Marcelo Bento Soares, PhD

Professor and Chair

The Soares lab has a longstanding interest in the epigenomic translation of environmental factors in cancer development and prevention. We are studying the impact of fat diets in a mouse model of prostate cancer [Wang et al., 2003, Cancer Cell 4: 209-221], and in collaboration with Dr. Sergey Malchenko, we are investigating the role of the microenvironment in the malignant transformation of radial glial cells in a mouse model of PNETs.
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 Dr. Fukuchi  

Ken-ichiro Fukuchi, MD, PhD


The Fukuchi lab is investigating how the immune system is involved in the etiology and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The lab applies such knowledge to the development of rational immunotherapies for the disease and its prevention and tests their efficacy and safety in animal models.

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 Dr. Lasley  

Stephen Lasley, PhD


In my neurotoxicology laboratory we have recently characterized a mouse model of neuroinflammation that recapitulates Gulf War Illness.  This model utilizes subchronic exposure to physiologic stress, which greatly enhances the expression of pro-inflammatory mediator genes to acute organophosphate (a nerve gas surrogate) administration.  My group is also studying a rat model of chronic exposure to environmental levels of manganese (Mn) during early development in order to simulate the clinical condition observed in young children.   

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Sergey Malchenko, MD,PhD

Visiting Research Associate Professor

One of the goals in the Malchenko lab is to provide a venue for communication and education in the field of stem cell experimental models of human diseases to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. We are motivated by the opportunity to expand interdisciplinary collaborations in exploring a recently developed animal model of Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors.

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Sanjeeva Mohanam, PhD

Associate Professor

In our laboratory, we study the effects of intermittent hypoxia/HIFs on tumor cell clonogenicity, differentiation and tumorigenicity using in vitro and in vivo approaches. These studies should generate major insights into the pathogenesis of intermittent hypoxia-induced alterations in neuroblastoma tumors and in turn should suggest novel targets for therapeutic interventions.

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 Dr. Veeravalli  

Krishna Kumar Veeravalli, PhD

Assistant Professor

The Veeravalli lab studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural repair and neurological/functional recovery after gene silencing and/or stem cell transplantation in preclinical animal models of stroke and spinal cord injury.

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Dr. Velpula   

Kiran Velpula, PhD

Assistant Professor

The Velpula-Tsung laboratory is involved with the development of novel gene therapy strategies targeting cancer cell metabolism for the treatment of malignant gliomas.  Another area of interest is mechanisms of metastasis and proliferation in medulloblastoma progression. With active clinician involvement, we are focused upon translating these results to new clinical treatments.

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Dr. Zakharian 

Eleonora Zakharian, PhD

Assistant Professor

The Zakharian lab is focused on studying the temperature and pain receptors in context of the sensory nervous system and various cancers. We are interested in the structure-function relationship of TRP channels and their role in tumor development.

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Emeritus Faculty
J.W. Dailey, PhD
J.T. Hjelle, PhD
P.C. Jobe, PhD
M.A. Miller-Hjelle,PhD,ABMM

Faculty with joint Appointments
J.C. Aldag, PhD
P. DeAlarcon, MD
D.H. Dinh, MD
J.F. Graumlich, MD
J.M. Kramer, PhD
J. D Klopfenstein, MD
J.C. Milbrandt, PhD 
Y. Nersesyan, MD
Neil J. Price, PhD
A. Tsung, MD