Faculty & Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff

M.S. Biochemistry & molecular biology program

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, Ph.D. Director of the M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Juliana Katinas Program Coordinator of the M.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Ryan Dougherty, M.S. Research Specialist

Sahar Vakili, M.S. Research Specialist

Additional Master's programs faculty and staff

Dean S. Rosenthal, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Leonard Bazar, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Sona Vasudevan, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Ken Wasserman, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

You-Shin Chen, Ph.D. Instructor

Robert Donahue, M.A. Research Instructor

Khuyen Mai, M.S. Instructor

Department Faculty

Department Chair

Elliott Crooke, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Control of the initiation of chromosomal replication; role of polyphosphates in cellular responses to environmental stresses


Peter M. Andrews, Ph.D. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Evaluating ways to improve the ability of NSAIDs to induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells

Jack G. Chirikjian, Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Platform for detection of DNA for uses in human diagnostics and homeland defense

Daniel Djakiew, Ph.D. University of Newcastle, Australia
Characterizing the interaction of neurotrophins with the Trk receptor in the proliferation of prostate tumor cells, and conversely, with the p75NTR receptor in the induction of apoptosis.

Martin Dym, Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Germ cell gene therapy

Usha S Kasid, Ph.D. Punjab University
Molecular tumor biology; Raf-1 kinase and signal transduction; regulation of tumor growth and radiation

Mary Beth Martin, Ph.D. University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Role of estrogen and the estrogen receptor in the etiology and progression of breast cancer

Hiroshi Nakai, Ph.D. University of Colorado
Gene amplification and chromosomal rearrangement promoted by movable genetic elements

Vicente Notario, Ph.D. University of Salamanca
Mechanisms of oncogenesis; environmental carcinogens; molecular genetics, with emphasis on yeast genetic

Paul Roepe, Ph.D. Boston University
Drug resistance mechanisms of membrane transport; gene expression in drug resistant tumor cells

Carlos Suarez-Quian, Ph.D. Harvard University
Investigation of testicular function using cell biology methodology.

Associate Professors

Partha P. Banerjee, Ph.D. Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India
Understanding how androgen-independent prostate cancer cells develop, survive and proliferate in an androgen-free environment

Leonard Bazar, Ph.D. Georgetown University
The study of connectrons that induce critical genes required for viability of antibiotic-resistant prokaryotes

Mark Danielsen, Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Molecular biology of steroid receptors and their role in growth, differentiation, and the development of cancer

Ian G. Gallicano, Ph.D. Arizona State University
Cellular adhesion during early embryogenesis in mammals

Jessica Jones, Ph.D.Georgetown University
Protein biochemistry; DNA recombination and repair; ubiquitin conjugation; vertebrate immune systems

Timothy J. Jorgensen, Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mechanisms of radiation-induced signal transduction and DNA repair, to identify molecular targets for sensitizing tumors to radiotherapy

Dean S Rosenthal, Ph.D. Northwestern University
Epithelial differentation; apoptosis; carcinogenesis

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, Ph.D. Nagoya University School of Medicine , Japan
Skin carcinogenesis; apoptosis; DNA replication and repair; melanoma cancer stem cells

Sona Vasudervan, Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canada
Structure-Function relationships of cancer related genes, Antigen-Antibody interactions, Ligand-Protein interactions, Drug-Design and Systems Medicine

Assistant Professors

Nathan Edwards, Ph.D.Cornell University
Informatics of proteomics by mass spectrometry

Darren Natale, Ph.D. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York
Bioinformatics focusing on protein classification

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Arnold, M.S., M.B.A.,Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune, Inc; MBA, University of Michigan, MS, Georgetown University, BS, US Naval Academy

Richard Ascione, M. Sci., Ph.D., Biotech/Healthcare Research Analyst, MDB Capital Group and Fairlook Investment Advisors, LLC.; Industry Expert, Chief Scientific Office/Consultant, OnkoLogix LTD/ImmunoLogix LTD; M. Sci & Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Robert Blakesley, Ph.D., Director, Sequencing Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, NHGRI/NIH; Associate Investigator, Genome Technology Branch, NHGRI; Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University

Lee Eiden, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Molecular Neuroscience, NIMH, NIH; Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; Research on microarray-based gene discovery in neuroprotection and stress-related affective disorders; identification of novel molecular components for neuropeptide signaling pathways in stress; dysregulation of biosynthesis and expression of informational molecules in encephalopathy and neurodegenerative disease

Dan Hartmann, Ph.D., Molecular Diagnostics Consultant, Rockville, MD

Edward Kisailus, Ph.D., Director, BioLect, Inc.; Professor of Biology, Canisius College, NY; Ph.D., Columbia University, NY

Ivica Labuda, Ph.D., President, L/D Biochemicals, NJ; Ph.D., Slovak Technical University, Slovakia; Postdoc, Rutgers University, NJ

Mark S. Lesney, Ph.D., Editor, Thoracic Surgery News and Vascular Specialist, Elsevier; Ph.D., Michigan State University, MI

Larry Millstein, Ph.D., J.D., Esq. Millen, White, Zelano, & Branigan, PC ; Ph.D., University of California – San Diego, CA; J.D., George Mason University School of Law, VA

Joseph Shiloach, Ph.D., Chief, Biotechnology Core Laboratory, NIDDK, NIH, Bethesda, MD; Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem