Section of Molecular Medicine
The Section of Molecular Medicine focuses on performing cutting-edge research in cellular and molecular mechanisms of human disease and supports graduate and postgraduate level educational programs within the Department of Internal Medicine.
A major goal of the section is to serve as a nidus for translational research by providing an environment where clinical and basic science faculty interact to make new discoveries and to educate future scientists.
The section consists of 6 primary faculty members who use cellular and molecular approaches to gain a better understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying several chronic human conditions including asthma, arthritis, inflammation, infection and aging.
A particular research focus is cell signaling and the regulation of gene expression. The research in the section is supported by grants from the NIH, from foundations including the American Federation for Aging Research, the Arthritis Foundation, and the American Heart Association, from an endowed professorship and from partnerships with industry.
The section also provides a center for laboratory research training and education in translational research for medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows including subspecialty fellows in the Department of Internal Medicine. A seminar series is held weekly in conjunction with the graduate program in Molecular Medicine.
John S. Parks, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry
Head, Section of Molecular Medicine