Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2022

Faculty of the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program

Distinguished Professors

Frohman, Michael A., Chair, M.D., Ph.D., 1985, University of Pennsylvania: Neural differentiation and signal transduction.

Grollman, Arthur P., M.D., 1959, Johns Hopkins University: Chemical carcinogenesis and mutagenesis.

Hannun, Yusuf, M.D., 1981, American University in Beirut. Sphingolipid metabolism.

Leading Professor

Cohen, Ira S., M.D., Ph.D., 1974, New York University: Electrophysiology of the heart.


Biegon, Anat, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science; Brain response to traumatic, ischemic or inflammatory insults

Bogenhagen, Daniel, M.D., 1977, Stanford University School of Medicine: Replication, transcription and repair of mammalian mitochondrial DNA; mitochondrial proteomics.

Boon, Elizabeth, Ph.D., California Institue of Technology, 2003, Chemical Biology, Enzymology, Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Spectroscopy

Demple, Bruce, Ph.D.,UC Berkeley; Mechanisms and roles of human enzymes that repair oxidative (free radical) damage in DNA

Du, Congwu, Ph.D. Luebeck University, Germany; In vivo optical imaging of neuronal-glio-vascular interactions and the effects of drug-elicited brain functional changes.

Enikolopov, Grigori, Ph.D., Moscow State University; Adult neural stem cells and adult neurogenesis

Ghebrehiwet Berhane, D.V.M., D.Sc.: C1q receptor mediated cellular responses with particular emphasis on inflammation and microbial infection.

Hearing, Patrick, Ph.D., 1980, Northwestern University: Adenovirus regulation of cellular proliferation and gene expression; adenovirus vectors for human gene therapy.

Joshua-Tor, Leemor, Ph.D., 1991, The Weizmann Institute of Science. Nucleic acid regulation; RNAi; molecular recognition.

Karzai, Wali A., Ph.D., 1995, Johns Hopkins University: Biochemistry and structural biology of RNA-protein interactions, translational control of gene expression, and drug discovery.

Lin, Richard, M.D., University of California San Francisco. Intracellular signaling molecules that regulate cell growth.

Ma, Yupo, M.D., Ph.D., Jinhan College of Medicine/University of South Alabama. Leukemic stem cells/Stem cell therapy.

McKinnon, David, Ph.D., 1987, Australian National University, Australia: Molecular physiology of neurons and cardiac muscle.

Miller, W. Todd, Ph.D., 1987, Rockefeller University: Signal transduction by tyrosine kinases.

Miller, Lisa, Ph.D., 1995, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The chemical makeup of tissue in disease using high-resolution infrared and xray imaging.

Moll, Ute M., M.D., 1970, Ulm, Germany: Tumor suppressor gene research; mechanism of p53 inactivation.

Reich, Nancy C., Ph.D., 1983, University at Stony Brook: Signal transduction and gene expression induced by cytokines and viral infection.

Rigas, Basil, M.D. 1972, Athens Univ Med School; D.Sc. 1975, Athens Univ. Med. School, Greece: NSAIDs in the prevention of colon cancer.

Rizzo, Robert, Ph.D. 2001, Yale University: Computational Research Projects in Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Influenza, and Method Development.

Sampson, Nicole,  Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Berkeley: Integrin receptor interactions in mammalian fertilization/enzymology of cholesterol oxidase.

Simmerling, Carlos,  Ph.D., 1994, University of Illinois, Chicago: Computational chemistry and structural biology; molecular dynamics of biological macromolecules.

Shroyer, Kenneth, M.D. 1987, Ph.D. 1983, University of Colorado. The molecular characterization of benign, premalignant, and malignant lesions of the female genital tract

Tonge, Peter,  Ph.D. 1986, University of Birmingham, England: Biological chemistry and enzyme mechanisms; quantitating substrate strain in enzyme-substrate complexes using vibrational spectroscopy; rational drug design.

Tsirka, Styliani-Anna (Stella) E., Graduate Program Director, Ph.D., 1989, University of Thessaloniki, Greece: Neuronal-microglial interactions in the physiology and pathology of the central nervous system.

Tuveson, David, M.D./Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; Detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer

Van Nostrand, William, Ph.D., 1985, University of California: Cerebrovascular pathology in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders

White, Thomas, Ph.D., 1994, Harvard University; Molecular biology and physiology of gap junction channels.

Wollmuth, Lonnie, Ph.D., 1992, University of Washington: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission.

Associate Professors

Bowen, Mark, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1998, Single molecule spectroscopy; Coordination of post-synaptic glutamate receptor signaling by the MAGUK family of scaffolds.

Carpino, Nicolas, Ph.D., 1997, Stony Brook University. Positive and Negative Regulation of T cell Receptor Signaling.

Carrico, Isaac, Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology. Chemical Biology, Bioorganic Chemistry and Protein Engineering

Colognato, Holly, Ph.D. 1999, Rutgers University: Extracellular matrix in the brain: roles during development and during neurodegeneration.

Chung, Jun, Ph. D. 1999, Washington University in St. Louis. Cancer invasion and metastasis.

Egeblad, Mikala, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 2000. Tumor microenvironment; intravital imaging; tumor-associated myeloid cells; breast cancer.

Enikolopov, Grigori N., Ph.D. 1978, Institute of Molecular Biology, USSR Academy of Science: Stem cells; neurogenesis; development; signal transduction

Garcia-Diaz, Miguel; Ph.D. 2003, University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain: Mechanisms of mitochondrial gene expression/Mechanisms of DNA synthesis and repair.

Ge, Shaoyu, Ph.D. University of Science and Technology (China). To examine the functional integration of new neurons into brain circuits

Luk, Ed, Ph.D., How cells organize chromatin structure to accommodate and control gene expression.

Martin, Benjamin, Ph.D., Molecular basis of stem cell development and cancer pathogenesis.

Martinez, Luis, Ph.D. 1994, University of Texas at Austin. Alterations of p53 in cancer development.

Okeoma, Chioma, Ph.D.; Host factors in viral pathogenesis and breast oncogenesis

Seeliger, Markus, Ph.D., 2003, Cambridge University, Trinity College; Using NMR and ligand binding kinetics to study Abl and Src kinase domains.

Takemaru, Ken-Ichi, Ph.D., 1997, Graduate University for Advanced studies, Japan: Wnt Signaling in Development and Disease.

Van der Velden, Adrianus, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University; The mammalian T cell response to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

Assistant Professors

Acosta-Martinez, Maricedes, PhD. 202, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Neuroendocrine regulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis.

Brouzes, Eric, Ph.D. Institut Curie, Paris. Analyzing heterogeneity of cancer tissues.

Chan, Chia-Hsin, Ph.D. National Taiwan University. Cancer Metabolism and Stemness.

Dos Santos, Camila, Ph.D. Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil; epigenetic regulation of normal and malignant mammary gland development.

Glynn, Steven, Ph. D. The University of Sheffield. Proteolytic machines in mitochondria.

Kaczocha, Martin, Ph.D., Stony Brook University; Neuroscience, acute and chronic pain, drug development, lipid signaling.

Kim, Hyungjin, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis. Regulation of DNA repair in cancer susceptibility pathways.

Matus, David, Ph.D., University of Hawaii; Cell, developmental and evolutionary biological approaches to understand cell invasion

Moffitt, Richard, Ph.D., 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology; Bioinformatics, personalized medicine, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, mixture modeling.

Monstrose, David, Ph.D. University of Connecticut; Colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, microbiota, metabolism.

Plotkin, Joshua, Ph.D. UCLA; Striatal microcircuitry underlying normal behavior and disorders such as OCD 

Puopolo, Michelino, Ph.D., University of Ferrara; Ion channels and neuronal excitability. Mechanisms of pain.

Seeliger, Jessica, Ph.D., Stanford University. Membrane biosynthesis, structure & behavior in bacterial pathogenesis

Talos, Flaminia, Ph.D., 2006, Stony Brook University; Specification and clonal fate analysis of prostate epithelial cells in organogenesis and cancer.

Tan, Dongyan, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Structure and function of macromolecules in epigenetic regulation

Zhan, Huichun, M.D., Peking Union Medical College; Pathogenesis and treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms.


Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, Fall 2018: 42