Primary Faculty

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Keshore Bidasee Keshore Bidasee, PhD
Associate Professor

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

Shilpa Buch, Ph.D> Shilpa Buch, PhD

Research focus:  Therapeutic strategies that may enhance neural function and survival in NeuroAIDS, with possible implication in other neurodegenerative diseases.

Sid Byrareddy Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Associate Professor

Research focus:  HIV/SIV/SHIV, neuroAIDS, transmission, drugs of abuse, HIV cure, gut homing molecules

Pawel Ciborowski Pawel Ciborowski, PhD

Research focus:  Protein structure and functions; proteomics.

Benson Edagwa, Ph.D. Benson Edagwa, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research focus:  HIV-1, tuberculosis, medicinal chemistry, polymer chemistry, drug delivery, theranostics, LASER ART (Long acting slow effective release antiretroviral therapy).


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Howard Fox Howard S. Fox, MD, PhD

Research focus:  Neurodegeneration, brain dysfunction and viral infections of the brain.

Howard E. Gendelman Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Professor and Chair

Research focus:  Investigate Th1 and Th2 cell responses in Parkinson's disease; study the role of mononuclear phagocytes in neurotoxicity and neuroregeneration in HIV dementia

Santhi Gorantla Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Associate Professor

Research focus:  Mouse models for HIV; humanized mouse model to study HIV vaccine strategies to induce protective immune responses and immune-based therapeutics to enhance HIV immune responses; HIV pathogenesis.


Minglei Guo, Ph.D. Minglei Guo, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research focus:  HIV, cocaine, autophagy, neuroinflammation, HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), microglia

Channabasavaiah B. Gurumurthy, MVSC, Ph.D., Exec. M.B.AChannabasavaiah B. Gurumurthy, MVSC, PhD, Exec MBA
Associate Professor

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Guoku Hu Guoku Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research focus: HIV, drugs of abuse, exosomes, non-coding RNAs


Yunlong Huang, Ph.D. Yunlong Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research focus: Neuroimmunology, drug development, neurogenesis and neurorepair

Georgette Kanmogne Georgette Kanmogne, PhD, MPH

Research focus:  HIV/AIDS, vascular biology and cell signaling

David McMillan, PhD David McMillan, PhD
Professor and Professional Educator

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

JoEllyn McMillan JoEllyn McMillan, PhD
Associate Professor

Research focus: Developing nanoformulations of antiretroviral drugs and testing these in cell-based and animal model systems

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Daniel Monaghan Daniel Monaghan, PhD

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

Lee Mosley R. Lee Mosley, PhD

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

Pete Oldenburg Peter Oldenburg, PhD
Assistant Professor and Professional Educator

Research focus: How substances such as alcohol and organic dust effect the airways and how these substances alter bronchial responsiveness as well as inflammation in the airways.

Larisa Poluektova, MD/PhD Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD

Research focus:  Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV-1 associated dementia; translational mouse models for human-specific diseases.

Kelly Stauch, PhDKelly Stauch, PhD
Assistant Professor and Seahorse Core Director

Research focus: Aging, bioenergetics, mitochondria, neurodegeneration, proteomics, synapse

Myron Toews Myron Toews, PhD

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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Huangui Xiong, M.D., Ph.D. Huangui Xiong, MD, PhD

Research focus:  Molecular and cellular underlying HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders.

Jialin Zheng Jialin Zheng, MD

Research focus:  Chemokines and neural chemokine receptors in neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.


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Courtesy/Adjunct Faculty

Emeritus Faculty and In Memory

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