Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

CSB Faculty Research Interests


Bai, Yidong, Ph.D. Mitochondrial biology and genetics, aging research, cancer biology and mitochondrial medicine.


Bhattacharya, Arunabh, Ph.D. Sarcopenia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mitochondrial dysfunction, Mitochondrial oxidative stress, Oxidative damage.


Bishop, Alex, Ph.D. Systems biology and homologous recombination in carcinogenesis, DNA repair, functional genomics, genetic and environmental interactions, aging, carcinogenesis, animal models.


Deng, Janice J., M.S., M.D. Restoration of mitochondrial dysfunction; Mitochondrial quality control; Role of respiratory complex dynamics in neuronal system.


Dong, Lily Q., Ph.D. Elucidation of the molecular pathway(s) mediating adiponectin signaling in cells and in vivo; and the investigation of the molecular mechanism of the cross-talk between insulin signaling pathway and adiponectin signaling pathway.


Frost, Bess, Ph.D. Lamin, Epigenetics and Noncoding RNAs in Alzheimer's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Drosophila Models of Neurodegenerative Disorders.


Habib, Samy, M.S., Ph.D. Role of diabetes in development of cancer, molecular mechanisms of the DNA damage and repair in diabetes and cancer, Role of Tuberin/mTOR pathways in regulation of cell proliferation, cell hypertrophy and cell apoptosis.


Kokovay, Erzsebet, Ph.D. Adult neural stem cells and neurogenesis.


Kraig, Ellen, Ph.D. Aging, Immunity, Maternal nutrition, Autoimmunity, Inflammation.


Larsen, Pamela L., Ph.D. Development and aging in C. elegans. Molecular genetics, expression analysis, functional genomics, genetic and environmental interactions and C. elegans physiology.


Leach, Robin J., Ph.D. Genetics of complex diseases. Development and validation of biomarkers for cancer.


Lechleiter, James D., Ph.D. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of protection during ischemic stress, acute brain injury and aging.


Marciniak, Robert A., M.D., Ph.D. Aging, mechanisms of telomere maintenance, Werner syndrome and cell regulation.


Moore, Charleen M., Ph.D. Comparative cytogenetics, and history of medicine.


Oyajobi, Babatunde O., M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D. Multiple myeloma, cancer-induced bone diseases, bone biology, experimental anti-cancer therapeutics.


Penalva, Luiz Otavio F., Ph.D. Molecular analysis of cancer, post-transcriptional regulation, RNA binding proteins, cancer genomics, alternative splicing.


Ran, Qitao, Ph.D. Oxidative stress in Alzheimer's disease, ALS and aging. Mitochondrial dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease, ALS and aging. Rodent models for neurodegeneration and aging research.


Rao, Manjeet, Ph.D. miRNA : Development and Cancer, Epigenetics and Cancer stem cell, Functional genomics, animal models.


Rebel, Vivienne, M.D., Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms of hematopoietic stem cell regulation, from development to old age.


Reiter, Russel J., Ph.D. Melatonin in free radical biology and oxidative stress, aging, antioxidants and the pineal gland.


Sakaguchi, Alan Y., Ph.D. Oncogenes & tumor suppressor genes, telomere binding proteins, cell aging, cell rejuvenation.


Sharma, Ramaswamy, Ph.D. Osteoporosis, Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, Apoptosis, Aging.


Sun, LuZhe, Ph.D. Role of growth factors, steroid hormones, telomerase, and adhesion molecules in cell proliferation, senescence, apoptosis, tumor angiogenesis and metastasis of human breast, prostate and liver cancer cells;        Translational research using recombinant growth factor binding proteins, small growth factor inhibitors, and chemotherapeutics to inhibit tumor growth, angiogenesis and metastasis;        Effects of age, xenoestrogens, obesity, radiation, and mutagens on mammary stem cell function and transformation.


Vogel, Kristine S., Ph.D. Neurofibromatosis type 1, Schwann cell biology, DNA damage repair, Neural crest cell derivatives and disorders.


Walter, Christi A., Ph.D. Male germ cell aging (a.k.a. the paternal age effect); role of mitochondrial DNA in aging; hepatocellular carcinoma; antibiotic-induced obesity and changes in gut microbiome; role of somatic mutagenesis in autism-spectrum disorders.


Wang, Pei, Ph.D. Gene functions and signaling pathways in development and diseases, pancreas biology and beta cell biology.


Watts, Lora, Ph.D. Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Neuroprotection, Mitochondrial dysfunction, Novel therapeutics.


CSB Joint Appointed Faculty Research Interests:

Bone-targeted drugs as potential treatments for multiple myeloma, experimental therapeutics, organic chemistry.
Bone metastases, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, animal models of cancer-induced bone diseases, experimental therapeutics, tumor suppressor genes.