MSTP Faculty

Participating Faculty

Members of the participating faculty are Duke faculty members who are currently mentoring MSTP students, who previously mentored (within the last year) MSTP students, or who are on Duke MSTP committees. 

Students may choose mentors from among the many Duke faculty members with appointments to the Graduate Faculty. Training in a wide range of areas is available to MSTP students, and interdisciplinary collaboration across department lines occurs frequently. When faculty members are chosen as mentors by MSTP students, they are added to the membership of the Duke MSTP participating faculty.

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Faculty    Role
R. Alison Adcock, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
To understand how brain systems for motivation support learning and to use mechanistic understanding of how behavior changes biology to meet the challenge of developing new therapies appropriate for early interventions for mental illness
  Steering Committee
     
Hashim M Al-Hashimi, PhD
James B Duke Professor, Biochemistry
The theoretical design and implementation of new NMR experiments for probing the physicochemical properties of biomolecules, with particular interest in RNA and DNA and the proteins and small molecules that bind to them
hashim.al.hashimi@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Megan Kelly

 

   
Cristian Badea, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiology
Pre-clinical imaging
cristian.badea@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Jeffrey Ashton

 

Vann Bennett, MD, PhD
George B. Geller Professor, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Neurobiology
Functional organization of membrane-spanning proteins in vertebrate tissues
benne012@mc.duke.edu 
 
 

Steering Committee

 

 

 


 

 

 

Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine (Oncology), and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
The role of transforming growth factor beta in cancer biology and vascular biology
gerard.blobe@duke.edu
 

Admissions Committee
Steering Committee

Current mentor:
Melissa Hector-Greene
Jennifer Huang

 


 

 

 

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Cardiac electrophysiology, tissue engineering
 

Current mentor:
Ilya Shadrin

 


 

 

 

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine (Neurology), and Neurobiology
Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity
nicole.calakos@duke.edu
 

Steering Committee
 

Recent Mentor:
Shristi Bhagat
 


Lawrence Carin, PhD
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Applied statistics and machine learning
lcarin@duke.edu



 

 

Current mentor:
Rachel Ballantyne Draelos

Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Genomic approaches to analyze biological systems and disease
jentsan.chi@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

 


 

 

 

Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD
Alan L. Koganov Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Biomolecular materials, genetically encoded synthesis, biotechnology, drug delivery, biological surface science, micropatterning of proteins and peptides, nanostructured materials and surfaces
ashutosh.chilkoti@duke.edu
 
 
Steering Committee
Current mentor:
Daniel Joh
 
Recent mentor:
Eric Mastria
 
 

 

 

 

Jorn Coers, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Cytokine-induced cell-autonomous immunity and its role in infectious and autoimmune diseases
jorn.coers@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Jacob Dockterman
     
Christopher Counter, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
The study of the molecular mechanisms of cell immortalization and transformation of cancer cells
chris.counter@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
MengMeng Xu

 


 

 

 

Lawrence David, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Seeks to understand, predict, and manipulate how human microbiota behave over time
lawrence.david@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Justin Silverman

 

   
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
How neuropsychiatric risk genes interact with environmental stress to modify neural circuits that underlie normal emotional and cognitive function
kafui.dzirasa@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Dalton Hughes

 

 

 

Peter Fecci, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Brain Tumor Immunotherapy
peter.fecci@duke.edu
 

  Current mentor:
Karolina Woroniecka

 

 

 

Scott Floyd, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, and Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Mechanisms of DNA damage signaling and repair in human and other mammalian cells
scott.floyd@duke.edu
 
 

Admissions Committee

Current mentor:
Alyssa Bernanke
Drake Edwards


 

 

 

Charles Gersbach, PhD
Rooney Family Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research interests are in gene therapy, biomolecular and cellular engineering, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology
charles.gersbach@duke.edu
 
 

Current mentor:
Shaunak Adkar

 


 

   
Geoffrey S Ginsburg, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine and Pathology
The development of novel paradigms for developing and translating genomic information into medical practice and the integration of personalized medicine into health care
geoffrey.ginsburg@duke.edu
 
  Steering Committee

 

 

 

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
My principal interest is in neural engineering: using engineering techniques to understand and control neural function
  Current mentor:
Christina Behrend

 

 

 

Farshid Guilak, PhD
Professor, Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Tissue Repair, Tissue Engineering
 

Current mentor:
Shaunk Adkar
Shannon O'Connor

 


 

 

 

Susan Gurley, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine (Nephrology)
Mouse models of hypertension and diabetic nephropathy
susan.gurley@duke.edu



 

  Admissions Committee
Barton Haynes, MD
Frederic M. Hanes Professor, Medicine, Global Health and Immunology
Host innate and adaptive immune responses to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB), and influenza in order to find the enabling technology to make preventive vaccines against these three major infectious diseases
hayne002@mc.duke.edu

 

  Current mentor:
Ryan Meyerhoff

 

 

 

Caroline Haynes, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Outpatient treatment of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders in adults; medication management; individual psychotherapy
caroline.haynes@duke.edu
 
 

Steering Committee
 

 

 


 

 

 

You-Wen He, MD, PhD
Professor, Immunology
Regulation of T-cell development and the role of innate immunity in bacterial infections
youwen.he@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee
 

 

 

 

Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
James B. Duke Professor and Chair, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis
heitm001@duke.edu
 
 
Steering Committee
Current Mentor:
Zanetta Chang

 

 

 

Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Large scale computing, heart modeling and brain modeling
 

Current mentor:
Tanmay Gokhale

 

 

Christopher Holley, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)
Focses on the role of non-coding RNA (ncRNA) in cardiovascular health and disease, with a special emphais on snoRNA (small nucleolar RNA)
cholley@duke.edu


  Admissions Committee
Shiaowen David Hsu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Developing genomic strategies to improve prognosis and treatment of colorectal and other gastrointestinal malignancies
shiaowen.hsu@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

Erich Huang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Breast cancer; research interest in solid-tumor gene-expression analysis; oncogenic pathway analysis; computational and systems biology
erich.huang@duke.edu

 

  Admissions Committee

Joseph Izatt, PhD
Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living biological tissues

 

 

  Current mentor:
Mark Draelos

 

 

 

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chief of Pain Research, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Identifying novel molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the genesis of chronic pain
ru-rong.ji@dm.duke.edu
 

  Current mentor:
Alexander Chamessian

 

 

 

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Medical Genetics), Neurobiology
Genetics and epigenetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
Angelman and Prader-Willi Syndrome and autism gene targeting and mouse models
 

Admissions Committee

Recent mentor:
Alexandra Bey

 

 


 

 

 

Michael Kastan, MD, PhD
Executive Director, Duke Cancer Institute
William and Jane Shingleton Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Pediatrics
Elucidating molecular mechanisms involved in cellular responses to DNA damage and other stresses
michael.kastan@duke.edu
 

  Steering Committee

 

 

 

David G Kirsch, MD, PhD
Barbara Levine Professor, Radiation Oncology
Study of cancer and radiation biology in order to develop new cancer therapies in the pre-clinical setting
david.kirsch@duke.edu

 

Current mentor:
Mark Chen
Warren Floyd
Amy Wisdom

Recent mentor:
Melodi Whitley

 


 

 

 

Mary Klotman, MD
R.J. Reynolds Professor and Dean of Medicine
Molecular pathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 (HIV-1) infection
mary.klotman@duke.edu
  Dean, School of Medicine

 

   

Dennis Ko, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Human genetic variation regulating infection and inflammation
dennis.ko@duke.edu

 

  Admissions Committee

Current mentor:
Alejandro Antonia


 

 

 

Associate Professor, Biology
Theoretical biology; ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
 

Current mentor:
Ashley Sobel


 

 

 

Christopher Kontos, MD
Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)
Regulation of angiogenesis
cdkontos@duke.edu
 

MSTP Director
Admissions Committee
Steering Committee

Current mentor:
Sarah Mueller
 


 

 

 

Sally Kornbluth, PhD
Jo Rae Wright Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Molecular mechanisms controlling apoptosis and cell cycle progression
sally.kornbluth@duke.edu
 
 

Current mentor:
Kim Cocce

 

 


 

 

 

Chay Kuo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Cell Biology
Regulation of postnatal neural stem cells and how they modify brain homeostasis in health and disease
chay.kuo@cellbio.duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

 


 

 

 

Robert Lefkowitz, MD
James B. Duke Professor, Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), Biochemistry
Signaling of G protein-coupled receptors
lefko001@receptor-biol.duke.edu
 
  Steering Committee

Current mentor:
Thomas Cahill
Anthony Nguyen


 

 

 

Corinne Linardic, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology-Oncology)
Pediatric Solid Tumors
corinne.linardic@duke.edu
 
 

Admissions Committee

 


 

 

 

Stephen Lisberger, PhD
George Barth Geller Professor and Chair, Neurobiology
Understanding the general principles of brain operation, through analysis of a relatively simple sensory-motor system in a complex animal
lisberger@neuro.duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Timothy Darlington

 

 

 

David MacAlpine, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Understanding the mechanisms by which the molecular architecture of the chromosome regulates fundamental biological processes such as replication and transcription
david.macalpine@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Vinay Tripuraneni

 

 

 

Nancie MacIver, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Interested in how large changes in nutritional status (e.g. malnutrition or obesity) influence T cell immunity
nancie.maciver@duke.edu



 

  Admissions Committee
Amanda MacLeod, MD
Assistant Professor, Immunology and Dermatology
Investigates surveillance and repair functions in the skin. Within this broad research area, with a focus on immune regulation and modulation during skin injury, infection, and cancer
amanda.macleod@duke.edu

 
  Admissions Committee
Douglas Marchuk, PhD
James B. Duke Professor and Vice Chair, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Studies the genetics of cardiovascular disease using both the human and the mouse as a model system
douglas.marchuk@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Matthew Detter
     
James McNamara, MD
Carl R. Deane Professor, Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular basis of epilepsy
jmc@neuro.duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Kamesh Krishnamurthy

 

Francis Miller, MD
Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to the generation of reactive oxygen species and pathophysiology of vascular disease
francis.miller@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

 

 

     
Richard Mooney, PhD
George Barth Geller Professor, Neurobiology
Understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie imitative vocal learning in songbirds
mooney@neuro.duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Matthew Kearney

 

 

 

Deborah Muoio, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Expertise lies in the areas of intermediary metabolism, lipid biochemistry, metabolic disease, exercise physiology and mitochondrial bioenergetics
muoio@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Michael Davidson

 

 

 

Christopher Nicchitta, PhD
Associate Dean, Research Training
Professor, Cell Biology
Protein secretion, mRNA localization, and molecular chaperone function
christopher.nicchitta@duke.edu
 

Steering Committee

 

 


 

 

 

Miguel Nicolelis, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering
How the brains of freely behaving animals encode sensory and motor information
nicoleli@neuro.duke.edu               
 

  Recent mentor:
Paul Thompson
     
Candice Odgers, PhD
Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy
Research focuses on how social inequalities and early adversity influence children’s future health and well-being, with an emphasis on how new technologies, including mobile phones and web-based tools, can be used to understand and improve the lives of young people
candice.odgers@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Joshua Rivenbark

 

 

 

Mark Palmeri, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Ultrasonic imaging, specifically using acoustic radiation force to characterize tissue properties, and finite element analysis of soft tissue response to impulsive radiation force excitation
mark.palmeri@duke.edu
 
  Steering Committee
Admissions Committee 

 


 

 

 

Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD
Anthony R. Means Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Regulation of cellular signaling pathways by tyrosine kinases and adaptor proteins in normal development and pathological conditions, including cancer, immune deficiencies and neurological disorders
ann.pendergast@duke.edu
 
 

Steering Committee

Current mentor:
Aaditya Khatri

 

 


 

 

 

Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections; prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in immunosuppressed pediatric patients
sallie.permar@dm.duke.edu
 

  Admissions Committee

Current mentor:
Cody Nelson


 

 

 

Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Medicine (Cardiology)
How intracellular Ca2+, the ultimate signal of membrane excitability, regulates membrane excitability and the consequent function of excitable cells
geoffrey.pitt@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Daniel Sinden

Recent mentor:
Eric Wei

 


 

 

 

Kenneth Poss, PhD
James B. Duke Professor, Cell Biology
Mechanisms of heart and fin regeneration in zebrafish; zebrafish models of human disease
k.poss@cellbio.duke.edu
 
 

Current mentor:
Matthew Foglia

 

 


 

 

 

Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Cardiology), Biochemistry
Pulmonary hypertension; right heart failure
sudarshan.rajagopal@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

Current mentor:
Jeffrey Smith


 

 

 

John Sampson, MD, PhD
Robert H. Wilkins and Gloria Wilkins Professor, Neurosurgery
Immunotherapeutic targeting of a tumor-specific mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor
john.sampson@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Patrick Gedeon

Recent mentor:
Kristen Batich
 


 

   
Mari Shinohara, PhD
Associate Professor, Immunology
Uses mouse models for infectious and autoimmune diseases to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of; pathogen recognition by PRRs in macrophages and DCs, initiation of inflammatory responses in the innate immune system, and the impact of innate immune inflammation on the development and regulation of T cell-mediated adaptive immune responses
mari.shinohara@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Elizabeth Deerhake

 

 

 

Scott Soderling, PhD
Associate Professor, Cell Biology
Synaptic signaling underlying complex brain disorders
scott.soderling@duke.edu



 

  Current mentor:
Jamie Croucher
Bruce Sullenger, PhD
Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Professor, Surgery, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Ribozymes (RNA enzymes) and RNA ligands (aptamers) in gene therapy
bruce.sullenger@duke.edu
 

Current mentor:
Ruwan Gunaratne
Janoo Naqvi

 

 

 


 

 

 

Mary Sunday, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Lung development and lung developmental pathobiology
mary.sunday@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

 

   
Purushothama Tata, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology
Understanding the ensemble properties of tissues in the context of development, homeostasis, regeneration and tumorigenesis in diverse epithelial tissues including lung
purushothamarao.tata@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Arvind Konkimalla

 

 

 

David Tobin, PhD
Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Tuberculosis: mycobacterial pathogenesis and host susceptibility
david.tobin@duke.edu
 
  Admissions Committee

Current mentor:
Colleen McClean


 

 

 

Peter Ubel, MD
Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn Professor, Marketing and Public Policy
Research and writing explore the quirks in human nature that influence our lives -- the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness, and the way our society functions
peter.ubel@duke.edu

 

  Steering Committee

Current mentor:
Karen Scherr


 

 

 

Raphael Valdivia, PhD
Vice Dean, Basic Research
Professor, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen responsible for ocular and urogenital infections
raphael.valdivia@duke.edu
 
  Steering Committee

 

 

 

Fan Wang, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology
Neural circuit basis of sensory perception and motor action
fan.wang@duke.edu

 

  Current mentor:
Paul Thompson
     
Anne West, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Molecular mechanisms of activity-dependent synapse development
west@neuro.duke.edu
 
  MSTP Associate Director
Admissions Committee
Steering Committee

 

 

 

Fitzpatrick Family Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Biomaterials and tissue engineering involves the synthesis, development and application of novel, biofunctional materials and the use of biomaterials and engineering approaches to study biological problems
 

Current mentor:
Jeffrey Ashton

 

 

 

     
Kathryn Whetten, PhD
Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy
Focuses on the understanding of health disparities in the US and around the globe, and on life course events and social/environmental factors that influence health related behaviors and wellbeing
k.whetten@duke.edu
 
  Current mentor:
Joshua Rivenbark

 

 

 

Kris Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
Develops state-of-the-art tools for large-scale, efficient, and information-rich mammalian functional genomics experiments
kris.wood@duke.edu

 

 

Current mentor:
Moiez Ali
Christopher Bassil
Kevin Lin


 

 

 

Hai Yan, MD, PhD
Henry S. Friedman Professor, Pathology
Molecular genetics of cancer with a focus on the identification, characterization and therapeutic targeting of novel genetic alterations involved in genesis and progression of cancer
hai.yan@duke.edu
 
 

Current mentor:
Bill Diplas
Landon Hansen
 

 


 

 

 

Yiping Yang, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to the generation of potent and long-lasting anti-tumor immunity, and to develop effective gene immunotherapeutic strategies for treating cancer  

yiping.yang@duke.edu


 

  Current mentor:
Rui Dai
Amy Petty
Kenichi Yokoyama, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Enzyme Mechanisms, Radical Reactions, EPR spectroscopy, Natural Product Chemistry and Chemical Biology
kenichi.yokoyama@duke.edu
  Current mentor:
Matthew Draelos