Faculty – Alphabetical

Devin M. Absher, Ph.D. Genetics
Epigenomic analysis of cancer, autoimmune, and cardiovascular disease

David Allison, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Obesity, quantitative genetics, clinical trials, and statistical and research methodology

Malay Basu, Ph.D. Pathology
Computational genomics and bioinformatics

Mark Beasley, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Methodological problems in statistical genetics and bioinformatics

Zsuzsanna Bebok, M.D. Cell Biology
Protein folding disorders; cystic fibrosis; gene expression regulation by cellular stress responses

David Bedwell, Ph.D. Microbiology
Translation termination; mRNA turnover

Scott Blume, M.D. Medicine-Hematology and Oncology
Specific regulation of gene expression at the translational level, through sequence-specific RNA-binding proteins and complex 5'-untranslated RNA sequences; dysregulation of gene-specific translational control mechanisms in cancer

S. Louis Bridges, M.D. Medicine-Immunology/Rheumatology
Genetic influences on susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in African Americans; pharmacogenetics of rheumatoid arthritis

David Briles, Ph.D. Microbiology
Bacterial pathogenesis; virulence; immunity; pneumococcus 

Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., M.P.H. Pathology
Immunogenetics of autoimmune disease; infectious disease and virally associated cancers

Daniel C. Bullard, Ph.D. Genetics
Regulation of inflammatory responses; pathogenesis of lupus and vasculitic disorders

Peter Burrows, Ph.D. Microbiology
Lymphocyte development and function 

Emidio Capriotti, Ph.D. Pathology
Sequence and structure bioinformatics

Igor Chesnokov, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
DNA replication and cell cycle in eukaryotes

Gregory Cooper, Ph.D. Genetics
Discovery of disease-associated variation; comparative genomics and molecular evolution; gene expression regulation and variation; structural genomic variation; computational genomics and methods development

Sara Cooper, Ph.D. Genetics
Development and application of metabolomics methods; linking metabolic phenotypes with genetic changes; using metabolomics to understand disease pathology, identify biomarkers for disease and develop diagnostic tools

Rita Cowell, Ph.D. Psychiatry
Transcriptional regulation of interneuron-specific genes in development and neurodegeneration

Michael Crowley, Ph.D. Genetics
Mammary gland biology and neoplaisa

Xiangqin Cui, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Splicing array design; equivalence tests for large dimension data produced by microarrays

Peter Detloff, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Mouse models of human genetic disorders

Kevin Dybvig, Ph.D. Genetics
Pathogenic mechanisms of mycoplasmas

Jeffrey Edberg, Ph.D. Medicine-Immunology/Rheumatology
Genetic polymorphisms in Wegner's granulomatosis

Isam Eltoum, M.D., M.B.A. Pathology
Clinical research in diagnostic cytology and surgical pathology; tumorogenesis of prostate cancer and chemoprevention; HPV infection

Jose Fernandez, Ph.D. Nutrition Science
Identification of genes contributing to racial differences in obesity, diabetes, and cancer: the genetic admixture approach

Paul Gamlin, Ph.D. Vision Sciences
Studies of the neural bases of vision and eye movements

Keith Giles, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
1) The regulation of transcription by chromatin, specifically uH2B 2) Noncoding RNA and higher-order chromatin structure 3) Ribosomal RNA synthesis and the regulation of pluripotency

Frederick Goldman, M.D. Pediatrics
Creation of patient-specific gene corrected hematopoietic stem cells in inherited bone marrow failure syndromes using inducible pluripotent stem cell technology

Michelle Gray, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Pathogenesis of Huntington's Disease

Alecia K. Gross, Ph.D. Vision Sciences
GPCR trafficking in neurons and rhodopsin-mediated retinal degenerations

John Hartman, M.D. Genetics
Quantitative analysis of genotype-phenotype interaction networks in yeast models of human disease 

Mohammad Hassan, Ph.D. Dentistry-Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Molecular function of non-coding RNA; transcription factor and epigenetic regulation of osteoblast differentiation

Kejin Hu, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Somatic cell nuclear reprogramming, genetic modification of human pluripotent stem cells (PSC), pluripotency and self-renewal of pluripotent stem cells, and differentiation of PSC into blood lineage

Amjad Javed, Ph.D. Dentistry-Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Genetic and molecular signaling for cellular differentiation and skeletogenesis

Kai Jiao, M.D., Ph.D. Genetics
TGF-beta/Bmp signaling during cardiogenesis

Rajesh Kana, Ph.D. - Psychology
My primary research interest is to explore the neural substrates of social cognition and the impact of social cognition on language, communication and other cognitive functions.

Bob Kesterson, Ph.D. Genetics
Hypothalamic control of feeding behavior

Robert Kimberly, M.D. Medicine-Immunology/Rheumatology
Autoimmunity, molecular mechanisms and genetic risk

Chris Klug, Ph.D. Microbiology
Hematopoietic stem cell biology, acute leukemia, and pancreatic cancer

Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D. Genetics
Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Elliot J. Lefkowitz, Ph.D. Microbiology
Viral and microbial genomics, evolution, and bioinformatics

Nita Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H. Neurology
Pharmacogenetics/genomics of anticoagulation therapy and pharmacoepidemiology in cardiovascular phenotypes

Nianjun Liu, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Genetic linkage and association analysis, disequilibrium mapping, population genetics, bioinformatics, machine learning methods, longitudinal data analysis, and their applications in genetics and bioinformatics

Clint Lothrop, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Allograft rejection; novel therapies for blood disorders

Farah Lubin, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Molecular transcriptional mechanisms in learning/memory and neurological disorders

James Meador Woodruff, M.D. Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology 
Cellular and subcellular alterations of neural circuitry and molecular expression in schizophrenia

Ludwine Messiaen, Ph.D. Genetics
Molecular genetics testing in hereditary disorders; molecular dissection of the variant forms of NF1 

Joseph Messina, Ph.D. Pathology
Insulin and growth hormone (GH) action; insulin and GH resistance following trauma and infection

Michael Miller, Ph.D. Cell Biology
Function and evolution of intercellular communication mechanisms

Kasturi Mitra, Ph.D. Genetics
Exploring the significance of mitochondrial structural change in health and disease

Karolina Mukhtar, Ph.D. Biology
Molecular mechanisms of cellular stress responses in model plant Arabidopsis thaliana

Shahid M. Mukhtar, Ph.D. Biology
functional Genomics and Systems Biology

Rick Myers

Dobrawa Napierala, Ph.D. Dentistry-Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Trps 1 transcription factor and molecular networks during formation and homeostasis of mineralizing tissues

Marek Napierala, PhD. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Thomas Norton, Ph.D. Vision Sciences
Juvenile eye development; mechanisms leading to myopia or hyperopia

Michelle Olsen, Ph.D. Physiology & Biophysics 
Glial potassium channels and glutamate transporters in injury and abnormal development

John Parant, Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology
Animal models of genomic instability; p53 regulation; cancer and mitotic dysfunction

Seung Park, M.D. Pathology
Big Data and Cloud Computing in Clinical Workflow

Ji-Bin Peng, Ph.D. Medicine-Nephrology
Calcium transport proteins an their roles in health and disease

Steven Pittler, Ph.D. Vision Sciences
Characterization of photoreceptor metabolism and retinal degeneration 

Kirill Popov, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Regulation of pyruvae dehydrogenase complex

Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Regulation of synaptic transmission and plasticity

Steven Rowe, M.D., Medicine-Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care
Cystic Fibrosis Clinical and Translational Research

Tom Ryan, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Stem cell therapies in animal models of human disease

David Schneider, Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Control of RNA polymerase I transcription in the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Harry Schroeder, M.D., Ph.D. Medicine
Development and function of lymphocyte antigen receptors; genetics of primary immune deficiency diseases

Rosa Serra, Ph.D. Cell Biology
Mechanism of TGF-ß action in developmental and disease processes

Anath Shalev, M.D. Medicine

Sadeep Shrestha, Ph.D. Epidemiology
Interplay of human genetics with behavioral and environmental factors in the natural history and pathogenesis of infectious diseases (HIV, HBV, HCV, HPV, HTLV) and chronic disorders such as Kawasaki disease and coronary heart disease

Keshav K. Singh, Ph.D. Genetics
Mitochondria-to-nucleus retrograde cross talk, oxidative stress, genomic instability and its role in cancer

Daniel Smith

David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D. Neurology
Translational research in neurodegenerative diseases

Adrie Steyn, Ph.D. Microbiology
Mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence 

Theresa Strong, Ph.D. Medicine
Identification of tumor antigens and development of cancer vaccines

Sunil Sudarshan, M.D. Urology
Urologic oncology and understanding the molecular basis of renal cancer

David Sweatt, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Signal transduction mechanisms in learning and memory

Alex Szalai, Ph.D. Medicine-Immunology/Rheumatology
Inflammation, innate immunity, and the acute phase proteins in health and disease 

Jianming, "James" Tang, Ph.D. Medicine
Genetic and epigenetic influences on infection and immunity in human populations

Anne Theibert, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Role of phosphoinositides in developmental neurobiology

Sunnie Thompson, Ph.D. Microbiology
Translation initiation and replication of RNA viruses 

Hemant Tiwari, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Genetic linkage analysis; disequilibrium mapping; population genetics; molecular evolution; bioinformatics; genetics of infectious diseases

Trygve Tollefsbol

M. Tino Unlap, Ph.D. Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
Role of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger in mediating the effects of oxidative stress in hypertension, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease

Jianbo Wang, Ph.D. Cell Biology
Cellular polarity and morphogenesis during mammalian development and disease

Lizhong Wang, M.D., Ph.D. Genetics
Cancer genetics

Amy Weinmann

Adam Wende, Ph.D.  Pathology
Mechanisms of glucose mediated regulation of cardiac mitochondrial function

Andrew West, Ph.D. Neurology
Genetic and biochemical mechanisms in neurological disorders

Scott Wilson, Ph.D. Neurobiology
Mouse models of neurodegeneration

J.M. Wyss, Ph.D. Cell Biology
Genetic and biochemical mechanisms in neurological disorders

Nengjun Yi, Ph.D. Public Health-Biostatistics
Development of statistical and computational methods for identifying multiple interacting genes for complex traits

Brad Yoder, Ph.D. Cell Biology
Cilia signaling and dysfunction in development and disease 

Janet Yother, Ph.D. Microbiology
Capsular polysaccharides of Streptococcus pneumoniae

Nabiha Yusuf, Ph.D. Dermatology
Innate immune mechanisms in tumor development

Jianhua Zhang, Ph.D. Pathology
Cell and molecular mechanisms and mouse models of autophagy in development, neurological and psychiatric diseases

Lufang Zhao