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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine Faculty

Faculty Departments

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Eppley Institute
  • Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Internal Medicine
  • Munroe-Meyer Institute
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Pathology and Microbiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

 

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Faculty

Daniel Anderson

Daniel R. Anderson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Research focus: Molecular and cellular immunology; innate immunity (preexisting immunity) and how such immune responses contribute to the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease processes, specifically focused on underlying mechanisms of viral myocarditis, atherosclerotic disease and the impact inflammation has on cardiac rhythm abnormalities.

Ann Anderson Berry

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatology

Research focus: Nutrition of the ELBW infant, preterm infant protein requirements, human milk fortification, Vitamin D metabolism in the mother infant dyad, Vitamin A deficiency, Vitamin E metabolism.

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Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (DEM)

Research focus: Antifibrotic effects of the hormone relaxin and related peptides; expression and signaling of relaxin receptors; internalization and degradation of relaxin, insulin and related hormones; the role of relaxin in adipose function.

Keshore Bidasee

Keshore Bidasee, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for cardiovascular complication in individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM), and identify therapeutic strategies that could be used to slow their progression.

Erkia Boesen

Erika I. Boesen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Iron-medicated kidney damage in lupus nephritis; renal control of salt and water homeostasis.

Keely Buesing

Keely Buesing, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Research focus: Large animal and pulmonary cellular investigation of novel therapeutics targeting Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

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Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson, MD, FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery

Research focus: Cancer; regenerative medicine; hemostasis; wound healing.

Yiannis Chatzizisis

Yiannis S. Chatzizisis, MD, PhD
Professor, Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Research focus: Vascular biology of atherosclerosis; cardiovascular biomechanics; mechanobiology; computational stent simulations; renal denervation.

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John Davis

John S. Davis, PhD
Professor, Director of Research and Development - Olson Center for Women's Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research focus: Reproductive endocrinology and oncology.

Paul Denton

Paul Denton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)

Research focus: Immproving immunotherapies to treat malignancies.

Cyrus Desouza

Cyrus Desouza, MBBS
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (DEM)

Research focus: Improving outcomes in diabetes and obesity patients using treatment algorithms; mechanisms of diabetes and metabolic syndrome on vascular and brain function.

Andrew Dudley

Andrew Dudley, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus: Mechanisms that regulate the development and homeostasis of musculoskeletal tissue using methods from embryology, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and tissue engineering, with the goal of generating novel therapies for regenerative medicine.

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Lie Gao

Lie Gao, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Role of skeletal muscle Nrf2 in exercise-induced cardioprotection, with a focus of extracellular vesicle-mediated cell-to-cell antioxidant communication, by employing skeletal muscle-specific transgenic mouse lines.

Karen Gould

Karen Gould, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus: Estrogen receptor alpha regulation of B cell receptor signaling, B cell fate, and lupus pathogenesis.

Rebekah Gundry, PhD

Rebekah Gundry, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Development and application innovative mass spectrometry (MS) technologies, bioinformatics tools, and methodologies to transform our understanding of cell surface proteins and glycans, and answer outstanding questions in stem cell biology and cardiac pathology.

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Curtis Hartman

Curtis Hartman, MD
Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Research focus: Management of infected hip and knee replacements.

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Peter Kador

Peter Kador, PhD
Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research focus: Design and synthesis of multifunctional antioxidants and enzyme inhibitors; the mechanism of action drugs and development of agents as they relate to the inhibition of diabetic complications; age related macular degeneration, cataract development and neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease; basic cellular mechanisms that lead to the initiation of diabetic complications and the development of disease-associated animal models.

Kusum Kharbanda

Kusum Kharbanda, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Research focus: Alcohol liver injury with emphasis on alcohol's deleterious effect in altering the methionine metabolic pathway and lowering the ratio of the methyl donor, SAM, to its product, SAH.

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Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute

Research focus: Defining intracellular mechanisms required for the epithelia-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the formation and maintenance of cancer stem cells.

Yulong Li

Yulong Li, MD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Dysfunction of baroreceptor neurons in heart failure and diabetes: cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Steven Lisco

Steven Lisco, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus: Critical Care Management, thoracic and vascular anesthesiology, management of complex airways, blood management.

Brian Lowes

Brian Lowes, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Research focus: Novel education clinical trainees and education program with a goal to develop clinicians and scientists in sub-Saharan Africa.

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 Sidharth Mahapatra

Sidharth Mahapara, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Research focus: Elucidating pathophysiologic mechanisms triggering aggressive pediatric brain tumors using transcriptomic analyses to hone in on essential signaling pathways and to test synthetic inhibitors of these pathways; Repurposing FDS-approved drugs for treatment of aggressive pediatric brain tumors.

David McMillan

David McMillan, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Mechanisms of toxicity of drugs and environmental chemicals; mechanism underlying pro-oxidant drug-induced hemolytic anemia , and in the metabolism and toxicity of the environmental contaminant, trichloroethylene.

Paras Kumar Mishra

Paras Kumar Mishra, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: MicroRNomics of cardiovascular diseases and diabetic cardiomyopathy.

Dan Monaghan

Daniel T. Monaghan, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Development of drugs for modulating NMDA receptor activity for treating schizophrenia and autism.

Lee Mosley

R. Lee Mosley, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Research focus: Regulation of T Lymphocyte function; T cell-mediated immunity in neurodegenerative disorders.

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Robert B. Norgren, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Research focus: Use of nonhuman primate genomics to better understand human genetic disease.

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Kaushik Patel

Kaushik P. Patel, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Neural control of circulation; neural regulation of cardiovascular and renal function in health and disease states.

Gurudutt Pendyala, PhD

Gurudutt N. Pendyala, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus: Animal models of addiction, sex differences in drug abuse; Synaptic biology; Epigenetic regulation, role of microRNAs at the synapse in drug addiction, mechanisms and role in gene regulation; Prenatal drug exposure and synaptic development; Integrative Systems Biology approach to understand synaptic aberrations in chronic drug abuse; High input technologies-genomics, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics.

Armen Petrosyan

Armen Petrosyan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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

Iraklis Pipinos

Iraklis Pipinos, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Development of regenerative medicine strategies for skeletal muscle tissues in the legs of patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Thomas Porter

Thomas Porter, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology

Research focus: Targeted blood brain barrier permeability changes with ultrasound and microbubbles.

Bunny Pozehl

Bunny Pozehl, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, FAHA, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing

Research focus: Exercise training interventions and promoting adherence to exercise in hear t failure.

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Stephen Rennard

Stephen I. Rennard, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy

Research focus: Cellular mechanisms that underlie altered tissue structure in lung disease, particularly with regard to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

William Rizzo

William Rizzo, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Research focus: Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome and other inherited metabolic diseases.

Debra Romberger

Debra Romberger, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Research focus: Agricultural/occupation/environmental lung disease; airway epithelial repair and injury mechanisms; clinical problems associated with COPD.

Shyamal Roy

Shyamal K. Roy, PhD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Cellular & Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Endocrine regulation of follicular development, growth factors, signal transduction in ovarian cells and biochemistry of granulosa cells.

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Steve Sansom

Steven C. Sansom, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Physiological mechanisms of ion transport in the kidney.

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Alicia Schiller, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus: Quantification of sympathetic nervous system output and vascular control for clinically relevant applications, including intraprocedural feedback for renal denervation, hemorrhage, and as a screening tool for the presence of dysautonomia.

Harold Schultz

Harold D. Schultz, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.

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Geoffrey Thiele

Geoffrey M. Thiele, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Research focus: Autoimmunity, immune system disorders, immunopathology; infectious diseases/agents; Rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, breast cancer and the immune system, bone loss and erosion, alcoholic liver disease.

Wallace Thoreson

Wallace B. Thoreson, PhD
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research focus: Visual information processing by the retina; electrophysiology and optical imaging techniques to study transmission at ribbon synapses of rod and cone photoreceptors.

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Matthew Van Hook

Matthew Van Hook, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Research focus: Influence of neurodegenerative disease of the visual system (i.e. glaucoma) on the function of neurons and synapses i the brain and retina.

Joseph Vetro

Joseph Vetro, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy

Research focus: Developing novel synthetic targeted drug and gene delivery nanocarriers for the anti-angiogenesis treatment of cancer; improving development paradigms for targeted bioimaging and drug delivery nanocarriers; developing subunit vaccines based on the novel adjuvant, EP67.

Saraswathi Viswanathan

Saraswathi Viswanathan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolism

Research focus: Determine the role of obesity in modulating the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, alcohol-associated liver injury, and pancreatic cancer.

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Hanjun Wang

Hanjun Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Cardiovascular reflexes during exercise; neural control mechanisms underlying the exaggerated cardiovascular response and hyperventilation during exercise in the chronic heart failure state.

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Ying Yan

Ying Yan, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Research focus: Tumorigenesis, cancer progression and metastasis, and development of new anticancer agents.

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD

Sowmya Yelamanchili, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Research focus: MicroRNAs in neurodegenerative disease, HIV, Parkinson's Disease.

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Chi (Kevin) Zhang

Chi (Kevin) Zhang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Research focus: Development of novel strategies for delivery of therapies to brain tumors.

Siwei Zhao

Siwei Zhao, PhD
Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine

Research focus: Developing novel electrical engineering technologies to facilitate localized drug delivery, chronic wound healing and neural/muscular rehabilitation after peripheral nerve injury.

Matthew Zimmerman

Matthew C. Zimmerman, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Role of reactive oxygen species and redox signaling in the brain in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease; utilization of nanoformulated antioxidants for the improved treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Irving Zucker

Irving H. Zucker, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Research focus: Neural control of cardiovascular function; heart failure; hypertension; sympathetic function.

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