MSTP Participating Faculty

In consultation with their MSTP Career Advisors, students may choose lab and thesis advisors from ANY graduate faculty in Departments/Programs linked with the MSTP. Once a potential faculty member has been identified, we request the faculty submit the following to Justin Markuss (jmarkuss@medschool.pitt.edu) for review and approval by the MSTP Directors:

(1) NIH Biosketch; (2) NIH training record; (3) Home page URL; (4) Primary and secondary graduate program designation; (5) 150 character (with spaces) description of research; (6) JPEG Photo

THE FOLLOWING list of faculty identifies graduate program directors and faculty who:

(1) Currently are supporting an MSTP student in their lab OR (2) Attend and participate in the MSTP activities (e.g. retreat, committees, teach courses, etc.)

We revise this list every March in preparation for the new admissions year.

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  Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD
Email: ahmarise@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Circuit dynamics underlying pathology and treatment of compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorder


  Jinwoo Ahn, PhD
Email: jia12@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Functional and structural studies of HIV accessory proteins and their human cellular partners;SAMHD1 dual enzyme activities


  Elias Aizenman, PhD
Email: redox@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration


  Howard Aizenstein, MD, PhD
Email: aizen@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Our lab uses structural and functional MRI to study the brain changes associated with aging, and the disorders of aging


  Kathryn Albers, PhD
Email: kaa2@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Growth factor and transcriptional regulation of neuronal function in pain and disease.


  Carolyn Anderson, PhD
Email: andersoncj@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests: The development of metal-based radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and targeted radiotherapy of cancer and other diseases


  Gerard Apodaca, PhD
Email: gla6@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Endocytic pathways and stretch-regulated endocytosis/exocytosis in bladder.


-- B --

  Stephen Badylak, MD, PhD
Email: badylaks@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Research Interests: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, emphasis upon clinical application; cell:biomaterial interactions; epimorphic regeneration in mammals


  Ivet Bahar, PhD
Email: bahar@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Computational Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Biomolecular systems dynamics; computer-aided drug discovery; network models for protein-protein interactions.


  Christopher Bakkenist, PhD
Email: bakkenistcj@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Identify phosphorylations, dephosphorylations and acetylations that regulate ATM activity in vivo.


  Aaron Batista, PhD
Email: apb10@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Neurophysiology of sensory-motor coordination, brain-machine interfaces.


  Hulya Bayir, MD
Email: hub22@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: Clinical lipidomics and oxidative lipidomics; Imaging mass spectrometry; Redox mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction and neuronal death


  Marlene Behrmann, PhD
Email: behrmann@cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary approach to explore how the signals from the eye are transformed into meaningful percepts by the brain


  Sarah Berman, MD, PhD
Email: bermans@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Role of mitochondrial dynamics in Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases


  Kara Bernstein, PhD
Email: karab@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Repair of DNA damage is crucial to prevent mutations observed in cancer. Using live cell imaging, we study how double-strand breaks are repaired.


  Timothy Billiar, MD
Email: billiartr@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: The Billiar Lab focuses on the immune responses to acute systemic stresses of major clinical relevance including trauma and surgical sepsis


  Robert Binder, PhD
Email: rjb42@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The mechanisms of cross-priming of antigens during immune responses to cancer, viruses and autoimmunity


  David Binion, MD
Email: biniond@upmc.edu
NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests:


  Jennifer Bomberger, PhD
Email: jbomb@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2: Immunology
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular mechanisms for viral-bacterial synergy in the lungs of chronic lung disease patients


  Lisa Borghesi, PhD
Email: borghesi@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Demand adapted hematopoiesis in infection and inflammation.


  Richard Boyce, PhD
Email: rbd20@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Informatics
Program 2:
Research Interests: Informatics interventions to improve medication safety, especially for older adults; Structured publishing of biomedical knowledge and data


  Jeffrey Brodsky, Ph.D.
Email: jbrodsky@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Protein “quality control”, diseases associated with misfolded proteins, and drug treatments for these diseases


  Timothy Burns, MD, PhD
Email: burnstf@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Development of targeted therapies for KRAS mutant NSCLC; Reactivation of OIS and apoptosis; Mechanisms of acquired resistance to targeted agents


  Edward Burton, MD, DPhil
Email: eab25@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Analysis of the molecular pathogenesis of neurological diseases using viral gene transfer and novel zebrafish models


-- C --

  J. Richard Chaillet, MD, PhD
Email: chaillet@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: My laboratory studies the roles of the DNMT1 cytosine methyltransferase in inheritance of genomic imprints and in placental development and function.


  Stephen Chan, MD, PhD
Email: chansy@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: basic science and translational research studying the molecular mechanisms of pulmonary vascular disease and pulmonary hypertension


  Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
Email: ctc4@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Redox signaling & autophagy in neuroprotection and neurodegeneration; mitochondrial phosphoproteomics; genetic & toxin models of Parkinson's disease


  Carolyn Coyne, PhD
Email: coynec2@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Virology, immunology, and cell biology to dissect various aspects of host-virus interactions, with a particular focus on polarized cell types.


-- D --

  Louise D'Cruz, PhD
Email: ldcruz@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The D’Cruz lab focuses on how innate and adaptive effector T cells respond to infectious agents.


  Lance Davidson, PhD
Email: lance.a.davidson@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Biomedical Engineering (CMU)
Research Interests: Our group combines experimental and theoretical approaches to reverse-engineer the inherently mechanical processes of cell and tissue development.


  Nancy Davidson, MD
Email: davidsonne@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Clinical and Translational Science
Research Interests:


  Brian Davis, PhD
Email: bmd1@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP) (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity


  Donald DeFranco, PhD
Email: dod1@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Steroid hormone action in neural stem cells and cancer


  Alex Deiters, PhD
Email: deiters@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
Research Interests: Development of chemical tools to explore disease-relevant biological questions, with a focus on optical and small molecule control of cell function


  Neal DeLuca, PhD
Email: ndeluca@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Research Interests: HSV gene expression in productive and persistent infections


  Mary Amanda Dew, PhD
Email: dewma@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Clinical and Translational Science
Program 2: Epidemiology
Research Interests: Behavioral mental health and quality of life outcomes in end-stage organ disease, transplantation, and living donation; research methodology


  Edward Dixon, PhD
Email: dixonec@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Mechanisms of post-traumatic memory deficits, models of traumatic brain injury, and functional outcomes.


-- F --

  Robert Ferris, MD, PhD
Email: ferrisrl@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Mechanisms of immune escape and clinical translation to therapeutic cancer immunotherapy trials


  Michael Fine, M.D., Ms.C.
Email: finemj@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Clinical and Translational Science
Program 2:
Research Interests: Ways to improve the quality of medical care for patients with common medical problems


  JoAnne Flynn, PhD
Email: joanne@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2: Immunology
Research Interests: Immunology and Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis.


  Bruce Freeman, PhD
Email: freerad@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The production and signal transduction properties of oxidizing and free radical mediators in metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.


-- G --

  Hartmut Geyer, PhD
Email: hgeyer@cs.cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Engineering (CMU)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Principles of legged dynamics and control, their relation to human motor control, and resulting applications in rehabilitation technology


  Mark Gladwin, MD
Email: mtg16@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Research Interests: Biophysical and biochemical measures and mouse models to investigate a novel therapeutic intervention for carbon monoxide poisoning


  Michael Gold, Ph.D.
Email: msg22@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: A translational approach used to study peripheral mechanisms of pain


  Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
Email: vanathi@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Informatics
Program 2: Computational Biology
Research Interests: Predictive modeling for disease classification and biomarker discovery using novel machine learning and knowledge-based approaches


  Anthony Grace, PhD
Email: graceaa@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders.


  Steven Graham, MD, PhD
Email: sgra@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: How gene expression and activity control cell death in neurons subjected to anoxia, ischemia and other insults.


  J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD
Email: jgreena@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in Parkinson''s and Huntington''s diseases.


  Angela Gronenborn, PhD
Email: amg100@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Program 2: Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests: Combining NMR spectroscopy w/Biophysics, Biochem&Chem to investigate cellular processes at the molecular & atomic levels in relation to human disease


-- H --

  Lee Harrison, MD
Email: lharriso@edc.pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens; Epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection in Brazil


  Vicki Helgeson, PhD
Email: vh2e@andrew.cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Psychology
Program 2:
Research Interests: implications of gender personality and social environmental variables for how people adjust to chronic illness


  Robert Hendricks, PhD
Email: hendricksrr@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The role of T cells in maintaining HSV-1 latency in sensory ganglia, and in mediating immunopathology in HSV-1 infected corneas


  Chien Ho, PhD
Email: chienho@andrew.cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biological Sciences (CMU)
Program 2:
Research Interests: To investigate structural, dynamic, and functional properties of proteins by NMR; to track immune responses in vivo by molecular and cellular imaging


  Gregg Homanics, PhD
Email: HomanicsGE@anes.upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular mechanism(s) of action of alcohol.


  Neil Hukriede, PhD
Email: hukriede@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Identify renal progenitor cells, determine their role in patterning the embryonic kidney, and relate these events to kidney regeneration.


-- I --

  Jeffrey Isenberg, MD
Email: jsi5@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Molecular control of blood flow, ischemia, ischemia reperfusion, PAH, and heart failure; self-renewal as it applies to tissue engineering and aging


  Rieko Ishima, PhD
Email: ishima@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Biophysical characterization of protein structure and dynamics; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; HIV-related proteins


-- J --

  Jon Johnson, PhD
Email: jjohnson@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Biological Sciences (CMU)
Research Interests: The Johnson lab studies the physiology, biophysics, structure, pharmacology, and regulation of glutamate receptors


  Ken Jordan, PhD
Email: jordan@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
Research Interests: The Jordan group uses computational methods to elucidate fundamental processes in Chemistry.


-- K --

  Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD
Email: kalinskip@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cancer vaccines; Regulation of T cell effector functions and homing (signal 3 and signal 4); Interactions of DC with NK & CD8+ T cells; Chemokines


  Karl Kandler, PhD
Email: kkarl@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Plasticity of neuronal circuits during development and in pathology, focusing on the central auditory system


  Lawrence Kane, PhD
Email: lkane@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2: Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests: 1. Signal Transduction. 2.The role of the Akt kinase in NF-kB and T cell activation. 3. Role of TIM proteins in T cell activation.


  Daniel Kaplan
Email: dankaplan@pitt.edu
NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests:


  Erin Kershaw, MD
Email: kershawee@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The role of intracellular lipid metabolism and adipose tissue biology in normal metabolism and disease using basic and translational approaches


  Kang Kim, PhD
Email: kangkim@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Research Interests: Develop & translate state of the art noninvasive imaging technologies to improve disease diagnosis, guide therapy, and evaluate therapeutic efficacy


  Thomas Kleyman, MD
Email: kleyman@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cellular, structural and molecular studies of epithelial ion channels


  Richard Koerber, PhD
Email: rkoerber@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Development, plasticity and pain processing in sensory neurons and in the spinal dorsal horn.


  Jay Kolls, MD
Email: jay.kolls@chp.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Investigate mechanisms of lung host defenses in normal and immunocompromised hosts


  Bernhard Kuhn, MD
Email: bernhard.kuhn2@chp.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Our research is on whether and to what extent mammalian hearts can regenerate themselves, and to develop regenerative therapies for heart failure.


  Prashant Kumta, PhD
Email: pkumta@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests: Nanostructured Metallic, ceramic & polymeric biomaterials (nanoparticles, bulk and thin film); additive manufacturing; stem cell; tissue engineering


-- L --

  Fadi Lakkis, MD
Email: lakkisf@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Innate and adaptive immune response to transplanted organs and the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance.


  Philip LeDuc, PhD
Email: prl@andrew.cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Engineering (CMU)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Linking mechanics to biochemistry through exploring the science of molecular to cellular biomechanics through nano- & micro-technology & comp biology


  Adrian Lee, PhD
Email: leeav@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Molecular profiling (genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic) of women’s cancers, mouse modeling, and predictive biomarkers for targeted therapy


  Janet Lee, MD
Email: leejs3@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: Host susceptibility to lung injury and the factors that promote persistence of inflammation


  David Lewis, MD
Email: lewisda@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia.


  Philana Lin, MD, MSC
Email: pll7@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2: Immunology
Research Interests: Our lab is focused on the host protective immune responses to M. tuberculosis, a major factor in outcome of infection.


  Steven Little, PhD
Email: srlittle@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Program 2: Bioengineering
Research Interests: Drug Delivery, Biomimetics, Immunotherapeutics, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Synthetic Systems


  Xinghua Lu, MD, PhD, MS
Email: xinghua@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Informatics
Program 2:
Research Interests: computational methods facilitating personalized precision medicine for cancers


  Peter Lucas, MD, PhD
Email: lucaspc@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The relationship between chronic inflammation and the development of vascular, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases


  Beatriz Luna, PhD
Email: lunab@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Brain basis of cognitive maturation through adolescence to adulthood.


-- M --

  Rama Mallampalli, MD
Email: mallampallirk@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2: Bioengineering
Research Interests: Pulmonary molecular & cell biology as it relates to acute lung injury (ALI) & the mechanisms of sepsis


  Stephen Maricich, MD, PhD
Email: stephen.maricich@chp.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular signals that control formation of the sensory system and how developmental derangements can affect behavior


  Bruce McClane, Ph.D.
Email: bamcc@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: human and animal pathogen Clostridium perfringens


  Colleen McClung, PhD
Email: mcclungca@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: We are interested in the molecular mechanisms of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on the role of the circadian clock in these disorders


  Stephen Meriney, PhD
Email: meriney@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Dr. Meriney's research program focuses on mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the neuromuscular system in both normal and disease conditions.


  Bita Moghaddam, PhD
Email: bita@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cellular basis of goal-directed behavior and animal models of schizophrenia. Further interests can be found at www.moghaddamlab.org


  Satdarshan Monga, MD
Email: smonga@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular basis of liver growth and development in health and disease.


  Alison Morris, MD
Email: morrisa@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: HIV-associated lung disease; HIV-associated emphysema; Role of Pneumocystis in COPD


-- N --

  Kari Nejak-Bowen, MBA, PhD
Email: knnst5@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: To understand the cellular and molecular basis of liver injury, regeneration, and cholestatic liver disease


  Anne Newman, MD, MPH
Email: newmana@edc.pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology;Subclinical atherosclerosis: Associations with aging, disability & frailty;Sarcopenia & disability


  Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD
Email: VishwajitNL@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Human Genetics (GSPH)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Genetics of schizophrenia/bipolar disorder;functional genomics using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) based models;gene/environment interactions


-- O --

  Steffi Oesterreich, PhD
Email: oesterreichs@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Hormone response and treatment resistance in breast and ovarian cancer, including the analysis of aberrant genetic and epigenetic changes


  Trevor Orchard, MBBCh, MMedSci
Email: tjo@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The epidemiology of diabetes complications and cardiovascular disease.


  Kyle Orwig, PhD
Email: keo6@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and male germ lineage development


  Tim Oury, MD, PhD
Email: tdoury@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Oxidative mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis, acute lung injury, inflammation, and pneumonia. The laboratory also studies the role of RAGE in the lung


-- P --

  Quasar Padiath, MDBS, PhD
Email: qpadiath@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Human Genetics (GSPH)
Program 2:
Research Interests: molecular mechanisms underlying various neurological disorders using human genetic approaches as well as research on animal and cell culture models


  Patrick Pagano, PhD
Email: pagano@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: NADPH oxidase (Nox) & reactive oxygen species in signaling, vascular dysfunction and cardiopulmonary disease; Nox drug therapy development


  Michael Palladino, PhD
Email: mjp44@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests: We use Drosophila, mice and human cell lines to elucidate pathogenesis and develop new therapies for mitochondria and neurodegenerative diseases.


  Mary Phillips, MD
Email: phillipsml@upmc.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Clinical and Translational Science
Program 2:
Research Interests: Identification of neural correlates that underlie the symptoms of specific abnormalities in emotion processing in people with mood disorders


-- R --

  Gustavo Rohde, PhD
Email: gustavor@cmu.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Biomedical Engineering (CMU)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Biomedical imaging, image processing and analysis, digital pathology, radiology, cytometry, computer vision, signal processing, computational biology


  Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH
Email: rosanoc@edc.pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Epidemiology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Brain adaptation, neuroepidemiological approaches to the causes, biomarkers and consequences of brain aging, advanced data reduction analyses


  Sarah Ross, PhD
Email: saross@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Understanding the functional organization of spinal microcircuits using molecular genetic, electrophysiological, optogenetic & behavioral approaches


  Maria Rubio, MD, PhD
Email: mer@pitt.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Research focuses on investigating neuron-glia communication in the normal hearing and in the hearing impaired


-- S --

  Yoel Sadovsky, MD
Email: ysadovsky@mwri.magee.edu
Homepage | NIH Biosketch | List of Trainees
Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Our lab focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying placental development and its function in supporting fetal growth and maternal-fetal communication


  Russell Schwartz, PhD
Email: russells@andrew.cmu.edu
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Program 1: Biological Sciences (CMU)
Program 2: Computational Biology
Research Interests: I work in the general area of computational biology, with emphasis on computational genetics and the modeling and simulation of biological systems


  Melanie Scott, MD, PhD
Email: scotmx@UPMC.EDU
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Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Innate immune responses to sterile injury and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation and immune activation by endogenous danger signals


  Ervin Sejdić, PhD
Email: esejdic@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Biomedical Informatics
Research Interests: Advanced information systems in medicine; Anticipatory medical devices; Assistive technologies; Biomedical Signal Processing; Gait analysis


  Steven Shapiro, MD
Email: shapirosd@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Understanding the biological functions of matrix degrading proteinases in health and disease.


  Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
Email: MSHLOMCH@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: My lab is interested in the establishment of long term B cell immunity and in pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases and graft vs host disease


  Matthew Smith, PhD
Email: smithma@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Bioengineering
Research Interests: Neurophysiology of visual perception and cognition, computational neuroscience, cortical circuitry, neural population coding


  Tom Smithgall, PhD
Email: tsmithga@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase structure, regulation and signal transduction in cancer, AIDS, and embryonic stem cell biology


  Alexander Sorkin, PhD
Email: sorkin@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Mechanisms and functional role of endocytic trafficking of EGF receptor in cancer cells and the dopamine transporter in the brain


  Richard Steinman, MD, PhD
Email: steinman@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2: Molecular Pharmacology
Research Interests: Mechanisms of white blood cell differentiation & its inhibition in leukemias; Mechanisms of stem cell differentiation & growth control


  Donna Stolz, PhD
Email: dstolz@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Angiogenesis and vascularization events in liver regeneration and remodeling


  Walter Storkus, PhD
Email: storkuswj@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Immunology
Program 2: Bioengineering
Research Interests: The immunobiology and immunotherapy of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma


  Adam Straub, PhD
Email: astraub@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The Straub laboratory investigates redox cell signaling mechanisms that control endothelial and smooth muscle biology in the microcirculation.


  Peter Strick, Ph.D.
Email: strickp@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests:


  Arohan Subramanya, MD
Email: ars129@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: We study cell signaling networks that coordinate kidney tubule salt transport, blood pressure, and potassium homeostasis


  Alan Sved, PhD
Email: sved@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.


  Robert Sweet, MD
Email: sweetra@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Loss and altered plasticity of auditory cortex synapses in schizophrenia; mediators of vulnerability to psychosis in Alzheimer disease.


  Galen Switzer, Ph.D.
Email: switzerge@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Clinical and Translational Science (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Psychosocial issues in organ and tissue donation and transplantation.


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  Pei Tang, PhD
Email: ptang@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular mechanism(s) of action of general anesthetics.


  Michael Tarr, PhD
Email: michaeltarr@cmu.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Human visual object, face and scene processing using behavioral psychophysics, graphics, neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, DSI), and computational modeling.


  Angus Thomson, PhD, DSc
Email: thomsonaw@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Regulation of the immune response; role of dendritic cells and T cells in tolerance induction; mechanism of action of novel immune suppressants


  Stephen Thorne, PhD
Email: thornesh@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Program 2: Immunology
Research Interests: Designing, engineering and testing of targeted strains of vaccinia virus to act as oncolytic agents for the treatment of cancer


  Michael Tsang, PhD
Email: tsang@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Zebrafish Heart Development and Regeneration


  Rocky Tuan, PhD
Email: rst13@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Research Interests: To apply the principles of cellular and molecular science and engineering to restore tissue and organ functions.


  Robert Turner, PhD
Email: rturner@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Basal ganglia-cortical dysfunction in Parkinson's disease and therapeutic mechanisms of deep brain stimulation


  Heth Turnquist, PhD
Email: turnquisthr@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Understanding and controlling the cytokine networks that direct immune responses responsible for both protective and pathological immunity.


  Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
Email: thanos@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: We study synaptic mechanisms and their role during normal and pathological sensory processing (tinnitus).


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  Nathan Urban, PhD
Email: nurban@cmu.edu
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Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Neural Computation
Research Interests: The physiological mechanisms underlying the functional & computational properties of brain neuronal networks, focusing on the olfactory system


  Zsolt Urban, PhD
Email: urbanz@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Human Genetics (GSPH) (Program Director)
Program 2: Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Research Interests: Inherited disorders of elastic fibers, transforming growth factor-beta signaling, cellular and zebrafish models


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  Patrick van der Wel, PhD
Email: pvdwel@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Misfolding, aggregation and amyloid formation in disease; membrane protein structure and lipid interactions; solid-state NMR spectroscopy; biophysics


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  Bennett Van Houten, PhD
Email: vanhoutenb@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Molecular Biophysics/Structural Biology
Research Interests: 1) Repair of DNA damage in nuclear and mitochondrial genomes; 2) Structure and function of nucleotide excision repair proteins.


  Dario Vignali, PhD
Email: dvignali@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Research Interests: The inhibitory mechanisms, including inhibitory receptors & regulatory T cells, that limit anti-tumor immunity in cancer patients.


  Flordeliza Villanueva, MD
Email: villanuevafs@upmc.edu
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Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: The development of medical diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that are based on ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles).


  Shyam Visweswaran, MD, PhD
Email: shv3@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Biomedical Informatics
Program 2:
Research Interests: Computer-aided diagnosis and patient-specific prediction, genomic and precision medicine, clinical decision support, research data warehouse


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  Yadong Wang, PhD
Email: yaw20@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests: Creating biomaterials that present controlled chemical,physical & mechanical signals to cells in the cardiovascular,nervous & musculoskeletal systems


  Stephen Weber, PhD
Email: sweber@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Chemistry (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Bioanalysis, capillary separations, sampling from tissues and single cells.


  Alan Wells, MD
Email: wellsa@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Integrative biology of wound healing and tumor metastasis, from molecules and cells through tissues and animals to humans


  Sally Wenzel, MD
Email: wenzelse@upmc.edu
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Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: Focuses on asthma phenotypes and the molecular mechanisms, particularly in the airway epithelium that control them


  Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
Email: wiley1@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of Neuroinflammation, Neurodegeneration and Neurovirology


  John Williams, MD
Email: jvw@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Program 2:
Research Interests: the cell entry, immunity, and pathogenesis of human metapneumovirus (HMPV).


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  Xiangqun(Sean) Xie, MD, PhD, MBA
Email: xix15@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Computational Biology
Program 2:
Research Interests: disease domain-specific system chemogenomics knowledgebase and personalized medicine


  Eric Xing, PhD, PhD
Email: epxing@cs.cmu.edu
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Program 1:
Program 2:
Research Interests: development of machine learning and statistical methodology, & large-scale computational system and architecture, for solving problems within systems


  Yan Xu, PhD
Email: xu2@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Research Interests: Designed receptors as therapeutic targets for pain; mechanisms of low-affinity drug action; mapping of unconscious brain;stem cell therapy for stroke


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  Byron Yu, PhD
Email: byronyu@cmu.edu
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Program 1: Biomedical Engineering (CMU)
Program 2:
Research Interests: Neural signal processing; machine learning approaches in neuroscience; neural prosthetic systems


  Jian Yu, PhD
Email: YuJ2@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Program 2:
Research Interests: To understand the roles and regulation of cell death in normal & cancerous tissues, & mechanism-based development of cell death-targeted therapeutics


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  Lin Zhang, PhD
Email: zhanglx@upmc.edu
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Program 1: Molecular Pharmacology
Program 2:
Research Interests: Genetic basis of differential sensitivity to anticancer drugs; genetic alterations that cause drug resistance; mechanisms of drug-induced apoptosis


  Daniel Zuckerman, PhD
Email: ddmmzz@pitt.edu
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Program 1: Computational Biology (Program Director)
Program 2:
Research Interests: The Zuckerman group develops and applies computer simulation methods for studying biological systems at molecular and sub-cellular scales