Faculty Directory – Integrative and Translational Physiology

Faculty Name Department Research Topics
Waddah A Alrefai Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Jon Art Anatomy and Cell Biology Physiology & biophysics of hair cells and their synapses in the inner ear
Jose Al Arruda
Jose Cordoba-Chacon Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Hepatic glucose and lipid metabolism. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Regulation of glucose production by conjugated linoleic acids.
Henar Cuervo Grajal Physiology and Biophysics
Robert Danziger Cardiology
Dawood Darbar Cardiology
Luisa A DiPietro Periodontics Wound healing, tissue regeneration, response to injury
Robert J Donati
Pradeep K. Dudeja Medicine Pathophysiology of Diarrheal Diseases, IBD Associated Diarrhea, Gut-Microbe Interactions, Probiotics as antidiarrheals.
Steven Dudek Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Endothelial cell biology, cytoskeletal regulation of vascular leak, inflammatory lung syndromes
Ron Gaba Radiology Novel animal models of liver disease and liver cancer (the Oncopig Cancer Model); Interventional Oncology and innovative drug delivery approaches; cancer genomics
Frank Gonzalez Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anatha Harjith Medicine
Ahlke Heydemann Physiology and Biophysics
Guochang Hu Anesthesiology Acute lung injuey, innate immune response and inflammation, vascualr endothelial barrier, sepsis
Yuwei Jiang Physiology and Biophysics Adipose stem cell, vascular niche plasticity, and their impact on metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Jian-Ping Jin Physiology and Biophysics Structure-function relationship of myofilament and cytoskeleton proteins in muscle contractility, cell motility and cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.
Andre Kajdacsy-Balla Pathology Environmental cadmium effect on prostate cancer progression and on early atherosclerosis.
Andrius Kazlauskas Physiology and Biophysics; Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences My research program seeks to improve treatment options for patients afflicted by blinding eye diseases and is focused on signaling events that govern angiogenic homeostasis.
Rhonda Kineman
Jan K. Kitajewski Physiology and Biophysics Vascular Biology, Angiogenesis, Tumor Microenvironment,
Yulia Komarova Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Brian Thomas Layden Endocrinology/Diabetes and Metabolism
Monica Lee Physiology & Biophysics  Endothelial cell function, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis
Irena Levitan Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy
Chong Wee Liew Physiology and Biophysics Transcriptional regulation of adipocyte biology and whole body energy metabolism as well as functional maturation of the pancreatic b-cell.
Sarah E. Lutz Anatomy and Cell Biology
Asrar B Malik Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology I study mechanisms of inflammation that underlie cardiovascular diseases. I challenge my trainees is to ask transformational questions.
Dolly Mehta Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Richard Minshall Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Abeer Mohamed Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism We conduct translational research to study the role of adipose tissue secretions in the initiation and progression of obesity-related morbidities including cardiometabolic diseases and cancer
Viswanathan Natarajan Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Areas of Interest: Endothelial Permeability; Bioactive Lipid Mediators in lung inflammation and injury; Mitochondria in lung cancer
Natalia Nieto Pathology Liver, fibrosis, alcoholic liver disease, cancer
J. Michael O’Donnell Physiology and Biophysics Cardiac function and metabolism in heart disease
David Perkins Surgery Analysis of the metagenome in health and disease; functional interactions between the microbiome and the host.
Usha Raj Pediatrics
Jalees Rehman Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration, Host defense/Inflammation and metabolism, Blood brain barrier in Alzheimer’s disease
Rob Sargis Endocrinology/Diabetes and Metabolism Environmental Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the Pathogenesis of Metabolic Disorders
Dan Shaye Physiology and Biophysics Tubulogenesis, C. elegans, Angiogenesis, Vascular Development and Disease, Kidney Development and Disease
R. John Solaro Physiology and Biophysics Cardiac and Vascular Dysfunction and Therapies in Cardiomyopathies
Carlos Stocco Physiology and Biophysics Our research focuses on the processes controlling ovarian function and the hormone signaling and genomic pathways regulating fertility.
Terry G Unterman Endocrinology/Diabetes and Metabolism
Terry Vanden Hoek Emergency Medicine
Almudena Veiga-Lopez Pathology Environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the pathogenesis of pregnancy and adult diseases.
Michael John Walsh Pathology
Beata M. Wolska Physiology and Biophysics
Pingwen Xu Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Central estrogenic regulation of obesity, diabetes, alcohol binge drinking and fear extinction.