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Primary Faculty

J. Thomas August, M.D., Professor
Genetic immunotherapy of infectious diseases and cancer by targeting DNA encoded antigen chimeras to MHC II; MHC II antigen presentation; development of DNA vaccines; immune tolerance.

James C. Barrow, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Drug discovery for disorders of neurodevelopment.

Gregory V. Carr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Preclinical models of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Philip A. Cole M.D., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
Chemical and biochemical approaches in the study of signal transduction, circadian rhythm, and gene regulation.

Albena Dinkova-Kostova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Protection against cancer mechanisms and strategies; structure-activity relation of protective agents; inflammation and cancer; skin cancer prevention.

Wade Gibson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Herpesvirus proteins: studies of their expression, structure, and function using genetic, biochemical, and immunological approaches.

Jun O. Liu, Ph.D., Professor
Chemical biology and molecular biology; use of small molecules as probes to elucidate mechanisms of signal transduction; angiogenesis and cell proliferation.

Caren L. Freel Meyers, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Organic and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology: drug delivery; study of non-mammalian isoprenoid biosynthesis; development of potential therapeutic agents for cancer and infectious disease.  

Ronald L. Schnaar, Ph.D., Professor
Cell interactions in the nervous system.

James T. Stivers, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Director
Structural and Chemical Biology of Uracil Metabolism and Applications to Cancer Therapy, Innate and Adaptive Immunity.

Paul Talalay, M.D., Professor
Molecular mechanisms involved in chemoprotection against mutagens and carcinogens.

Sean D. Taverna, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Histone and chromatin modifications, epigenetics and gene function, identification of histone binding modules, and small RNA directed gene silencing.

Jin Zhang, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
Cell signaling; kinases and phosphatases; chemotaxis; live-cell imaging; fluorescent proteins and reporters; chemical biology.

Heng Zhu, Ph.D., Professor
Signal Transduction; protein network; host-pathogen interaction; biomarker identification.