Cellular & Molecular Faculty

Alexandru Almasanalmasaa@ccf.orgCCFPh.D., University of South Carolina. Genotoxic stress-induced signals for cell cycle control and cell death. More on Almasan
Mohammad Ansarimansari1@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Ansari
Julie Aultmanjmaultma@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Aultman
Soumitra Basusbasu@kent.eduKentQuadraplex structures, insulin binding, gene structures and function. More on Basu
Joseph Bedontjbedont@kent.eduKentsleep; circadian rhythms; metabolism; autophagy; polyamines; nitrogen stress. More on Bedont
Cornelia Bergmannbergmac@ccf.orgCCFMore on Bergmann
Heather Caldwellhcaldwel@kent.eduKentRole of neuropeptides in regulating social behaviors and neuropsychiatric disorders. More on Caldwell
Yeong-Renn Chenychen1@neomed.eduNEOMEDOxygen free radicals, Nitric oxide, oxidative postranslational modifications, mitochondrial biology in myocardial infarction. More on Chen
William Chilianwchilian@neomed.eduNEOMEDAngiogenesis, arteriogenesis, regulation of coronary blood flow, heart failure, stem cells, regenerative medicine. More on Chilian
Chi-hua Chiu Groffcchiu5@kent.eduKentMore on Chiu Groff
Wilson Chungwchung@kent.eduKentNeuroendocrine brain, androgens, fibroblast growth factor signaling. More on Chung
Robert Clementsrclement@kent.eduKentMore on Clements
Lique Coolenjcoolen@kent.eduKentMechanisms by which spinal cord injury affects urogenital and sexual function, neurobiology of addiction and understanding neural circuits that mediate female reproductive function and dysfunction. More on Coolen
Lisa Cooperlcooper@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Cooper
John Crabbcrabbj@ccf.orgCCFMore on Crabb
Samuel Crishscrish@neomed.eduNEOMEDGlaucoma, axonal transport, structure and function. More on Crish
Mark Dalmanmdalman@kent.eduKentMore on Dalman
Bansidhar Dattabdatta@kent.eduKentMore on Datta
Dimitrios Davalosdavalod@ccf.orgCCFThe Dimitrios Davalos lab studies the interactions between blood vessels, neurons and microglia in health and disease. More on Davalos
Angelo Deluciaald@neomed.eduNEOMEDMolecular biology of DNA tumor viruses, genetics of viral DNA replication, viral etiology of cancer. More on Delucia
Christine Dengler-Crishccrish@neomed.eduNEOMEDEarly disease mechanisms in dementia; sensory system disruptions and homeostatic dysregulation in Alzheimer's disease. More on Crish
Feng Dongfdong@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Dong
Jean Engohang-Ndongjengohan@kent.eduKentMore on Engohang-Ndong
Serpil Erzurumerzurus@ccf.orgCCFMore on Erzurum
Jessica Ferrelljfrancl@neomed.eduNEOMEDLong-term research interests lie in examining the pathological disruptions to bile acid physiology that contribute to alcoholic- and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We are also interested in studying the interactions between liver/gut metabolism and Alzheimer’s disease, as Type 2 diabetes, cholesterol homeostasis, and gut dysbiosis are thought to be involved in disease progression, while bile acids and their receptors may be novel therapeutic targets.
Sheila Flemingsfleming1@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Fleming
Alexander Galazyukagalaz@neomed.eduNEOMEDNeuroscience of hearing. More on Galazyuk
Rebecca Germanrgerman@neomed.eduNEOMEDNeurophysiology and biomechanics. Regulation of feeding and pathophysiology of dysphagia. More on German
Candece Gladsongladsoc@ccf.orgCCFMore on Gladson
Adam Goodwillagoodwill@neomed.eduNEOMEDMechanisms of coronary flow control, studies of cardiac function and identification of cardioprotective pathways. More on Goodwill
Tariq Haqqithaqqi@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Haqqi
James Hardwickjph@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Hardwick
Elda Hegmannehegmann@kent.eduKentMore on Hegmann
Tobin Hieronymusthieronymus@neomed.eduNEOMEDPattern and process of skeletal evolution in vertebrates. More on Hieronymus
Min-Ho Kimmkim15@kent.eduKentNanomedicine strategies towards the treatment of diseases including drug-resistant bacterial infections, chronic wounds, and Alzheimer's disease. More on Kim
Woo Yang Kimwkim2@kent.eduKentBrain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, intellectual disability, brain circuit, neural stem cell. More on Kim
Edgar Kooijmanekooijma@kent.eduKentBiophysics protein/lipid interactions, physical chemistry of lipid structure and function, model membranes, neutral lipid storage (lipid droplets/adipocytes). More on Kooijman
Gary Koskigkoski@kent.eduKentImmune system and cancer, vaccines, molecular mechanisms. More on Koski
Vijay Krishnakrishnv2@ccf.orgCCFMore on Krishna
Manabu Kurokawamkurokaw@kent.eduKent

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Kurokawa Lab

Sangeet Lamichhaneyslamichh@kent.eduKent Our lab is broadly interested in understanding how an organism responds to novel environments. We integrate a variety of interdisciplinary approaches, including comparative ‘omics’ (Genomics, Transcriptomics, Epigenomics and Metabolomics), together with experimental physiology to uncover the molecular basis underlying the processes of adaptation. More on Lamichhaney
Yoon-Kwang Leeylee3@neomed.eduNEOMEDStructure and regulation of nuclear hormone receptors. More on Lee
Laura Lefflleff@kent.eduKentMolecular ecology of bacteria, bacterial enumeration and identification. More on Leff
William Lynchwonk@neomed.eduNEOMEDMechanisms of neurodegeneration, CNS gene therapy, RNA tumor virus assembly and pathogenesis, microglial developmental biology. More on Lynch
Hanbin Maohmao@kent.eduKentMore on Mao
Ryota Matsuokamatsuor@ccf.orgCCFDevelopmental neuroscience, brain barriers, brain-blood communications, brain vascular cell heterogeneity, neurovascular morphogenesis, and cerebrovascular diseases. More on Matsuoka
Jennifer McDonoughjmcdonou@kent.eduKentRegenerative medicine, mitochondrial dysfunction and epigenetic mechanisms in multiple sclerosis. More on McDonough
Jeffrey Mellottjmellott@neomed.eduNEOMEDAge-related changes to inhibitory circuitry in the auditory pathways.  More on Mellott
Michael Modelmmodel@kent.eduKentApoptosis, cell water and volume regulation, membrane potential. More on Model
Xiaozhen Mouxmou@kent.eduKentMetatranscriptomics of bacteria, pathogens in ecosystem. More on Mou
Devin Muellerdmuell10@kent.eduKentNeural mechanisms of learning and memory that underlie drug use and emotional regulation. More on Mueller
Colleen Novakcnovak13@kent.eduKentNeural and endocrine mechanisms of activity thermogenesis in obesity. More on Novak
Christine O'Connoroconnoc6@ccf.orgCCFMore on O'Connor
Vahagn Ohanyanvohanyan@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Ohanyan
Heather O'Learyholeary@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on O'Leary
Moses Oyewumimoyewumi@neomed.eduNEOMEDDrug delivery, nanotechnology, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases. More on Oyewumi
Richard Pietrpiet@kent.eduKentNeurophysiological mechanisms involved in regulating the activity of the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons and their contributions to biological timing and fertility. More on Piet
Helen Piontkivskaopiontki@kent.eduKentComparative and evolutionary genomics, bioinformatics, molecular evolution. More on Piontkivska
Gunnar Poplawskipoplawg@ccf.orgCCFTranslational therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell and gene therapies for spinal cord injury, in vitro and in vivo models of glioblastomas, hIPSC derived neurons to study regeneration. More on Poplawski
Priya Ramanpraman@neomed.eduNEOMEDMy lab is interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying vascular complications and Alzheimer's disease-related dementia associated with diabetes and obesity. We are studying the role of a post-translational protein modification (O-Glycosylation) and a proatherogenic matricellular protein (Thrombospondin-1) in vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic changes and seeking to understand how targets contributed to vascular and cognitive anomalies in metabolic disorders. More on Raman
Erin Reed-Geaghan



NEOMEDMy lab is interested in the role of the immune system in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Specifically, we seek to understand the ways in which the brain’s resident immune cells, microglia, contribute to the neuroinflammatory processes driving neurodegeneration. We believe microglia from men and women respond differently in AD, contributing to the sex differences in disease onset and progression, and we’re working on identifying the reasons for these differences. We are also interested in how these cells communicate with the circulating peripheral immune system, and the ways in which these interactions affect disease progression
Merri Rosenmrosen@neomed.eduNEOMEDEffects of developmental stress and hearing loss on auditory perception and neural circuity. More on Rosen
Mary Russellmrussel1@kent.eduKentIntermediate filament protein synemin, heart, protein kinases. More on Russell
Prabodh Sadanapsadana@neomed.eduNEOMEDHormonal regulation of lipid metabolism. More on Sadana
Fayez Safadifsafadi@neomed.eduNEOMEDOsteoblast development and function, effects of hormones and growth factors. More on Safadi
Thorsten-Lars Schmidttschmi21@kent.eduKentDNA nanotechnology-based tools and materials for single-molecule biophysics and nanomedicine.  More on Schmidt
Brett Schofieldbschofie@neomed.eduNEOMEDFunctional anatomy of auditory pathways. More on Schofield
Sharad Shanbhagsshanbhag@neomed.eduNEOMEDThe amygdala's role in vocal communication. More on Shanbhag
Woo-Shik Shin (Austin)wshin@neomed.eduNEOMEDNovel combination antibacterial therapy against drug resistance ESKAPE pathogens. Drug repurposing and combinational approach to block abnormal protein aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease. Our lab focuses on computational structure-based drug design and drug delivery system for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other degenerative disorders. Current research is driven by two key topics: How to develop new therapeutic approach for neurodegenerative and other brain diseases? How to design the blood-brain barrier shuttle peptides with neuronal specificity? 
Robert Silvermansilverr@ccf.orgCCFMore on Silverman
Apollo Stacystacya2@ccf.orgCCFMore on Stacy
J.G.M. Thewissenthewisse@neomed.eduNEOMEDMammalian anatomy and evolution, morphological adaptations such as those for swimming and flight. More on Thewissen
Anthony Tosiatosi@kent.eduKentMore on Tosi
Bruce Trapptrappb@ccf.orgCCFMore on Trapp
Sean Veneysveney@kent.eduKentBehavioral neuroendocrinology, sexual differentiation of the brain, syrinx anatomy, neuroethology of birdsong. More on Veney
Srinivasan Vijayaraghavansvijayar@kent.eduKentSignal transduction, sperm physiology, fertilization, contraception. More on Vijayaraghavan
Xinwen Wangxwang2@neomed.eduNEOMEDOne size does not fit all. For many patients, standard drug treatment might not work or even trigger life-threatening adverse reactions. There is an urgent clinical need to provide tailored therapy for patients. Our laboratory focuses on applying pharmaco-omics tools (i.e. pharmacogenomics, proteomics and metabolomics) to identify both genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to the interindividual variability related to disease risks and drug therapies. Our research is expected to improve the efficacy and safety of drugs by identifying biomarkers that can predict individual drug responses, revealing novel drug targets and translating these findings into clinical precision pharmacotherapy. More on Wang
Jeffrey Wenstrupjjw@neomed.eduNEOMEDNeural mechanisms of hearing, acoustic communication, including emotional responses to sound. More on Wenstrup
Jessica Williamswilliaj39@ccf.orgCCFMore on Williams
Bradley Wintersbwinters@neomed.eduNEOMEDCellular neurophysiology of brainstem sound localization circuits that process timing and intensity differences between the two ears. More on Winters
Liya Yinlyin@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on Yin
Jesse Youngjwyoung@neomed.eduNEOMEDComparative and developmental biomechanics of locomotion. More on Young
Ping Zhangpzhang@neomed.eduNEOMEDMore on P. Zhang
Yanqiao Zhangyzhang@neomed.eduNEOMEDRegulation of lipid and glucose metabolism under normal and disease conditions. More on Zhang