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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.
Trainee: Courtney Ferrebee (present)

• 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 (2014-2016)

 • 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)

• Thomas Register, PhD (Professor of Pathology-Section on Comparative Medicine; Hypertension and Vascular Research Center; Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism; Orthopaedic Surgery; Radiology)
Research Interests: Inflammation and diseases of aging, cardiovascular disease and vascular calcification, skeletal metabolism, radiation induced heart disease, fibrosis and connective tissue metabolism, hormone receptors, biomarkers of health and disease, multimodal imaging

• 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)

Carol A. Shively, PhD (Professor of Pathology-Section on Comparative Medicine, Physiology & Pharmacology, Psychology, Translational Science; Director-Office of Women in Medicine and Science)
Research Interests: The effect of social stress and depression on the cardiovascular system, metabolism, bioenergetics, gene expression, risk for chronic diseases of aging, and the modeling of these in nonhuman primates.
Trainees: Marnie Silverstein-Metzler (2012-2016); Stephanie Willard  Morgan (2007-2012)

Leah Solberg Woods, PhD (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine, Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism)
Research Interests: Genetics of type 2 diabetes and obesity using outbred rat models

    • Raghunatha Yammani, PhD (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology, Orthopaedics)
    Research Interests: S100 proteins and cartilage Physiology; role of S100A4 in the development of osteoarthritis

    •Xuewei Zhu, PhD (Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine-Section on Molecular Medicine)
    Research Interests: The role of SLC37A2 in glucose metabolism, macrophage inflammation, insulin resistance and atherosclerosis. The role of botanical oils (echium and borage) in macrophage inflammasome and autophagy activation. 

    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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