Genetics Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Genetics

Surinder K. Batra, Professor and Chairperson, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Kurukshetra Univ., 1983. Structure/function analysis of tumor-associated genes.

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

Julia A. Bridge, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; M.D., UNMC, 1984. Cytopathology, solid tumor cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics.

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

William G. Chaney, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Michigan State Univ., 1979. Biological function of complex carbohydrates.

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

Andrew Dudley, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; NE Regenerative Medicine Project; Ph.D., Harvard Univ., 1998.  Developmental Biology of the skeleton, musculoskeletal disease and regeneration.

James D. Eudy, Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., UNMC, 1995. Genetic analysis of development and disease, nuclear receptors, neural tube defects.

Paul D. Fey, Professor, Internal Medicine; Ph.D., Creighton Univ., 1995. The genetics of bacterial pathogenesis and antibiotic resistance.

Karen Gould, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Univ. of WI, 1996.  The role of estrogen receptor alpha signaling in autoimmunity and intestinal tumorigenesis.

Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Director Center for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Ph.D, Auburn University, 1997.  Development and application of computational methods for functional annotation of proteins, pathways, networks and systems in biomedical research.

Steven H. Hinrichs, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology, Senior Associate Dean for Research; M.D., Univ of North Dakota, 1980.  Molecular pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious organism, antimicrobial drug discovery and bioterrorism preparedness information technology.

R. Katherine Hyde, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005. Control of gene expression in leukemia and normal hematopoiesis.

Peter Iwen, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2001.  Evaluation of multiple platforms utilizing the internal transcribed spacer regions of the rDNA complex as a molecular target for the diagnosis of invasive mycoses.

Shantaram S. Joshi, Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; Ph.D., Bombay Univ., 1979. Biology and Therapy of human B-Cell malignancies.  Functional Genomics of human Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Cellular/Immuno therapy of human Mantle Cell Lymphoma (CLL).

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

David L. Klinkebiel, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Univ. of NE Lincoln, 1990.  Influence of DNA methylation on gene expression and the association with cancer development.

Tricia D. LeVan, Assistant 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.

Runqing Lu, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Ph.D., Univ. Maryland, School of Pharmacy, 1999.  Transcriptional control of lymphocyte development and malignancy.

Paras Mishra, Assistant Professor, Cellular and Integrative Physiology; Ph.D., Banaras University, 2006. MicroRNomics of cardiovascular diseases and diabetic cardiomyopathy.

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

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.

Youri I. Pavlov, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Univ. Leningrad, Russia, 1991.  Molecular mechanisms of immuniglobulin genes variability.

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.

Eleanor G. Rogan, Professor, Cancer Research Graduate Program; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1968. Metabolic activation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and catechol estrogens to form DNA adducts, generate oncogenic mutations and initiate cancer.

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. 

Shelley Smith, Professor and Director, Molecular Genetics, Director, M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program; Ph.D., Indiana Univ, 1978. Identification of genetic influences on developmental language and learning disorders in children.

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.

Kaihong Su, Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ of Alabama, Birmingham, 1998. Immune regulation in autoimmune diseases and cancer therapies.

Kelly Trujillo, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio, 2002. Epigenetic regulation of chromatin dynamics during DNA replication.

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

San Ming Wang, Associate Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy; M.D., Univ. of Lausanne, Switzerland, 1994. Developing and applying next-generation sequencing-based approaches to study cancer genetics.

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