Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors


Faculty Name


Areas of Interest:


Professor of Pharmacology and Biochemistry

Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors (Development of ligands for Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, and Dementias)

Floyd Culler

Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Clinical Skills

Immunology of type 1 diabetes, psychological profiles in type 1 diabetes, glucocorticoid effects on growth hormone secretion, somatostatin in cystic fibrosis, CF associated diabetes, reverse T3 in premature neonates, and childhood obesity

Guy diSibio

Associate Professor of Pathology, Hematopathology, Surgical Pathology, Molecular Genetics and Clinical Skills

Hematopoietic malignancies; population genetics; DNA variant annotation using ACMG criteria; disparities in use of genetic testing

Nehad El-Sawi

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Utilization and Effectiveness of web-Based Faculty Development Seminars


Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetics

Regulation of transporter gene expression


Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics and Genomics

Gene expression mechanisms that control aging and its associated diseases, and the anti-aging effects of calorie restriction.

Application of Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics to study the role of extracellular small noncoding RNAs

Nazila Hejazi

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Cytopathology: Correlating HPV results with cervical and anal pap smears

Xiaodong Feng

Professor of Pharmacology and Oncology

Professor of Pharmacology and Oncology


Assistant Professor of  Biochemistry, Pharmacology,  Physiology, and Radiology/Imaging

Pharmacokinetics Imaging applied to disease states. Transport phenomena tissues

Ravinder Khaira

Associate Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Childhood obesity and prevention, teen outreach/education pregnancy prevention, childhood immunizations compliance and development, infant mortality, domestic public health, international disease containment and prevention 

Grant Lackey

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Clinical Toxicology

Philip Mack

Professor of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics , Oncology and Research

Molecular oncology and cancer genetics, with a focus on thoracic malignancies.

Translational (bench-to-bedside) medicine and clinical trials design

José Puglisi

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biostatistics

Software Simulations of Biological Systems

Rajendra Ramsamooj

Professor of Pathology, Surgical Pathology and Clinical Skills

GVHD, Immune Tolerance, Novel Imaging, Biomarkers



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