Departmental Members


Stephen Duncan chair in Regenerative Medicine

Stephen Duncan, D.Phil

Professor and Chair
SmartState Chair in Regenerative Medicine
Liver Development and Disease
Duncan Lab website

Andy Wessels faculty Vice Chair in Regenerative Medicine

Andy Wessels, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair
Cardiac Development and the Pathogenesis of Congenital Heart Defects and Acquired Heart Valve Diseases
Wessels Lab website

Jamie Barth

Jamie Barth, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor
Microarray Facilities, Bioinformatics
Barth Lab website

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Amy Engevik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Molecular motor regulation of protein delivery to epithelial cell membranes
Amy Engevik Lab website

Mindy Engevik

Melinda Engevik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Microbial-host interactions in the gastrointestinal tract in the setting of health and disease
Mindy Engevik Lab website


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Silvia Guglietta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mucosal Immunology
Effects of Dysregulated Intestinal Immunity on Disease Development
Guglietta Lab website

Samar Hammad

Samar Hammad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Sphingolipid Signaling Mechanisms in Inflammation and Accelerated Cardiovascular Disease
Hammad Lab website

Christi Kern

Christine Kern, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Formation and Homeostasis of the Extracellular Matrix Architecture
Kern Lab website

Michael Kern

Michael Kern, Ph.D.

Cofactors that Interact with the Prrx Proteins; Biomechanical Engineering of the Temporal Mandibular Joint
Kern Lab website

Antonis Kourtidis 

Antonis Kourtidis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Interaction of the Adherens Junctions with RNA Complexes in Cell Behavior and Disease
Kourtidis Lab website

Steven Kubalak

Steven Kubalak, Ph.D.

Director, MUSC Anatomical Gift Program
Member, Center for Anatomical Studies & Education
Lecturer, Human Anatomy and Embryology
Interprofessional Studies for Graduate Students

Roger Markwald

Roger Markwald, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor
Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center
Heart Development and Regenerative Medicine
Markwald Lab website

Corey Mjaatvedt

Corey Mjaatvedt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Developmental Biologist
Director of Anatomy College of Medicine

Martin Morad

Martin Morad, Ph.D.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular
Director, Cardiac Signaling Center
Morad Lab website

Ricardo Moreno

Ricardo Moreno, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Mechanisms of Normal and Abnormal Development of the Heart

Robin Muise Helmericks

Robin Muise-Helmericks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Molecular Mechanisms of Angiogenesis and Wound Repair
Muise-Helmericks Lab website

Jorge Munera

Jorge Munera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pluripotent Stem Cells in the Development of Small Intestine and Colon
Munera Lab website

Chip Norris

Russell Norris, Ph.D.

Genetic and biological causes of connective tissue diseases including heart valve diseases and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Norris Lab website

Titus Reaves

Titus Reaves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Epithelial Cell Biology and Neutrophil (PMN) Migration

Henry Sucov

Henry Sucov, Ph.D.

SmartState Professor
Genetic and Molecular Control of Heart Regeneration and Heart (Patho)Physiology
Sucov Lab website

Ge Tao

Ge Tao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Myocardial Homeostasis, Injury, and Repair
Tao Lab website

Richard Visconti

Richard Visconti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Endogenous Stem Cell Contributions to Cardiac Development and Pathological Remodeling

Naohiro Yamaguchi

Naohiro Yamaguchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Regulatory Mechanisms of Calcium Signaling in Cardiac Muscle Cells
Yamaguchi Lab website


Administrative Staff

Evelyn Fabunan Business Manager

Evelyn Fabunan

Business Manager

Phone: 843-792-5891

Sabrina Green Grants Coordinator

Sabrina Lesene Green

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 843-792-5880

Cindy Gruenbaum Administrative Assistant

Cindy Gruenbaum

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 843-792-7616

Reycel Rodriguez

Reycel Rodriguez

Grants Coordinator II

Phone: 843-792-3523

 Technical Staff

Ray Deepe
Research Specialist III
Wessels Lab
Joyce Nair-Menon Staff Scientist - Lab Manager Kourtidis Lab
Na Qu
Research Specialist III Munera Lab
Kristy Wang Research Specialist I
Sucov Lab


Dual/Joint Appointment

Alexander Awgulewitsch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine - Rheumatology

Amy Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine - Cardiology

Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D.
Medicine - Rheumatology

Hongkuan Fan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Stanley Hoffman, Ph.D.
Rheumatology & Immunology

Daria Ilatovskaya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Seok-Hyung Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kyu-Ho Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Cardiology

Debra J. Hazen-Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum in the Basic Sciences
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Paul J. McDermott, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Medicine

Terrence O’Brien, M.D.

Bradley Schulte, Ph.D.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Inderjit Singh, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Development Neurogenetics Pediatrics

Demetri Spyropoulos, Ph.D.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Elena Tourkina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine - Rheumatology

Hongjun Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Michael Yost, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Adjunct Faculty

Ann C. Foley, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Clemson/MUSC Bioengineering Program

Mark Kindy, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
University of South Florida

Ying Mei, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Clemson/MUSC Bioengineering Program

Ann Ramsdell, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Research Professor
University of South Carolina

Tong Ye, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Clemson/MUSC Bioengineering Program

Hai Yao, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Research Professor
Clemson/MUSC Bioengineering Program


Professor Emeriti

Thierry Bacro, Ph.D.
David Bernanke, Ph.D.
Thomas Borg, Ph.D.
Hilda Debacker, Ph.D.
Richard Dom, Ph.D.
William Dougherty, Ph.D.
Timothy Fitzharris, Ph.D.
James Hardin, Ph.D.
Karl Karnaky, Ph.D.
Edward Krug, Ph.D.
Eric Lacy, Ph.D.
Robert Ogilvie, Ph.D.
Robert Thompson, Ph.D.
Bryan Toole, Ph.D.
Donald Wilbur, Ph.D.
W. Curtis Worthington, M.D.