Faculty & Staff

Learn from faculty that are experts in their field.

Program Leadership & Administration


Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, PhD
Director, MS Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Yogameenakshi Haribabu, MS
Research Specialist

Sahar Vakili, MS
Research Specialist

Juliana Katinas
Program Coordinator, MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Faculty & Staff


Leonard Bazar, PhD
Associate Professor

Robert Donahue, MA
Research Instructor

Khuyen Mai, MS 
Instructor

Dean S. Rosenthal, PhD
Associate Professor

Sona Vasudevan, PhD
Associate Professor

Ken Wasserman, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department Faculty


Department Chair

Elliott Crooke, PhD
Control of the initiation of chromosomal replication; role of polyphosphates in cellular responses to environmental stresses

Professors

Peter M. Andrews, PhD
Evaluating ways to improve the ability of NSAIDs to induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells

Daniel Djakiew, PhD
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, PhD
Germ cell gene therapy

Usha S Kasid, PhD
Molecular tumor biology; Raf-1 kinase and signal transduction; regulation of tumor growth and radiation

Mary Beth Martin, PhD
Role of estrogen and the estrogen receptor in the etiology and progression of breast cancer

Hiroshi Nakai, PhD 
Gene amplification and chromosomal rearrangement promoted by movable genetic elements

Vicente Notario, PhD 
Mechanisms of oncogenesis; environmental carcinogens; molecular genetics, with emphasis on yeast genetic

Paul Roepe, PhD
Drug resistance mechanisms of membrane transport; gene expression in drug-resistant tumor cells

Carlos Suarez-Quian, PhD
Investigation of testicular function using cell biology methodology.

Associate Professors

Partha P. Banerjee, PhD
Understanding how androgen-independent prostate cancer cells develop, survive and proliferate in an androgen-free environment

Leonard Bazar, PhD
The study of connections that induce critical genes required for the viability of antibiotic-resistant prokaryotes

Mark Danielsen, PhD 
Molecular biology of steroid receptors and their role in growth, differentiation, and the development of cancer

Ian G. Gallicano, PhD 
Cellular adhesion during early embryogenesis in mammals

Jessica Jones, PhD
Protein biochemistry; DNA recombination and repair; ubiquitin conjugation; vertebrate immune systems

Timothy J. Jorgensen, PhD
Mechanisms of radiation-induced signal transduction and DNA repair, to identify molecular targets for sensitizing tumors to radiotherapy

Dean S Rosenthal, PhD
Epithelial differentation; apoptosis; carcinogenesis

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, PhD
Skin carcinogenesis; apoptosis; DNA replication and repairmelanoma cancer stem cells

Sona Vasudervan, PhD
Structure-Function relationships of cancer related genes, Antigen-Antibody interactions, Ligand-Protein interactions, Drug-Design and Systems Medicine

Assistant Professors

Nathan Edwards, PhD
Informatics of proteomics by mass spectrometry

Darren Natale, PhD
Bioinformatics focusing on protein classification

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Arnold, MS, MBA
Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune, Inc

Richard Ascione, MS, PhD
Chief Scientific Office/Consultant, OnkoLogix LTD/ImmunoLogix LTD

Robert Blakesley, PhD
Director, Sequencing Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center

Lee Eiden, PhD
Chief, Section on Molecular Neuroscience, NIMH, NIH

Dan Hartmann, PhD
Molecular Diagnostics Consultant

Edward Kisailus, PhD
Director, BioLect, Inc

Ivica Labuda, PhD
President, L/D Biochemicals

Mark S. Lesney, PhD Editor, Thoracic Surgery News

Larry Millstein, PhD, JD, Esq
Millen, White, Zelano, & Branigan

Joseph Shiloach, PhD
Chief, Biotechnology Core Laboratory, NIDDK, NIH