Department and Program Affiliation of Mentors


• Mark Chappell, PhD (Professor of Hypertension)
Research Interests: diabetes, hypertension, women's health issues
Trainee: Bryan Wilson (2014-2015)

• 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

• Paul Dawson, PhD (Gastroenterology, Emory University)
Research interests: Elucidating the physiologic and molecular mechanisms controlling bile acid homeostasis and their relationship to the pathogenesis of disease.

• Cristina Furdui, PhD (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine-Molecular Medicine, Biochemistry, Translational Sciences, Cancer Biology)
Research Interests:
 integrating redox effects in analysis of biological systems, lipid rafts signaling, sterol metabolism and response to cancer therapies (e.g., radiation, targeted therapies against receptor tyrosine kinases)
TraineesJade Mims (present), Robert Wieland (present)

• Allyn Howlett, PhD (Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Research Center)
Research Interests: biochemical pharmacology, signal transduction, cell biology, cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids
: Erica Lyons (2012-2015)

• Steven Kridel, PhD (Associate Professor of Cancer Biology, Urology)
Research Interests: fatty acid and lipid metabolism in cancer
Trainee: Amanda Davis (present)

 • 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, Microbiology & Immunology and Translational Science)
Research Interests: The molecular events that control the inflammatory components of innate immunity
Trainees: Ayana Martin (2011-2013)

• Donald A. McClain, MD, PhD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Endocrinology and Metabolism; Director, Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Center)
Research Interests:
 Structure and function of the insulin receptor; Metabolic signaling by the hexosamine biosynthesis pathway mediated by protein O-linked glycosylation; Prevalence and mechanism of diabetes in hereditary hemochromatosis;Effects of dietary iron on diabetes risk; Hypoxia and metabolism

• 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 (2009-2010)

• 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  (2010-2011)

    • Raghunatha Yammani, PhD (Associate 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 (Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Genetics)
    Research Interests:
     anti-viral T cell response

      • Mark Brown, PhD (Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute)
      Trainee:  Gwynneth Thomas (2011-2014)

        • 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)
            Research Interests:  regulation of CD8+ T cell responses

              • 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

                  • Richard Weinberg, MD (Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Gastroenterology
                  Research Interests:  Biochemistry of human apolipoprotein A-IV; biophysics of protein-lipid interactions; dietary and genetic regulation of  human lipid metabolism; intracellular assembly of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins; intestinal modulation of appetite and body composition

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