model of molecular structure


Barnoud, Tim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

The role of p53 variants in cancer risk and response to therapy; targeting heat shock proteins for the treatment of cancer.

Dalton, Annamarie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular mechanisms of epithelial to mesenchymal transition effectors in cell-based and murine models of metastatic breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence in conjunction with Dr. Philip Howe. 

Dr. Dalton is the Theme Leader (course director) for the Molecules, Metabolism and Therapeutics (MMT) theme in the College of Medicine FLEX pre-clerkship curriculum.

Delaney, Joe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biogenesis and pathology of copy-number alterations in cancer, particularly serous ovarian cancer.

DuBois, Raymond, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Hollings Cancer Center
The molecular, genetic, and cellular basis for colorectal cancer.

Gan, Wenjian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Post-translational modifications in cell signaling pathways and cancer.

Gangaraju, Vamsi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Epigenetic regulation by Piwi-piRNA pathway; biogenesis and biological functions of piRNAs; environmental epigenetics; drosophila models of human diseases.

Hartman, Jessica H., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Individual differences in metabolism arising from genetic factors (e.g. xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes) and lifestyle factors (exercise and diet) that impact response to environmental exposures, especially mitochondrial function/dysfunction and ER stress.

Howe, Philip H., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Hans and Helen Koebig Chair in Clinical Oncology
Signaling pathways activated by transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) and Wnt and their potential cross-talk in cellular models of differentiation and cancer.

Lemasters, John, MD, Ph.D.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of apoptosis and necrosis; organ preservation for transplantation surgery; mitochondrial physiology and pathophysiology, including mitochondrial permeability transition, mitophagy and calcium homeostasis; oxidative stress; ischemia/reperfusion; confocal and multiphoton microscopy of living cells.

Long, David T., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director The mechanistic role of BRCA1 in DNA repair and cancer predisposition. 

Ogretmen, Besim, Ph.D.
Professor and Eminent Scholar
Roles of sphingolipid metabolism in cancer pathogenesis, chemotherapy-induced cell death, and drug resistance.

Ostrowski, Michael C., Ph.D.
WH Folk Chair in Experimental Oncology
Interactions between signaling pathways in cancer cell progression and normal cellular differentiation.

Palanisamy, Visu (Viswanathan), Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Post-transcriptional gene regulation in head and neck cancer: Role of RNA-binding proteins, miRNAs and lncRNAs.

Sahin, Ozgur, Ph.D.
Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair
Mechanisms of cancer therapeutics, drug resistance and metastasis; drug discovery; systems biomedicine.

Saini, Natalie Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Determining the causes underlying genome instability in healthy humans, diseases with increased DNA damage and in cancers.

Traktman, Paula Ph.D.
Hirschmann Endowed Professor
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Vaccinia virus genome replication and virion morphogenesis. The role(s) of the cellular VRK1 protein kinase and BANF1 protein in normal cell function and cancer. 

Research Faculty

Bai, Aiping, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Medicinal chemistry; computer-aided molecular design; enzyme inhibitors R&D; bioactive sphingolipids synthesis.

Cen, Bo, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor 

Howley, Breege, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor 

Oleinik, Natalia, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor 

Sudarshana Sharma, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Szulc, Zdzislaw, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Chemical etiology of sphingolipids structure and functions.

Wang, Dingzhi, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Wei, Jie, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Büllesbach, Erika, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Hormones of insulin-like structure; chemical syntheses and structure-function relations.

Chao, Julie, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Serine proteinase structure-function relationship; purification, molecular cloning, expression, and function of proteinases and proteinase inhibitors; serpin regulation of gene expression

Fernandes, Daniel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Molecular mechanisms of drug-induced gene amplification. Interactions of anticancer drugs with nuclear matrix proteins, especially DNA topoisomerase II. 

Warr, Gregory W., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Information Theory and its constraints on discrete systems in biology.