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Section on Molecular Medicine

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The Section on 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. The Section serves as the administrative home for the largest PhD graduate program (Molecular Medicine and Translational Science) in the Biomedical Sciences at Wake Forest University and an NIH-sponsored institutional predoctoral training program (T-32) in Integrative Lipid Sciences, Inflammation, and Chronic Diseases. 

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 ten (10) primary faculty members and one (1) Emeritus faculty member who use cellular and molecular approaches to gain a better understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying several chronic human conditions including: asthma, atherosclerosis, hepatosteatosis, obesity and insulin resistance, autoimmunity, and age-related pathology (arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease).

A particular research focus is the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic human diseases. Faculty research strengths are in areas of cell signaling, cell biology, proteomics, regulation of gene expression, and the use of genetically-modified mouse models of human disease. The research in the section is supported by grants from the NIH, from the Department of Defense, from foundations including the Avon Foundation and the American Heart Association, 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 and Translation Science.

John S. Parks, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Biochemistry, and Translational Science
Chief, Section on Molecular Medicine

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Section of Molecular Medicine
North Tower
3rd Floor

Office 336-713-4259

Kay Collare
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Kay Collare
Section of Molecular Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157


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