Faculty Research

Eran Andrechek, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., McMasters University; Modeling mammary development and breast cancer using bioinformatic and genetic method

Julia V. Busik, Associate Professor; Ph.D. Okazaki, Japan. Mechanisms of the development of diabetic complications with a focus on diabetic retinopathy.

Jose B. Cibelli, Professor; D.V.M., LaPlata (Argentina); Ph.D., Massachusetts. Somatic cell nuclear transfer, its mechanism and its relationship with embryonic stem cells. (Joint appointment with the Department of Animal Science)

C. Lee Cox, Professor; Ph.D., Studies the cellular mechanisms underlying behavioral plasticity.  His research is concentrated on the neurophysiology and pharmacology of neocortical and thalamic neurons in the mammalian central nervous system.

Patrick F. Dillon, Professor; Ph.D., Virginia. Smooth-muscle physiology; protein-protein interactions; nonlinear dynamics; catastrophe theory.

Kathleen A. Gallo, Professor; Ph.D., Harvard. Molecular physiology; mammalian signal transduction; apoptosis; protein kinases in breast cancer.

Brian D. Gulbransen, Assistant Professor; Ph.D. Studies how enteric glial cells influence the function of the enteric neural network and how disruptions in glial function contribute to the common gut motility disorders encountered in the elderly.

Kurt Hankenson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor; Research focuses on the elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating bone regeneration.

Sandra Z. Haslam, Professor; Ph.D., Berkeley. Endocrinology; mechanisms of ovarian hormone regulation of normal and cancerous mammary gland growth and development; role of epithelial and stromal cell interactions and extracellular matrix in mediating and/or modulating mammary-cell proliferation. Environmental influences on mammary gland development during puberty that impact breast cancer risk in adulthood.

David L. Kreulen, Professor; Ph.D., Wayne State. Relationships between sympathetic neuron properties and the regulation of blood vessels; ion channels in sympathetic neurons; neuromuscular transmission in blood vessels; sympathetic sensory interactions. (Joint appointment with Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology)

Gina M. Leinninger, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Michigan. Studies how neurons in the lateral hypothalamic area contribute to energy balance and obesity

Douglas B. Luckie, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Virginia. Membrane transport physiology, emphasis: molecular physiology of ABC transporters and in particular CFTR (cystic fibrosis) (Joint appointment with the Lyman Briggs School).

Michelle Mazei-Robison, Assistant Professor; Ph.D. Studies the molecular mechanisms that underlie changes in VTA DA neuron signaling, morphology, and activity induced in neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and addiction.

Laura R. McCabe, Professor; Ph.D., Chicago. Molecular mechanisms of disease (diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease) and age induced bone loss; role of inflammation in the bone microenvironment; novel therapeutic targets and treatment development. 

Ronald Meyer, Professor; Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Comparative cellular energetics and metabolism; skeletal- and cardiac-muscle physiology; exercise physiology. (Joint appointment with the Department of Radiology)

Susanne Mohr, Associate Professor; Ph.D. Identifying mechanisms leading to the development of diabetic complications.

L. Karl Olson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Minnesota. Regulation of pancreatic B-cell cell growth, gene expression, and physiology; isolation and characterization of pancreatic precursor cells.

Narayanan Parameswaran, Associate Professor; BVSc., (Madras Veterinary College, India), PhD (Michigan State University). Molecular mechanisms of inflammation and disease; Receptor biology and signal transduction.

A.J. Robison, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Studies how models of drug addiction and chronic stress alter gene expression in discreet brain regions, particularly the hippocampus.

Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor; Ph.D., Princeton. Peptide-neurotransmitter drug interactions; autoimmunity; evolution of physiological systems.

Bruce D. Uhal, Professor; Ph.D., Saint Louis. Cell biology of the pulmonary alveolar epithelium; lung injury/repair mechanisms; regulation of apoptosis and cell kinetics in the lung; roles of local angiotensin systems in lung fibrosis.

Hongbing Wang, Associate Professor, Ph.D., UCLA. Cyclic AMP Signaling and Neuroplasticity. (Joint appointment with the Neurosciences Training Program).

Arthur J. Weber, Associate Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies; Ph.D., Wisconsin–Madison. Structure–function relations and neuroprotection in the visual system in optic-nerve injury and glaucoma.

Robert W. Wiseman, Professor; Ph.D., Florida State. Molecular imaging of the physiology and biochemistry of excitable cells; energetics and calcium homeostasis in muscle and myocardium; signal transduction in muscle during exercise and disease. (Joint appointment with the Department of Radiology)

Hua Xiao, Associate Professor; M.D., Ph.D., University of Toronto; M.D. The Second Military Medical University (Shanghai, China). Molecular mechanisms and roles of transcriptional cofactors in breast and liver carcinogenesis; Mouse mammary gland development and tumor models.

Chengfeng Yang, Associate Professor: M.D., Ph.D. National University of Singapore, M.D. Tongji Medical University, Wuhan. Studying the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in cancer formation, cancer metastasis and cancer therapy.