Faculty

Cancer Research Faculty

The Cancer Research doctoral program includes faculty members from the following colleges, departments and institutes: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, two College of Dentistry departments, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, four College of Public Health departments, Eppley Institute, Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy, three Internal Medicine departments, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathology and Microbiology, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Radiation Oncology, Radiology and Surgery.

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Maher Abdalla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Heme Oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and immune cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and prostate cancer.


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.

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Lorena Baccaglini Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Public Health - Epidemiology
Research focus:  Clinical research; evidence-based medicine; systematic reviews; epidemiological methods; genetic epidemiology, oral and systemic diseases; wound healing; growth factors; head and neck injuries.

Hamid Band

Hamid Band, MD, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Regulation of receptor signaling by endocytic traffic; Cbl-family and CHIP ubiquitin ligases; EHD-family endocytic recycling regulators; mouse genetic models; cancer and stem cell biology.


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.


Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Research focus:  Radioimmunotherapy-related clinical studies in Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; molecular radiotherapy of peripheral T-cell lmphoma not otherwise specified using DNA-targeted agents.

Surinder Batra

Surinder K. Batra, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Structure/function analysis of tumor-associated genes; cancer diagnostics, cancer vaccines; monoclonal antibodies, genetic engineering of antibodies.


Ann Berger Ann Berger, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing
Research focus:  Symptom management, in particular fatigue and sleep/wake disturbances, in individuals with cancer; use of wrist actigraphy.

Bessho Tadayoshi Bessho, PhD
Associate Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular mechanism of DNA interstrand crosslink repair in mammalian cells.

Kishor Bhakat Kishor K. Bhakat, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Mitotic gene bookmarking:  A novel dimension of epigenetic memory in cancer for post-mitotic transcriptional reactivation; APE1 and its acetylation: A potential prognostic and predictive biomarker in cancer.

Phillip Bierman Philip Bierman, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Oncology and Hematology
Research focus:  Hodgkin disease; non-hodgkin lymphoma; neuro-oncology.

Adrian Black Adrian Black, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Tissue sciences; molecular biology; cell cycle; transcription; protein kinase C signaling in intestinal cells; endometrial cancer.

Jennifer Black Jennifer Black, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Colon cancer; endometrial cancer; pancreatic cancer; cell signaling (kinases and phosphatases) cell cycle regulation; control of protein translation in cancer; protein kinase C; PP2A.

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

Shannon Buckley Shannon Buckley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Utilize genomic and proteomic approaches to identify key ubiquitin ligases and their substrates that regulate mechanisms of hematopoietic stem cell self-renewal, differentiation, and malignant transformation (i.e. Leukemia and Lymphoma).

Siddappa Byrareddy Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Understanding host-virus dynamics using molecular biology, virology, immunology, systems biology, and genomic tools to develop prevention strategies for HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, such as Zika virus.

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Scott Campbell W. Scott Campbell, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Health informatics and pathology informatics.

Mark Carlson Mark Carlson, MD, FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Cancer; regenerative medicine; hemostasis; wound healing.

Challagundla 2017.jpg Kishore Challagundla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Role of extra cellular vesicles (EV's) and the non-coding RNAs in affecting immunotherapy and escaping immune surveillance in pediatric cancers, in particular neuroblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia.

Pi-Wan Cheng Pi-Wan Cheng, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Mechanism of altered glycosylation in cancer development/progression and alcohol abuse, and development of altered glycans-based markers for identification and targeted therapy of advanced cancers.

Dahn Clemens Dahn Clemens, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Research focus:  Role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease; molecular mechanisms by which reactive oxygen species cause inflammation that leads to the initiation and profession of cardiovascular disease.

Sam Cohen Samuel M. Cohen, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Urologic pathology, carcinogenesis and toxicology.

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.

Leah Cook

Leah Cook, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Investigation of immune interactions within the tumor bone microenvironment that contribute to bone metastatic prostate cancer; identifying novel immunotherapeutic targets for treating and curing metastatic cancer.

 
Kenneth Cowen Kenneth Cowan, MD, PhD
Director and Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Tumor suppressor genes, breast cancer; mechanisms associated with development of multi-drug resistance and the regulation of expression of drug resistance genes in human tumor cells.

Christine Cutucache, PhD

Christine Cutucache, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biology (UNO)
Research focus:  Discipline-based education research, focused on the marriage of the cognitive sciences of human learning; utilizing bioinformatics-, and computationally-based research on immunological aspects of B-cell lymphomas.


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Kaustabh Datta Kaustubh Datta, PhD
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
Associate 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:  Development of novel therapeutic targets for Gastrointestinal Cancer progression and chemoresistance; Role of signaling pathways and cancer stem cells involved in this process using cell culture, mouse and organoid models.

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

Bin Duan, PhD Bin Duan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Cardiology
Research focus:  Integrate novel biomaterials, advanced biofabrication of tissue engineering to create multi-scale complexity within engineered tissue to understand the fundamentals of cell-material interactions and mimic the native tissue for tissue regeneration.

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Dalia ElGamal, PhD

Dalia Elgamal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Lymphoid malignancies - pathogenesis of B-cell malignancies, evaluating novel targeted therapies for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia.


Jim Eudy James Eudy, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of UNMC DNA Microarray and Sequencing Core Facility, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Next Generation DNA Sequencing strategies for rare Mendelian disease gene identification and functional genomic technologies; biomedical interest in cancer, cardiovascular disease and virology.

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Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD

Kurt Fisher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Basic and transitional research with the goal of identifying and evaluating novel targets for therapy in gastrointestinal tumors with K-Ras mutations; GI tract, liver, and solid organ transplant pathology.


Kai Fu Kai Fu, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Hematopathology, lymphoma research.

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Jered Garrison Jered Garrison, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Targeted molecular imaging and radiotherapeutic agent design; development of cancer-specific prodrugs; polymer based drug delivery systems.

Gargi Ghosal Gargi Ghosal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Understand the basic science underlying replication stress response in cancer and aging; identify new targets and bio-markers for cancer therapy and facilitate the development of strategies to overcome drug resistance and improve cancer therapies.

Karen Gould Karen Gould, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Estrogen receptor alpha regulation of lupus; identification of the Mom5 modifier of intestinal tumorigenesis.

Babu Guda Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Development and application of computational methods for genomic data analyses including cancer genomics, functional annotation of proteins, pathways, networks and systems in biomedical research.

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Kyle Hewitt, PhD

Kyle Hewitt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy
Research focus:  Multidisciplinary approaches to identify gene regulation networks and cell signaling mechanisms that control blood production during development and/or regeneration following disease or injury.  Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms that cause hematologic disorders and mechanisms that regulate the function of hematopoietic stem and projenitor cells.


Steve Hinrichs Steven H. Hinrichs, MD
Chair and Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular pathogenesis and diagnostics of infectious organism, antimicrobial drug discovery and bioterrorism preparedness information technology.

Tony Hollingsworth Michael A. (Tony) Hollingsworth, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Basic and transactional research in pancreatic cancer, including investigation of the biology of tumor progress, discovery and validation of biomarkers of early detection and disease progression, development and testing of novel therapeutics, including targeted therapies and immunotherapies.

Sarah Holstein

Sarah Holstein, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Oncology and Hematology
Research focus:  Development of novel agents for the treatment of multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer, with a particular focus on Rab inhibitors of the isoprenoid biosynthetic.


Corey Hopkins

Corey Hopkins, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research focus:  Design, synthesis and optimization of biologically active small molecules as in vivo probes, drug discovery lead compounds and preclinical candidates.


Kate Hyde R. Katherine (Kate) Hyde, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Understand the mechanisms that regulate leukemia development; develop treatments for hematological malignancies.

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Javeed Iqbal Javeed Iqbal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Molecular signatures to improve diagnosis and outcome prediction in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; gene expression profiling and pathway targeted therapy in peripheral T-cell lymphoma; characterization of key molecular signatures in natural killer cell malignancies.

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Maneesh Jain Maneesh Jain, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Development of genetically engineered antibody fragments for improved radioimmunotherapy for solid tumors; development of serum assays for the early diagnosis of lethal pancreatic cancer.

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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Adam Karpf Adam R. Karpf, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Ovarian cancer biology and therapeutics; Cancer epigenetics.

So-Youn Kim, PhD

So-Youn Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research focus:  Oncofertility, cachexia, ovarian cancer.


David Klinkebiel David Klinkebiel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Dynamics associated with changes in the genome and epigenome of human disease.

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Robert Lewis Robert Lewis, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Identification and targeting of Ras-driven, tumor-specific pathways; molecular mechanisms controlling cellular and organismal energy balance.

Ming-Fong Lin Ming-Fong Lin, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Mechanism of cell growth regulation by steroids via cross-talk of ROS and tyrosine phosphorylation signaling.

Yutong Liu Yutong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Research focus:  Neuroimaging and image processing.

Matthew Lunning Matthew Lunning, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Oncology and Hematology
Research focus:  Rare hematologic malignancies with a focus on early drug development and experimental correlates that leads to enhanced knowledge of how to treat hematologic malignancies.

Xu Luo Xu Luo, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Regulation of mitochondria-dependent cell death.

Quan Li

Quan Ly, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Study of the role of cadherins in metastatic cancer cell signaling and effect of cadherin mutations on cell adhesion and cell motility.  Evaluate NBL1 function by re-expressing NBL1 in cancer cells.  Develop novel therapies for pancreatic cancers.  Study the role of survivin in pancreatic cancers.


Yuri Lyubchenko Yuri Lyubchenko, PhD, DrSc
Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Nanoscale structure, dynamics and interactions – seeing and manipulating biomolecules.

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Richard MacDonald Richard G. MacDonald, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Signal transduction/biological effects of the insulin-like growth factors with emphasis on structure-function relationships of the IGF-II/mannose 6-phosphate receptor.

Luis Marky Luis Marky, PhD
Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Biophysical chemistry and molecular forces that control the conformational stability and flexibility of nucleic acids, including Okazaki fragments, hairpin loops, intramolecular triplexes, G-quadruplexes, C-quadruplexes, and three- & four-arm DNA junctions and their interaction with drugs.

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

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.

Aaron Mohs Aaron Mohs, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Development of new florescent imaging contrast agents to guide surgical removal of tumors; developing new drug delivery systems that target tumor metabolism.

Justin Mott Justin L. Mott, PhD, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Receptor tyrosine kinase and microRNA regulation of apoptosis in liver cancer and bile duct injury.

DJ Murry DJ Murry, PharmD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Research focus:  Ways to individualize drug therapy using pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomics information; from in vitro metabolism and transport studies, animal pharmacokinetic studies, to clinical studies evaluating drug therapy in patients.

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Wasim Nasser, PhD

Wasim (Mohd) Nasser, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Cancer metastasis; brain metastasis; tumor microenvironment; microRNA's; cytokines/chemokines.


Amar Natarajan Amarnath (Amar) Natarajan, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Developing novel target and mechanism specific therapeutics.

Ali Nawshad Ali Nawshad, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Transforming Growth Factor (TGF) ß signaling during palate development; mechanisms of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) by TGFß in HNSCC; role of TGFß signaling during dentinogenesis.

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Gregory Oakley Gregory Oakley, PhD
Associate Professor, College of Dentistry – Oral Biology
Research focus:  DNA damage and repair involving signal transduction pathways that regulate the cellular response to DNA damage and how alterations in these pathways contribute to mutagenesis and, ultimately, carcinogenesis.

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, including telomeres and telomerase.  Role of the small GTPases K-Ras and Rac1 in the development of pancreatic cancer and its response to conventional therapies.

David Oupicky David Oupicky, PhD
Professor, College of Pharmacy
Research focus:  Design on multifunctional nanoparticles and polymers withe applications in the treatment of metastiatic cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and acute kidney injury.

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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.

Thomas Petro Thomas Petro, PhD
Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Using molecular immunobiology approaches to explore intrinsic pathways to or novel therapeutics for expression and control of cytokines to prevent chronic viral infections, autoimmune disease and/or inflammatory diseases.

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.

Larisa Poluektova Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.

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Prakash Radhakrishnan

Prakash Radhakrishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Glycobiology of pancreatic cancer; autocrine and paracrine cell signaling mechanisms; developing therapeutics for pancreatic cancer.


Angie Rizzino Angie A. Rizzino, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Molecular mechanisms that regulate the proliferation of cancer stem cells and pluripotent stem cells.

Kerry Rodabaugh Kerry Rodabaugh, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Research focus:  Gynecologic oncology.

Eleanor Rogan Eleanor G. Rogan, PhD
Professor, College of Public Health
Research focus:  Investigation of the possible role of contaminants, especially agrichemicals, in various waterways in the etiology of adverse health effects, including pediatric cancer, birth defects and Parkinson's Disease.

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John Sharp John (Graham) Sharp, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Research on stem cells in normal tissue and tumors, particularly pediatric tumors.

Polina Shcherbakova Polina Shcherbakova, PhD
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 inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer; renal pathobiology.

Pankaj Singh Pankaj Singh, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Cancer metabolism, immuno-metabolism, signal transduction in cancer, tumor-microenvironment interactions, therapy resistance, metastasis, cancer cachexia, personalized cancer medicine, and multi-omics systems biology.

Rakesh Singh Rakesh K. Singh, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Tumor growth and metastasis, angiogenesis, tumor immunology, cytrokine biology.

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:  Advancing our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of gap junction regulation in the heart, with particular interest and expertise in protein-protein interactions mediated by the carboxyl terminal domain of connexins.

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Tahir Tahirov Tahir Tahirov, PhD
Professor, Eppley Cancer Institute
Research focus:  Reveal the structure basis of the mechanisms covering the key stages in the expression and duplication/repair of genes and to learn how the disease-related mutations in proteins disrupt these key processes.

Jim Talmadge James E. Talmadge, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Tumor progression and metastasis; immune intervention in cancer using cytokines, vaccines, adoptive cellular therapy and molecular therapeutics; regulation of MDSCs; molecular and cellular immunology, hematology and stem cell transplantation; oncology; gene therapy; translational research.

Melissa TeohFitzgerald Melissa Teoh-Fitzgerald, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research focus:  Role of oxidative tumor microenvironment in regulating the reciprocal tumor-stroma interactions.

Austin Thompson Austin Thompson, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research focus:  Pulmonary hypertension and clinical therapeutic investigations.

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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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James Wahl James Wahl, PhD
Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Understand the role of desmosomes play in maintaining the normal phenotype of squamous epithelial tissues and to determine if their alteration during tumorigenesis influences cell motility, metastasis and signaling.

Gus Wang Guangshun (Gus) Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Host defense antibicrobial peptides; structural bioinformatics; biomolecular NMR.

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

Ashley Wysong

Ashley Wysong, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology
Research focus:  Skin cancer treatment and epidemiology.


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Jingwei Xie Jingwei Xie, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery-Transplant
Research focus:  Synthesis, surface modification, self-assembly of materials at nanometer scale to address problems in the field of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug/gene delivery.

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Ying Yan Ying Yan, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Research focus:  Rac1 as a therapeutic target in triple negative breast cancer; protein phosphatase 2A in pancreatic cancer.

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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.


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