Department and Program Affiliation of Mentors


Yong Chen, PhD (Professor of Cancer Biology)

  • Research Interests: cancer/oncogenesis, genetics/genome , hormones/cytokines/signaling

Floyd (Ski) Chilton, PhD (Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology)

  • Research Interests: fatty acid metabolism, gene-nutrient interactions, growth & development, immunology/allergy/inflammation , maternal & child health , minority health  issues , nutrition

Suzanne Craft, PhD (Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine)

  • Research Interests: diabetes, Alzheimer's disease

Allyn Howlett, PhD (Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Research Center)

  • Research Interests: biochemical pharmacology, signal transduction, cell biology, cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids
  • Trainees: Erica Lyons (present)

Steven Kridel, PhD (Associate Professor of Cancer Biology, Urology)

  • Research Interests: fatty acid and lipid metabolism in cancer

 Doug Lyles, PhD (Professor and Chair, Biochemistry)

  • Research Interests: virus assembly, viral membrane structure, viral pathogenesis, oncolytic viruses, viral vaccine vectors

Charles E. McCall, MD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine, Translational Science)

  • Research Interests: The molecular events that control the inflammatory components of innate immunity
  • Trainees: Patrick Millet (present), Ayana Martin (present)

John S. Parks, PhD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine, Biochemistry, Translational Science)

  • Research Interests: The role of tissue-specific expression of ABCA1 in lipid metabolism, inflammation, and insulin resistance. The role of apoA-IV in hepatic lipid mobilization and hepatosteatosis. Atheroprotective mechanisms of botanical oils (borage and echium). The role of apoL1 risk variants in end-stage renal disease in African Americans. 
  • Trainees:  Alex Bashore (2014-present), Helen Cuffe (2012-2014), Lolita Forrest (2008-2010)

Lawrence Rudel, PhD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine, Biochemistry; Translational Science)

  • Research Interests: cholesterol esterification; lipoprotein and hepatic cholesterol metabolism; intestinal cholesterol absorption; nutritional regulation of hepatic gene expression and experimental atherosclerosis; mouse and nonhuman primate models of cardiovascular disease.
  • Trainee:  John Melchior  (2009-2011)

Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine

  • Research Interests: the role of apoA-I conformation on its ability to unfold and become lipidated by ABCA1;  anti-inflammatory properties of HDL in atherosclerosis progression/regression
  • Trainees:  Ricquita Pollard (present), Ashley Wilhelm (2008-2009)

Raghunatha Yammani, PhD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine)

  • Research Interests: S100 proteins and cartilage Physiology; role of S100A4 in the development of osteoarthritis

Associate Mentors

Martha Alexander-Miller, PhD (Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Genetics)

  • Research Interests:  anti-viral T cell response

Mark Brown, PhD (Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute)

Michael Fessler, MD (Clinical Investigator; Laboratory of Respiratory Biology - Host Defense, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIH)

  • Research Interests:  innate immunity; host defense; macrophage biology; lipid rafts; proteomics

Barry Freedman, MD (Professor of Internal Medicine - Nephrology)

  • Research Interests:  genetic susceptibility to kidney and cardiovascular disease

Jason Grayson, PhD (Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology)

Greg Hawkins, PhD (Associate Professor of Genomics and Personalized Medicine Research)

  • Research Interests:  genetic and functional effects of IL6 trans signaling on lung function in subjects with severe asthma and COPD

Kerry Link, MD (CBI Center Director and Professor of Radiology, Cardiology, Regenerative Medicine, Translational Science)

  • Research Interests:  advancement of imaging technologies for use in animal and translational research, with an emphasis on biomarker development

Nilamadhab Mishra, MD PhD (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology and Immunology)

  • Research Interests:  epigenetic mechanisms of atherosclerosis development,  use of isoform specific  histone deacetylase inhibitor for the prevention of atherosclerosis, histone acetylation and lipid metabolism

Robert Murphy, PhD (University Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology; University of Colorado School of Medicine)

  • Research Interests:  lipid biochemistry and mass spectrometry, leukotriene biosynthesis, eicosanoid metabolism and profiling, tissue lipid imaging by MALDI IMS

Michael Thomas, PhD (Professor of BiochemistryComprehensive Cancer Center, Translational Science)

  • Research Interests:  mass spectrometry used for assessing the lipidomics and conformation of lipidated apoA-I

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