Faculty Research Interests

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 and Medical Genetics

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

Nehad El-Sawi

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty Development; Innovative approaches to incorporation of  contemporary topics of medicine into medical school curricula

Michael Bradbury

Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Fatty acid uptake in hepatic steatosis and obesity;

Regulation of transporter gene expression

Medical Education – Predictors of Medical student success on boards

Joseph Dhahbi

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

Sambandam Elango

Professor of Medical Education

Medical Education; Program and Student Assessment;

Clinical Skills

Susan Ely

Professor of Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology

Medical Education; use of spaced repetition in adult learning.

Use of predictive algorithms to investigate the relationship between human natural killer cells and NKT cells

Xiaodong Feng

Professor of Pharmacology and Oncology

Angiogenesis and Cancer

Nazir J. Habib

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Critical Care


Hanns Haesslein

Professor of OB/GYN


Nazila Hejazi


Assistant Professor of Pathology

Medical Education: What is the perception of future medical students on recently developed medical schools?

Cytopathology: Correlating HPV results with cervical and anal pap smears

Michael Ibrahim

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

Pharmacokinetics Imaging applied to disease states.

Transport phenomena in 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

For-Shing Lui

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Epidemiology and outcome of strokes

Philip Mack

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


Nena Mason


 Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology

Medical Education: Strategies to Aid Retention in the Kinesthetic Learner;

Translational Anatomy: Analysis of Anatomical Variation,

Digital Modeling of Anatomical Structures

Ann Poznanski

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Pathology

Development and Evaluation of Innovative Educational Experiences

José Puglisi

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biostatistics

Mathematical Models of Cardiac Cells

Rajendra Ramsamooj

Professor of Pathology, Surgical Pathology and Clinical Skills             

GVHD, Immune Tolerance, Novel Imaging, Biomarkers

Padmanabhan Rengasamy

Professor of Anatomy, Embryology, Neuroscience, and Histology

Neural Tube defects, Maternal Diabetes,
Maternal use of Antiepileptic drugs, Developmental complications and Congenital malformations

Joseph Silva

Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Gastrointestinal infections

Mukarram Uddin

Professor of Anatomy and Embryology

Cellular/molecular mechanisms in the genesis of hypertension/oxidative stress

Jennifer West

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Geriatric Medication Use


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