studies of brain malformations.
  • Ying Huang, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Oncogenic signaling in cellular transformation and apoptosis; tumor suppressor genes.
  • Bihchen Hwang, DDS, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: DNA replication of herpes viruses.
  • Burk Jubelt, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    CNS acute and chronic polio- and entero-virus infections; Growth factors for Post-Polio Syndrome; Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Motor Neuron Gene Expression

  • Patricia Kane, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Vacuolar H+ATPases (structure, function, assembly and regulation), cellular pH homeostasis, cellular stress responses, protein sorting, genomics, yeast as a model system
  • Wendy Kates, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Anatomic and functional imaging investigations of neurodevelopment in individuals with genetic or psychiatric disorders
  • William Kerr, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Transplant immunology and stem cell biology.
  • Dilip Kittur, MD, ScD, FACS
    Professor
    Research Interests: Xenotransplantation, Endothelial cell dysfunction, Use of herbal products in transplant biology
  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins
  • Leszek Kotula, MD/PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cancer biology, cell signaling, the role of actin cytoskeleton in tumor progression, mouse models of cancer

  • Mira Krendel, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Physiological functions of myosin motors and their roles in diabetic kidney disease and cancer
  • Andrzej Krol, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Advanced tomographic reconstruction in PET and SPECT. Breast cancer detection and imaging using molecular, MR and x-ray imaging. Nonrigid multimodality breast image registration and fusion. Advanced breast cancer lumpectomy. Ultrafast laser-based x-ray source for biomedical imaging. Advanced tomographic reconstruction in cone-beam micro-CT.

  • Stewart Loh, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Protein engineering, design, and folding

  • Hong Lu, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene regulation during liver development and carcinogenesis

    Drug metabolism, liver protection, cancer chemoprevention, and cancer therapy

  • Juntao Luo, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Nanomedicine, drug delivery, cancer imaging and cancer treatment; gene delivery and gene therapy, protein/peptide delivery. biomaterials in tissue engineering; combinatorial chemistry and drug discovery; High throughput screening; microarrays. 

  • Kenneth Mann, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Micro-mechanics of implant interfaces; damage evolution of joint replacements and biomaterials; in vivo models of tumor osteolysis and prediction of fracture risk; general orthopedic biomechanics.
  • Bryan Margulies, MS, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:
    • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Biology
    • Cell Migration and Cell Fate Choices
    • Endochondral Bone Growth
    • Orthopedic Tumor
  • Paul Massa, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of innate immune responses to viruses.

  • Russell Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development
  • Frank Middleton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular basis of cortical-basal ganglia and cortical-cerebellar circuit formation and dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease.

  • David Mitchell, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of ciliary dynein activity and assembly, and the role of the central pair complex in ciliary motility regulation.
  • Jennifer Moffat, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Varicella zoster pathogenesis.
  • Golam Mohi, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
    Stem cell biology, cell signaling, hematopoiesis and blood cancer 
  • Mehdi Mollapour, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Post-translational regulation of the Hsp90 molecular chaperone machinery in cancer

  • Brad Motter, PhD
    Voluntary Faculty
    Research Interests: Visual Neurophysiology; Visual Attention; Visual Search Behavior
  • Christopher Neville, PT, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
  • Megan Oest, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Orthopedic tissue engineering; angiogenesis & graft/implant viability; fetal basis of adult disease; intrauterine stem cell programming.
  • Eric Olson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development.
  • Donna Osterhout, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Biology of oligodendroglia and myelin formation during development, remyelination and repair in spinal cord injury and MS"

  • Andras Perl, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genes and Viruses Predisposing to Autoimmunity, Genetics, Apoptosis, Endogenous Retroviruses, Transaldolase

  • Arkadii Perzov, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Biophysical mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias; fluorescence imaging.
  • Francesca Pignoni, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
    Neurogenesis; Retinal Progenitor Cells Specification and Proliferation; Genetic Control of Stem Cell Identity and Maintenance; Disease Genes Analysis in Drosophila
  • Thomas Poole, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Vascular development and the alignment of growing nerves and blood vessels in quail and zebrafish embryos.
  • Dawn Post, PhD
    Research Scientist
    Research Interests:

    Cancer treatments. My lab is currently investigating two different cancer therapy approaches: (1) oncolytic viruses and (2) inhibitors of the EGFR/Her pathway.

  • Michael Princiotta, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Antigen processing and presentation; Cytotoxic T lymphocyte response to viral and bacterial infections
  • David Pruyne, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Biochemistry and cell biology of formins as actin cytoskeleton organizers, using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.
  • Rosemary Rochford, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Etiology of viral-associated malignancies, gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis.
  • Michael Roe, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: The Roe laboratory studies signal transduction mechanisms that regulate pancreatic beta cell biology and the pathophysiology of diabetes.
  • Jean Sanger, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Analysis of the assembly of the actin/myosin cytoskeleton in muscle and non-muscle cells.
  • Joseph Sanger, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Cellular analysis of the formation of myofibrils, stress fibers, and cleavage furrows in living cells.
  • Mark Schmitt, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Ribonucleoprotein assembly and biogenesis; mitochondrial RNA import, mRNA degradation, cell cycle control
  • M Saeed Sheikh, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Apoptotic signal transduction and cancer biology.
  • Edward Shillitoe, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene therapy for cancer; Bacterial causes of obesity, diabetes and periodontal disease

  • Allen Silverstone, PhD
    Research Scientist
    Research Interests: How dioxins and estrogens and estrogenic compounds affect the immune system.
  • Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of the actin cytoskeleton assembly and role of myosin-1 during endocytosis in fission yeast.
  • Steven Taffet, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of intercellular communication in the heart, gene expression during macrophage activation
  • Daniel Tso, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception, studied through physiological, anatomical and functional imaging techniques.
  • Christopher Turner, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of cell migration by focal adhesion adapter proteins and their role in cancer cell metastasis.
  • Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal survival and development.
  • Richard Veenstra, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of connexin-specific-gap-junctions; gap junction channel biophysics.
  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.
  • Stephan Wilkens, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Bound Transport Proteins
  • Gary Winslow, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Host defense against intracellular pathogens, B cell responses, immunological memory


  • Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD
    Professor and Interim Chair
    Research Interests:

    Intracellular signaling via InsP3 receptors and their regulation by the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway and Bcl-2 family proteins.

  • Yunlei Yang, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Deciphering and manipulating the cellular signaling circuits for feeding behaviors using approaches including electrophysiology, pharmacogenetics and optogenetics.

  • Steven Youngentob, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: In utero ethanol and nicotine exposures and chemsensory systems plasticity, olfactory biomarkers of ADHD, olfactory signal transduction, peripheral and central mechanisms of odorant quality coding.
  • Li-Ru Zhao, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Brain plasticity, Brain repair, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, CADASIL, Traumatic brain injury, Live brain imaging, Stem cell biology and therapy, Cell signaling, Cell-cell interaction.

  • Sijun Zhu, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genetic mechanisms of Drosophila neural stem cell self-renewal and specification

  • Michael Zuber, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: The molecular basis of retinal stem cell formation; regulating retinal stem/progenitor cell proliferation; using retinal stem/progenitor cells to heal the injured or degenerating retina.