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Faculty Mentors

Below is the list of research mentors identified for the 2016 Student Research Program in Academic Medicne (SRPinAM). If you know of a researcher that wants to be considered a research mentor for the program, please have them complete the Research Mentor Survey Form. New Research Mentor applications for the Summer 2016 are now open (through December 31, 2015).

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List of Faculty Mentors by Department:
Bone Biology and Skeletal Disorders
SRPinAM RESEARCHER CAMPUS BIOSKETCH RESEARCH INTEREST E-MAIL CONTACT
Matthew R. Allen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
IN Biosketch Better understand the effects of bisphosphonates on bone remodeling, osteocyte viability, and matrix necrosis in bones of the oral cavity. matallen@iupui.edu
Teresita Bellido, Ph.D.,
Professor


Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
IN Biosketch Signal transduction in bone cells. Regulation of bone cell apoptosis. Osteocyte biology. Skeletal effects and mechanism of action of bisphosphonates, steroid hormones, parathyroid hormone, and mechanical forces. tbellido@iupui.edu

David Burr, Ph.D., Professor

Dep. of Anatomy and Cell Biology

IN Biosketch Dr. Burr’s current research activities include evaluation of the effects of pharmacologic agents used to treat osteoporosis on properties associated with quality of the bone matrix, specifically, the accumulation and repair of microdamage, changes in mineralization and alterations to the collagenous matrix. dburr@iupui.edu
Melissa Kacena, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
IN Biosketch Osteoblast, Osteoclast, Megakarycocyte, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fracture Healing mkacena@iupui.edu

Jason M. Organ, PhD, Assistant Professor

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

IN Biosketch

The overall Aim of my research program is to understand the biological mechanisms of mechanical adaptation of bone and muscle. The current focus of my lab is on the relationship between bone and muscle mechanics at the whole-organ level, and how adaptations of tissue-level morphology influence whole-organ function. This is being investigated through three main studies: 1) pharmacological interventions to improve bone and muscle quality in a rat model of chronic kidney disease; 2) combining FDA-approved anti-osteoporosis drugs to maximize bone quality over monotherapy; and 3) effect of altered mechanical loading environment on the mechanical properties of the growing and adult musculoskeletal system.

 jorgan@iupui.edu
Lilian I. Plotkin, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
IN Biosketch The role of connexin43 as a regulator of intracellular signaling activated by pharmacotherapeutic, hormonal and mechanical stimuli in cultured cells and in animal models lplotkin@iupui.edu
   
Kenneth White, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Medical and Molecular Genetics
IN Biosketch Molecular Genetics of Heritable Bone Disorders kenewhit@iupui.edu
Biochemistry
Maureen Harrington, Ph.D.
Professor


Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IN Biosketch Regulation and development of innate immune response; TNF signaling; blood cell development.  mharrin@iupui.edu
Rueben Kapur, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IN Biosketch

Molecular mechanism(s) of adhesion/migration and growth control in normal and leukemic stem/progenitor cells, mast cells and erythroid cells.

rkapur@iupui.edu

Jenifer R. Properi, PhD, Assistant Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the IUSM South Bend Campus

SB Biosketch Using mouse models, I have shown that mutation of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) tumor suppressor is sufficient to change the tumor histopathology in Polyoma middle T antigen (PyMT)-mediated breast cancer from solid to squamous adenocarcinomas resembling human metaplastic tumors, an aggressive, difficult to treat subtype of breast cancer.  jrprospe@iupui.edu
Robert Stahelin, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


IUSM-SB Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SB Biosketch Lipid Biochemistry, Cancer, Arthritis, Viral Infection/Replication, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Imaging, Protein-Lipid Ineractions rstaheli@nd.edu
Qizhuang Ye, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor


Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IN Biosketch Enzyme Catalysis and Inhibition, Drug Discovery yeq@iupui.edu
Cancer Biology
Rebecca Chan, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
IN Biosketch

To understand the etiology of phenotypic abnormalities found in Noonan syndrome and the childhood leukemia, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.

rchan@iupui.edu
Theresa Ann Guise, M.D.,
Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
IN Biosketch Cancer metastasis in the Bone tguise@iupui.edu
Brittney-Shea Herbert, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor


Dept. of Medical and Molecular Genetics
IN Biosketch Aging & Cancer, Experimental Theapeutics bherber@iupui.edu
Mircea Ivan, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Ocology
IN Biosketch Cancer, Hypoxia, MicroRNA's mivan@iupui.edu
Daniela Matei, M.D.,
Associate Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Ocology
IN Biosketch Gene Expression profiling ovarian cancer. PDGRF expression in ovarian cancer and PDGRF inhibition as a therapeutic taraget in ovarian cancer. dmatei@iupui.edu
Lindsey Mayo, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch To elucidate the biochemical mechanisms that control tumor suppressors and oncoproteins to induce or restrict tumor progression and metastasis. ldmayo@iupui.edu
Marc Mendonca, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor

Dept. of Radiation Oncology
IN Biosketch Radiation Carcinogenesis, Genominc Instability, Apoptosis, Tumor Suppressor Genes mmendonc@iupui.edu

Milan Radovich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery

Department of Surgery

IN Biosketch My laboratory is focused on the use of next-generation sequencing technology in translational oncology. Phone: (317) 278-0189
Bryan P. Schneider, M.D. Associate Professor

Dept. of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Ocology

IN Biosketch Dr. Schneider devotes his clinical time caring for breast cancer patients as a medical oncologist and has a special interest in novel therapeutic agents. bpschnei@iupui.edu
Jingwu Xie, Ph.D.,
Professor of Pediatrics

Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch investigate signal transduction of the hedgehog pathway and its role in the development of cancers, particularly basal cell carcinomas, medulloblastomas and gastrointestinal cancers. jinxie@iupui.edu
Tracy Vargo-Gogola, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
SB Biosketch Breast Cancer vargo-gogola.1@nd.edu
Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Robert Considine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
IN Biosketch Endocrinology and Metabolism rconsidi@iupui.edu
Fredrick Pavalko, Ph.D. Professor

Dept. of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch Our research is focused on understanding the role of the actin cytoskeleton and actin filament interactions with integrins in transducing those signals into changes in cell physiology. fpavalko@iupui.edu
Michael Sturek, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair


Dept. of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch Endocrinology, Diabetes and Physiology Exercise Training msturek@iupui.edu
Johnathan Tune, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor


Dept. of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch Coronary Circulation, Obesity, Adipokines, K+ Channels jtune@iupui.edu
Dermatology

Dan Spandau, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor

Department of Dermatology

IN Biosketch The goal of our laboratory is to define the mechanism by which geriatric keratinocytes fail to respond to UVB-irradiation and to link this aberrant response to the incidence of skin cancer in the elderly.
 
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Diabetes
Patrick Fueger, M.D.,
Assistant Professor


Depts. of Pediatrics and Cellular and Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch Endocrinology, Herman B. Wells for Pediatric Research pfueger@iupui.edu
Laura Haneline, M.D.
Associate Professor


Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch Diabetes, Vascular Disease, Bone Narrow, Failure, Leukemia, Fanconi Anemia lhanelin@iupui.edu
Raghu G. Mirmira, M.D., Ph.D.,
Associate Professor

Depts. of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Cellular and Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch The regulation of gene transcription during pancreatic islet development, function, and survival. rmirmira@iupui.edu
Carmella Evans-Molina, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
IN Biosketch Regulation of insulin gene transcription under normal conditions and in states of disease, The effect of intrauterine environment on b cell development and function, Molecular regulation of physiologic b cell expansion and Improving efforts at islet transplantation cevansmo@iupui.edu
Nuria Morral, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor


Depts. of Medical & Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
IN Biosketch Liver, Diabetes, using gene transfer approaches with gutless adenovirus vectors, in addition to generating transgenic animals. nmorralc@iupui.edu

Henrique Serezani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Indiana Diabetes Research Center, Department of Nicrobiology and Immunology

IN Biosketch Dr. Serezani’s research program over the past 15 years has focused on identifying molecular programs involved in macrophage biology that further influences inflammation and host defense. Recently, our research interest deals with the morbidities associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, such as the consequences of chronic sterile inflammation and impaired host defense. Furthermore, we are also investigating the role of bioactive lipids in the development and progression of diabetes. hserezan@iu.edu
Heart Disease

Peng-Sheng Chen, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division Director; Medtronic Zipes Chair in Cardiology 

Krannert Institute of Cardiology

IN Biosketch  He has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms of cardiac fibrillation, defibrillation and the importance of the autonomic nervous system in cardiac arrhythmogenesis. chenpp@iupui.edu
Loren J. Field, Ph.D. Professor of medicine and Pediatrics

Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch My lab has a long standing interest in developing strategies to induce regenerative growth, and developing strategies to promote cardioprotection.  ljfield@iupui.edu
Anthony B. Firulli, Ph.D. Professor

Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch My research interest is gaining an understanding of the transcriptional mechanisms that control the cell specification and differentiation of multi-potential cells. tfirulli@iupui.edu
R. Mark Payne, M.D. Professor

Dept. of Pediatrics
IN Biosketch The goal of my research is to develop a therapy for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). rpayne@iupui.edu
Hematopoiesis - Stem Cell Biology
Nadia Carlesso, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor

Dept. of Pediatrics and Medical and Molecular Genetics
IN Biosketch

Our research is focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of hematopoietic stem cells (HCS) self-renewal and differentiation with the ultimate goal to develop novel approaches for treating bone marrow (BM) failures and leukemias.

ncarless@iupui.edu
Christie Orschell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Ocology
IN Biosketch Radiation Mitigators, Stem Cell Transplantation, Hematopoietic Reconstitution corschel@iupui.edu
Edward Srour, Ph.D.,
Professor


Dept. of Medicine and Pediatrics
IN Biosketch Hematopoiesis, Stem Cells esrour@iupui.edu

Yan Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Herman Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Department of Pediatrics

 

IN Biosketch Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) quiescence and self-renewal; leukemia-initiating cells (LICs). liu219@iupui.edu
Mervin C. Yoder, M.D.,
Professor


Director, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research
IN Biosketch Stem Cells, Vascular Development myoder@iupui.edu
Medical Informatics and Regenstrief Institute
Matthew J. Bair, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Dept. of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

IN Biosketch Improving Pain Management in Primary Care mbair@iupui.edu
Microbiology and Immunology
Taeok Bae, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor


IUSM NW, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
NW Biosketch Bacterial Genetics, Staphylococcus aureus tbae@iun.edu
Janice S. Blum, Ph.D. Chancellor's Professor

Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
IN Biosketch Immunology and cell biology research as well as on-going studies focused on immune recognition of tumors and tumor cell immune evasion. jblum@iupui.edu
Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor

Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
IN Biosketch Area of expertise is hematopoietic stem (HSC) and progenitor (HPC) cell self-renewal, proliferation, survival, chemotaxis, homing, engraftment, mobilization, and control of hematopoiesis by cytokines, receptors, and cell interactions. He has also had a long-term interest in retroviral/lentiviral-mediated gene transfer and therapy. hbroxmey@iupui.edu
Randy R. Brutkiewicz, Ph.D. Professor

Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
IN Biosketch

The Brutkiewicz laboratory studies immune evasion by viruses and tumors, as well as the regulation of antigen presentation by various signal transduction pathways, in both innate and adaptive immune responses.

rbrutkie@iupui.edu
Alexander Dent, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
IN Biosketch Immunology, T cells, Inflammation adent2@iupui.edu
Chadi A. Hage, M.D.,
Assistant Professor

Dept. of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
IN Biosketch Immunopathogenesis of histoplasmosis chage@iupui.edu
Harm Hogenesch, DVM. PH.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
LA Biosketch Immunology hogenesch@purdue.edu
Stanley Spinola, M.D.,
Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
IN Biosketch Hematology-Oncology sspinola@iupui.edu

Andy "Qigui" Yu, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology

IN Biosketch Microbiology and Immunology andyu@iupui.edu
Neurosciences and Molecular Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

Theodore R. Cummins, Ph.D., Professor

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

IN Biosketch My main interest is the biophysics of ion channels and the role of ion channels in neurological diseases.  trcummin@iupui.edu
Alexander B. Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor

Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
IN Biosketch Molecular genetics of bipolar disorder
anicules@iupui.edu
Xiao-Ming Xu, M.D.,Ph.D.
Professor and Scientific Director, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury research Group


Stark Neurosciences Research Institute
IN Biosketch Stark Neurosciences Research Institute xu26@iupui.edu
Ophthalmology

Timothy W. Corson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

IN Biosketch The Corson lab seeks to apply the tools and techniques of chemical biology to problems in eye disease. Specifically, we are working to find novel, small-molecule therapeutic approaches and targets for age-related macular degeneration and other neovascular eye diseases. We are also interested in understanding the biology of, and developing potential therapies for, the ocular cancers retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma.  tcorson@iupui.edu 





Orthopaedic Surgery
Stephen B. Trippel, M.D.
Professor


Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
IN Biosketch Development of new approaches to the treatment of articular cartilage damage, including tissue engineering and gene therapy. strippel@iupui.edu
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Karen E. Pollok, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Director, In Vivo Therapeutics Core  

IN Biosketch Novel therapeutic approaches for treatment of brain cancers and cancers that metastasize to the brain.
kpollok@iupui.edu
Pulmonary Diseases
Irina Petrache, M.D.,
Associate Professor


Dept. of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
IN Biosketch Mechanisms of lung injury pertinent to cigarette smoke-induced chronic lung disease. jpetrach@iupui.edu
Homer L. Twigg, III, M.D.,
Associate Professor

Dept. of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine
IN Biosketch Pulmonary disease in HIV infection htwig@iupui.edu
Robert S. Tepper, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor


Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
IN Biosketch Dr. Tepper's laboratory focuses upon lung structure and function as it relates to airway hyper-reactivity, as well as lung growth and maturation; the effects of chronic mechanical strain upon the mechanical properties of the lung; the effects of lung injury early in life upon lung growth and airway reactivity. rtepper@iupui.edu
Vascular Biology
Matthias Clauss, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dept. of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
IN Biosketch Endothelial Activation in Angiogenesis and Cardiopulmonary Diseases mclauss@iupui.edu

Margaret A. Schwartz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics

Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

IUSM-SB Biosketch Vascular mediation of tissue development, repair, and tumor growth schwarma@iupui.edu

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