Cell & Developmental Biology Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Cell & Developmental Biology

Iqbal Ahmad, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Ph.D., Kent State Univ., 1990. Neuronal stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases.

Jyothi Arikkath, Assistant Professor, Developmental Neuroscience, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation; Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Univ of Iowa, 2003. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite and spine morphogenesis and plasticity in the hippocampus.

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.

Vimla Band, Professor and Chairperson, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India, 1985.  Delineate molecular mechanisms of early steps in transformation of mammary epithelial cells with the goal of identifying novel molecular diagnostic/prognostic markers and potential therapy targets of breast cancers.

Kenneth W. Bayles, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Kansas State Univ., 1989.  Bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance.

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

Tadayoshi Bessho, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Okayama Univ., Japan 1991.  Molecular mechanism of DNA interstrand crosslink repair in mammalian cells.

Kishor K. 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.

Keshore R. Bidasee, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad, 1991.  Regulation of intracellular calcium in cardiovascular disease.

Erika I. Boesen, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Monash Univ., 2005.The endothelin system in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury; inflammatory cytokines and renal function and hypertension.

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

Shilpa Buch, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ. of Baroda, India, 1982. Mechanism(s) of CNS pathology triggered by the host-HIV interplay in the context of drugs of abuse. 

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

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

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

Dahn L. Clemens, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine GI; Ph.D., CO St Univ., 1989.  The effects of ethanol metabolism on liver and pancreas cellular functions and replications.

Kenneth Cowan, Director and Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; M.D./Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ., 1975. Tumor suppressor genes, breast cancer.

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.

Jixin Dong, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Zhejiang Univ., China, 1999.  Hippo Signaling and Cancer.

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.

Duygu Dee Harrison-Findik, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine GI; Ph.D., Justus-Liebig Univ., 1989. Transcriptional regulation of antimicrobial peptide hepcidin and iron metabolism by oxidative stress in liver diseases.

Keith R. Johnson, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; 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.

Georgette D. Kanmogne, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Univ of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1996.  HIV/AIDS, Vascular biology, and cell signaling.

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.

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.

David W. Li, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. of Washington, 1992.  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of ocular disease (cataract and retina degeneration) and cancer.

Yulong Li, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Emergency Medicine; M.D., Hebei Medical University, 1984; Ph.D., Hebei Medical University, 1994. Dysfunction of baroreceptor neurons in heart failure and diabetes: cellular and molecular mechanisms.

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.

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

Benita McVicker, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine; Ph.D., UNMC, 1997.  Alcohol liver study.

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.

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

Rene Opavsky, Assistant Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Institute of Virology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1997. Rb-E2F and DNA methylation in hematopoiesis and cancer.

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.

Kaushik P. Patel, Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Univ. Western Ontario, 1983. Neural control of fluid balance in normal and disease states.

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

Angie A. Rizzino, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook, 1974. Molecular mechanisms by which differentiation regulates the transcription of genes that code for growth factors and their receptors.

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

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

Pankaj K Singh, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., UNMC, 2007. Signal transduction in cancer, cancer metabolism and systems Biology.

Paul L. 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.

Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2005. Redox signaling in cancer epithelial-fibroblast interactions.

Wallace B. Thoreson, Professor, Ophthalmology; Ph.D., Univ. Minnesota, 1989. Visual information processing by the retina; electrophysiology of rod and cone photoreceptors signaling to downstream retinal nerve cells.

Myron L. 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.

Kay-Uwe Wagner, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Halle, 1995. Transgenic analysis of mammary development and breast cancer; prolactin signaling.

Guangshun Wang, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Simon Fraser Univ., 1997.  Biomolecular NMR; structural biology; signal transduction; antimicrobial peptides.

Jing (Jenny) Wang, Associate Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio, 1996. Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets of metastasis.

Lucile E. Wrenshall, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Transplantation; M.D., Pennsylvania State, 1985.  This laboratory examines how the interaction between interleukin and heparan sulfate impacts immune responses.

Zhixin (Jason) Zhang, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, 1997. Molecular regulation of B lineage cell development.

Jialin Zheng, Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; M.D., Xuzhou Medical College 1987. Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.

Matthew Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2004.  Mitochondrial-produced reactive oxygen species in central nervous system-related diseases, particularly hypertension and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig's disease).

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