Faculty & Staff

Learn from faculty that are experts in their field.

Program Leadership & Administration

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, PhD
Associate Professor Director of Graduate Studies MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Dean S. Rosenthal, PhD
Associate Professor Deputy Director of Graduate Studies MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Juliana Katinas
Program Coordinator MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program

Nusrat Islam, MS
Research Specialist 2 & Lab Instructor

Tanya Duka, PhD
Research Specialist 1 & Lab Instructor

Faculty & Staff

Kyle DiVito, PhD
Assistant Professor

C.R Vinayaka, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Khuyen Mai, MS 

Sona Vasudevan, PhD
Associate Professor

Ken Wasserman, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department Faculty

Department Chair

Hiroshi Nakai, PhD

Gene amplification and chromosomal rearrangement promoted by movable genetic elements


Elliott Crooke, PhD

Control of the initiation of chromosomal replication; role of polyphosphates in cellular responses to environmental stresses

Albert Fornace, Jr. PhD
Cellular responses to radiation and other environmental toxins

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.

Ivica Labuda, PhD
Professor & Program Director, MS Biotechnology Program, Georgetown University

Moshe Levi, MD

Renal and cardiovascular complications of obesity, diabetes and aging; regulation of mineral metabolism

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

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.

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

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

Associate Professors

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant Professors

Nathan Edwards, PhD
Informatics of proteomics by mass spectrometry

C. R. Vinayaka, PhD
Bioinformatics focusing on protein classification

Adjunct Faculty

Peter Sykora, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Amelia Technologies Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune, Inc

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

Sinu John, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center

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

Rasha Al-Ali, MS
Adjunct Instructor, Georgetown University; Genetic Analyst, GeneDx

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

Edward Kisailus, PhD
Director, BioLect, Inc

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

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

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