Faculty

Name Contact Programs Research Interest
Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD
ahmarise@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Circuit dynamics underlying pathology and treatment of compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorder
Jinwoo Ahn, PhD
jia12@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Functional and structural studies of HIV accessory proteins and their human cellular partners;SAMHD1 dual enzyme activities
Elias Aizenman, PhD
redox@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Cellular and Molecular Basis of Neurodegeneration
Howard Aizenstein, MD, PhD
aizen@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Our lab uses structural and functional MRI to study the brain changes associated with aging, and the disorders of aging
Kathryn Albers, PhD
kaa2@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Growth factor and transcriptional regulation of neuronal function in pain and disease.
Carolyn Anderson, PhD
andersoncj@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
The development of metal-based radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and targeted radiotherapy of cancer and other diseases
Gerard Apodaca, PhD
gla6@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Endocytic pathways and stretch-regulated endocytosis/exocytosis in bladder.
Bruce Armitage, PhD
army@cmu.edu
Program 2:
Bioorganic Chemistry, Fluorescent Dyes, DNA Nanotechnology, Molecular Evolution, Peptide Nucleic Acids, Molecular Recognition of DNA/RNA, G Quadruplexes
Stephen Badylak, MD, PhD
badylaks@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, emphasis upon clinical application; cell:biomaterial interactions; epimorphic regeneration in mammals
Ivet Bahar, PhD
bahar@pitt.edu Biomolecular systems dynamics; computer-aided drug discovery; network models for protein-protein interactions.
Christopher Bakkenist, PhD
bakkenistcj@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Identify phosphorylations, dephosphorylations and acetylations that regulate ATM activity in vivo.
Alison Barth, PhD
albarth@andrew.cmu.edu
The organization and plasticity of neocortical circuits in rodents.
Carlton Bates, MD
cmb127@pitt.edu Role of FGF Receptors in the Developing Kidney, Genetic Model of Urogenital Development and Obstruction,and Role of fibroblast growth factor receptors (Fgfrs) in embryonic kidney development using conditional knockout mouse models
Aaron Batista, PhD
apb10@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Neurophysiology of sensory-motor coordination, brain-machine interfaces.
Hulya Bayir, MD
hub22@pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Clinical lipidomics and oxidative lipidomics; Imaging mass spectrometry; Redox mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction and neuronal death
Marlene Behrmann, PhD
behrmann@cmu.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Psychology (CMU)
Interdisciplinary approach to explore how the signals from the eye are transformed into meaningful percepts by the brain
Sarah Berman, MD, PhD
bermans@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Role of mitochondrial dynamics in Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases
Kara Bernstein, PhD
karab@pitt.edu
Program 2:
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
billiartr@upmc.edu
Program 2:
The Billiar Lab focuses on the immune responses to acute systemic stresses of major clinical relevance including trauma and surgical sepsis
Robert Binder, PhD
rjb42@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The mechanisms of cross-priming of antigens during immune responses to cancer, viruses and autoimmunity
David Binion, MD
biniond@upmc.edu Defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying human chronic gut inflammation and the translation of this knowledge into improved care for patients suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Jennifer Bomberger, PhD
jbomb@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Understanding the molecular mechanisms for viral-bacterial synergy in the lungs of chronic lung disease patients
Lisa Borghesi, PhD
borghesi@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Demand adapted hematopoiesis in infection and inflammation.
Harvey Borovetz, PhD
borovetzhs@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Cardiovascular organ replacements for adult and pediatric patients.
Richard Boyce, PhD
rbd20@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Informatics interventions to improve medication safety, especially for older adults; Structured publishing of biomedical knowledge and data
Jeffrey Brodsky, PhD
jbrodsky@pitt.edu Protein “quality control”, diseases associated with misfolded proteins, and drug treatments for these diseases
Timothy Burns, MD, PhD
burnstf@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Development of targeted therapies for KRAS mutant NSCLC; Reactivation of OIS and apoptosis; Mechanisms of acquired resistance to targeted agents
Edward Burton, MD, DPhil
eab25@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Analysis of the molecular pathogenesis of neurological diseases using viral gene transfer and novel zebrafish models
Lisa Butterfield, PhD
butterfieldl@upmc.edu
Program 2:
The Butterfield lab focuses on cross-talk between tumor antigens and the immune system in melanoma and hepatocellular cancer (HCC) patients
Carlos Camacho, PhD
ccamacho@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Computational drug discovery
Jane Cauley, DrPH
jcauley@edc.pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Osteoporosis treatment and the consequences of osteoporosis in both men and women.
J. Richard Chaillet, MD, PhD
chaillet@pitt.edu
Program 2:
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
chansy@upmc.edu
Program 2:
basic science and translational research studying the molecular mechanisms of pulmonary vascular disease and pulmonary hypertension
Yuan Chang, MD
yc70@pitt.edu The study of human tumor viruses
Jun Chen, MD, PhD
chenj2@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Mechanisms of cell death and neuroprotection in cerebral ischemia and Parkinson's disease.
Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
ctc4@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Redox signaling & autophagy in neuroprotection and neurodegeneration; mitochondrial phosphoproteomics; genetic & toxin models of Parkinson's disease
Paula Clemens, MD
clemenspr@upmc.edu Models of muscle disease causing muscular dystrophy and muscle atrophy. Translational research for treatment of muscle disease.
Marlene Cohen, PhD
cohenm@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
My group studies the way visual information is encoded in groups of neurons and used to guide behavior.
Carol Colby, PhD
ccolby@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Professor Colby's research is on neural mechanisms of spatial cognition, it encompasses a wide range of cognitive processes, including perception, attention, working memory, and the generation of action
James Conway, PhD
jxc100@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Structure and function of virus capsids using cryo-electron microscopy; combine with subunit atomic models to examine interfaces.
Keith Cook, PhD
keicook@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Artificial lungs; hemodynamics, pulmonary drug delivery; liquid ventilation; right ventricular function, critical care medicine
Vaughn Cooper, PhD
vaughn.cooper@pitt.edu
Program 2:
To understand how bacteria adapt to new environments and/or cause disease. Biofilm-associated infections are our primary focus.
Carolyn Coyne, PhD
coynec2@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Virology, immunology, and cell biology to dissect various aspects of host-virus interactions, with a particular focus on polarized cell types.
Louise D'Cruz, PhD
ldcruz@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The D’Cruz lab focuses on how innate and adaptive effector T cells respond to infectious agents.
Lance Davidson, PhD
lance.a.davidson@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Our group combines experimental and theoretical approaches to reverse-engineer the inherently mechanical processes of cell and tissue development.
Brian Davis, PhD
bmd1@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of central and peripheral nervous system development and plasticity
Marie DeFrancis, MD, PhD
defrancesmc@upmc.edu
Program 2:
HGF-MET-PI3K signaling in liver development, growth, regeneration and cancer. She has identified a novel regulator of the catalytic subunit of PI3K (p110) called PI3K interacting protein 1 (PIK3IP1)
Donald DeFranco, PhD
dod1@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Steroid hormone action in neural stem cells and cancer
Alex Deiters, PhD
deiters@pitt.edu
Program 1: Chemistry
Development of chemical tools to explore disease-relevant biological questions, with a focus on optical and small molecule control of cell function
Greg Delgoffe, PhD
delgoffeg@upmc.edu
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
The metabolic regulation of T cell function, with a specific focus of those T cells that infiltrate the nutrient-poor tumor microenvironment.
Neal DeLuca, PhD
ndeluca@pitt.edu HSV gene expression in productive and persistent infections
Terry Dermody, MD
terence.dermody@chp.edu
Program 1:
Program 2:
Research in the Dermody laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms of Mammalian Orthoreovirus (reovirus) and Chikungunya virus infections.
Mary Amanda Dew, PhD
dewma@upmc.edu
Program 2: Epidemiology
Behavioral mental health and quality of life outcomes in end-stage organ disease, transplantation, and living donation; research methodology
Edward Dixon, PhD
dixonec@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Mechanisms of post-traumatic memory deficits, models of traumatic brain injury, and functional outcomes.
Brent Doiron, PhD
bdoiron@pitt.edu
Program 2:
General research program seeks to identify how single neurons and networks of neurons code information about relevant inputs.
Andrew Duncan, PhD
duncana@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Research in the Duncan lab focuses on liver development, homeostasis and regeneration.
James Faeder, PhD
faeder@pitt.edu
Program 2:
My lab is interested in developing mathematical models of biological regulatory processes that integrate specific knowledge about protein-protein interactions.
William Federspiel, PhD, MS
federspielwj@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Respiratory assist and blood processing devices for critical care medicine. Cardiovascular and pulmonary transport phenomena.
Adam Feinberg, PhD
feinberg@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
We develop materials-based, engineering strategies to control the self-organization and assembly of various cell types into tissues using nanoscale fabrication and 3D bioprinting. Understanding of higher-order function in biological systems.
Robert Ferris, MD, PhD
ferrisrl@upmc.edu
Program 1: Immunology
Program 2:
Mechanisms of immune escape and clinical translation to therapeutic cancer immunotherapy trials
Julie Fiez, PhD
fiez@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Cognitive and educational neuroscience of reading, language, math, and learning.
Michael Fine, MD, MSc
finemj@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Ways to improve the quality of medical care for patients with common medical problems
Kenneth Fish, PhD
fishkn@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Functional consequences of altered connectivity in schizophrenia; the early secretory pathway’s role in neurodevelopment and synaptogenesis
JoAnne Flynn, PhD
joanne@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Immunology and Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis.
Bruce Freeman, PhD
freerad@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The production and signal transduction properties of oxidizing and free radical mediators in metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
James Funderburgh, PhD
jlfunder@pitt.edu Stem cells and stem cell therapy, wound healing, tissue regeneration, biological roles of extracellular matrix
Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich, PhD
sharyl.fyffemaricich@chp.edu My lab is interested in understanding the molecules and signaling pathways that are essential for controlling the onset of myelination and for determining the thickness of the myelin sheaths that are generated.
Neeraj Gandhi, PhD
neg8@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Neural basis of sensorimotor integration and cognition
Hartmut Geyer, PhD
hgeyer@cs.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Principles of legged dynamics and control, their relation to human motor control, and resulting applications in rehabilitation technology
Aryn Gittis, PhD
agittis@cmu.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Neural circuits in the basal ganglia involved in motor control and disease
Mark Gladwin, MD
mtg16@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Biophysical and biochemical measures and mouse models to investigate a novel therapeutic intervention for carbon monoxide poisoning
Michael Gold, PhD
msg22@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
A translational approach used to study peripheral mechanisms of pain
Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, PhD
vanathi@pitt.edu Predictive modeling for disease classification and biomarker discovery using novel machine learning and knowledge-based approaches
Anthony Grace, PhD
graceaa@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Neurophysiology of basal ganglia system related to psychiatric disorders.
Steven Graham, MD, PhD
sgra@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
How gene expression and activity control cell death in neurons subjected to anoxia, ischemia and other insults.
Angela Gronenborn, PhD
amg100@pitt.edu Combining NMR spectroscopy w/Biophysics, Biochem&Chem to investigate cellular processes at the molecular & atomic levels in relation to human disease
Jeff Gross, PhD
grossjm@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Our research focuses on vertebrate eye development, disease modeling and regeneration utilizing the zebrafish as a model system.
Timothy Hand, PhD
timothy.hand@chp.edu
Program 2:
Understand the causes of diseases with disruptions between immune system and the microbiota, such as Crohn’s Disease and Environmental Enteropathy.
Lee Harrison, MD
lharriso@edc.pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Epidemiology and molecular epidemiology of bacterial pathogens; Epidemiology and prevention of HIV infection in Brazil
Teresa Hastings, PhD
hastingst@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Oxidative mechanisms associated with neurodegeneration.
Graham Hatfull, PhD
gfh@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The Hatfull lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh studies the molecular genetics of the mycobacteria and their mycobacteriophages.
Vicki Helgeson, PhD
vh2e@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 1: Psychology (CMU)
Program 2:
implications of gender personality and social environmental variables for how people adjust to chronic illness
Robert Hendricks, PhD
hendricksrr@upmc.edu
Program 2:
The role of T cells in maintaining HSV-1 latency in sensory ganglia, and in mediating immunopathology in HSV-1 infected corneas
Andrew Hinck, PhD
ahinck@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Studying signaling proteins and receptors of the TGF-beta family, deciphering the molecular adaptations that the signaling proteins, single-pass transmembrane receptors, downstream effectors, and multitude of extracellular and intracellular modulators.
Chien Ho, PhD
chienho@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
To investigate structural, dynamic, and functional properties of proteins by NMR; to track immune responses in vivo by molecular and cellular imaging
Jackie Ho, MD
jacqueline.ho2@chp.edu
Program 2:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing public health burden that results in significant morbidity and increased risk of mortality for individual patients.
Lori Holt, PhD
loriholt@cmu.edu
Program 1: Psychology (CMU)
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
My lab investigates the cognitive and neurobiological bases of how human listeners use sound. This involves study of speech communication, auditory perception, attention, and learning.
Gregg Homanics, PhD
HomanicsGE@anes.upmc.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Understanding the molecular mechanism(s) of action of alcohol.
John Horn, PhD
jph@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Synaptic Computation and Neuromodulation in Catecholaminergic Neurons; Nicotinic receptors; G-protein coupled receptors
Neil Hukriede, PhD
hukriede@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Identify renal progenitor cells, determine their role in patterning the embryonic kidney, and relate these events to kidney regeneration.
Rebecca Jacobson, MD
rebeccaj@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The use of natural language processing and deep phenotyping to support personalized medicine and learning health systems.
Jon Johnson, PhD
jjohnson@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
The Johnson lab studies the physiology, biophysics, structure, pharmacology, and regulation of glutamate receptors
Ken Jordan, PhD
jordan@pitt.edu
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
The Jordan group uses computational methods to elucidate fundamental processes in Chemistry.
Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD
kalinskip@upmc.edu
Program 2:
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
kkarl@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Plasticity of neuronal circuits during development and in pathology, focusing on the central auditory system
Lawrence Kane, PhD
lkane@pitt.edu 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, MD, PhD
dankaplan@pitt.edu
Program 2:
To understand how skin resident immune cells (e.g. dendritic cells, T cells) interact with specific pathogens.
Erin Kershaw, MD
kershawee@upmc.edu
Program 2:
The role of intracellular lipid metabolism and adipose tissue biology in normal metabolism and disease using basic and translational approaches
Saleem Khan, PhD
khan@pitt.edu Role of microRNAs in human papillomavirus-associated cancers & in aging
Kang Kim, PhD
kangkim@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Develop & translate state of the art noninvasive imaging technologies to improve disease diagnosis, guide therapy, and evaluate therapeutic efficacy
Carl Kingsford, PhD
carlk@cs.cmu.edu We develop optimization algorithms for the analysis of genomic sequences andbiological networks
Thomas Kleyman, MD
kleyman@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Cellular, structural and molecular studies of epithelial ion channels
Richard Koerber, PhD
rkoerber@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Development, plasticity and pain processing in sensory neurons and in the spinal dorsal horn.
Sandra Kuhlman, PhD
skuhlman@cmu.edu
Program 2:
The goal of my research program is to understand how neural networks in the cortex are altered during new skill acquisition to promote appropriate behavioral responses and to understand how the circuitry for learning is established during development.
Bernhard Kuhn, MD
bernhard.kuhn2@chp.edu
Program 2:
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
pkumta@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Nanostructured Metallic, ceramic & polymeric biomaterials (nanoparticles, bulk and thin film); additive manufacturing; stem cell; tissue engineering
Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD
lagasse@pitt.edu Our research is focused primarily on stem cell biology and cell-based therapy for a variety of diseases including cancer and organ failure.
Seema Lakdawala, PhD
lakdawala@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Our lab studies the molecular properties contributing to the epidemiological success of influenza A viruses to better predict future pandemics
Fadi Lakkis, MD
lakkisf@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Innate and adaptive immune response to transplanted organs and the mechanisms of transplantation tolerance.
Philip LeDuc, PhD
prl@andrew.cmu.edu Linking mechanics to biochemistry through exploring the science of molecular to cellular biomechanics through nano- & micro-technology & comp biology
Adrian Lee, PhD
leeav@upmc.edu
Program 2: Human Genetics
Molecular profiling (genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic) of women’s cancers, mouse modeling, and predictive biomarkers for targeted therapy
Janet Lee, MD
leejs3@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Host susceptibility to lung injury and the factors that promote persistence of inflammation
David Lewis, MD
lewisda@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Functional architecture of the prefrontal cortex and schizophrenia.
Philana Lin, MD, MSC
pll7@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Our lab is focused on the host protective immune responses to M. tuberculosis, a major factor in outcome of infection.
Steven Little, PhD
srlittle@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Drug Delivery, Biomimetics, Immunotherapeutics, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Synthetic Systems
Cecilia Lo, PhD
el36@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Our research objectives are focused on elucidating the genetic causes and developmental mechanisms of human congenital heart disease (CHD).
Binfeng Lu, PhD
binfeng@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Discovery of novel molecular and cellular pathways regulating key steps of T cell-mediated immune responses in antitumor immunity and autoimmunity
Xinghua Lu, MD, PhD, MS
xinghua@pitt.edu
Program 2:
computational methods facilitating personalized precision medicine for cancers
Peter Lucas, MD, PhD
lucaspc@upmc.edu
Program 2:
The relationship between chronic inflammation and the development of vascular, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases
Beatriz Luna, PhD
lunab@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Brain basis of cognitive maturation through adolescence to adulthood.
Rama Mallampalli, MD
mallampallirk@upmc.edu
Program 2: Bioengineering
Pulmonary molecular & cell biology as it relates to acute lung injury (ALI) & the mechanisms of sepsis
Wendy Mars, PhD
wmars@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Understanding how cytokines and proteases controlling normal liver growth become deviant, leading to the development of cirrhosis and liver cancer
Bruce McClane, PhD
bamcc@pitt.edu
Program 2:
human and animal pathogen Clostridium perfringens
Colleen McClung, PhD
mcclungca@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
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
meriney@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Dr. Meriney's research program focuses on mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the neuromuscular system in both normal and disease conditions.
Diana Metes, MD
metesdm@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Human immunology: Innate and adaptive immune responses to latent viruses and to allo-antigens after organ transplantation
Aaron Mitchell, PhD
apm1@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Our studies focus on Candida albicans, a leading fungal pathogen that can cause both mucosal and invasive infections.
Tom Mitchell, PhD
Tom.Mitchell@cmu.edu
Program 1:
Program 2:
We focus on research and education in all areas of statistical machine learning
Satdarshan Monga, MD
smonga@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Aimed at elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of liver pathophysiology
Patrick Moore, MD
psm9@pitt.edu The study of human tumor viruses
Penelope Morel, MD
morel@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Autoimmunity & the control of T cell immune responses; Systems biology approaches to immune response to infectious organisms
Michael Morowitz, MD
michael.morowitz@chp.edu
Program 1: Human Genetics
Program 2:
Pathogenicity of Intestinal Microbes in Milk Fed and Formula Fed Premature Infants - See more at: http://www.chp.edu/find-a-doctor/service-providers/michael-morowitz-143687#sthash.jOu6Y9fO.dpuf
Alison Morris, MD
morrisa@upmc.edu
Program 1:
Program 2:
HIV-associated lung disease; HIV-associated emphysema; Role of Pneumocystis in COPD
Kari Nejak-Bowen, MBA, PhD
knnst5@pitt.edu
Program 2:
To understand the cellular and molecular basis of liver injury, regeneration, and cholestatic liver disease
Anne Newman, MD, MPH
newmana@edc.pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology;Subclinical atherosclerosis: Associations with aging, disability & frailty;Sarcopenia & disability
Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, MD, PhD
VishwajitNL@upmc.edu
Program 1: Human Genetics
Program 2:
Genetics of schizophrenia/bipolar disorder;functional genomics using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) based models;gene/environment interactions
Enrico Novelli, MD, MS
noveex@upmc.edu
Program 2:
the mechanisms of vascular dysfunction in sickle cell disease. With interest in the vascular pathology that underlies cognitive dysfunction. Also novel imaging biomarkers and diagnostic imaging strategies in sickle cell disease.
Steffi Oesterreich, PhD
oesterreichs@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Hormone response and treatment resistance in breast and ovarian cancer, including the analysis of aberrant genetic and epigenetic changes
Trevor Orchard, MBBCh, MMedSci
tjo@pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
The epidemiology of diabetes complications and cardiovascular disease.
Kyle Orwig, PhD
keo6@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and male germ lineage development
Tim Oury, MD, PhD
tdoury@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Oxidative mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis, acute lung injury, inflammation, and pneumonia. The laboratory also studies the role of RAGE in the lung
John Pacella, MD, MS
pacellajj@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineeering
Program 2:
Developing strategies to improve myocardial microvascular perfusion. Involving in vitro and in vivo models, and spans multiple disciplines: acoustic physics, polymer chemistry, physiology, cardiology, vascular biology, and advanced cardiac imaging.
Quasar Padiath, MDBS, PhD
qpadiath@pitt.edu
Program 1: Human Genetics
Program 2:
molecular mechanisms underlying various neurological disorders using human genetic approaches as well as research on animal and cell culture models
Patrick Pagano, PhD
pagano@pitt.edu
Program 2:
NADPH oxidase (Nox) & reactive oxygen species in signaling, vascular dysfunction and cardiopulmonary disease; Nox drug therapy development
Michael Palladino, PhD
mjp44@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
We use Drosophila, mice and human cell lines to elucidate pathogenesis and develop new therapies for mitochondria and neurodegenerative diseases.
Mary Phillips, MD
phillipsml@upmc.edu Identification of neural correlates that underlie the symptoms of specific abnormalities in emotion processing in people with mood disorders
Todd Przybycien, PhD
todd@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Applied biophysics: protein structural, adsorption and aggregation behavior during bioprocessing and delivery. Biosensing: pressure ulcer detection.
Linda Rinaman, PhD
rinaman@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Neural circuits for stress responses and emotionality: organization and interactions with diet and body energy balance
James Roberts, MD
jroberts@mwri.magee.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Our current work addresses preeclampsia and it pathophysiology in high and low resource se
Rena Robinson, PhD
rena@pitt.edu
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
Aging, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Ion Mobility Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics
Gustavo Rohde, PhD
gustavor@cmu.edu
Program 2:
Biomedical imaging, image processing and analysis, digital pathology, radiology, cytometry, computer vision, signal processing, computational biology
Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH
rosanoc@edc.pitt.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Brain adaptation, neuroepidemiological approaches to the causes, biomarkers and consequences of brain aging, advanced data reduction analyses
Sarah Ross, PhD
saross@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Understanding the functional organization of spinal microcircuits using molecular genetic, electrophysiological, optogenetic & behavioral approaches
Maria Rubio, MD, PhD
mer@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Research focuses on investigating neuron-glia communication in the normal hearing and in the hearing impaired
Warren Ruder, PhD, MS
warrenr@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Our mission includes both understanding the fundamental biology of natural bioprocessing systems as well as re-engineering these systems with synthetic control circuits.
Yoel Sadovsky, MD
ysadovsky@mwri.magee.edu
Program 2:
Our lab focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying placental development and its function in supporting fetal growth and maternal-fetal communication
Andrew Schwartz, PhD
abs21@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Bioengineering
Cerebral basis for volitional movement and cortical neural prosthetics.
Russell Schwartz, PhD
russells@andrew.cmu.edu 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
scotmx@UPMC.EDU
Program 2:
Innate immune responses to sterile injury and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation and immune activation by endogenous danger signals
Rebecca Seal, PhD
rpseal@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
The Seal laboratory is interested in elucidating the circuitry that drives behavior normally and in disease.
Ervin Sejdic, PhD
esejdic@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Advanced information systems in medicine; Anticipatory medical devices; Assistive technologies; Biomedical Signal Processing; Gait analysis
Susan Sesack, PhD
sesack@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Dr. Sesack’s research focuses on the monoamine and cortical systems that regulate cognitive and emotional behaviors.
Steven Shapiro, MD
shapirosd@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Understanding the biological functions of matrix degrading proteinases in health and disease.
Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
MSHLOMCH@pitt.edu
Program 2:
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
Jason Shoemaker, PhD
jason.shoemaker@pitt.edu Our group aims to develop computational approaches to exploit large-scale data to promote disease treatment discovery and optimization.
Sanjeev Shroff, PhD
sshroff@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Cardiac structure-function: contractile/regulatory proteins, post-translational regulation, dyssynchrony
Matthew Smith, PhD
smithma@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Bioengineering
Neurophysiology of visual perception and cognition, computational neuroscience, cortical circuitry, neural population coding
Tom Smithgall, PhD
tsmithga@pitt.edu Non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase structure, regulation and signal transduction in cancer, AIDS, and embryonic stem cell biology
Alexander Sorkin, PhD
sorkin@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Mechanisms and functional role of endocytic trafficking of EGF receptor in cancer cells and the dopamine transporter in the brain
Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
sowaga@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Biomarker discovery, beneficial effects of mechanical loading, & implementation in targeted exercise therapies for musculoskeletal conditions
Richard Steinman, MD, PhD
steinman@pitt.edu Mechanisms of white blood cell differentiation & its inhibition in leukemias; Mechanisms of stem cell differentiation & growth control
Sean Stocker, PhD
stockers@pitt.edu Our laboratory investigates how the central nervous system contributes to cardiovascular disease including obesity-induced and salt-sensitive hypertension.
Donna Stolz, PhD
dstolz@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Angiogenesis and vascularization events in liver regeneration and remodeling
Walter Storkus, PhD
storkuswj@upmc.edu
Program 2: Bioengineering
The immunobiology and immunotherapy of melanoma and renal cell carcinoma
Adam Straub, PhD
astraub@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The Straub laboratory investigates redox cell signaling mechanisms that control endothelial and smooth muscle biology in the microcirculation.
Peter Strick, PhD
strickp@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
1) the control of voluntary movement by the cerebral cortex, 2) the functional organization of the basal ganglia and cerebellum, and 3) unraveling the circuitry of the central nervous system.
Arohan Subramanya, MD
ars129@pitt.edu
Program 2:
We study cell signaling networks that coordinate kidney tubule salt transport, blood pressure, and potassium homeostasis
Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
dds30@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Understanding the role of ion transporter proteins (sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter, sodium/proton exchanger, and sodium/calcium exchangers) in ionic dysregulation and neurodegeneration associated with stroke and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Alan Sved, PhD
sved@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology.
Robert Sweet, MD
sweetra@upmc.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2:
Loss and altered plasticity of auditory cortex synapses in schizophrenia; mediators of vulnerability to psychosis in Alzheimer disease.
Galen Switzer, PhD
switzerge@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Psychosocial issues in organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Pei Tang, PhD
ptang@pitt.edu Understanding the molecular mechanism(s) of action of general anesthetics.
Michael Tarr, PhD
michael.tarr.pitt@gmail.com
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Program 2: Psychology (CMU)
Human visual object, face and scene processing using behavioral psychophysics, graphics, neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, DSI), and computational modeling.
Amantha Thathiah, PhD
amantha@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
We use molecular, biochemical, and cellular approaches to study the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Angus Thomson, PhD, DSc
thomsonaw@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Regulation of the immune response; role of dendritic cells and T cells in tolerance induction; mechanism of action of novel immune suppressants
Dennis Trumble, PhD
dtrumble@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Computational cardiac mechanics; cardiac assist devices; muscle-powered implants; medical device design and optimization; tissue-device interfaces; the neural basis of cognition; science education
Michael Tsang, PhD
tsang@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Zebrafish Heart Development and Regeneration
George Tseng, ScD
ctseng@pitt.edu
Program 1: Human Genetics
Program 2:
Interests in statistical and computational methods to combine information from multiple high-throughput omics data sets
Rocky Tuan, PhD
rst13@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
To apply the principles of cellular and molecular science and engineering to restore tissue and organ functions.
Robert Turner, PhD
rturner@pitt.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Basal ganglia-cortical dysfunction in Parkinson's disease and therapeutic mechanisms of deep brain stimulation
Heth Turnquist, PhD
turnquisthr@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Understanding and controlling the cytokine networks that direct immune responses responsible for both protective and pathological immunity.
Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
thanos@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
We study synaptic mechanisms and their role during normal and pathological sensory processing (tinnitus).
Nathan Urban, PhD
nurban@cmu.edu
Program 1: Neuroscience (CNUP)
The physiological mechanisms underlying the functional & computational properties of brain neuronal networks, focusing on the olfactory system
Zsolt Urban, PhD
urbanz@pitt.edu
Program 1: Human Genetics
Inherited disorders of elastic fibers, transforming growth factor-beta signaling, cellular and zebrafish models
Kenneth Urish, MD, PhD
urishk2@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
The focus of the Urish laboratory is on understanding implant biofilm dynamics during an infection and identifying new treatment strategies.
Patrick van der Wel, PhD
pvdwel@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Misfolding, aggregation and amyloid formation in disease; membrane protein structure and lipid interactions; solid-state NMR spectroscopy; biophysics
Bennett Van Houten, PhD
vanhoutenb@upmc.edu 1) Repair of DNA damage in nuclear and mitochondrial genomes; 2) Structure and function of nucleotide excision repair proteins.
Dario Vignali, PhD
dvignali@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The inhibitory mechanisms, including inhibitory receptors & regulatory T cells, that limit anti-tumor immunity in cancer patients.
Flordeliza Villanueva, MD
villanuevafs@upmc.edu
Program 1:
Program 2:
The development of medical diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that are based on ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles).
Shyam Visweswaran, MD, PhD
shv3@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Computer-aided diagnosis and patient-specific prediction, genomic and precision medicine, clinical decision support, research data warehouse
David Vorp, PhD
vorp@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Vascular bioengineering in the context of vascular tissue engineering, aortic aneurysm, and regenerative medicine”
William Wagner, PhD
wagnerwr@upmc.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Cardiovascular engineering with projects that address medical device biocompatibility and design, tissue engineering, and imaging.
David Waldeck, PhD
dave@pitt.edu
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
Fundamental understanding of electron transfer reactions, electron transport in supramolecular structures, and nanophotonics
Yadong Wang, PhD
yaw20@pitt.edu
Program 1: Bioengineering
Program 2:
Creating biomaterials that present controlled chemical,physical & mechanical signals to cells in the cardiovascular,nervous & musculoskeletal systems
Yu-Li Wang, PhD
yuliwang@andrew.cmu.edu
Program 2:
Mechanisms of cell division and migration; mechanics of cell-matrix interactions; mechanotransduction
Stephen Weber, PhD
sweber@pitt.edu
Program 1: Chemistry
Program 2:
Bioanalysis, capillary separations, sampling from tissues and single cells.
Kurt Weiss, MD
weiskr@upmc.edu Dr. Weiss directs a basic science laboratory dedicated to the study of sarcomas--cancerous tumors that arise in the musculoskeletal tissues.
Ora Weisz, PhD
weisz@pitt.edu
Program 2:
Regulation of protein traffic in polarized epithelial cells.
Alan Wells, MD
wellsa@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Integrative biology of wound healing and tumor metastasis, from molecules and cells through tissues and animals to humans
Sally Wenzel, MD
wenzelse@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Focuses on asthma phenotypes and the molecular mechanisms, particularly in the airway epithelium that control them
Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
wiley1@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Pathogenesis of Neuroinflammation, Neurodegeneration and Neurovirology
John Williams, MD
jvw@pitt.edu
Program 2:
the cell entry, immunity, and pathogenesis of human metapneumovirus (HMPV).
Xiangqun(Sean) Xie, MD, PhD, MBA
xix15@pitt.edu
Program 2:
disease domain-specific system chemogenomics knowledgebase and personalized medicine
Eric Xing, PhD, PhD
epxing@cs.cmu.edu
Program 2:
development of machine learning and statistical methodology, & large-scalecomputational system and architecture, for solving problems within systems
Yan Xu, PhD
xu2@pitt.edu
Program 2: Neuroscience (CNUP)
Designed receptors as therapeutic targets for pain; mechanisms of low-affinity drug action; mapping of unconscious brain;stem cell therapy for stroke
Byron Yu, PhD
byronyu@cmu.edu Neural signal processing; machine learning approaches in neuroscience; neural prosthetic systems
Jian Yu, PhD
YuJ2@upmc.edu
Program 2:
To understand the roles and regulation of cell death in normal & cancerous tissues, & mechanism-based development of cell death-targeted therapeutics
Jian Min Yuan, MD, PhD
yuanj@upmc.edu
Program 1: Epidemiology
Program 2:
Environmental exposure and gene-environmental interaction in the etiology of cancer, Biomarkers in relation to the development of cancer and risk prediction of cancer, Chemopreventive effect of dietary agents for primary prevention of cancer
Lin Zhang, PhD
zhanglx@upmc.edu
Program 2:
Genetic basis of differential sensitivity to anticancer drugs; genetic alterations that cause drug resistance; mechanisms of drug-induced apoptosis
Daniel Zuckerman, PhD
ddmmzz@pitt.edu
Program 2:
The Zuckerman group develops and applies computer simulation methods for studying biological systems at molecular and sub-cellular scales