Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Cell & Developmental Biology

Altogether, there are more than 130 BRTP faculty representing more than 90% of UNMC's research laboratories.

Iqbal Ahmad, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Ph.D., Kent State Univ., 1990. Neural stem cell biology and applications in regenerative medicine.

Hamid Band, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D., Medical College Srinagar, Kashmir, India, 1977; Ph.D., All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1986. Regulation of cell division, trafficking and interaction.

Robert G. Bennett, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - DEM; Ph.D., UNMC, 1998. Action and degradation of insulin/relaxin family hormones.

Kishor Bhakat, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., University of Calcutta, 1999. Mitotic gene bookmarking: A novel dimension of epigenetic memory in post-mitotic transcriptional reactivation.

Stephen Bonasera, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Geriatrics; Ph.D., M.D., Emory Univ., 1995. Age-related changes in brain function.

Michael Brattain, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Identification and development of therapeutic applications for new molecular targets in cancer.

Steve Caplan, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 1998.  Molecular mechanisms controlling endocytic recycling and internalization.

Pamela Carmines, Professor, Cellular and intefrative Physiology; Ph.D., Indiana Univ., 1982. Renal microcirculation, vasoactive agents and intracellular signaling events regulating renal arteriolar tone, diabetes mellitus.

Steven Carson, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D. Univ. Texas Medical, 1978. Blood coagulation (tissue factor), coxsacievirus receptor

Carol Casey, Professor, Internal Medicine; Ph.D., Rice Univ., 1980. Biochemistry of alcoholism and digestive system diseases.

Pi-Wan Cheng, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ., 1975. Glycobiology; gene therapy and cancer biology.

Judith Christman, Stokes-Shackleford Professor and Chairperson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967. Gene regulation; DNA methylation; cancer biology.

G. Stanley Cox, Associate Professor,  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. Iowa, 1973. Biochemical oncology, with an emphasis on mechanisms of gene expression.

John S. Davis, Professor,  Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. North Dakota School of Medicine, 1979. Reproductive endocrinology and oncology.

Terrance M. Donahue, Professor,  Internal Medicine; Ph.D., UNMC, 1978. Ethanol effects on proteolytic systems in the liver.

Anna Dunaevsky, Associate Professor,  Internal Medicine; Ph.D., UNMC, 1978. Ethanol effects on proteolytic systems in the liver.

Howard S. Fox, Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ of CA, SF,1985, M.D., Univ of CA. SF, 1987. Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction, and viral infections of the brain.

Howard Gendelman, Professor, David T. Purtilo Distinguished, Chairperson Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; M.D., Pennsylvania State Univ., 1979. Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinsons' disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia.

Frederick G. Hamel, Professor,  Internal Medicine, Ph.D., Indiana Univ., 1983. Degradation of insulin and its relationship to insulin's mechanism of action; polypeptide hormone metabolism; diabetes mellitus.

Michael A. Hollingsworth, Professor,  Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Wake Forest Univ., 1982. The molecular biology and genetics of MUC1 glycoproteins in pancreatic cancer.

Keith R. Johnson, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. of Minnesota, 1983. The role the cell adhesion molecules (cadherins) play in metastasis.

Adam R. Karpf, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., University of Texas, 1997. DNA methylation, cancer epigenetics, tumor antigens, ovarian cancer.

Kusum Kharbanda, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Ph.D. Univ. of Delhi, India, 1988. Alcohol Liver Study.

Woo-Yang Kim, Assistant Professor, Development Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation; Ph.D., State Univ of NY, 2004. Neural stem cells, neurogenesis and neuronal differentiation in the brain.

Tricia D. LeVan, Associate Professor,  Internal Medicine and Epidemiology; Ph.D., Univ. of WI, Madison, 1992. Genetic and pathogen associated microbial product influences on respiratory diseases, functional genomic studies, gene by environment association studies, host pathogen interactions with bronchial epithelial cells.

Robert Lewis, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Florida 1983. Molecular mechanisms regulating signal transduction by the insulin and IGF-1 receptors; regulation of intracellular mediators controlling cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis.

Ming-Fong Lin, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo 1983. Mechanism of cell growth regulation by tyrosine phosphorylation signal transduction; multi-step carcinogenesis of prostate epithelium.

Xu Luo, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program, Ph.D., Univ. Texas, 1995. Regulation of mitochondria and dependent Apoptosis.

Richard MacDonald, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. Vermont, 1981. Transmembrane signaling and regulation of cell growth.

Daniel T. Monaghan, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. California, Irvine, 1985. Molecular mechanisms regulating synaptic transmission and NMDA receptor activity, NMDA receptor mechanisms in early development.

R. Lee Mosley, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. Tulsa, 1992. Molecular regulation of T lymphocyte development.

Mayumi Naramura, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D., Kyoto Univ,. 1988. Understanding triple-negative breast cancer initiation and its appllication to prevention and therapy.

Robert Norgren, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Columbia Univ., 1988. Neurogenetics, Kallmann's syndrome; Ataxia-Telangiectasia; developmental neurobiology; neurodegeneration.

Babu Padanilam, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia, 1985. Cellular, biochemical and molecular analysis of the pathophysiology of acute ischemic renal injury.

Stephen I. Rennard, Larson (Regents Named Chair) Professor, Internal Medicine, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1975. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of lung remodeling.

Thomas Rosenquist, vonHousen Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ. Medical Center, 1969. Developmental heterogeneity among the great arteries; role of neural crest in development of the major arteries, neural tube defects.

Shyamal Roy, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Ph.D., Aiims, India, 1980. Endocrine regulation of follicular development, growth factors, signal transduction in ovarian cells and biochemistry of granulosa cells.

George Rozanski, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Loyola Univ., 1981. Cellular basis of the bio-electric properties of cardiac cells in normal and pathophysiological states.

Steven Sansom, Professor,  Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Univ. Texas, Houston, 1984. Physiological mechanisms of ion transport in the kidney.

Harold Schultz, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Univ. Illinois 1979. Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.

John G. Sharp, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Univ. Birmingham, 1971. Control of cell proliferation, tumor cell biology.

Polina Shcherbakova, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., St Petersburg State Univ. Russia, 1992. Mechanisms controlling genome stability in eukaryotic cells, particularly in the functions of DNA polymerases in DNA replication, repair and chromosome segregation control.

Simon Sherman, Professor and Program Director, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Institute-Physicians, 1978. Modeling of biomacromolecules.

Rakesh K. Singh, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Banaras Hindu Univ., 1991. Host-tumor interaction in tumor progression, angiogenesis and metastasis, tumor immunology.

Joyce C. Solheim, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Southern Illinois Univ., 1992. Mechanisms regulating the immune response to tumors and infectious pathogens, and development of new immunotherapies.

Paul Sorgen, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999. Solution NMR of membrane proteins; Characterizing the role of intra- and inter-related interactions of the gap junction protein connexin43.

Laurey Steinke, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Protein Structure Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987. Meta-proteomics and metabolomics of microbial communities.

James Talmadge, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Washington State Univ., 1979. Tumor biology, metastasis, immunotherapy molecular and cellular immunology, hematology and oncology.

Geoffrey Thiele, Professor, Internal Medicine; Ph.D., UNMC, 1985. Autoimmunity, immune system disorders, immunochemistry; immunopathology; infectious diseases/agents; virology, alcohol and liver disease, receptor mediated endocytosis.

Myron Toews, Professor,  Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, 1979. Regulation of G protein-coupled receptors and their signaling pathways; mechanisms for internalization and down-regulation of adrenergic receptors; lysophosphatidic acid receptors and asthma.

Ming-Ying Tsai, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Eukaryotic cell division.

James Turpen, Vice-Chairperson, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Tulane Univ., 1973. Regulation of gene expression during hematopoietic stem cell differentiation; stem cell-thymus interactions.

Irving H. Zucker, Professor and Chairperson, Regents/ Named Chair, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., New York Medical College, 1972. Cardiac mechanoreceptors, regulation of blood pressure, heart failure, cardiovascular reflexes.

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