Faculty & Staff

Headshots of program faculty and staff: Cynthia Simbulan-Rosenthal, Juliana Katinas, Dean Rosenthal, Nusrat Islam, Amal Alzharani, Brian Kirk, Peter Sykora, Sinu John

Our program is taught by experts across fields related to biochemistry and molecular biology.

Leadership & Administration

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

Dean S. Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Co-Director of Graduate Studies, M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

Juliana Katinas
Program Coordinator, M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program

Nusrat Islam, M.S.
Research Specialist 2
Lab Instructor

Amal Azrahani, M.S.
Research Specialist 1
Lab Instructor

Faculty & Staff

Kyle DiVito, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

C.R Vinayaka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Khuyen Mai, M.S.

Sona Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Ken Wasserman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department Faculty

Department Chair

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


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

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

Daniel Djakiew, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Program Director, M.S. Biotechnology Program, Georgetown University

Moshe Levi, M.D.
Renal and cardiovascular complications of obesity, diabetes and aging; regulation of mineral metabolism

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

MaryBeth Martin, Ph.D.
Role of estrogen and the estrogen receptor in the etiology and progression of breast cancer

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

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

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

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

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

Associate Professors

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

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

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

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

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

Dean S. Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Epithelial differentiation; apoptosis; carcinogenesis

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

Assistant Professors

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

C. R. Vinayaka, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics focusing on protein classification

Adjunct Faculty

Peter Sykora, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Amelia Technologies Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune Inc.

Richard Ascione, M.S., Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Office/Consultant, OnkoLogix LTD/ImmunoLogix LTD

Sinu John, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center

Lee Eiden, Ph.D.
Chief, Section on Molecular Neuroscience, NIMH, NIH

Rasha Al-Ali, M.S.
Adjunct Instructor, Georgetown University; Genetic Analyst, GeneDx

Robert Blakesley, Ph.D.
Director, Sequencing Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center

Edward Kisailus, Ph.D.
Director, BioLect Inc.

Joseph Shiloach, Ph.D.
Chief, Biotechnology Core Laboratory, NIDDK, NIH

Larry Millstein, Ph.D., J.D., Esq.
Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan

Matthew Arnold, M.S., MBA
Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune Inc.