Graduate Program in Pathobiology

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PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
Baxley Professor and Director, Department of Pathology Ralph H. Hruban, M.D.
Program Director, Pathobiology Lee J. Martin, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director, Pathobiology Tamara Lotan, M.D.
Admissions Committee Chair Karen Sfanos, Ph.D.
Curriculum Committee Chairs Lee Martin, Ph.D.
Kathy Burns, M.D., Ph.D.
Journal Club Committee Chairs Alan Meeker, Ph.D.
Karen Sfanos, Ph.D.
Ombudsmen James Eshleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Administrative Coordinator Stacey Morgan

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PROGRAM FACULTY AND THEIR RESEARCH INTERESTS
FacultyResearch Interests
Richard Ambinder, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Oncology
Lymphoma; viral carcinogenesis
Robert A. Anders, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, GI/Liver Pathology
Liver Biology; growth control and immunology
Stephen B. Baylin, M.D.
Professor, Oncology
Cancer; genetics
William Bishai, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Infectious Disease; Co-Director, Center for Tuberculosis Research
Molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis
Shyam Biswal, M.S., Ph.D. - Biswal Lab
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences & Medicine
Nrf2-Keap1 stress response pathway in lung cancer and COPD; Host immune response
Fred Bunz, M.D., Ph.D. - CMM link
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
DNA damage signaling and the roles of p53 in tumor suppression
Irina Burd, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Neurology;
Director of Research, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Fetal medicine; fetal neurology; reproductive biology
Kathleen Burns, M.D., Ph.D. - HG link
Assistant Professor, Hematologic Pathology
Human genetic variation; Mobile DNA; Cancer predispositions and progression
Patrizio Caturegli, M.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Immunopathology
Immunopathology; autoimmunity; thyroiditis
Shukti Chakravarti, Ph.D.
Professor, Gastroenterology
Extracellular matrix proteins; keratoconus; peptidoglycan recognition protein
Daniela Cihakova, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Immunology; Director, Immunologic Disorders Lab
Myocarditis; APECED/Aire research
Isabelle Coppens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Public Health
Intracellular parasitism; apicomplexa-mammalian cell interactions
Angelo DeMarzo, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Kidney/GU Pathology
Cancer Biology; prostate cancer
Charles G. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology, Urology and Immunology
Tumor immunology; GU cancer; Melanoma
Charles Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pathology; Ophthalmology
Neuropathology; Ophthalmic Pathology; Cancer
Leisha Emens, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology
Breast cancer/immunology and cancer vaccines; clinical trials
James R. Eshleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, GI/Liver Pathology
Pancreatic cancer; early detection; familial predisposition; novel molecular tools
Susan H. Eshleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Pathology - Transfusion Medicine
Virology; HIV
Mohamed H. Farah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Peripheral nerve regeneration
Alan D. Friedman, M.D.
Professor, Oncology
Transcriptional control of hematopoiesis; stem cells; leukemic transformation
Edward W. Gabrielson, M.D.
Professor, Molecular Pathology
Cancer biology; genomics
Kathleen L. Gabrielson, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
Cancer therapy; signal transduction
Lucio Gama, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathology
Similarities between simian and human immunodeficiency virus (SIV and HIV) and monocytes in infectious diseases
Luis Garza, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dermatology
Wound healing, regeneration
Michael Goggins, M.D.
Professor, GI/Liver Pathology
Biology and genetics of pancreatic cancer
Marc Halushka, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cardiac Pathology
Diabetic vascular disease
Abdel Rahim A. Hamad, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Immunopathologyy
Immunology; T cell activation
Gary S. Hayward, Ph.D.
Professor, Oncology
Virology; CMV; herpes viruses
James G. Herman, M.D.
Professor, Oncology
Cancer epigenetics
Sanjay Jain, M.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and International Health
TB Pathogenesis, Molecular Imaging for Infectious Diseases; Childhood TB
Richard J. Jones, M.D.
Professor, Oncology
Cancer lymphoma; bone marrow transplantation
Petros Karakousis, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases
Mycobacterium tuberculosis latency and reactivation; TB diagnostics; TB chemotherapy;
David A. Kass, M.D. - Kass Lab
Professor, Medicine - Cardiology
Molecular pathophysiology of heart failure; new treatment modalities; cardiac muscle mechanics
Scott E. Kern, M.D.
Professor, Oncology
Cancer; pancreatic cancer genetics
Kwang Sik Kim, M.D. - link
Professor, Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases
Microbiology; genetics of bacterial pathogenesis blood-brain barrier
Vassilis E. Koliatsos, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neuropathology
Neuropathology; neurodegenerative disease; stroke
Scott L. Kominsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Elucidating molecular mechanisms of bone metastasis; chemokines in bone remodeling
Abraham Kupfer, Ph.D. - Research,
Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Cell Biology
Immunology; CD4 T Cell activation and tolerance; imaging cellular immune interactions
Marikki Laiho, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Radiation Oncology
DNA damage response; cancer biology
Gyanu Lamichhane, Ph.D. - Lamichhane Lab
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Fundamental biochemical and genetic mechanism in bacterial biology
(Ben) Harry B. Larman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Immunopathology
'Next generation' DNA sequencing; multiplex RNA quantification techniques
John J. Laterra, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology
Brain malignancy, cancer stem cells, oncogenic signaling
Josh Lauring, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oncology
Breast cancer genetics: chromosomal amplifications
Anne Le, M.D. - Le Lab
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Oncology
Pancreatic cancer metabolism and metabolic disease
Thomas E. Lloyd, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Neurodegenerative disorders (ALS, CMT Disease, Inclusion Body Myositis); axonal transport and organelle trafficking in neurons
Tamara Lotan, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Kidney/GU Pathology
Role of oncogenic signaling pathways in prostate and mammary epithelial migration and polarity
Leo Luznik, M.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology; Division of Hematologic Malignancies
Pathogenesis of GVHD, tolerance induction and immunotherapy
Joseph L. Mankowski, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology
Virology; HIV; pathogenesis of CNS lesions
Nicholas J. Maragakis, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
Stem cell-derived motor neurons and glia; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Lee J. Martin, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuropathology
Cell death; motor neuron diseases; Parkinson's disease
William Matsui, M.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology
Stem cells; leukemia; lymphoma
Alan K. Meeker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kidney/GU Pathology
Cancer biology; telomeres
Mollie K. Meffert, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biological Chemistry and Neuroscience
Gene expression; neuronal plasticity; learning and memory; cognitive dysfunction
Stephen J. Meltzer, M.D.
Professor, Gastroenterology
Barrett's esophagus; esophageal carcinoma
Lloyd S. Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Dermatology; Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic infection, inflammation and bone anatomy; Skin infections; immune responses
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Institute for Cell Engineering
Neuronal navigation - fetal and adult; neurological diseases and mental disorders
Ben Ho Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology
Breast cancer genetics
Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Bioinformatics; neuropathology
Kenneth J. Pienta, M.D.
Donald S. Coffey Professor of Urology; Director, Urology Research Laboratories; Professor, Urology; Oncology; Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences; and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Oncology; prostate cancer
Martin G. Pomper, M.D., Ph.D.
William R. Brody Professor of Radiology
Molecular imaging research; development of new radiotracers for PET and SPECT
Johathan Powell, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology
Cancer, Immunology; hematopoiesis
Linda M. Resar, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine - Hematology
Cancer biology; leukemia, and lymphoid malignancy
Gregory J. Riggins, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurological Surgery
Neuro-oncology; molecular targets; genomics
Richard S. Roden, Ph.D.
Professor, Pathology - GYN Pathology
Cancer/virology; HPV in cervical cancer
Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunopathology
Immunology
Jonathan P. Schneck, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Immunopathology
Immunology; T cell activation
Cynthia L. Sears, M.D.
Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases
Enteric pathogens; colon cancer; bacteroides fragilis
Karen Sfanos, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kidney/GU Pathology
Kidney urologic pathology
Dipali Sharma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Oncology
Breast cancer
Ie-Ming Shih, M.D., Ph.D.
Molecular Genetics Lab
Professor, GYN Pathology
Ovarian cancer
Debasish Sinha, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology School of Medicine
Glial cell function; Autophagy and Phagocytosis in retinal pigmented epithelial cells
Shan Sockanathan, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuroscience
Motor neuron signaling; retinoid signals; neurodegeneration
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurology and Neuroscience; Director, Stem Cell Program - ICE
Adult mammalian neural stem cells and neurogenesis; neuroepigenetics; mechanisms of neurological diseases and mental disorders
Charles J. Steenbergen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Cardiac Pathology
Cardiac Pathology; ischemia reperfusion Injury; cardioprotective signaling mechanisms
Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D.
Professor, Oncology
Breast cancer; Hox genes; methylated genes as biomarkers and targets of therapy; genome-wide analysis; intraductal therapy of early lesions
Charlotte J. Sumner, M.D. - Bio
Associate Professor, Neurology & Neuroscience
Inherited motor neuron and peripheral nerve diseases; Genetic characterization; Cellular mechanisms, and novel therapies
Aaron A. Tobian, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pathology - Transfusion Medicine; Epidemiology
Biological mechanisms of allergic transfusion reactions, epidemiologic risk factors of HIV
Juan C. Troncoso, M.D.
Professor, Neuropathology
Neuropathology; stroke
Christopher B. Umbricht, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Surgery
Breast cancer; thyroid cancer; early cancer progression; genome-wide analyses; bioinformatics
Raphael P. Viscidi, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics
Virology/Immunology; human papillomaviruses/polyomaviruses and vaccine development
Mei Wan, Ph.D.
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Mesenchymal stem cell biology; tissue and bone remodeling
Jiou Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BSPH; Neuroscience, SOM
Neurodegeneration; ALS; Protein folding and misfolding
Tian-Li Wang, Ph.D. - Lab
Associate Professor, Gynecology & Obstetrics
Cancer genetics; Female reproductive cancer; Notch Signaling; Early detection of cancer
Laura D. Wood, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, GI/Liver Pathology
Transition from non-invasive precursor lesions to invasive cancer; intratumoral heterogeneity
Philip C-Y Wong, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuropathology
Neuropathology; neurodegenerative disease
Tzyy-Choou (T-C) Wu, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Professor, GYN Pathology
Immunology of cancer; cervical cancer vaccines; HPV
Srinvasan (Vasan) Yegnasubramanian, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oncology
Cancer genetics/epigenetics, AR signaling; genomic instability

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Teaching Faculty
Pedram Argani, M.D.
Professor, Surgical Pathology
Walter E. Kaufmann, M.D.
Professor, Neurology
Peter Burger, M.D.
Professor, Surgical Pathology
Thomas Kickler, M.D.
Professor, Hematologic Pathology
Barbara Detrick, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunopathology
Mary S. Leffell, Ph.D., Diplomate, ABHI, ABMLI
Professor, Medical Genetics
Ralph H. Hruban, M.D.
Baxley Professor and Director, Dept. of Pathology; Professor, GI/Liver Oncology
Alexandra Valsamakis, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pathology, Medical Microbiology

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