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  • James Adair

    • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
    • Director of the Ceramic & Composite Materials Center

    Phone number 814-863-6047 Email address jha3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Colloid and interfacial chemistry, material synthesis and chemistry, powder characterization, and powder processing.

  • Alaa S. Awad

    • Associate Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-8156 Email address asa17@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Inflammation in diabetic nephropathy, Podocyte microenvrionment, and Podocyte/macrophage interaction.

  • Rebecca Bascom

    • Professor of Medicine

    Phone number 717-531-6525 Email address rbascom@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Inhalation toxicology, including evaluation of cardiorespiratory effects of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City.

  • Philip Bevilacqua

    • Professor of Chemistry
    • Co-Director, Center for RNA Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-3812 Email address pcb@chem.psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Roles of RNA-binding proteins in plant physiology. Plant ribonomics. Identification and characterization of functional RNAs in plants.

  • Sarah Bronson

    • Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-5194 Email address sbronson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Targeted transgenesis and transgene expression: stem cell differentiation/osteogenesis.

  • Craig Cameron

    • Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-8705 Email address cec9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Defining the molecular details of genome replication in positive-strand RNA viruses and identifying components of this process suitable for antiviral drug development.

  • Margherita Cantorna

    • Professor in Molecular Immunology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Phone number 814-863-2819 Email address mxc69@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Identification and characterization of the cellular and molecular targets of vitamin D in the immune system.

  • Douglas Cavener

    • Professor and Head of Biology

    Phone number 814-865-4562 Email address drc9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of gene expression underlying neonatal development & organ system physiology; mouse models of human congenital diseases including juvenile diabetes, metabolic disorders, skeletal dysplasias, and central nervous system dysfunctions.

  • Gong Chen

    • Professor of Biology
    • Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-2488 Email address gongchen@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanism of synaptogenesis and plasticity.

  • Keith Cheng

    • Professor of Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology
    • Director of Experimental Pathology

    Phone number 717-531-8352 Email address kcheng@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Cancer genetics; Systems Genetics validation of candidate genes from human genetics; skin color genetics; high-throughput automated whole-body 3D genetic and chemical phenomics at cell resolutions in interdisciplinary teams (physics, engineering, computer engineering, heuristic computer vision, user interfaces); synchrotron microCT imaging; genetics of genomic instability; web-based resources.

  • Gary Clawson

    • Professor of Pathology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-5632 Email address gac4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Early changes in carcinogenesis.

  • James Connor

    • Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Neurosurgery

    Phone number 717-531-4541 Email address jrc3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of expression of iron-binding proteins in the nervous system.

  • Kristin Eckert

    • Associate Professor of Pathology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-4065 Email address kae4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The significance of spontaneous and carcinogen-induced mutations at short tandem repeat (STR) DNA loci in human cells.

  • Wafik S El-Deiry

    • Professor of Medicine, Chief, Hematology/Oncology
    • Rose Dunlap Division Chair in Hematology/Oncology
    • Associate Director for Translational Research, Cancer Institute

    Phone number 717-531-8678 Email address wse2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Translational cancer research focused on bringing new biomarkers and novel therapies into the clinic.

  • Willard Freeman

    • Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    • Director, Functional Genomics Core Facility

    Email address wfreeman@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Researching the systems biology of psychiatric disorders, more specifically, alterations in brain mRNA and protein expression with drug abuse, alcoholism, and schizophrenia.

  • Santhosh Girirajan

    • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Phone number 814-865-0674 Email address sxg47@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Adam Glick

    • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    • Co-Chair, Molecular Medicine Program

    Phone number 814-865-7170 Email address abg11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate progression of squamous tumors from a benign to malignant phenotype.

  • Channe Gowda

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-0992 Email address gowda@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Understanding the structures and interactions between Plasmodium falciparum and human glycoconjugates that lead to malaria pathogenesis.

  • Pamela Hankey

    • Professor of Immunology

    Phone number 814-863-0128 Email address phc7@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of cell-mediated immunity, hematopoiesis, receptor tyrosine kinases, cellular transformation.

  • Eric Harvill

    • Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Phone number 814-863-8522 Email address harvill@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular basis of bacterial infection pathology (including effects of bacterial virulence factors, such as toxins).

  • Jianming Hu

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-6523 Email address juh13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Virus-cell interactions in Hepatitis B Virus replication and pathogenesis.

  • Rosalyn Irby

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Phone number 717-531-5035 Email address rirby@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Etiology of large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia. Identification of the molecular basis for metastatic disease in colorectal cancer.

  • Harriet Isom

    • Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    • Professor of Pathology

    Phone number 717-531-8609 Email address hci1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Liver pathophysiology: cellular and molecular analyses of growth control, differentiation, apoptosis, cell injury, iron metabolism and Hepatitis Virus infection in hepatic cell systems.

  • Leonard Jefferson

    • Evan Pugh Professor and Chair of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
    • Co-Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-8567 Email address jjefferson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of gene expression in mammalian cells by hormones and nutrients.

  • Vandana Kalia

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-863-8533 Email address vkalia@psu.edu

    Research interests:
    Transcriptional mechanisms that regulate memory CD8 T cell differentiation.
  • Sagarika Kanjilal

    • Associate Professor of Veterinary Science

    Phone number 814-865-9885 Email address quk13@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular, genomic, and proteomic investigation of cancer pathways, biomarkers, and targeted
    therapeutics.

  • Vivek Kapur

    • Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
    • Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-9788 Email address vkapur@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Michael Katzman

    • Professor of Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-8881 Email address mkatzman@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Retroviral integration and AIDS pathogenesis.

  • Ralph Keil

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-8595 Email address rkeil@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanism of action of volatile inhaled anesthetics.

  • Mark Kester

    • Professor of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-8964 Email address mkester@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of kinase cascades by lipid-derived second messengers.

  • Zhi-Chun Lai

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Developmental Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0479 Email address zcl1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Signal Transduction, Growth Control, and Cancer Genetics

  • Charles Lang

    • Distinguished Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Surgery
    • Co-Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular Medicine

    Phone number 717-531-5538 Email address clang@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of the IGF (Insulin-like Growth Factor) system during catabolic conditions.

  • Eugene Lengerich

    • Professor of Health Evaluation Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-7178 Email address ejl6@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Chronic disease epidemiology; public health surveillance; Geographic Information System (GIS); cartography; community-based research; program evaluation; health disparities; Appalachian region; rural health; screening; prevention.

  • Robert Levenson

    • Professor of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-4545 Email address rlevenson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular neurobiology, cell differentiation.

  • Xin Liu

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine

    Phone number 717-531-8292 Email address xxl11@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Thomas Loughran

    • Professor of Medicine
    • Director of Penn State Cancer Institute

    Phone number 717-531-4034 Email address tloughran@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia

  • Bernhard Luscher

    • Professor of Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychiatry
    • Director, Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders (CMIND)

    Phone number 814-865-5549 Email address bxl25@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structure, function and regulation of GABA-A receptors and their role in anxiety disorders.

  • Christopher Lynch

    • Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-5170 Email address clynch@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Adipose tissue biology, nutrient signaling and obesity.

  • Yingwei Mao

    • Assistant Professor of Biology

    Phone number 814-867-4739 Email address yzm1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Researching the mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis using cellular and mouse models.

  • Andrea Mastro

    • Professor of Microbiology and Cell Biology

    Phone number 814-863-0152 Email address a36@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Breast cancer and the immune system; how metastatic, osteolytic breast cancer cells affect osteoblasts.

  • Jan McAllister

    • Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Phone number 717-531-3588 Email address jxm63@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of the genes encoding steroidogenic enzymes in the human ovary.

  • Patricia McLaughlin

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    • Director, Graduate Program in Anatomy

    Phone number 717-531-6414 Email address pxm9@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Growth factors and receptors in brain and heart development and cancer. The pentapeptide OGF and its receptor, OGFr; understanding the OGF-OGFr axis and its mechanisms of action in both normal and disease states.

  • Craig Meyers

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-6240 Email address cmm10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Differentiation-dependent replication of papillomaviruses and their role in carcinogenesis.

  • Kathleen M Mulder

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-6789 Email address kmm15@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    TGF-beta signal transduction, anti-cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, motor proteins, and intracellular trafficking.

  • Chris Norbury

    • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-7204 Email address ccn1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The activation of retinal microglia in the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

  • Curtis Omiecinski

    • Professor of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
    • H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Chair
    • Co-chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Molecular Toxicology

    Phone number 814-863-1625 Email address cjo10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulatory mechanisms responsible for controlling the expression of biotransformation enzymes.

  • Leslie Parent

    • Associate Professor of Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology

    Phone number 717-531-8881 Email address lparent@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of virus replication; intracellular trafficking pathways of retroviral proteins and cellular factors that are recruited to facilitate virus propagation.

  • Andrew Patterson

    • Director/Faculty Oversight, Metabolomics Core Facility (University Park)
    • Assistant Professor of Molecular Toxicology

    Phone number 814-867-4565 Email address adp117@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Working to define the role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor ╬▒ (PPAR╬▒) in mitochondrial dysfunction associated with drug-induced hepatotoxicity

  • Robert Paulson

    • Professor of Veterinary Science
    • Chair, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Genetics

    Phone number 814-863-6306 Email address rfp5@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetic and biochemical analysis of cell signaling during hematopoiesis.

  • Gary Perdew

    • John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences

    Phone number 814-865-0400 Email address ghp2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Biochemistry of heat shock protein complexes; role of 90 kDa heat shock protein in stabilization of other cytosolic proteins.

  • Jeffrey Peters

    • Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology & Carcinogenesis

    Phone number 814-863-1387 Email address jmp21@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Roles of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in the regulation of homeostasis, toxicology, and carcinogenesis.

  • Sandeep Prabhu

    • Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-8976 Email address ksp4@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of immune function by oxidative stress and antioxidants, including selenium. Regulation of HIV transcription by selenium.

  • Joseph Reese

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-1976 Email address jcr8@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    UV resistance pathways in eukaryotes. Regulation of DNA damage inducible genes by chromatin. Role of a highly conserved RNA helicase in DNA damage resistance and viral pathogenesis.

  • John Richie

    • Professor, Public Health Sciences & Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-5381 Email address jrichie@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Metabolic and genetic factors that affect cancer risk. Role of glutathione in protecting against oxidative damage, and its relationship with cancer development.

  • Gavin Robertson

    • Professor of Pharmacology, Pathology, and Dermatology

    Phone number 717-531-8098 Email address gprobertson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Genetic regulation of melanoma development.

  • Connie Jo Rogers

    • Assistant Professor and Occupant of the Broadhurst Career Development Professorship for the Study of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

    Phone number 814-867-3716 Email address cjr102@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Ira Ropson

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 717-531-4064 Email address iropson@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Folding, function and stability of beta-sheet proteins.

  • Jeffery Sample

    Email address jts21@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanisms of Epstein-Barr virus persistence and tumorigenesis.

  • Lorraine Santy

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-863-6813 Email address lcsanty@psu.edu

    Research interests:
  • Surojit Sarkar

    • Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Science

    Phone number 814-867-4034 Email address sxs1081@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Regulation of Immunological Memory to Pathogens and Vaccines

  • Robert Schlegel

    • Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-6974 Email address ur3@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms by which an asymmetric distribution of phospholipids is maintained across the plasma membrane in animal cells.

  • Scott Showalter

    • Associate Professor of Chemistry

    Phone number 814-865-2318 Email address sas76@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Biophysical Chemistry applied to solution NMR spectroscopy of partially disordered proteins. NMR studies of protein dynamics coupled with computational and theoretical studies of the coupling between nuclear spin relaxation and molecular motion.

  • Ian Simpson

    • Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences

    Phone number 717-531-4156 Email address ixs10@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Transport of nutrients across the blood-brain barrier. Cytokine-mediated activation of the brain's inflammatory/wound healing mechanisms in diabetes and strokes.

  • Kevin Stavely-O'Carroll

    • Staff Physician

    Phone number 717-531-5965

    Research interests:
  • Song Tan

    • Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3355 Email address sxt30@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Structural biology of eukaryotic gene regulation.

  • Diane Thiboutot

    • Professor of Dermatology

    Phone number 717-531-8307 Email address dthiboutot@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Factors regulating human sebum production in acne.

  • Jack Vanden Heuvel

    • Professor of Molecular Toxicology

    Phone number 814-863-8532 Email address jpv2@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Mechanisms of action of hypolipidemic drugs and peroxisome proliferators; steroid hormone receptor-mediated signal transduction; signal transduction by lipids and fatty acids; receptor-mediated carcinogenesis.

  • Kent Vrana

    • Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

    Phone number 717-531-8285 Email address kvrana@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    The potential of human embryonic stem cells in regenerative medicine.

  • Hong-gang Wang

    • Lois High Berstler Professor of Pharmacology

    Research interests:

    Understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that control programmed cell death (PCD) in the context of oncogenesis.

  • Yanming Wang

    • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Phone number 814-865-3775 Email address yuw12@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Epigenetic histone modifications in cell differentiation and cancer.

  • Na Xiong

    • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

    Phone number 814-863-2933 Email address nux1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular mechanisms underlying development of tissue specific gamma/delta T cells and their role in infection and inflammation.

  • Christopher Yengo

    • Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

    Phone number 717-531-8575 Email address cmy11@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Molecular Motors and the Cytoskeleton, Protein Structure/Function and Dynamics, Enzyme Kinetics, Molecular Mechanisms of Myosin Based Motility.

  • Ian Zagon

    • Distinguished Professor of Neural and Behavioral Science
    • Director, Program on Education in Human Structure

    Phone number 717-531-8650 Email address isz1@psu.edu

    Research interests:

    Peptides and receptors in development, cancer, cell renewal, wound healing, angiogenesis, cornea, neurodegeneration, diabetes and Crohn's Disease.

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