Faculty & Staff

The Faculty and their Research Interests

PRIMARY FACULTY

Surinder K. Batra

Professor and Chairman Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, Stokes-Shackelford Professor, Associate Director for Education and Training, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer

Steve Caplan Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Hebrew University (Jerusalem), 1998. Molecular mechanisms controlling endocytic recycling and internalization.
William G. Chaney Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1979. Biological function of complex carbohydrates.
Pi-Wan Cheng Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1975. Regulation of mucin glycan biosynthesis in lung diseases and cancer.
Kaustubh Datta

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (India), 1999. Molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis.

Punita Dhawan

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., PhD, UAMS (Little Rock, Arkansas) 1999

Kate Hyde Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin- Madison, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Maneesh Jain Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., IMTECH (India), 2002.
Development of diagnostics and therapeutics against cancer and allied diseases.
Sukhwinder Kaur Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., IMTECH (India), 2008.
Sushil Kumar Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., CCSHAU, 2001
David Klinkebiel Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Epigenomics Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1990. Influence of DNA methylation on gene expression and the association with cancer development.
Ming-Fong Lin

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1983. Tyrosine phosphorylation and Redox signal transduction in androgen regulation of cell proliferation and carcinogenesis.

Richard G. MacDonald

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

Muzafar Macha

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India), 2010.

Parmender P. Mehta Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, 1983. Connexins and cell-to-cell contact-dependent intercellular communication.
Justin Mott     Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; M.D., St. Louis University, 2004; Ph.D., St. Louis University, 2003.  Control of apoptotic signaling in liver cancer of the biliary tree, namely cholangiocarcinoma. 
Naava Naslavsky Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Hebrew University (Jerusalem), 1998.
Control of receptor localization to the plasma membrane is central to normal cell function, and dysregulation is the underlying cause for diseases as diverse as atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer.
Rebecca Oberley-Deegan Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D.
Armen Petrosyan Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D., Donetsk National Medical University, Donetsk, Ukraine, 2008

Mechanism of Golgi alteration in advanced prostate cancer: focus on aberrant glycosylation. The role for non-muscle Myosin IIA in alcohol-induced Golgi fragmentation.

Moorthy Ponnusamy   Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Madras (India), 2005.
Characterization of cancer stem cells, Mucins in ovarian cancer
Satyayanarayana Rachagani Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., National Dairy Research Institute (India), 2006.
Amar B. Singh Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., Banaras Hindu University. Molecular mechanisms of mucosal Inflammation and associated cancer; and Ciliogenesis, autophagy and renal diseases.
Paul Sorgen Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1999. Structure, function, and regulation of cardiac gap junctions.
Laurey Steinke Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Protein Structure Core Facility; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987. Meta-proteomics and metabolomics of microbial communities.
Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 2005. Understanding the role of redox signaling in the tumor microenvironment that drives the oncogenic hepatocyte growth factor, HGF/c-Met activation during epithelial-fibroblast interaction in breast cancer.
Kelly Trujillo 

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;B.S. Biology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1995Ph.D. Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences center, 2002

EMERITUS FACULTY
Margaret L. Heidrick Emeritus Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1971. Aging and immunology; Cytochrome P-450.
John F. Hofert Emeritus Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963. Metabolic alterations in diabetes mellitus; Cytochrome P-4502E1.
Robert F. Ramaley Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1964. Microbial enzymology of bacterial sporulation and the thermostable enzymes of bacteria.
Judith K. Christman

Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope Core Facility; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1967. Gene regulation; DNA methylation.

G. Stanley Cox Emeritus Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1973. Chromatin structure; DNA methylation; Transcription factors; and Regulation of gene expression.
COURTESY FACULTY