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Surinder Batra

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

tumor-associated genes; cancer diagnostics, cancer vaccines; monoclonal antibodies, genetic engineering of antibodies

Ken Bayles

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

biofilm, metabolism, antibiotic resistance, cell death, pathogenesis

Erika Boesen

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

kidney, renal physiology, lupus, endothelin, collecting duct

Gloria Borgstahl

Eppley Institute

Crystallography, Micro-gravity, Virtual Reality, Protein Structure, Drug Discovery

Steve Caplan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

membrane trafficking, vesicular transport, endocytosis, recycling, organelle biogenesis

Sujata S. Chaudhari

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Staphylococcus aureus, metabolism, reactive oxygen species, superoxide dismutase, oxidative stress

Martin Conda-Sheridan

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, antibacterials, drug design, nanotechnology, cancer

Punita Dhawan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

colon cancer, metastasis, therapeutics, biomarker, Claudins.

Jixin Dong

Eppley Cancer Center

Hippo-YAP, mitosis, cancer, paclitaxel, protein kinase

Andrew Dudley

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

cartilage, bone, regeneration, tissue engineering, developmental and systems biology

Paul Fey

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

bacterial pathogenesis, metabolism, biofilm, antibiotic resistance, genetics

Howard Fox

Neurological Sciences

neurodegeneration, HIV, mitochondria, Parkinson's, pathogenesis

Jered Garrison

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

radiation, cancer, imaging, drug delivery and therapy

Howard Gendelman

Pharmacology & Experimental Neuroscience

Nanotechnology, neurodegenerative disease, neuroprotective immunity, human immunodeficiency virus, CURE

Gargi Ghosal

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Genome Instability, Replication stress response, DPC repair, Progeria and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Stacey Gilk, Ph.D.

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

microbiology, cell biology, microscopy, lysosome, lipid

Karen Gould

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

genetics, immunology, autoimmunity, cancer, estrogens

Babu Guda

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

bioinformatics, computational biology, cancer genomics, systems biology, metagenomics

Dalia ElGamal

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

cancer, leukemia, immune system, lymphoma, and mouse models

Kyle J. Hewitt

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

hematopoiesis, stem cells, transcription, anemia, and leukemia/lymphoma

Corey Hopkins

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, infectious disease, neuroscience

Ricia "Kate" Hyde

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

leukemia, hematopoiesis, transcription factors, cancer, gene expression

Maneesh Jain

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

pancreatic cancer, mucin, radioimmunotherapy, diagnostics, and therapeutics, cell signaling

Vikas Kumar

VCR Cores

Nrf2/Keap1; Skeletal muscle; Exercise training; Aging; Proteomics

Karoly Mirnics

Munroe-Meyer Institute

Gene expression, maternal immune activation, transgenic animal models, schizophrenia, autism

Scot Ouellette

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Chlamydia, bacterial physiology, metabolism, evolution and genes

Rebecca Oberley-Deegan

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Free radicals, antioxidants, SOD, cancer, fibrosis

Shantaram Joshi

Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy

chronic lymphocytic leukemia, tumor microenvironment, molecular basis of leukemic progression, experimental therapeutics, lymphoma, neuroblastoma

Tammy Kielian

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

immunology, infectious disease, Staphylococcus aureus biofilm, neuroimmunology, host-pathogen interactions

Robert Lewis

Eppley Cancer Center

cell signaling, colon cancer, obesity, metabolism, tumorigenesis

Ming-Fong Lin

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

prostate cancer, carcinogenesis and metastasis, steroid hormones, signal transduction, experimental therapy

Justin Mott

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

apoptosis, cancer, fatty liver, obesity, steatohepatitis

Amar Natarajan

Eppley Cancer Center

chemical biology, kinase inhibitors, protein-protein interactions, drug discovery

Greg Oakley

COD - Oral Biology

cancer, replication stress, DNA damage, cell cycle, biochemistry

Michel Ouellette

Internal Med GI

telomere, telomerase, pancreatic cancer, Ras signaling, Rac1 GTPase

Youri Pavlov

Eppley Cancer Center

mutation, cancer replication, recombination, genome stability

Eleanor Rogan

CoPH - Environ

Agricultural and Occupational Health, estrogens, breast cancer, estrogen-DNA adducts, cancer prevention

Elizabeth A. Rucks

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Chlamydia trachomatis, SNARE protein, Golgi trafficking, Cellular microbiology, Chlamydial-host interactions

Amar Singh

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Epithelial Barrier, Colitis, Cancer, Growth Factor, Signaling.

Rakesh Singh

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

host-tumor interaction, tumor microenvironment, progression and metastasis

Joyce Solheim

Eppley Cancer Center

immunology, cancer, therapy, treatment, vaccine

Paul Sorgen

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

gap junctions, heart disease, phosphorylation, cell signaling, intercellular communication

Melissa Teoh

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

breast cancer, redox signaling, antioxidants, tumor microenvironment, tumor-stroma interactions

Vinai Chittezham Thomas

Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Staphylococcus aureus; Infectious disease; Bacterial metabolism; Nitric oxide synthase; and Programmed cell death

Wallace Thoreson


synaptic transmission, vision, retina, imaging, electrophysiology

Jonathan Vennerstrom

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, antimalarial, antiparasitic, drug discovery

Joseph Vetro

COP - Pharmaceutical Sciences

drug delivery, vaccines, cancer, virus, nanomedicine

James Wahl

COD - Oral Biology

oral cancer, epithelium, cell migration, live cell microscopy, cadherins, desmosome

Elizabeth Wellsandt

College of Allied Health Professions

biomechanics, rehabilitation, sports, knee, surgery

Nick Woods

Eppley Cancer Center

mass spectrometry, bioinformatics, DNA damage, proteomics, domainomics

Todd Wyatt

CoPH - Environ

Agricultural & Occupational Health,cigarettes, alcohol, lungs, dusts, agriculture

Matt Zimmerman

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

neuroscience, hypertension, neurons, reactive oxygen species, antioxidants

Irving Zucker

Cellular & Integrative Physiology

cardiovascular, heart failure, neural control, hypertension, oxidative stress


Peter Abel


vascular and airway smooth muscle function, nerve stimulation, pulmonary hypertension, asthma

Jason Bartz

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

prions, strains, pathogenesis

Michael Belshan

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

HIV, virus-host interactions, molecular virology, proteomics, genomics

Travis Bourret

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Lyme disease, relapsing fever, tick-borne diseases, gene regulation, microbial pathogenesis

Shashank Dravid

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

glutamate, electrophysiology, mouse behavior, NMDA receptor, neuropharmacology

Kristen Drescher

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

multiple sclerosis, creatine, virus, type 1 diabetes

Richard Goering

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

strain typing, epidemiology, whole-genome sequencing, MRSA, C. difficile

Laura Hansen

Biomedical Sciences

Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Papilloma, Skin neoplasms, Epidermal growth factor receptors, and Keratinocytes

Jee Yeon Hwang

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Neuroscience, Aging, Epigenetics, Neurodegeneration, Neuroinflammation

David He

Biomedical Sciences

neuroscience, gene regulation, inner ear, mechanotransduction, prestin

Kenneth Kramer

Biomedical Sciences

zebrafish, development, balance, ear, glycan

Sandor Lovas

Biomedical Sciences

proteins, polypeptides, structural bioinformatics, molecular dynamics simulations, circular dichroism

Brian J. North

Biomedical Sciences

 Aging, protein homeostasis, Cancer, Cardiac Conduction, Parkinson’s

Kristina Simeone

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

epilepsy, neurobiology, cell-signaling, electrophysiology, behavior

D. David Smith

Biomedical Sciences

peptides, amino acids, solid phase peptide synthesis, chromatography, CGRP

Holly Stessman

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

genetics, autism, cancer, molecular and cellular neuroscience, drug discovery

Patrick Swanson

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

V(D)J recombination, autoimmunity, cancer, antibody selection, receptor editing

Garrett Soukup

Biomedical Sciences

microRNA, hearing, inner ear, hair cell, sensory neuron

Yaping Tu

Pharmacology and Neuroscience

signal transduction, G protein-coupled receptor, tyrosine kinase receptor, tumor progression and metastasis, lung diseases


Arthur “Trey” Andrews


 Latino mental health disparities, interventions

Peter Angeletti

School of Biological Sciences

human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer, dysplasia, HIV, Tanzania

Audrey Atkin

School of Biological Sciences

RNA biology, regulation of gene expression, mRNA decay, signaling, bioactive dietary RNAs

Heriberto Cerutti

School of Biological Sciences - Ctr for Biotechnology

epigenetics, RNA interference, genomics, biotechnology, biofuels

Lindsey Crawford Biochemistry Cell biology, immunology, microbiology, virology

Hernan Garcia Ruiz

Plant Pathology

plant-virus interactions, antiviral RNA silencing, antiviral immunity

Eileen Hebets

School of Biological Sciences

animal communication, sensory systems, mating systems, behavioral evolution, arachnids

Qingsheng Li

School of Biological Sciences

HIV-1, transmission, vaccine, mucosal immunology, emerging infectious disease

Colin Meiklejohn

School of Biological Sciences

Evolution, genetics, speciation, Drosophila, gene regulation

Kristi Montooth

School of Biological Sciences

Physiological genetics, Mitochondrial biology, Evolutionary genetics, Functional Drosophila genetics, Metabolism

Etsuko Moriyama

School of Biological Sciences - Ctr for Biotechnology

bioinformatics, genomics, molecular evolution, protein functions, chemoreceptors

Hideaki Moriyama

School of Biological Sciences

cancer, electrophysiology, hypoxia, influenza, structural biology

Carl Nelson

Mechanical & Materials Engineering

robotics, medical devices, mechanical design, dynamic systems, kinematics of machinery

Ken Nickerson

School of Biological Sciences

microbial physiology, fungal dimorphism, quorum sensing, candida albicans, farnesol, glyoxalase and methyl glyoxal, biotin

Angela Pannier

Therapeutic Nanoparticles

gene therapy, tissue engineering, biomaterials, developmental biology, DNA delivery

Jessica L. Petersen

Animal Sciences

animal genetics

Hernan Garcia Ruiz

Plant Pathology

Antiviral immunity, virus-host interactions, small RNA biology, antiviral RNA silencing, bioinformatics

James van Etten

Plant Pathology

algal viruses, chloroviruses, large dsDNA viruses, virus encoded glycosylation, algae

Rebecca Wachs

Biological Systems Engineering Department 

low back pain, invertebral disc, orthopedic pain, targeted biomaterial therapeutics, nerve growth, sensitization

Karrie Weber

School of Biological Sciences

microbial ecology, virus ecology, environmental microbiology, microbial physiology

Shi-hua Xiang

Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

HIV envelope glycoproteins, structure-based design of vaccines or drugs, commensal bacterial therapy, virus-host interactions, viral entry

Janos Zempleni

Nutrition & Health Sciences

exosomes, gene regulation, human nutrition, non-coding RNA, vesicles

Limei Zhang


Structural Biology, Redox Sensing, Metalloprotein, Transcriptional Regulation, Antibiotic Resistance

Luwen Zhang

School of Biological Sciences

Epstein Barr virus, Zika virus, flavivirus, herpesvirus, cancer