Affiliated Research Centers


Cell and Molecular Biology

Ancha Baranova (Google Scholar Page), Professor — Systems biology and functional genomics of chronic human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver disorders, computational biology and pathway analysis.

Vikas Chandholke, Professor - Translational research of Liver Diseases and Metabolic Syndrome

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

Saleet Jafri (Google Scholar Page), Professor — 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 (Google Scholar Page), Associate Professor — 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, Professor — 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, Associate Professor — Studies hydrogel nanoparticles and their application in proteomics translational research.

Emanuel Petricoin III (Google Scholar Page), Professor — Implementation of proteomics, nanotechnology and genomics research in cancer, metabolic syndrome, cardiopulmonary diseases and neurodegenerative and liver diseases.

Don Seto (Google Scholar Page), Professor — 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 (Google Scholar Page), Professor Emeritus — 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, Distinguished Professor — Biodefense, Biology and ecology of vector-borne infectious diseases.

Ramin Hakami, Associate Professor - Vesicular regulation of innate immune response to highly pathogenic agents, including regulatory mechanisms of intercellular vesicle (exosome) trafficking.

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

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

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

Monique van Hoek (Google Scholar Page), Professor— Aerosol delivery of therapeutics using nanoaerosols. Development of novel antimicrobial and antibiofilm agents, including antimicrobial peptides.

Yuntao Wu (Google Scholar Page), Professor— 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(Google Scholar Page), Professor - Systems biology and functional genomics of chronic human diseases including cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver disorders, computational biology and pathway analysis.

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

Saleet Jafri (Google Scholar Page), Professor  — 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 (Google Scholar Page), Professor — 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.

Frank Krueger (Google Scholar Page), Associate Professor. Chief of the Social Cognition and Interaction: Functional Imaging (SCI:FI) Lab, combining methods from social psychology, experimental economics, and cognitive neuroscience.

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

Jeffrey Solka (Google Scholar Page), Adjunct Assistant Professor— Statistical pattern recognition and data mining. Particiularly dimensionality reduction and text data mining.

Iosif Vaisman (Google Scholar Page), Acting Director, Professor— Developing computational methods for protein structure and function analysis. Computational geometry or protein structure and structure-function relationships.

James D. Willett (Google Scholar Page), , Professor Emeritus — 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

Geraldine Grant - Undergraduate Biology Dept.

Giorgio Ascoli - Molecular Neuroscience and Bioinformatics. Krasnow Institute

Ted Dumas - Molecular Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Krasnow Institute

Robert Lipsky - Inova / Mason Neuroscience Translational Research (INTR) Laboratory 

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