Immunology Faculty

BRTP Faculty - Immunology

Erika 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.

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

Nora Chapman, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Harvard, 1981. Virology, molecular biology. Persistence of enteroviruses in myocarditis/cardiomyopathy and use of coxsackie viruses as a vector.

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

Pawel Ciborowski, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, and Director of Proteomics Program of CNND; Ph.D., National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland, 1983.  Protein structure and functions; Proteomics.

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

Catherine L. Gebhart, Assistant Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., UNMC, 1998. Histocompatibility.

Howard E. Gendelman, Professor, Chair Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Director of the Center for Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders; 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.

Maneesh Jain, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Institute of Microbial Technology (Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy), India, 2002; Targeted therapy of solid tumors by antibody engineering and TME modulation.

Donald R. Johnson, Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ. Illinois, 1977. Immunology and tumor biology. The effect of Major Depressive Disorder on the innate immune system.

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.

Tammy L. Kielian, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ of Kansas Medical Center, KC, 1998. Immunology of infectious diseases, focus on staphylococcus aureus colonization of the brain and biofilm growth.

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 of Maryland School of Pharmacy, 1999.  Transcriptional control of lymphocyte development and malignancy.

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

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

Larisa Poluektova, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience; Ph.D., Latvian Medical Academy, 1988, M.D., Latvian Medical Academy, 1978.  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia.

Stephen Rennard, Professor, Internal Medicine; M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1975. Pathomechanisms in pulmonary diseases.

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

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.

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

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

Geoffrey M. 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.

Steven Tracy, Professor, Pathology and Microbiology; Ph.D., Univ. California, San Diego, 1979. Group B coxsackieviruses, human enteroviruses that cause numerous diseases ranging from mild flu-like illness through aseptic meningitis, myocarditis, and pancreatitis.

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

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.

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