Faculty in CMBB

 


Blanks Gregg Fields, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Director, Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Research: Use of chemical approaches to better understand how protein three-dimensional structures influence cellular and enzymatic behaviors.



 
Wessbach Herbert Weissbach, Ph.D.
Member, National Academy of Sciences
Distinguished Research Professor
Associate Director, Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Research: Role of the methionine sulfoxide reductase system in protecting cells against oxidative damage, aging and age related diseases including cancer.



 
Kesaraju Shailaja K.Allani, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Core Facilities Manager, Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Research: Oxidative damage, cell death, mitochondrial metabolism, aging and cancer.

 

 

 

Binninger David M. Binninger,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Research: Role of oxidative damage to proteins in the aging process.

 

 

 

Binninger Randy Blakely,  Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Analysis of the genetics, structure and regulation of brain synaptic transporter proteins in relation to neuropsychiatric disorder risk and opportunities for drug development. 

 

 

 Blanks Janet Blanks, Ph.D.
 Professor
 Interim Dean, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and in the  Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences 
 Research: Gene therapy, retinal degeneration, neuroprotection in  the retina, mammalian retinal development and differentiation.

 


 
Brew Keith Brew, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Biomedical Science
Schmidt Senior Fellow
Research: Protein engineering studies of enzyme action and protein-protein interactions, metalloproteinase-protein inhibitor interactions and alpha and beta-galactosyltransferases.


 
Caputi Massimo Caputi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: mRNA processing, mRNA splicing regulation, HIV-1 replication, Bcl apoptotic gene family regulation.

 

 

Mare Cudic Mare Cudic, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: Synthesis glycopeptides and glycopeptide libraries as tools for probing glycan biology, elucidation of mechanism of low affinity glycan-lectin interactions, development of new chemotherapeutic agents and/or cancer vaccines, and drug delivery. 

 

 

Mare Cudic Predrag Cudic, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: My research interests are in the broadly defined fields of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry. My research team uses rational synthetic and combinatorial chemistry approaches to synthesize and elucidate structure-activity relationship of novel cyclic peptides as biological probes or lead compounds for drug discovery. Our research has implications for treatment of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections and treatment of central nervous system diseases.  

 

 

Dawson Ken Dawson-Scully, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences Sciences
Research: Neurobiology of cellular stress and neuroprotection, using live cell imaging, electrophysiology, and behavior genetics.

 

 

 

Daniel T. De Lill Daniel T. De Lill, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: Design and synthesis of inorganic materials including coordination, polymers/metal-organiz frameworks and nanomaterials, lanthanide chemistry and spectroscopy (visible, near infrared (NIR), upconversion, small molecule X-ray crystallography.

 

 

Kate Detwiler Kate Detwiler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
ResearchPrimate hybridization and speciation, molecular primatology, primate behavioral ecology, conservation of African monkeys and their rainforest habitats

 

 

Diuto Esiobu Diuto Esiobu, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
ResearchHuman Microbiomes - Oral, Skin, and Gut; Plant rhizobiomes in plant invasion and disease resistance; Synthetic biology for creation of diagnostic surrogate models; Beach quality and health risk assessment and other applied microbiology research.

 



Godenschwege Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Research:
Neurological disorders and diseases, nervous system development, axonal guidance and synaptogenesis.

 

 

 

Guthrie Kathleen M. Guthrie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Olfactory neurobiology and behavior. Developmental neurobiology, axon growth and targeting. Neurotrophic interactions during development and neuronal regeneration. Regulation of neuronal gene expression. Sensory systems.

 

 

Huang

Xupei Huang, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Biochemistry. Signal transduction in cardiac myocytes; Cardiac cell physiology and molecular cardiology; Functional genomics and myofibril protein gene regulation; Transgenic and gene knockout animal models .

 

 

Iragavarapu Vijaya (V.J.) Iragavarapu-Charyulu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research:
Tumor immunology. Cytokine expression and transcriptional regulation during mammary tumorigenesis. chemokine/chemokine receptor expression in mammary tumor progression. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and leukocyte trafficking by T cells. Signaling events in T cells as they pertain to elevated levels of expression of chemokines and MMPs.

 

cisgor Ceylan Isgor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research:
Animal Models of Seizure Susceptibility; Neuromorphological, behavioral and molecular consequences of chronic, variable stress during peripubertal-juvenile period in rats; Animal models for individual differences in the novelty-seeking or risk-taking behavior; Gonadal and adrenal steroid regulation of the novel estrogen receptor beta in stress relevant brain nuclei

  

Jia Kailiang Jia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Department of Biological Sciences
Research: Molecular regulation of aging. Multiple longevity pathways, such as insulin-like growth factor signaling, TOR signaling, dietary restriction, and mitochondrial activity, control aging in C. elegans and other organisms.

 

 

Lepore Salvatore Lepore, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research:
Total synthesis of therapeutically important complex natural products and development of expedited synthesis techniques to facilitate small-molecule library production.

 

 

Li Zhongwei Li, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research:
RNA metabolism, function of non-coding RNA, RNA therapeutics. Regulation of gene expression by natural products.

 

 

 

Lu Michael Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of  Biomedical Science
Research: Molecular and cellular biology. Hormone-regulated signal transduction. Tumor metastasis. Cell growth regulation.

 

 

Gregory Macleod Gregory Macleod, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: The ways in which mitochondria support neurotransmission and influence synaptic plasticity, the mechanisms responsible for pH homeostasis at synapses and their influence on synaptic plasticity, the mechanisms supporting neurotransmission most vulnerable to aging

 

 
Mari
Frank Mari
Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Marine biochemistry and biotechnology. Isolation and characterization of peptides and proteins of marine origin, structure and dynamics of peptides and proteins of marine origin using NMR methods and computational methods for the analysis of structure-activity relationships of biomolecules.

 

 

Milton Sarah Milton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Research:
Vertebrate anoxia tolerance, sea turtle physiology. Molecular adaptations of neuronal anoxia tolerance in freshwater turtles, examination of stress adaptations at the molecular and physiological level in Everglades fish, and several different aspects of sea turtle biology including hatchling energetics, immunology, and molecular responses to disease.

 

 

Murphy Rodney Murphey, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Research: Development, degeneration and death in the nervous system. Molecular genetics, cellular neurophysiology and numerous imaging techniques to study these issues in model genetic systems

 

 

 

Ramaswamy Narayanan, Ph.D.    Narayanan
Professor 
Department of Biological Sciences 
Research: Molecular aspects of transformation; oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and transcription factors; Differentiation, cell-cycle and apoptosis; antisense and gene therapy; targeted drug delivery and pro-drug development; bioinformatics and functional genomics.

 

 

 

Perry Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Professor
Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs
Research: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. Molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in neural damage, neural development, neural growth and regeneration. Axonal transport and axonally transported proteins. Physiological mechanisms of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

 

 

Prentice Howard M. Prentice, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Ischemic adaptations, neurodegenerative disease, brain anoxia, mitochondrial dysfunction and aging processes.


 

Stephane Roche Stephane Roche, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: Challenge modern synthetic chemistry: developing catalytic, enantioselective and more chemoselective methodologies by considering biomimetic inspirations. Establishing new methodologies using organocatalysis, which will be directly applied in total synthesis of complex targets, development of innovative methodologies on chirality and peptide chemistry as tools for the preparation of complex non-proteinogenic amino acids, peptides and alkaloids

 

Shen Wen Shen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Electrophysiology of channels and receptors. Transporters in neurodevelopment and adult system. Signal transduction in retinal circuit.

 

 

 

Shibata Yoshimi Shibata, Ph.D.
Professor 
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Mechanisms regulating ontogenic and functional heterogeneity of macrophage populations. Macrophage-mediated regulation of innate and acquired immune responses. Intracellular trafficking of particles and activation of cellular signaling in phagocytosis. Development of a new Th1 adjuvant against infections and allergic asthma. Mechanisms of chronic inflammation in atheroscelerosis.

 


Andrew Terentis Andrew Terentis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research: Understanding of the structure and function of biomolecules, living cells, and biological tissues through the application of Raman spectroscopy and microscopy as well as other optical spectroscopic techniques.

 

 

Wei Jianning Wei, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: To investigate protein-protein interaction using a combination of biochemical methods and mass spectrometry. Molecular mechanisms of age related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease. 
 
 
 

Wu Jang-Yen Wu, Ph.D.
Professor
Schmidt Senior Fellow
Department of Biomedical Science
Research: Neuroscience, neurotransmitters and neurological disorders.

 

 

Zhang Xing-Hai Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor  
Department of Biological Sciences
Research: Plant molecular biology and biotechnology, improvement of CO2 .

 

 

 

 

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daphna Daphna Sagher, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

 

 

 

Lowell Diane Baronas-Lowell, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

 


 

Brot Nathan Brot, Ph.D.
Research Professor

 

 


Keating Patricia Keating, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

 

 

 

daphna Maciej Stawikowski,  Ph.D.  
Research Professor


 

 

neelambari Neelambari Joshi, MS.
Research Associate

 

 
 

Cazeau


Marjorie S. Cazeau
Assistant to the Director