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Research Opportunities for Integrated Biomedical Science Graduate Students

Biochemistry

Maksymilian Chruszcz, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Structural biology
X-ray crystallography
Host-pathogen interactions
Immunology

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 331
803-777-7399
chruszcz@mailbox.sc.edu

Norma Frizzell, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Protein post-translational modification
Protein succination
Mitochondrial stress and disease
Metabolic disorders

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/nfrizzell.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-777-3521
norma.frizzell@uscmed.sc.edu

Caryn Outten, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Bioinorganic chemistry
Cytosolic and mitochondrial redox factors
Structure-function relationships of iron homeostasis proteins

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 308
803-777-8783
outten@mailbox.sc.edu

F. Wayne Outten, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
Research Interests:
Bioinorganic chemistry
Microbial physiology and genetics
Metal trafficking and storage systems

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 310
803-777-8151
outtenf@mailbox.sc.edu

Yuri Peterson, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions
Small molecule therapeutics
G proteins

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
280 Calhoun Street, MUSC campus
843-792-3691
petersy@sccp.sc.edu

James Sodetz, Carolina Distinguished Professor
Research Interests:
Protein chemistry and engineering
Structure-function relationships of proteins and enzymes of blood
Complement system

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 328
803-777-6625
jsodetz@mailbox.sc.edu

Qian Wang, Robert L. Sumwalt Professor of Chemistry
Research Interests:
Characterization, modification and utilization of bionanoparticles
Engineering of programmable scaffolds using nanomaterials

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 532
803-777-8436
wang263@mailbox.sc.edu

Ho-Jin Koh, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Skeletal muscle metabolism and mass regulation
Brown adipose tissue metabolism
White adipose tissue and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=920
Arnold School of Public Health, Room 407
803-777-1462
kohh@mailbox.sc.edu

Mythreye Karthikeyan, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Growth factor-receptor signaling mechanisms and signal transduction pathways
Epithelial and Tumor cell biology including Cell survival mechanisms
Cell migration and invasion biology
Cell adhesion and Mechanobiology

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.chem.sc.edu/faculty/karthikeyan/index.html
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 309
803-576-5806
mythreye@sc.edu

Thomas Makris, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Natural product biosynthesis
Non-ribosomal peptides
Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry
Oxygen activation
Biofuels

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/facultyStaffDetails.asp?SID=1290
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 329
803-777-6626
makrist@mailbox.sc.edu

Cancer

Frank Berger, Professor and Director of The Center for Colon Cancer Research
Research Interests:
Molecular genetics of cancer chemotherapy response
Resistance to anti-neoplastic agents
Thymidylate synthase
Reactive oxygen species

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/berger
Office – Physical Science Center, Room 614
803-777-1171
fgberger@mailbox.sc.edu

Sondra Berger, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Anti-cancer drug discovery
Thymidylate synthase
Structure-function relationships in chemotherapeutics

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 711A
803-777-4738
berger@sccp.sc.edu

Jim Carson, Professor
Research Interests:
Integrative muscle biology
Cancer-induced cachexia
Physical activity, diet and cancer
Muscle regeneration

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=20
Arnold School of Public Health, Room 405
803-777-0142
carsonj@mailbox.sc.edu

Hexin Chen, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Cancer stem cells
Tumor microenvironment
Tumor suppressor genes
Anti-cancer drugs

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/node/406
Office - Physical Science Center 621
803-777-2928
chen53@mailbox.sc.edu

Kim Creek, Professor and Vice-chair Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Science
Research Interests:
Human papillomavirus and carcinogenesis
Transforming growth factor-beta
Cervical cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor

Contact Information:
Website –  www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 609C
803-777-0952
creek@sccp.sc.edu

Lorne Hofseth, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Inflammation
Complimentary and alternative medicine
Colitis and colon cancer

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 513B
803-777-2080
hofseth@sccp.sc.edu

Lydia Matesic, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Ubiquitin ligases in development and disease
Cancer and metastasis
Cardiac hypertrophy and sudden cardiac death

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/facutly/matesic
Coker Life Sciences, Room 703
803-777-2520
lmatesic@biol.sc.edu

Campbell McInnes, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Anti-cancer drug development
Cell cycle regulation
Guided design of peptide inhibitors

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 714
803-576-5684
mcinnes@sccp.sc.edu

Angela Murphy, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Complimentary medicine and cancer
Macrophage-induced inflammation
High fat diet and breast cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/AMurphy.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3400
angela.murphy@uscmed.sc.edu

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Professor and Chair Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests:
Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
Biodefense
Immunopharmacology of cannabinoids
Immunotoxicology

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/MNagarkatti.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3401
mitzi.nagarkatti@uscmed.sc.edu

Prakash Nagarkatti, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Vice President for Research
Research Interests:
Immunotoxicity of dioxin
Cannabinoids in cancer therapy
Complimentary medicine and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/PNagarkatti.asp
202 Osborne Building
803-777-5458
prakash@mailbox.sc.edu

Maria Marjoret (Marj) Pena, Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Tumor microenvironment
Mechanisms of metastasis
Animal models of cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://cccr.sc.edu/inv_marj-pena.html
Coker Life Sciences, Room 503
803-777-1060
mpena@biol.sc.edu

Rehka Patel, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Protein kiase regulation
Stress-induced signaling
Apoptosis
Aging and longevity

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/patel
Coker Life Sciences, Room 505
803-777-1853
patelr@biol.sc.edu

Lucia Pirisi-Creek, Professor
Research Interests:
Human papillomavirus and carcinogenesis
Mechanisms of cellular immortalization
Cervical cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/LCreek.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3419
lucia.pirisi-creek@uscmed.sc.edu

Douglas Pittman, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
DNA repair mechanisms
Chromosome rearrangement

Contact Information:
Website -  www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences 711B
803-777-7715
pittman@sccp.sc.edu

Swapan Ray, Professor
Research Interests:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration
Glioblastoma
Therapeutic approaches to spinal cord injury

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/SRay.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3420
swapan.ray@uscmed.sc.edu

David Reisman, Professor and director for Colon Cancer Research Tissue Biorepository
Research Interests:
p53 gene regulation and carcinogenesis
p53 and HIV-1 infection
Transcription factors

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/reisman
Coker Life Sciences, Room 508
803-777-8108
reisman@biol.sc.edu

Igor Roninson, Professor and Endowed Chair
Research Interests:
DNA-damaging drugs
Cancer therapy outcomes
Function-based genomics approaches to cancer therapy

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 516
803-777-2623
roninsoni@sccp.sc.edu

Minsub Shim, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Cyclooxygenase (COX) signaling
Prostanoids
Embryonic development

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/shim
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 623
803-777-1551
shimm@mailbox.sc.edu

Deanna Smith, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Regulators of cytoplasmic dynein
Molecular motors
Neuroscience

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/smith
Coker Life Sciences, Room 607
803-777-3020
deannasm@biol.sc.edu

Alan Waldman, Professor
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of DNA repair
Genetic recombination

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/waldman
Coker Life Sciences, Room 309
803-777-8405
awaldman@biol.sc.edu

Mike Wyatt, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
DNA repair and chromosome stability
Nanoparticles
DNA repair pathways and chemotherapy

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 515A
803-777-0856
wyatt@sccp.sc.edu

Peisheng Xu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Biomedical applications of engineered biomaterials
Central nervous system-targeting of nanomaterials
Nanoparticles as cancer treatment

Contact Information:
Website -  www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 609A
803-777-0075
xup@sccp.sc.edu

Jason Stewart, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
DNA replication and Cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://stewartlab.weebly.com/
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 620
803-777-9311
jastewar@mailbox.sc.edu

Cardiovascular

Wayne Carver, Professor
Research Intersts:
Regulation of fibrosis
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
Fibroblast development and differentiation

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/carver.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3803
wayne.carver@uscmed.sc.edu

Taixing Cui, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Obesity, diabetes and heart disease
Ubiquination
Transgenic models
Oxidative stress

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/cui.asp
School of Medicine, Building 4
803-216-3804
taixing.cui@uscmed.sc.edu

Daping Fan, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of atherosclerosis
Complimentary medicine
Inflammation
microRNAs in atherogenesis

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/fan.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3806
daping.fan@uscmed.sc.edu

Edie Goldsmith, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Extracellular matrix in heart development and disease
Nanomaterials as therapeutics
Diabetes-induced heart disease

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/goldsmith.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3809
edie.goldsmith@uscmed.sc.edu

Susan Lessner, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Atherosclerosis
Biomechanical properties of atherosclerotic plaques
Vasculogenesis

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/lessner.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3819
susan.lessner@uscmed.sc.edu

Lydia Matesic, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Ubiquitin ligases in development and disease
Cancer and metastasis
Cardiac hypertrophy and sudden cardiac death

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/facutly/matesic
Coker Life Sciences, Room 703
803-777-2520
lmatesic@biol.sc.edu

Martin Morad, Professor and Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Health
Research Interests:
Calcium channels and heart function
Conduction system
Engineering a biological pacemaker

Contact Information:
Website - http://cba.musc.edu/Faculty/MoradM.htm
Medical University of South Carolina
843-792-3898
moradm@musc.edu

Jennifer Nyland, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Toxicology
Myocarditis
Metal toxicity

Contact Information:
Website – http://pmi.med.sc.edu/JNyland.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3416
jennifer.nyland@uscmed.sc.edu

Jay Potts, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Heart valve development
Signal transduction
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/potts.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3820
jay.potts@uscmed.sc.edu

Francis Spinale, Professor
Research Interests:
Heart failure
Matrix metalloproteinases
Myocardial infarction
Cardiovascular disease biomarker development

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/spinale.asp
School of Medicine, Building 28
803-216-3867
cvctrc@uscmed.sc.edu

Scott Supowit, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Myocardial remodeling and heart disease
Calcitonin gene-related peptide
Blood pressure regulation
Sensory innervation and blood vessel regulation

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/supowit.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3822
scott.supowit@uscmed.sc.edu

Xuewen Wang, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Energy expenditure adaptive changes
Insulin sensitivity
Cardiometabolic disease prevention and treatment
Lifestyle interventions

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=819
Public Health Research Center, Room 301
803-777-7272
xwang@mailbox.sc.edu

Mark Sarzynski
Research Interests:
Exercise genomics and other exercise -omics (e.g., metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics)
Physical activity and lipids and lipoproteins
HDL function, exercise, and cardiovascular disease risk factors
Personalized exercise medicine

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=1091
Public Health Research Center, Room 305
Phone: 803-777-9510
email: sarz@mailbox.sc.edu

Cellular and molecular biology

Dan Dixon, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Post-transcriptional gene regulation
RNA-binding proteins
mRNA stability

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/dixon.html
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 622
803-777-4686
ddixon@biol.sc.edu

Bert Ely, Professor
Research Interests:
Medical genetics
Bacterial genome evolution
Bioinformatics

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/dixon.html
Coker Life Sciences, Room 701
803-777-2768
ely@sc.edu

Jeffrey Patton, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
RNA splicing
Small nuclear RNA

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/JPatton.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3417
jeffrey.patton@uscmed.sc.edu

Georgi Petkov, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Smooth muscle physiology
Urinary bladder dysfunction
Ion channels

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 609D
803-777-1891
petkov@sccp.sc.edu

Roger Sawyer, Professor and Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Research Interests:
Integument development
Evolution off epidermal appendages
Genomics

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/sawyer
Gambrell Hall, Room 251
803-777-7161
rhsawyer@mailbox.sc.edu

Ho-Jin Koh, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Skeletal muscle metabolism and mass regulation
Brown adipose tissue metabolism
White adipose tissue and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=920
Arnold School of Public Health, Room 407
803-777-1462
kohh@mailbox.sc.edu

Mark Sarzynski
Research Interests:
Exercise genomics and other exercise -omics (e.g., metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics)
Physical activity and lipids and lipoproteins
HDL function, exercise, and cardiovascular disease risk factors
Personalized exercise medicine

Contact Information:
Website:  http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=1091
Public Health Research Center, Room 305
Phone: 803-777-9510
email: sarz@mailbox.sc.edu


Jeffery L. Twiss, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests:

Molecular & cellular mechanisms of brain development and regeneration

Contact Information:
715 Sumter Street, CLS 705-707 Columbia, SC 29208 USA
Phone: 803-777-9215, Fax: 803-777-400
Email - twiss@mailbox.sc.edu

Complementary medicine

Taixing Cui, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Obesity, diabetes and heart disease
Ubiquination
Transgenic models
Oxidative stress

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/cui.asp
School of Medicine, Building 4
803-216-3804
taixing.cui@uscmed.sc.edu

Daping Fan, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of atherosclerosis
Complimentary medicine
Inflammation
microRNAs in atherogenesis

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/fan.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3806
daping.fan@uscmed.sc.edu

Angela Murphy, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Complimentary medicine and cancer
Macrophage-induced inflammation
High fat diet and breast cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/AMurphy.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3400
angela.murphy@uscmed.sc.edu

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Professor and Chair Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests:
Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
Biodefense
Immunopharmacology of cannabinoids
Immunotoxicology

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/MNagarkatti.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3401
mitzi.nagarkatti@uscmed.sc.edu

Prakash Nagarkatti, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Vice President for Research
Research Interests:
Immunotoxicity of dioxin
Cannabinoids in cancer therapy
Complimentary medicine and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/PNagarkatti.asp
202 Osborne Building
803-777-5458
prakash@mailbox.sc.edu

Ho-Jin Koh, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Skeletal muscle metabolism and mass regulation
Brown adipose tissue metabolism
White adipose tissue and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=920
Arnold School of Public Health, Room 407
803-777-1462
kohh@mailbox.sc.edu

Developmental biology

Wayne Carver, Professor
Research Intersts:
Regulation of fibrosis
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
Fibroblast development and differentiation

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/carver.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3803
wayne.carver@uscmed.sc.edu

Edie Goldsmith, Professor
Research Interests:
Extracellular matrix in heart development and disease
Nanomaterials as therapeutics
Diabetes-induced heart disease

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/goldsmith.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3809
edie.goldsmith@uscmed.sc.edu

Richard Goodwin, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Cardiovascular development
3-dimensional in vitro models
Tissue engineering

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/goodwin.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3811
richard.goodwin@uscmed.sc.edu

Jay Potts, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Heart valve development
Signal transduction
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/potts.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3820
jay.potts@uscmed.sc.edu

Roger Sawyer, Professor and Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Research Interests:
Integument development
Evolution off epidermal appendages
Genomics

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/sawyer
Gambrell Hall, Room 251
803-777-7161
rhsawyer@mailbox.sc.edu

Minsub Shim, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Cyclooxygenase (COX) signaling
Prostanoids
Embryonic development

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/shim
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 623
803-777-1551
shimm@mailbox.sc.edu

Ugra Singh, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Alcohol-induced neurotoxicity
Neuronal development in diabetic embryopathy
Neuroblastoma
Fetal alcohol syndrome

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/USSingh.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-253-5851
ugra.singh@uscmed.sc.edu

Deanna Smith, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Regulators of cytoplasmic dynein
Molecular motors
Neuroscience

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/smith
Coker Life Sciences, Room 607
803-777-3020
deannasm@biol.sc.edu

Drug design and delivery

Campbell McInnes, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Anti-cancer drug development
Cell cycle regulation
Guided design of peptide inhibitors

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences 714
803-576-5684
mcinnes@sccp.sc.edu

Igor Roninson, Professor and Endowed Chair
Research Interests:
DNA-damaging drugs
Cancer therapy outcomes
Function-based genomics approaches to cancer therapy

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences 516
803-777-2623
roninsoni@sccp.sc.edu

Michael Shtutman, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
DNA-damaging drugs
Cancer therapy outcomes
Function-based genomics approaches to cancer therapy

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences
shtutmanm@sccp.sc.edu

Qian Wang, Robert L. Sumwalt Professor of Chemistry
Research Interests:
Characterization, modification and utilization of bionanoparticles
Engineering of programmable scaffolds using nanomaterials

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 532
803-777-8436
wang263@mailbox.sc.edu

Genetics

Mark Sarzynski
Research Interests:
Exercise genomics and other exercise -omics (e.g., metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics)
Physical activity and lipids and lipoproteins
HDL function, exercise, and cardiovascular disease risk factors
Personalized exercise medicine

Contact Information:
Website:  http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=1091
Public Health Research Center, Room 305
Phone: 803-777-9510
email: sarz@mailbox.sc.edu

Inflammation/immunology

Gregory Brower, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Myocardial remodeling
Matrix metalloproteinases
Inflammation
Cardiovascular physiology

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/bower.asp
School of Medicine, Building 4
803-216-3802
greg.brower@uscmed.sc.edu

Wayne Carver, Professor
Research Intersts:
Regulation of fibrosis
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy
Fibroblast development and differentiation

Contact Information:
Website – http://dba.med.sc.edu/carver.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3803
wayne.carver@uscmed.sc.edu

Maksymilian Chruszcz, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Structural biology
X-ray crystallography
Host-pathogen interactions
Immunology

Contact Information:
Website –  http://www.chem.sc.edu/people/FacultyStaffDirectory.asp?type=Faculty
Graduate Science Research Center, Room 331
803-777-7399
chruszcz@mailbox.sc.edu

Daping Fan, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of atherosclerosis
Complimentary medicine
Inflammation
microRNAs in atherogenesis

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/fan.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3806
daping.fan@uscmed.sc.edu

Raja Fayad, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Inflammation and colon cancer
Adiponectin
Obesity, micronutrients and cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=661
Arnold School of Public Health
803-777-2918
fayad@mailbox.sc.edu

Joseph Janicki, Professor and Chair Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Research Interests:
Heart failure
Dilated cardiomyopathy
Volume overload
Gender and cardiovascular disease

Contact Information:
Website - http://dba.med.sc.edu/janicki.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3810
joseph.janicki@uscmed.sc.edu

Angela Murphy, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Complimentary medicine and cancer
Macrophage-induced inflammation
High fat diet and breast cancer

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/AMurphy.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3400
angela.murphy@uscmed.sc.edu

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Professor and Chair Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests:
Cancer immunology and immunotherapy
Biodefense
Immunopharmacology of cannabinoids
Immunotoxicology

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/MNagarkatti.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3401
mitzi.nagarkatti@uscmed.sc.edu

Prakash Nagarkatti, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Vice President for Research
Research Interests:
Immunotoxicity of dioxin
Cannabinoids in cancer therapy
Complimentary medicine and inflammation

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/PNagarkatti.asp
202 Osborne Building
803-777-5458
prakash@mailbox.sc.edu

Carole Oskeritzian, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Mast cells
Sphingolipids
Regulation of mast cell enzymes and cytokines

Contact Information:
Website -  http://pmi.med.sc.edu/Oskeritzian.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
802-216-3462
carole.oskeritzian@uscmed.sc.edu

Neuroscience

James Fadel, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Aging and neurodegenerative diseases
Orexin
Nicotine

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/jfadel.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3505
jim.fadel@uscmed.sc.edu

Janet Fisher, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Ligand-gated ion channels
Structure- function relationships in ion channels
Epilepsy

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/jfisher.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-25036
janet.fisher@uscmed.sc.edu

Michy Kelly, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Molecular mechanisms of neurocognitive deficit
Cyclic dinucleotides
Chromatin modification
Phosphodiesterases

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/mkelly.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3546
Michy.kelly@uscmed.sc.edu

Alexander McDonald, Professor
Research Interests:
Anatomy and neurochemistry of the amygdale
Electrophysiology of amygdalar neurons

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/amcdonald.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3511
alexander,mcdonald@uscmed.sc.edu

David Mott, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Cellular mechanisms of learning and memory
Synaptic transmission and plasticity
Epilepsy and Anxiety disorders
Neuropharmacology

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/dmott.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3512
david.mott@uscmed.sc.edu

Larry Reagan, Associate Professor and Vice Chair Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
Research Interests:
Hippocampus
Glucocorticoids and synaptic remodeling
Metabolic stress and the nervous system

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/lreagan.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3515

Swapan Ray, Professor
Research Interests:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration
Glioblastoma
Therapeutic approaches to spinal cord injury

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/SRay.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3420

Ugra Singh, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Alcohol-induced neurotoxicity
Neuronal development in diabetic embryopathy
Neuroblastoma

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/USSingh.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-253-5851
ugra.singh@uscmed.sc.edu

Deanna Smith, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Regulators of cytoplasmic dynein
Molecular motors
Neuroscience

Contact Information:
Website – www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/smith
Coker Life Sciences 607
803-777-3020
deannasm@biol.sc.edu

Marlene Wilson, Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
Research Interests:
Neurochemical mechanisms of anxiety-related disorders
Gender differences in brain physiology and pathology
Virus-mediated gene transfer

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/mwilson.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3507
Marlene.wilson@uscmed.sc.edu

Peisheng Xu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Biomedical applications of engineered biomaterials
Central nervous system-targeting of nanomaterials
Nanoparticles as cancer treatment

Contact Information:
Website -  www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences 609A
803-777-0075
xup@sccp.sc.edu

Jun Zhu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Dopaminergic pathways in brain function
Dopamine transporter in HIV-1-induced brain dysfunction
Nicotine dependence

Contact Information:
Website - www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences 614
803-777-7924
zhuj@sccp.sc.edu

Troy Herter, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Brain-behavior relationships
Integrative neuroscience
Neurological assessment
Neurorehabilitation

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=820
Arnold School of Public Health, Room 301C
803-777-5873
therter@sc.edu

Daniel I. Speiser, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Evolution of nervous systems
Visual neuroscience

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/daniel-speiser
Coker Life Sciences 607
803-777-6597
speiser@mailbox.sc.edu

Jill Stewart, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Neural control of movement
Motor recovery after stroke
Motor learning and rehabilitation

Contact Information:
Website – http://www.sph.sc.edu/exsc/profile.asp?id=970
Public Health Research Center, Room 301D
803-777-6583
jcstewar@mailbox.sc.edu

Fabienne Poulaine, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Neurodevelopment
Neurodegenerative disorders
Zebrafish models

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.poulainlab.org/
Jones Physical Science Center 517
803-777-0713
fpoulain@mailbox.sc.edu

Sofia Lizarraga, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Neurodevelopment
Pathology of neuronal connectivity disorders
Stem cell models

Contact Information:
lizarras@mailbox.sc.edu

Jill Turner, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Effects of chronic nicotine administration and withdrawal
Genomic mechanisms of nicotine dependence

Contact Information:
803-777-7011
jiturner@sccp.sc.edu

Susan Wood, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Social Stress
Animal models of depression & PTSD
Neuroinflammatory mechanisms of stress susceptibility

Contact Information:
Website - http://ppn.med.sc.edu/swood.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3522
Susan.wood@uscmed.sc.edu


Jeffery L. Twiss, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests:

Molecular & cellular mechanisms of brain development and regeneration

Contact Information:
715 Sumter Street, CLS 705-707 Columbia, SC 29208 USA
Phone: 803-777-9215, Fax: 803-777-400
Email - twiss@mailbox.sc.edu

Plant biology

Lewis Bowman
Research Interests:
RNA Silencing
Host defense

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/node/173
Coker Life Sciences, Room 708
803-777-5157
bowman@biol.sc.edu

Erin Connolly, Professor and Associate Chair Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests:
Mechanisms of iron transport and homeostasis
Iron deficiency

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/connolly
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 717B
803-777-8753
erinc@biol.sc.edu

Beth Krizek, Professor
Research Interests:
Flower development
Meristem development
Stem differentiation

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/krizek
Jones Physical Science Center, Room 716
803-777-1876
krizek@sc.edu

Johannes Stratmann, Professor
Research Interests:
Plant-herbivore interactions
Signal transduction
Ubiquitin-proteasome system

Contact Information:
Website - http://www.biol.sc.edu/faculty/stratmann
Coker Life Sciences, Room 407
803-777-5730
johstrat@biol.sc.edu

Zhengqing Fu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Salicyclic acid signaling in plant-pathogen interactions

Contact Information:
Website - https://ww2.cas.sc.edu/biol/Fu/Plant_Biochemistry_Lab#overlay-context=user
Jones Physical Sciences Center 521
803-777-6759
zfu@mailbox.sc.edu

Virology and bacteriology

Ashok Chauhan, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Molecular virology
HIV therapeutic approaches
Hepatitis C and encephalopathy
Proteomics

Contact Information:
Website -  http://pmi.med.sc.edu/AChauhan.asp
School of Medicine, Building 2
803-216-3400
ashok.chauhan@uscmed.sc.edu

Kim Creek, Professor and Vice-chair Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Science
Research Interests:
Human papillomavirus and carcinogenesis
Transforming growth factor-beta
Cervical cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor

Contact Information:
Website –  www.sccp.sc.edu/departments/ddbs/directory.aspx
Coker Life Sciences, Room 609C
803-777-0952
creek@sccp.sc.edu

Lucia Pirisi-Creek, Professor
Research Interests:
Human papillomavirus and carcinogenesis
Mechanisms of cellular immortalization
Cervical cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor

Contact Information:
Website - http://pmi.med.sc.edu/LCreek.asp
School of Medicine, Building 1
803-216-3419
lucia.pirisi-creek@uscmed.sc.edu