Faculty List

Arrigo De Benedetti, Ph.D.



Major Research Interests: Altered protein synthesis in solid tumors; gene expression; radioresistance by the protein kinase Tousled; gene therapy.

Eric First, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Major Research Interests: Aminoacylation of tRNA; expansion of the genetic code; Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder; enzyme catalysis; protein engineering.

David Gross, Ph.D.

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Major Research Interests: Regulation of gene expression; chromosome conformation of genes and their 3D nuclear organization; transcriptional response to heat shock.

Shile Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Major Research Interests: Cell signaling and tumorigenesis.

Hari Koul, Ph.D.
Professor, Carroll Feist Endowed Chair


Major Research Interests: 1) Regulation of the Warburg effect in Cancer 2) Molecular targets in Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer, and 3) Mechanisms of Oxalate Nephrotoxicity.

Nancy Leidenheimer, Ph.D.



Major Research Interests: The function, trafficking, and degradation of GABAA receptors, with particular emphasis on their regulation by protein phosphorylation.

Brent Reed, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Major Research Interests: Functions of GLUT1CBP (GIPC), a myosin VI adapter protein.

Lucy Robinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Major Research Interests: Control of cell growth and division, protein phosphorylation, vesicular trafficking, and yeast genetics.

Sergey Slepenkov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-Research


Major Research Interests: Assembly of protein synthesis initiation factor complexes; the role of eIF4E phosphorylation in initiation of translation; protein folding; mRNA decay.

Gulshan Sunavala-Dossabhoy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor-Research


Major Research Interests: Genotoxin-mediated DNA damage and repair, and salivary function.

Kelly Tatchell, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies


Major Research Interests: Type 1 protein phosphatase (PP1) in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Stephan N. Witt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair



Major Research Interests: Alpha Synuclein and Parkinson’s disease; alpha synuclein and melanoma; vesicle trafficking; molecular bases of disease.

Xiuping Yu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor



Major Research Interests: Prostate cancer - specifically the mechanism by which prostate cancer becomes resistant to androgen deprivation therapy.

Adjunct Faculty

Sushil Jain, Ph.D.


Major Research Interests: Nutrition and free radicals; cellular damage in health and disease.

F. Scott Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor