Cell and Molecular Biology

Ancha Baranova — Systems biology and functional genomics of chronic human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver disorders, computational biology and pathway analysis.

Karl Fryxell — Molecular evolution, computational biology and genetic pathways, functional genomics of the nervous system including cognition and nicotine addiction.

Saleet Jafri — Using computational modeling to study the molecular and cellular basis of disease. Interests include mitochondrial physiology, cardiac physiology and disease, muscle and muscle pathologies, and t-lymphocyte signaling.

Nadine Kabbani — Neuroscience research focusing on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of nicotinic receptor drug actions in the brain and immune system, to include identifying and characterizing protein interaction networks for the dopamine and nicotinic acetylcholine

Lance Liotta — Cancer research to include the process of tumor invasion and metastasis at the molecular level; technologies used to make broad discoveries in genomics, functional genomics and tissue proteomics.

Alessandra Luchini — Studies hydrogel nanoparticles and their application in proteomics translational research.

Emanuel Petricoin III — Implementation of proteomics, nanotechnology and genomics research in cancer, metabolic syndrome, cardiopulmonary diseases and neurodegenerative and liver diseases.

Don Seto — Adenoviruses are used as a model system to apply genomics and bioinformatics approaches for understanding viruses, particularly pathogens, and for changing paradigms.

James D. Willett — Employs the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system to study the molecular mechanisms driving physiologic state changes.


Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Charles L. Bailey — Biodefense, Biology and ecology of vector-borne infectious diseases.

Ramin M. Hakami — Discovery of critical host responses to infection caused by bacterial and viral pathogens and functional characterization of the identified pathways.

Fatah Kashanchi — Gene expression, genomics and proteomics of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 infected cells.

Kylene Kehn-Hall — Discovering critical proteomic and miRNA changes during viral (hemorrhagic fever viruses and HIV-1) infection to facilitate targeted therapeutic approaches.

Aarthi Narayanan Iyer — Pathogen interactions involving Bunyaviruses, Alphaviruses and Human retroviruses; Roles of extracellular vesicles intercellular communication

Serguei Popov — Mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity; microbe-host interaction during infection.

Monique van Hoek — Aerosol delivery of therapeutics using nanoaerosols. Development of novel antimicrobial and antibiofilm agents, including antimicrobial peptides.

Yuntao Wu — HIV-1 infection of blood resting CD4 T cells and macrophages; role of cell signaling in HIV-1 infection and pathogenesis; HIV-1 preintegration transcription; lentiviral vector development for targeting HIV resevoirs.


Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Ancha Baranova — Systems biology and functional genomics of chronic human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver disorders, computational biology and pathway analysis.

Karl Fryxell — Molecular evolution, computational biology and genetic pathways, functional genomics of the nervous system including cognition and nicotine addiction.

Saleet Jafri — Using computational modeling to study the molecular and cellular basis of disease. Interests include mitochondrial physiology, cardiac physiology and disease, muscle and muscle pathologies, and t-lymphocyte signaling.

Dmitri Klimov — Using computer simulations to investigate the assembly of peptides into ordered nanostructures, such as amyloid fibrils. Research has implications for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.

Don Seto — Adenoviruses are used as a model system to apply genomics and bioinformatics approaches for understanding viruses, particularly pathogens, and for changing paradigms.

Jeffrey Solka — Statistical pattern recognition and data mining. Particiularly dimensionality reduction and text data mining.

Iosif Vaisman — Developing computational methods for protein structure and function analysis. Computational geometry or protein structure and structure-function relationships.

James D. Willett — Employs the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system to study the molecular mechanisms driving physiologic state changes.


Associated Mason Faculty

Avrama (Kim) Blackwell - Molecular Neuroscience and Bioinformatics. Krasnow Institute

Robin Couch - Microbiome Analysis Center, Biochemistry. Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mikell Paige - Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Barney Bishop - Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Alan Christensen - Undergraduate Biology Dept.

Geraldine Grant - Undergraduate Biology Dept.

Giorgio Ascoli - Molecular Neuroscience and Bioinformatics. Krasnow Institute

Patrick Gillevet - Microbiome Analysis Center. Undergraduate Biology Dept.

A. Alonso Aguirre - Dept. of Environmental Science & Policy

Andrea Weeks - Undergraduate Biology Dept.

Jason Kinser - Dept. of Computational and Data Sciences

Huzefa Rangwala - Bioinformatics, Data Mining. Dept. of Computer Science

Amarda Shehu - Computational Biology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics. Dept. of Computer Science

Estela Blaisten-Barojas - Computational Physics and Chemistry, Dept. of Computational and Data Sciences