Faculty Recognition 2Pittman Scholars, named for the late James A. Pittman, M.D., longtime dean of the School of Medicine from 1973 to 1992, are nominated by their department chairs based on their research achievements and their potential for continued discovery in the basic or clinical sciences.

Awardees are assistant professors who have held that rank for fewer than five years.


Surya Bhatt, M.D.

Surya Bhatt, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Kirk Habegger, Ph.D.

Kirk Habegger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Ganesh Halade, Ph.D.

Ganesh Halade, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Chad Hunter, Ph.D.

Chad Hunter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Marek Napierala, Ph.D.

Marek Napierala, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Amy Willis Amara, M.D., Ph.D.

Amy Willis Amara, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
Jeremy Day, Ph.D.

Jeremy Day, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Jayme Locke, M.D.

Jayme Locke, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Glenn Rowe, Ph.D.

Glenn Rowe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Lufang Zhou, Ph.D.

Lufang Zhou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D.

Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Beatriz Leon Ruiz, Ph.D.

Beatriz Leon Ruiz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology
Lizhong Wang, M.D. Ph.D

Lizhong Wang, M.D. Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
J. Michael Wells, M.D.

J. Michael Wells, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Adam R. Wende, Ph.D.

Adam R. Wende, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
Daniel Chu, M.D.

Daniel Chu, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D.

Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Jeremy Herskowitz, Ph.D.

Jeremy Herskowitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
Anita Hjelmeland, Ph.D.

Anita Hjelmeland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Kelly Hyndman, Ph.D.

Kelly Hyndman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Matthew Alexander, Ph.D.

Matthew Alexander, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Pankaj Arora, M.D.

Pankaj Arora, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Deparment of Medicine
Aaron Fobian, Ph.D.

Aaron Fobian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Alexa Mattheyses, Ph.D.

Alexa Mattheyses, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Kyle Wood, M.D.

Kyle Wood, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Urology