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Adam J. Adler, Professor of Immunology, B.S., McGill University, Ph.D., Columbia University. Our lab studies mechanisms of T cell tolerization to peripheral self-antigens, as well as the relationship between tolerance and tumor immunity.

Hector Leo Aguila, Associate Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Hematopoiesis and bone marrow microenvironment; lymphoid cell development; stem cell biology.

Srdjan Antic, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, M.D., M.S., Belgrade University. Prefrontal and somatosensory cortex; pyramidal neurons; synaptic transmission; excitatory neurotransmitters; the role of dendrites in synaptic integration; and dopaminergic modulation of dendritic excitability.

Andrew Arnold, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Developmental Biology, Murray-Heilig Chair in Molecular Medicine, Director, Center for Molecular Medicine. Pathogenesis of parathyroid and other endocrine tumors, and role of the cyclin D1 oncogene in neoplasia, including breast cancer.

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Rashmi Bansal, Professor of Neuroscience; Ph.D., Central Drug Research Institute. Multiple Sclerosis, signaling mechanisms that regulate development, myelination, demyelination and remyelination in transgenic mouse models and in tissue culture.

Elisa Barbarese, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., McGill University. Cellular and molecular biology of glia and neurons and their role in multiple sclerosis and autism.

Kyle Baumbauer, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., Kent State University. Neurons responsible for transmitting sensory information to the central nervous system; the primary afferents.

Dashzeveg Bayarsaihan, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Wesleyan University. Research interests are complex human disorders using stem cell technology, functional genomics and animal models to understand chromatin architecture and epigenetic modifications.

Leslie R. Bernstein, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., University of Illinois. Behavioral neuroscience: psychoacoustics.

Irina Besonova, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, Ph.D., University of Toronto. Structural and biochemical characterization of proteins and protein complexes of p53 pathway, especially, proteins responsible for maintenance of an appropriate level of p53 in the cell.

Michael Blinov, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science. Computational Biology: Modeling of signal transcription systems and protein-DNA interactions. Bioinformatics: Data mining and visualization. Developing software tools and mathematical methods for rule-based modeling of signal transduction systems.

Stefan Brocke, Associate Professor of Immunology, M.D., Freie Universistaet Berlin School of Medicine.  Cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain injury in inflammatory and inflammation-associated disorders of the central nervous system.

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Ernesto Canalis, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medicine, M.D., Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Skeletal growth factors, insulin-like growth factors, hormonal action in bone, mechanisms of glucocorticoid action in bone, and anabolic agents and osteoporosis.

Gordon G. Carmichael, Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology; Ph.D., Harvard. Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes.

John H. Carson, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, B.A., Reed College, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RNA transport in cells of the nervous system.

Linda Cauley, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Oxford University, England. T-cell memory and respiratory virus infections.

Stormy J. Chamberlain, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Ph.D., University of Florida. Human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell models to study 15q11-q13 imprinting disorders.

I-Ping Chen, Assistant Professor, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences, D.D.S., Ph.D., UConn Health. Generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from craniometaphyseal dysplasia (CMD) patients and investigation of osteoclast biology in the human stem cell system as well as in CMD mouse models.

Jeffrey Chuang, Associate Professor, Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Computational biology and bioinformatics; genomics, gene regulation, molecular evolution, and metabolomics. Post-transcriptional regulation and cancer genomics. 

Kevin Claffey, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine. Angiogenesis in cancer progression and metastasis; vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression; hypoxia-mediated gene regulation.

Robert B. Clark, Professor of Immunology, M.D., Stanford. Autoimmunity; immune regulation; regulatory T cells.

Justin Cotney, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Emory University. Determining how gene regulatory elements, namely enhancers, control gene expression during mammalian development.

Ann Cowan, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology; Deputy Director, Center for Biomedical Imaging Technology; Ph.D., University of Colorado. Research encompassing several areas of mammalian sperm development.

Stephen J. Crocker, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, B.S., University of King's College; Ph.D., University of Ottawa. Stem cells; glia; metalloproteinases; cytokines; development; pathology; tissue culture.

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Soheil (Sam) Dadras, Associate Professor of Dermatology, and Genetics and Developmental Biology, M.D.-Ph.D. Northwestern University. Discovery of small RNAs (including microRNA) as novel biomarkers in human melanoma progression and metastasis using next generation sequencing.

Asis K. Das, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Calcutta. Genetics, genomics and mechanisms of bacterial adaptive response; genetic control of bacteriophage lysogeny and lysis; and non-coding RNAs in prokaryotic development.

Caroline N. Dealy, Associate Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Biomaterials and Skeletal Development, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.. Regulation of articular cartilage differentiation and homeostasis by matrix and growth factors; genetic control of skeletal development and regeneration; stem cells for repair or regeneration of cartilage or limb tissue; stem cells as models for cartilage disease.

Anne Delany, Associate Professor of Medicine. Ph.D., Dartmouth Medical School. Function and regulation of the non-collagen matrix protein osteonectin/SPARC in bone; regulation of osteoblast gene expression by microRNAs; exploring how the extracellular matrix regulates gene expression in bone-metastatic prostate carcinoma. 

Patricia I. Diaz, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The University of Adelaide. Inter-species interactions in oral microbial communities that determine oral biofilm formation. Shifts in the oral microbiome composition associated with oral diseases such as mucositis during cancer chemotherapy and periodontal diseases. Interaction of oral microbial communities with the host.

Kimberly Dodge-Kafka, Associate Professor of Cell Biology/Center for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research; Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, 1999. Molecular mechanism of signaling pathways in the heart.

Anna Dongari-Bagtzoglou, Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Division of Periodontology, D.D.S., Aristotle University, Greece, M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., University of Texas, San Antonio. Pathogenesis of oral opportunistic infections in the immunocompromised host. Regulation of oral mucosal inflammation in response to bacterial or fungal infection. Innate immune factors which limit oral mucosal infection and invasion.

David I. Dorsky, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; M.D., Ph.D., Harvard. Anti-HIV and anti-herpes virus drug mechanisms, herpesviral DNA polymerases, gene transfer strategies applied to bioengineering and studies of antigen presentation.

Hicham Drissi, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Ph.D., Universite Paris V. Molecular pathways of bone and cartilage repair.

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Alan Fein, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins. Molecular basis of visual excitation and adaptation.

Guo-Hua Fong, Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., University of Illinois. Developmental biology of the vascular system, VEGF-A receptor signal transduction, embryonic stem cells and gene knock-out in mice.

Marion E. Frank, Professor of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences; Director, Center for Neurosciences, Ph.D., Brown University. Gustatory neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, behavior and disorders; processing of chemosensory information by the nervous system; clinical testing of oral chemosensory function in humans.

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A. Jon Goldberg, Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Biomaterials and Skeletal Development, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, Ph.D. University of Michigan. Biomaterials, with studies involving structure-property relationships, development of novel systems, clinical evaluations and surface analysis.

Brenton R. Graveley, Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1996. Regulation of alternative pre-mRNA splicing.

Gloria Gronowicz, Professor in the Department of Surgery with a secondary appointment in Orthopaedics, Ph.D., Columbia University. Projects: 1) Response of bone cells to implant biomaterials, 2) the effect of the human biofield, through Therapeutic Touch, on normal cells and breast cancer cells, and 3) otosclerosis.

Michael Gryk, Associate Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology. B.S., M.S., University of Connecticut, Ph.D., Stanford University. Three dimensional structure and function of proteins involved in DNA repair.

Arthur Günzl, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology and Center for Microbial Pathogenesis. Transcription and Antigenic Variation in the mammalian parasite Trypanosoma brucei.

Rosaria Guzzo, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Ottowa. Identification of key epigenetic mechanisms that modulate the cartilage-forming potential of human iPS cells.

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David Han, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Washington University. Apoptosis signaling using proteomics and mass spectrometry and bioinformatics technologies.

Arthur R. Hand, Professor of Craniofacial Sciences and Cell Biology, D.D.S., University of California, Los Angeles. Study of protein and gene expression in rodent salivary glands during normal growth and development and in various experimental conditions employing morphological, immunological and biochemical methodology.

Marc Hansen, Professor of Medicine, M.S., University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1986. Molecular genetics of osteosarcoma and related bone diseases.

Bing Hao, Associate Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, Ph.D., Ohio State University. Understanding how the cell cycle is regulated by ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis using x-ray crystallography as a primary tool.

Laura Haynes, Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine. How aging influences immune responses, especially to infectious diseases such as influenza and bacterial pneumonia. Mechanisms involved in specific age-related changes in the immune system and how these changes influence the generation of protective immunity following infection or vaccination.

Christopher Heinen, Associate Professor of Medicine, B.Sc., Northwestern University, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Biochemical and cellular defects of the DNA mismatch repair pathway during tumorigenesis.

Jeff Hoch, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology and Director of Gregory P. Mullen NMR Structural Biology Facility; Ph.D., Harvard. Biophysical chemistry of proteins.

Marja Hurley, Professor of Medicine, M.D., University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Molecular mechanisms by which members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGFs) and fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) families, (produced by osteoblasts, osteoclasts and stromal cells) regulate bone development, remodeling and disorders of bone. Fgf2 knockout and Fgf2 transgenic mice are utilized in loss and gain of function experiments to elucidate the role of FGF-2 in disorders of bone including osteoporosis.

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Laurinda A. Jaffe, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., UCLA. The cell biology of fertilization, and the regulation of meiosis in oocytes.

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Ivo Kalajzic, Associate Professor, Department of Reconstructive Sciences and Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology. M.D., Ph.D., University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Croatia. Bone biology, differentiation of the osteoblast lineage cells.

Yusuf Khan, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D. Drexel University. Strategies to synthesize scaffolds that are also capable of delivering proteins and growth factors essential for complete and adequate healing of bone defects through the use of biodegradable polymers alone and in combination with ceramic materials.

Kamal Khanna, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Identifying the factors and the role they play in controlling the anatomy of a primary and secondary immune response in the hopes of explicating the underlying mechanisms that guide the complex movement of T cells during infection and recall responses in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues.

Duck Kim, Professor of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology, D.Sc., Washington University, St. Louis. Neurobiology and biophysics of the auditory system; computational neuroscience of single neurons and neural systems; experimental otolaryngology (otoacoustic emissions); biomedical engineering.

Stephen M. King, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology; Ph.D., University College, London, 1982. Cell Biology, Structure and Function of Molecular Motors, Dynein biochemistry and Cell Biology, Structural Biology.

Lawrence A. Klobutcher, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, B.S., Loyola University (Chicago), Ph.D., Yale University. DNA rearrangement in eukaryotic cells, phagocytosis.

Dmitry Korzhnev, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of structure and dynamics of proteins and their assemblies; multi-protein complexes involved in DNA replication and repair; protein folding.

Barbara Kream, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Developmental Biology. Hormonal regulation of bone remodeling.

George Kuchel, M.D., Professor of Medicine. Molecular mechanisms of bladder muscle survival. Role of hormones, cytokines and genetic factors in geriatric disability.

Liisa T. Kuhn, Associate Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Biomaterials and Skeletal Development, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development. Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara. Biomaterials for drug delivery and bone regeneration and repair.

Sangamesh Kumbar, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ph.D., Karnatak University. Synthesis and characterization of novel biomaterials/polymers for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.

Shigeyuki Kuwada, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Neurophysiology and anatomy of mammalian auditory system, principles of binaural signal processing.

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Marc Lalande, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Epigenetics including the control of gene expression in embryonic carcinoma stem cells and genomic imprinting and its association with neurogenetics disorders.

Reinhard Laubenbacher, Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Northwestern University.  Development of mathematical algorithms and their application to problems in systems biology, in particular the modeling and simulation of molecular networks. An application area of particular interest is cancer systems biology, especially the role of iron metabolism in breast cancer.

Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD. Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine. Regenerative engineering using scaffolds of appropriate physical and chemical cues to differentiate stem cells to complex tissue type

Sun-Kyeong Lee, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Osteoclast biology and molecular and cellular regulation by cytokines in osteoclastogenesis.

Eric S. Levine, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., Princeton University. Synaptic physiology and plasticity, roles of nerve growth factors and endogenous cannabinoids in hippocampus and cortex.

James Li, Ph.D., Associate Professor. Mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal development of the central nervous system; stem cell biology.

Jun Li, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience. Ph.D., University of Dublin - Trinity College.

Xuejun (June) Li, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., Fudan University. Stem cells, neural development and degeneration.

Bruce Liang, Professor of Medicine, M.D., Harvard Medical School. Signal transduction, cardiac and vascular cell biology, receptors, G proteins, transgenic mice.

Alexander Lichtler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Regulation of collagen gene transcription; retrovirus vectors; role of homeobox genes in limb development.

Edison T. Liu, Professor, M.D., Stanford University. President and CEO The Jackson Laboratory. 

Leslie M. Loew, Professor of Cell Biology; Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Ph.D., Cornell. Morphological determinants of cell physiology; image-based computational models of cellular biology; synapse biophysics; new optical methods for probing living cells.

Alan G. Lurie, Professor of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences; Head, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, D.D.S., UCLA, Ph.D., University of Rochester. Digital imaging analysis of dental and bone diseases.

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Xin-Ming Ma, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D. Beijing University School of Medicine. Synaptogenesis and spine plasticity in hippocampal neurons; estrogen hormones, cocaine, stress and synaptic plasticity.

Mark Maciejewski, Associate Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology. Ph.D., Ohio State University. Utilizing NMR to characterize the three dimensional structure, function and dynamics of proteins from a wide range of important biological systems.

Richard Mains, Professor of Neuroscience, B.S., M.S., Brown University, Ph.D., Harvard University. Pituitary; sympathetic neurons; peptides; vesicles; enzymes; tissue culture; development.

Nilanjana Maulik, Professor of Surgery; Ph.D., University of Calcutta. Molecular and Cellular signaling during myocardial ischemia and reperfusion.

Peter Maye, Assistant Professor of Reconstructive Sciences, Ph.D., Wesleyan University. Isolation, characterization and differentiation of embryonic and adult skeletal stem cells down the osteogenic lineage.

Bruce J. Mayer, Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, Mechanisms of signal transduction.

Louise McCullough, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, M.D., Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Basic mechanisms involved in cerebral ischemia.

Andrei Medvedev, Associate Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Gabrichevsky Epidemiol & Microbiol Institute. How distorted control of TLR signaling underlies immune pathologies.

Lisa M. Mehlmann, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Kent State University. Cell signaling events that regulate oocyte maturation and fertilization, maintenance of oocyte meiotic arrest by G-protein coupled receptors, hormonal regulation of oocyte maturation.

Mina Mina, Professor of Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Advanced Education in General Dentistry; Head, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, D.M.D., National University of Iran, Ph.D., UConn Health. Development of the mandibular arch including the elongation and polarized outgrowth of the mandibular primordia and subsequent differentiation of the skeletal tissues in spatially defined patterns. Characterization of genetic and epigenetic influences involved in the pattern formation and skeletogenesis of the chick mandible and mouse tooth germ. Regulation of patterning in the developing mandible and developing teeth by mandibular epithelium, extracellular matrix molecules, growth factors, and transcription factors.

Royce Mohan, Ph.D., Associate  Professor of Neuroscience. Chemical genetic approaches in corneal angiogenesis, fibrosis and retinal gliosis.

William A. Mohler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Developmental cell fusion; C. elegans genetics; multidimensional imaging of developmental and cell biological processes.

Ion Moraru. Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Carol Davila University of Medicine. Understanding signal transduction mechanisms, in particular related to calcium and phosphoinositides.

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Lakshmi Nair, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering, Ph.D., SCTIMST, India. Design and development of regenerative biomaterials to favorably modulate the responses of a variety of cell types involved in tissue regeneration and repair.

Syam P. Nukavarapu, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering. Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Scaffold based bone tissue engineering.

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Douglas L. Oliver, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., Duke University. Synaptic organization; parallel information processing in the central nervous system; Ionic currents and channel expression and their role in information processing; neurocytology, morphology, and cellular physiology of CNS sensory systems; biology of hearing and deafness.

Zhengqing Ouyang, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Stanford University. Development and application of statistical and computational methodologies in the area of regulatory genomics. Chromatin structure, lncRNA, epigenomics and epitranscriptomics, and regulatory network.

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Joel S. Pachter, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., NYU. Use of laser capture microdissection for gene profiling of the neurovascular unit in health and disease.

John J. Peluso, Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., West Virginia University. Hormonal control of ovarian follicular growth and atresia (apoptosis); characterization of a putative membrane receptor for progesterone.

Carol C. Pilbeam, Professor of Medicine; Ph.D., Yale University. M.D., Yale School of Medicine. Mechanisms of regulation of bone formation and resorption.

Steven J. Potashner, Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., McGill University. Synaptic and transmitter biochemistry of neural connections in the auditory nervous system and their plasticity in the adult animal.

Lynn Puddington, Associate Professor of Immunology, B.S., Iowa State University, Ph.D., Wake Forest University. Allergic asthma; neonatal immunity and tolerance; developmental immunology.

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Justin D. Radolf, Professor of Medicine and Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, M.D., University of California-San Francisco. Molecular pathogenesis and immunobiology of spirochetal infections.

T.V. Rajan, Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine; M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Parasitology; filariasisl molecular immunoparasitology.

Vijay Rathinam, Assistant Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Michigan State University.  Understand the immunologic basis of infectious and inflammatory diseases.

Ernst Reichenberger, Associate Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, Biomaterials and Skeletal Development, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development. Ph.D., University of Erlangen. The Reichenberger laboratory is interested in learning about the complex processes required for generating and maintaining the skin and bones. To find out how the mechanisms operate in a healthy person, we study human genetic disorders in which they are disrupted.

Vladimir Rodionov, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., Moscow State University, 1980. Research in this laboratory is focused on molecular mechanisms of intracellular transport and organization of microtubule cytoskeleton.

Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo, Professor of Cell Biology, M.D., New Jersey Medical School. Genetic link between healthy HDL cholesterol, heart disease, and infertility in women.

Blanka Rogina, Associate Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Zagreb University School of Medicine. Biology of aging including the molecular genetic determinants of aging and longevity.

Daniel W. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine. Molecular genetics of colorectal cancer; signaling pathways in the development of tumors; toxicogenomics.

Edward F. Rossomando, Professor of Craniofacial Sciences, D.D.S., University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, M.S. (Management) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Translational research, strategic management, entrepreneurship, management of innovation and technology, strategic management in the healthcare industry.

David Rowe, M.D., Professor of Reconstructive Sciences. Director of Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development. Identification and characterization of cells within the mesenchymal lineages that lead to formation and maintenance skeletal tissues. Murine models for assessing cell based therapies for regeneration of adult skeletal structures.

Yijun Ruan, Professor, Ph.D., University of Maryland. Elucidating the structures and dynamics of all functional DNA elements in complex genomes through DNA sequencing analysis of genetic variations in genomes and transcriptomes.      

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Juan C. Salazar, Professor of Pediatrics, M.D., Universidad Javeriana. Analysis of the immunologic interactions between syphilis and HIV and the pathogenesis of spirochetal diseases including Lyme disease.

Archana Sanjay, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Ph.D.
Regulation of bone remodeling; examining signaling pathways that regulate osteoblast and osteoclast differentiation and function.

Mansoor Sarfarazi, Ph.D., Professor of Surgery. Positional mapping and mutation analysis of human genetic disorders; primary open angle glaucoma, primary congenital glaucoma, synpolydactyly, dyslexia, mitral valve prolapse and ascending aortic aneurysm.

Adam Schuyler,  Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Computational modeling of molecular dynamics and allosteric activation; nonuniform sampling techniques for multidimensional NMR experiments.

Peter Setlow, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, B.A., Swarthmore College, Ph.D., Brandeis University. Biochemistry of bacterial spore germination.

Linda Shapiro, Associate Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., University of Michigan 1984. Molecular mechanisms by which large cell surface peptidases regulate numerous pathologic processes ranging from angiogenesis, tumor cell invasion, chronic and acute inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular disease.

Boris Slepchenko, Associate Professor of Cell Biology.

Henry Smilowitz, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pre-clinical experimental therapeutics of cancer using glioma, intracerebral melanoma, as well as breast, head & neck and bladder cancer models.   A.) Gold nanoparticles as radiation enhancers (with an emphasis on glioma), B.) Gold and iron nanoparticles for hyperthermia and hyperthermia mediated radiation enhancement (with an emphasis on head & neck cancer), C.) Combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy for intracerebral tumors.

Pramod K. Srivastava, Professor of Medicine, Ph.D., Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India. Heat shock proteins as peptide chaperones, roles in antigen presentation and applications in immunotherapy of cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Michael Stitzel, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Human pancreatic islet cells and the genetic and environmental bases of type 2 diabetes.

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Aziz Taghbalout, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, PhD, Hassan II University. Understanding the molecular organization of the RNA degradosome, a multiprotein complex that plays essential role in the normal RNA degradation and processing in Escherichia coli.

Mark R. Terasaki, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Mechanism of nuclear envelope breakdown; structure and function of the endoplasmic reticulum.

Suzy V. Torti, Professor of Molecular, Micorbial and Structural Biology' Ph.D., Tufts University. Regulation of iron metabolism and the relationship between iron and cancer. 

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Duygu Ucar, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Ph.D., Ohio State. Developing computational models to take advantage of existing datasets to study the dynamics and mechanisms of transcriptional gene regulation and propose testable hypotheses.

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Anthony T. Vella, Professor of Immunology, Ph.D., Cornell University. T-cell immunity; costimulation; adjuvants and cytokines.

Paola Vera-Licona, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Computational Systems Biology of Cancer, reverse-engineering of biological networks, network theory, development and application of algorithms for mathematical modeling and analysis of biological networks, and discovery and development of combinations of targeted therapies.

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David M. Waitzman, Associate Professor of Neurology, M.D., Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine and CUNY. Neurophysiology; oculomotor system; modeling of CNS.

Zhao-Wen Wang, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release; potassium and calcium channel function; Synaptic localization of potassium channels.

James Watras, Associate Professor of Medicine; Ph.D., Washington State. The mechanisms by which the sarcoplasmic reticulum regulates intracellular calcium concentration in vascular smooth muscle.

George Weinstock, Associate Director for Microbial Genomics [Professor], The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sandra K. Weller, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, B.S., Stanford University, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Molecular genetics and biochemistry of herpes simplex virus DNA replication.

Bruce A. White, Professor of Cell Biology; Ph.D., Berkeley. Aspects of prolactin and growth hormone gene expression in the rat pituitary and rat pituitary tumor cell lines.

Adam Williams, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Ph.D., University College London. The role of non-coding RNAs in regulating gene expression relating to immune cell function, in particular, CD4+ T cells.

Catherine H. Wu, Professor of Medicine; Ph.D., CUNY, Brooklyn. Molecular control mechanisms involved in the regulation of collagen synthesis at a molecular level.

George Y. Wu, Professor of Medicine; Chief, Hepatology Section, Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research; M.D./Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Targeted delivery of biological substances specifically to liver cells, novel Inhibitors of hepatitis C viral (HCV) replication, animal models of HCV.

Yi Wu, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology.  Developing quantitative imaging tools that are capable of revealing dynamics of cellular signaling at high spatial and temporal resolution (biosensors), or that enable optical control of signaling proteins at precise times and subcellular locations (optogenetics).

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Siu-Pok Yee, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genome Sciences, PhD, MC master University. Specialties include molecular biology, mouse genetics and mouse developmental biology.

Erin Young, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., Kent State University. The understanding of gene x environment interactions on pain outcomes, with a particular focus on stress and injury/inflammation as environmental factors. 

Ji Yu, Associate Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin. Optical imaging technology; regulation mechanisms in dendritic RNA translation; cytoskeletal dynamics.

Lixia Yue, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Center for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Biology; Ph.D., McGill University. TRP channels and Ca2+ signaling mechanisms; Physiological and pathological functions of TRP channels in heart, brain, and kidney.

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Nada Zecevic, Professor of Neuroscience, M.D., Ph.D., University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Cellular and molecular aspects of CNS development; primate cerebral cortex; microglia; multiple sclerosis.

Richard A. Zeff, Professor of Immunology, A.B., Temple University; Ph.D., Rush University. Major histocompatibility complex; antigen processing and presentation.

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