Faculty

Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine Faculty

The Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (IPMM) 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 Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Emergency Medicine, Eppley Institute, Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy, six Internal Medicine departments, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathology and Microbiology, three Pediatric departments, Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience, Radiology and Surgery.

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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
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Newborn Medicine
Research focus:  Fat soluble vitamins & relation to food deserts, security and inflammation; vitamin A, E and D impact in maternal-fetal dyads; placental transfer of vitamins A, E, D; vitamin D response to infection.  Nutrition in the ELBW infant, protein requirements, growth.

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Tim Baxter B. Timothy Baxter, MD, FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Use of doxycycline to slow or stop the growth of aneurysms.

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 insulin-degrading enzyme in diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and other amyloidoses.

Keshore Bidasee Keshore Bidasee, PhD
Associate 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
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Iron-medicated kidney damage in lupus nephritis; renal control of salt and water homeostasis.

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

Keely Buesing Keely Buesing, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Research focus:  Adult respiratory distress syndrome.

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

Pam Carmines Pamela K. Carmines, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Renal microcirculation, vasoactive agents and intracellular signaling events regulating renal arteriolar tone, diabetes mellitus.

Adam Case Adam J. Case, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Redox signaling and function of T-lymphocytes during hypertension; examining the interplay between the autonomic nervous and immune systems.

Claudia Chaperon Claudia Chaperon, PhD, RN, APRN-NP, BC
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Research focus:  Effects of sleep-disturbing environments on late life health maintenance: water and electrolyte balance and blood pressure regulation; effects of sleep deprivation during the perimenopause in female mice; neurotrophin gene regulation of rhythms.

Yiannis Chatzizisis

Yiannis S. Chatzizisis, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
Research focus:  Integrated micro- and meso-scale mechanobiology of atherosclerosis; targeted lipid nanoparticle drug delivery; cardiovascular simulations; solid and fluid mechanics and stent restenosis/thrombosis; theranostics using advanced invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging.


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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.

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:  Neural control of circulation and autonomic function; pancreatic islet function and diabetes; skeletal muscle function and exercise intolerance in heart function.

Karen Gould Karen Gould, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  The role of estrogen receptor alpha signaling in autoimmunity and intestinal tumorigenesis.

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Frederick Hamel Frederick G. Hamel, PhD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (DEM)
Research focus:  Degradation of insulin and its relationship to insulins mechanism of action; polypeptide hormone metabolism; diabetes mellitus.

Curtis Hartman Curtis Hartman, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Research focus:  Management of infected hip and knee replacements.

Sung Ho Huh Sung-Ho Huh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Understanding mechanisms by which signaling pathways regulating sensory and nephron progenitor cells generation and maintenance during development and regeneration and use these findings as tools for regenerative medicine.

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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 study.

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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.

Yulong Li Yulong Li, MD
Associate 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 anesthesioloyg, 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.

Richard Lutz Richard Lutz, MD
Associate Professor, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Research focus:  Birth defects; mental retardation; autism; enzyme replacement therapy; pediatric growth problems.

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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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Praba Narayanasamy Prabagaran (Praba) Narayanasamy, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology
Research focus:  Drug design, discovery and development (including drug delivery by nanomedicine) for infectious diseases; study of physiology and pathogenesis of bacteria and virus towards drug discovery; design, synthesis and characterization of substrates, inhibitors, intermediates, products and mechanisms for drug discovery and development.

Robert Norgren Robert B. Norgren, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research focus:  Genomics; neurogenetics; developmental neurobiology; neurodegeneration.

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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.

Kaushik Patel Kaushik P. Patel, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Neural control of fluid balance in normal and disease states.

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.

Iraklis Pipinos Iraklis Pipinos, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Regeneration of adult skeletal muscle with the use of exercise, medications, adult stem cells and revascularization operations; mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative damage and inflammation in the leg muscle of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD); Atrophy in the leg muscles of patients with PAD; biomechanical analysis of the gait of PAD patients; developmental biology and its role in regenerative medicine..

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.

Sundaralingam Premaraj Sundaralingam Premaraj, BDS, MS, PhD, FRCD(C)
Associate Professor, College of Dentistry
Research focus:  Cranial suture biology; (TGF) ß cell signaling in osteoblasts; molecular biology of tooth movement.

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Stephen Rennard

Stephen I. Rennard, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular mechanisms of lung remodeling.


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; rural health.

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.

Harold Schultz

Harold D. Schultz, PhD
Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Sensory and motor functions of the autonomic nervous system.


Joseph Sisson Joseph Sisson, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Research focus:  Control of ciliary motility, which is critical host defense function of the airways; regulation of ciliary beating in primary cultures of ciliated tracheal epithelium; role that nitric oxide plays in stimulating protein kinases that cause cilia to beat faster; ethanol as a model agonist and the mechanism(s) by which ethanol desensitizes the ciliary apparatus to subsequent stimulation by physiologic agonists; kinase phosphorylation targets in the cilia axoneme to determine the mechanism(s) by which phosphorylation activates dyneins and other motor elements of the axoneme.

Ghada Soliman Ghada Soliman, MD, PhD, RD, LMNT
Associate Professor, College of Public Health
Research focus:  A nutrient-sensing protein termed the mammalian Target of Rapamycin (m TOR) as a master regulator of metabolism, cell growth and proliferation; obesity, and related metabolic disorder, as well as the impact of micronutrient deficiencies among individuals, across populations and globally; optimal nutrition as an integral part of global health promotion and disease prevention; public health and social burdens of malnutrition.

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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.

Myron Toews Myron L. Toews, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Regulation of G protein-coupled receptors and their signaling pathways; lysophosphatidic acid and its receptors in lung disease; epidermal growth factor receptors and protease signaling in agricultural dust-induced lung disease, oxytocin receptors and signaling in primate social behavior.

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Matthew Van Hook Matthew Van Hook, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research focus:  Mechanisms of synaptic transmission by retinal neurons and influence of neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. glaucoma) on retinal function. 

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 Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Determine the link between obesity and cardiovascular disease.

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Hanjun Wang Hanjun Wang, PhD
Assistant 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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Huangui Xiong Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
Research focus:  Molecular and cellular underlying HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders.

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Hong Zheng

Hong Zheng, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Neural control of cardiovascular disease.


Matthew Zimmerman Matthew C. Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Research focus:  Role of reactive oxygen species and redox signaling in the brain in teh 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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