Faculty

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Faculty

The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) doctoral program includes faculty members from the following colleges, departments and institutes:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Eppley Institute, Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy, five different Internal Medicine departments, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology and Microbiology, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, and Radiation Oncology.

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Yazen Alnouti Yazen Alnouti, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research focus:  Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), with a focus on the application of Bioanalytical Chemistry, in vitro and in vivo animal models to support ADMET (absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity) and pharmacokinetic (PK) studies; Biomarkers for hepato-biliary diseases based on bile acid metabolism by sulfation.

Jyothi Arikkath

Jyothi Arikkath, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of dendrite and spine morphogenesis and plasticity in the hippocampus.


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Vimla Band

Vimla Band, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  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.


Surinder Batra

Surinder K. Batra, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Structure/function analysis of tumor-associated genes.


Robert Bennett Robert Bennett, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (DEM)
Research focus:  Action and degradation of insulin/relaxin family hormones.

Jennifer Black Jennifer Black, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Colon cancer; endometrial cancer; cell signaling; cell cycle regulation; protein kinase C.

Stephen Bonasera Stephen Bonasera, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine -  Geriatrics
Research focus:  Age related changes in brain function.

Gloria Borgstahl Gloria Borgstahl, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Structural biology and double-strand DNA repair by homologous recombination.

Shilpa Buch Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Mechanism(s) of CNS pathology triggered by the host-HIV interplay in the context of drugs of abuse.

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Steve Caplan Steve Caplan, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Molecular and atomic mechanisms of endocytosis and membrane trafficking.

Pi-Wan Cheng Pi-Wan Cheng, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Glycobiology; gene therapy and cancer biology.

Vinai Chittezham Thomas Vinai Chittezham Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Staphylococcal physiology and metabolism; staphylococcus stress response.

Martin Conda Sheridan Martin Conda-Sheridan, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Design of complex multifunctional biomaterials and bioactive small molecules for medicinal applications.

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Kaustabh Datta Kaustabh Datta, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis.

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.

Rebecca Oberley-Deegan Rebecca Oberley-Deegan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Role of free radicals signaling to transform fibroblasts and inflammatory cells in normal tissue, which results in damage to these tissues; understanding the mechanisms by which ROS promote radiation induced fibrosis and prostate cancer progression.

Punita Dhawan Punita Dhawan, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Role of TJs in colorectal cancer progression and metastasis.

Jixin Dong Jixin Dong, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Hippo signaling and cancer.

Terrence Donohue Terrence Donohue, Jr, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Research focus:  Influence of alcohol consumption on hepatic autophagy and the proteasome.

Andrew Dudley Andrew Dudley, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Developmental biology of the skeleton, musculoskeletal disease and regeneration.

Anna Dunaevsky Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
Associate Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Learning induced structural and functional synaptic plasticity, neuron glia interactions and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Michael Green Michael Green, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Unravel the genetic underpinnings of lymphoid malignancies, with the ultimate goal of identifying and therapeutically targeting the molecular drivers of these cancers.

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Kate Hyde R. Katherine (Kate) Hyde, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Control of gene expression in leukemia and normal hematopoiesis.

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Maneesh Jain Maneesh Jain, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Targeted therapy of pancreatic cancer - tumor vaccines, antibody engineering and modulation of tumor microenvironment.

Keith Johnson Keith R. Johnson, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  The role the cell adhesion molecules (cadherins) play in metastasis.

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Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhwinder Kaur, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

Kusum Kharbanda Kusum Kharbanda, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Research focus:  Alcohol liver study.

Woo-Yang Kim Woo-Yang Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Neural stem cells, neuronal differentiation and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Zeljka Korade Zeljka Korade, DVM, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Research focus:  Cholesterol metabolism in the central nervous system; study of an inborn error of metabolism Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome; desmosterolosis; development of neuronal cell lines with defects in different enzymes of cholesterol biosynthesis pathway and their characterization.

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Marilynn Larson Marilynn Larson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Development of diagnostics and therapeutics for pathogen identification and treatment; respectively; determining the molecular mechanisms that allow pathogens to replicate and persist.

Oksana Lockridge Oksana Lockridge, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Mass spectrometry to diagnose exposure to organophosphates; production of human butyrylcholinesterase.

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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Richard MacDonald Richard G. MacDonald, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Transmembrane signaling and regulation of cell growth.

Muzafar Macha Muzafar Macha, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

Benita McVicker Benita McVicker, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology-Hepatology
Research focus:  Alcohol liver injury and mechanisms.

Parmender Mehta Parmender P. Mehta, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Connexins and cell-to-cell contact-dependent intercellular communication.

Jane Meza Jane Meza, PhD
Professor, College of Public Health - Biostatistics
Research focus:  Statistical issues related to small-area estimation. These methods have been extended to disease mapping applications and combining national and state data to estimate the probability of a rare event.

Karoly Mirnics Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD
Director, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Transcriptome changes across human brain disorders; effects of maternal immune activation on the brain and behavior; animal models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders; effects of Gene "Environment and Environment" Environment interactions on the developing brain; peripheral biomarkers of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders and neuroprotection by activity.

Justin Mott Justin L. Mott, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  MicroRNA regulation of apoptosis in liver cancer or alternatively, bile duct injury in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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Mayumi Naramura Mayumi Naramura, MD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Cancer initiation, progression and treatment of the Ras-Raf, MAPK pathway.

Naava Naslavsky Naava Naslavsky, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Development of new strategies to treat diseases involving traffic and recycling events related to the control of receptor localization to the plasma membrane that is central to normal cell function, and dysregulation as the underlying cause for diseases as diverse as atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer.

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Michael Ouellette Michael M. Ouellette, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms that determine the lifespan of human cells.

David Oupicky David Oupicky, PhD
Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Nanomedicine with emphasis on the development of novel approaches to deliver drug combinations to better treat various diseases; design of multifunctional nanoparticles with application in the treatment of metastatic cancer and inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s disease.

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Babu Padanilam Babu Padanilam, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Cellular, biochemical and molecular analysis of the pathophysiology of acute ischemic renal injury and chronic kidney disease.

Youri Pavlov Youri Pavlov, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Cellular systems of mutagenesis and antimutagenesis.

Aimin Peng Aimin Peng, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Cell cycle regulation and the DNA damage response (DDR); cellular recover process from DNA damage; protein phosphatase-dependent cell cycle and DDR regulation and its implication for cancer progression and therapy.

Armen Petrosyan Armen Petrosyan, MD, PhD
Assistant 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.

Moorthy Ponnusamy Moorthy Ponnusamy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Characterization of cancer stem cells; mucins in ovarian cancer.

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Satyanarayana Rachagani Satyayanarayana Rachagani, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Awaiting information.

William Rizzo William Rizzo, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Research focus:  Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome and other inherited metabolic diseases.

Shyamal Roy Shyamal K. Roy, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and 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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Polina Shcherbakova Polina Shcherbakova, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Mechanisms controlling genome stability in eukaryotic cells, particularly the functions of DNA polymerases, DNA replication fidelity and the relationship between DNA polymerase defects and cancer.

Amar Singh Amar Singh, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms of mucosal inflammation and associated cancer; and Ciliogenesis, autophagy and renal diseases; understanding the causal role of the epithelial barrier in the regulation of mucosal inflammation and associated cancer; regulation of renal tubular epithelial cell morphogenesis and renal cancer.

Pankaj Singh Pankaj Singh, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Signal transduction in cancer, cancer metabolism and systems biology.

Rakesh Singh Rakesh K. Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Host-tumor interaction in tumor progression, angiogenesis and metastasis, tumor immunology.

Joyce Solheim Joyce Solheim, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Mechanisms regulating the immune response to tumors and infectious pathogens, and development of new immunotherapies.

Paul Sorgen Paul Sorgen, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Biophysical characterization of membrane proteins and protein-protein interactions.  Characterizing the role of intra- and inter-molecular interactions involved in regulating the gap junction family of proteins.

Laurey Steinke Laurey Steinke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Metaproteomics of microbial communities and the microbiome.

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Melissa TeohFitzgerald Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Redox signaling in cancer epithelial-fibroblast interactions.

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.

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Saraswathi Viswanathan Saraswathi Viswanathan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Determine the link between obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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Gus Wang Guangshun (Gus) Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Biomolecular NMR; structural biology; signal transduction; antimicrobial peptides.

Jenny Wang Jing (Jenny) Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets of metastasis.

Nicholas Woods Nicholas Woods, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Systems biology based analysis of cancer signaling pathways.

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Ying Yan Ying Yan, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Research focus:  Signal transduction pathways; protein phosphatases and kinases; cell cycle regulation and DNA damage checkpoint response; molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis and cancer metastasis; molecular mechanisms of therapy resistance and cancer recurrence; sensitization of cancer cells to chemo/radiation therapy.

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