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
alison.adcock at duke.edu
  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 mentee:
Megan Kelly

 

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

Recent mentee:
Jennifer Huang


 

Diego Bohorquez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Pathology)
Unveiling how the brain perceives what the gut feels, how food in the intestine is sensed by our body, and how a sensory signal from a nutrient is transformed into
an electrical signal that alters behavior

diego.Bohorquez@duke.edu

  Current mentee:
Winston Liu
Peter
Weng

 

Nicolas Brunel, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology and Physics
Uses theoretical models of brain systems to investigate how they process and learn information from their inputs
nicolas.brunel@duke.edu
 

Current mentee:
Alex Vaz
 

 


 

 

 

Daniel Buckland, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Development of medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of medical issues that develop in remote environments ranging from outer space to rural America
dan.buckland@duke.edu
  Admissions Committee
 

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

 

Current mentee:
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
Recent mentee:
Daniel Joh
 
 

 

 

 

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 mentee:
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
  Recent mentee:
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 mentee:
Brianna Petrone
Justin Silverman

 

 

 

Colin S. Duckett, PhD
Vice Dean for Basic Science
Molecular mechanisms of cellular transformation of Hodgkin’s disease and anaplastic large cell lymphoma, regulation of apoptotic cell death and proliferation in cancer, characterization of the canonical and noncanonical NF-kappaB signaling pathways in normal and malignant cells and homeostatic regulation of intracellular copper in mammalian cells.
colin.duckett@duke.edu
   Steering Committee

 

 

 

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 mentee:
Dalton Hughes

 

 

 

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

  Current mentee:
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 mentee:
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
 

Recent mentee:
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

 

 

 

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

Recent mentee:
Shaunk Adkar
Shannon O'Connor

 


 

 

 

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
  Recent mentee:
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 mentee:
Zanetta Chang

 

 

 

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 Hsu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in Cancer Genomics, Medicine(Oncology)
Research focuses on the application of high-throughput technologies including microarrays to match the individual patient with the most optimal therapy to improve clinical outcomes in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
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 mentee:
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

  Recent mentee:
Alexander Chamessian

 

 

 

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 mentee:
Mark Chen
Warren Floyd
Amy Wisdom
Jonathon
Himes


 

 

 

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

  Current mentee:
Alejandro Antonia

 

 

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

MSTP Director
Admissions Committee
Steering Committee

 


 

 

 

Priya Kishnani, MD
Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
A multidisciplinary approach to care of individuals with genetic disorders in conjunction with clinical and bench research that contributes
kishn001@mc.duke.edu
  Current mentee:
Rebecca Gibson

 

 

 

Cynthia Kuhn, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Adolescent onset of addiction, depression and eating disorders: the interaction of the development of monoamine systems, hormonal status and genetic sex.

ckuhn@duke.edu

  Current mentee:
Alyssa Bernanke

 


 

 

 

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

 

 
Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Exploring the genetic and molecular causes of sudden cardiac death in children and young adults
andrew.landstrom@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 mentee:
Anthony Nguyen

 


 

 

 

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 mentee:
Timothy Darlington

 

 

 

Jason Locasale, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Quantitative biology of metabolism, dietary interventions and metabolic therapeutics in health and cancer and the mechanistic basis between the interaction of metabolism and epigenetics.
jason.locasale@duke.edu

  Current mentee:
Shree Bose

 

 

 

Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD
Instructor, Medicine (Nephrology)
Focuses on the induction and mechanisms of transplantation tolerance, using innovative donor-specific negative vaccination strategies to target the host machineries involved in clearance of cellular apoptotic debris in an immunotolerogenic manner.
xunrong.luo@duke.edu

  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

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 mentee:
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

Current mentee:
Stephen Kirchner


 

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 mentee:
Matthew Detter

 


 

Donald McDonnell, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
The research is focused on the development and application of mechanism based approaches to identify novel therapeutics for use in the treatment and prevention of hormonally responsive cancers.
donald.mcdonnell@duke.edu
Current mentee:
Patrick Juras

 

James McNamara, MD
Carl R. Deane Professor, Neurobiology
Cellular and molecular basis of epilepsy
jmc@neuro.duke.edu
  Recent mentee:
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 mentee:
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 mentee:
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

 

 


 

 

 

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 mentee:
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 

Current mentee:
Ouwen Huang
Felix Jin


 

 

 

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

Recent mentee:
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

 

Steering Committee

Current mentee:
Jennifer Jenks
Cody Nelson

Eleanor Semmes


 

 

 

Angel Peterchev, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Direct the Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab (BSEL) which focuses on the development and modeling of devices and application paradigms for transcranial brain stimulation. 
angel.peterchev@duke.edu

  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

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
  Recent mentee:
Daniel Sinden

 


 

 

 

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

Admissions Committee
Recent mentee:
Jeffrey Smith

Current mentee:
Dylan Eiger


 

 

 

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
  Recent mentee:
Patrick Gedeon

 


 

 

 

Stephanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy
stephanie.sarantopoulous@duke.edu
  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

Kenneth Matt Scaglione, PhD
Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Focuses on understanding how protein quality control pathways counteract protein aggregation to maintain neuronal health.
matt.scaglione@duke.edu

  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Studies the molecular characteristics of tissue microenvironments, or “niches,” that regulate the migration, survival and regeneration of cancerous cells.
dorothy.sipkins@duke.edu

  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

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 mentee:
Elizabeth Deerhake

 

 

 

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

  Current mentee:
Jamie Courtland

 

 

 

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 mentee:
Lyra Olson


 

 

 

Neeraj K. Surana (Neil), MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Immunology
Research innovatively integrates gnotobiotic murine models, immunology, microbiology, and characterization of the microbiota with the ultimate aim of identifying specific commensal bacteria with immunomodulatory potential and subsequent characterization of their biologic effects.

neil.surana@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 mentee:
Arvind Konkimalla

 

 

 

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

 


 

 

 

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

 

Current mentee:
Carolyn Diaz
Paul Thompson
 


 

 

 

Warren Warren, PhD
James B. Duke Professor, Chemistry
Focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter dynamics. 
warren.warren@duke.edu

  Current mentee:
Shannon Eriksson

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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 mentee:
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 mentee:
Moiez Ali
Christopher Bassil
Christian Cerda-Smith
Kevin Lin


 

 

 

Colleen Wu, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Cell Biology and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Studies how low oxygen tension (hypoxia), in the bone microenvironment influences bone homeostasis, hematopoietic development, and metastatic bone colonization.
colleen.wu@duke.edu

  Admissions Committee

 

 

 

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
 

Recent mentee:
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 mentee:
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 mentee:
Matthew Draelos