Research Interest

Gary H. Gibbons, MD,
Chair, Department of Physiology; Professor of Medicine, Director, Morehouse Cardiovascular Research Institute (NIH-NHLBI sponsored Research Center of Excellence)

Vascular biology and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases

Elizabeth Ofili, MD,
Professor of Medicine; Chief, Cardiology;
Associate Dean for Clinical Research

The mechanism of myocardial dysfunction with particular emphasis on the role of ultrasound imaging modalities

David Satcher, MD, PhD,
Director, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and Satcher Health Leadership Institute

JElimination of health-care disparities through effective community mobilization and research translation

Randell Alexander, MD, Pediatrics

Child Abuse, Prader Willi Syndrome

Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, Chair CHPM

Cancer prevention, public health

Gregory Strayhorn, MD, PhD, Professor, Family Medicine

Chronic Disease Management-Type II Diabetes

George Rust, MD,
Professor; Interim Chair, National Center for Primary Care

Diabetes, Cultural Competence, Health Disparities

L. Dianne Bradford, MD, Professor of Psychiatry

Clinical studies in the Polymorphism of CYPP450 2D6; Mental Health Diseases

Robert Green, MD, Boston University

Alzheimer’s Disease/Stroke/Diabetes

Beatrice Gee, MD, Pediatrics

Sickle Cell

Roland Mathews, MD, OB/GYN


William Dietz, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Childhood Obesity

Gail Mattox, MD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

Childhood Trauma

Kerry Ressler, MD, Emory University, Psychiatry


Rebekah Bradley, MD, Emory, Psychiatrist


Rigobert Lapu-Bula, PhD, CRC, Asst. Professor


Anekwe Onwuanyi, MD, Assoc. Professor of Medicine


Other Potential Mentors at Emory University

Gang Bao, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Biomolecular Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Molecular Imaging, Molecular Biomechanics

Xiaoping Philip Hu, PhD, Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, functional MRI, image reconstruction and processing, molecular imaging

Robert M. Nerem, PhD, Parker H. Petit Professor and Director, Georgia Tech Parker H. Petit Institute for bioengineering and Bioscience

Biofluid mechanics, cardiovascular devices, cellular biomechanics, mammalian cell culture engineering, vascular biology, atherosclerosis

Shuming Nie, PhD, Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director for Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, Emory Winship Cancer Institute

Biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, with a focus on bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, and targeted therapy

David G. Harrison, MD, Bernard Marcus Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology

Vascular function; education of young physicians

Arshed Quyyumi, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, PI, Emory-Morehouse Partnership to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities

Human vascular physiology and its relationship to CVD

W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

Vascular biology with an emphasis on the role of vascular inflammation in the pathogenesis of hypertension, diabetes and artherosclerosis

Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Director, Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

Cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention involving the social, behavioral, and emotional determinants of cardiovascular risk and the underlying mechanisms linking these factors to cardiovascular disease

Roberto Pacifici, MD, Herndon Professor of medicine and Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Mechanism of action of estrogen in bone

Thomas R. Ziegler, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Director, Emory GCRC, Director, Center for Clinical and Molecular Nutrition, Co-PI, Emory K12-EMCRS Program

Molecular mechanisms and nutrient, growth factor and recox regulation of intestinal cell growth, repair, and function; mechanisms of action and metabolic/clinical effects of glutamine supplemented specialized nutrition support in critical illness; gut mucosal mechanisms and metabolic/clinical effects of modified diet, glutamine and specific growth factors in clinical and translational models of short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease

Joseph Ouslander, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Geriatrics, Director, Center for Health in Aging

Geriatric urinary conditions and long-term care quality

Vincent Yang, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Gastroenterology

Proliferation and differentiation of mammalian intestinal epithelial cells

Henry M. Blumberg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Program Director, PI, MSCR/CRCA K30 Program, PI, EMCRS K12 Program

Healthcare and molecular epidemiology; tuberculosis (epidemiology, drug resistance, new diagnostics, prevention of nosocomial transmission and community control, global health) clinical research training

Carlos del Rio, MD, Professor of Medicine, Chief of Emory Medical Service at Grady Memorial Hospital, Associate Director for Clinical Services & International Research – Emory Center for AIDS Research, Director of Emory AIDS International , Training and Research Program

Access to care and barriers to care among HIV-infected persons in the U.S.; healthcare resource utilization by HIV-infected patients; epidemiologic research on opportunistic infections and HIV/AIDS-associated risk behaviors as well as adherence and the impact of therapy on behavior; spectrum and impact of AIDS in developing countries and issues related to access to care in resource poor settings

David S. Stephens, MD, Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Genetic determinants of bacterial pathogenesis; pathogenesis and epidemiology of neisseria meningitides, haemophilus influenzae and other agents of bacterial meningitis

Arlene B. Chapman, MD, Professor of Medicine

Polycystic kidney disease, hypertension

Jeff M. Sands, MD, Professor of Medicine, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Director, Renal Division

Physiology of the inner medulla; mechanisms of urinary concentration

Kenneth L. Brigham, MD, Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Research

Role of the liver in acute lung injury, stem cells in lung inflammation and repair, gene therapy as an anti-inflammatory strategy and inflammation and repair in the aging lung

David M. Guidot, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Research, Div. of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care

Mechanisms by which inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to tissue injury, particularly within the lung.

Jesse Roman, MD, Professor of Medicine

Cellular and molecular mechanisms that control tissue remodeling in the lung

Dean P. Jones, PhD, Professor, Cardiology, Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Professor, Biochemistry, Director, Core Laboratory, GCRC

Defining redox control and signaling mechanisms and identifying sites of disruption during oxidative stress

Otis Brawley, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Grady Cancer Center and the NIH-supported Grady Center for Health Disparities

Cancer epidemiology and health disparities

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, Blomeyer Professor of Hematology and Oncology, Otolaryngology, Medicine and Pharmacology

Development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic, and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with tobacco related cancers

Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, FACP, Professor of Hematology/Oncology, Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center

Optimizing the graft versus leukemia effect of allogeneic transplantation and optimizing the safety of the transplant maneuver

Marc Chimowitz, MBChB, Professor of Neurology, Director, Stroke Fellowship Program

Antithrombotic therapy for intracranial occlusive disease; management of coronary disease in patients with stroke; cryptogenic stroke in the young; thrombolytic therapy; transcranial doppler ultrasound

Donald L. Bliwise, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Director, Program in Sleep, Aging and Chronobiology

Sleep in normal aging and dementia; behavioral consequences of sleep apnea; movement during sleep in degenerative neurologic conditions

Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Neurology

Clinical studies of memory disorders; research studies of gene families that encode neurotransmitter receptors for acetylcholine, dopamine, and glutamate

Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, McCord-Cross Professor, Vice Chair for Research

Cellular and molecular biology of endometriosis, embryonic implantation and preeclampsia

Benjamin Gold, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology Chief, Gastroenterology Service at Egleston Children’s Hospital

Etiopathogenesis and epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori in gastroduodenal (ulcers, gastritis) disease in children

Paul Spearman, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology

Understanding the assembly process of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to develop a vaccine that can effectively neutralize HIV

Arlene Stecenko, MD, Associate Professor, Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep, Director, Emory University Cystic Fibrosis Center

Investigation of molecular signals that terminate the pulmonary inflammatory response in patients with cystic fibrosis, ARDS, and COPD; Development of gene and protein therapy employing plasmid/liposome complexes or membrane permeable fusion proteins to deliver the therapeutic agent to the lungs.

Barbara J. Stoll, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Infectious Diseases of the neonate, immune mechanisms related to their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System

Child psychopathology, pediatric psychology, depression and suicide, family violence, women’s health

Helen Mayberg, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology

Neuropsychiatry; functional neuroimaging; pathophysiology of affective disorders, cognitive, pharmacological and surgical treatments of depression.

Andrew Miller, MD, Professor, Director, Laboratory of Neuroendocrine-Immune Interactions

Glucocorticoids as mediators if interactions between the CNS and the immune system

Dominique Musselman, MD, MSc, Associate Professor

Neuroendocrinology, anxiety and mood disorders, cancer, heart disease

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Effects of psychopharmacological agents on brain neuropeptide systems

Carolyn Meltzer, MD, PhD, W.P. Timmie Professor and Interim Chair of Radiology

Applying PET to understand neuroreceptor function and dysfunction in normal aging, dementia, and other late-life neuropsychiatric disorders

J. Douglas Bremner, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry, Director, PET Center

Brain imaging in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression

Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Livingston Professor of Surgery, Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Development of an advance generation of cardiovascular materials, devices and pharmacotherapeutics based upon the principles of biomimetrics, molecular engineering and nanofabrication technologies;endovascular therapies for treatment of aortic aneurysms, carotid disease and peripheral arterial disease

Christian P. Larsen, MD, D Phil, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Professor of Surgery, Director, Emory Transplant Center and Transplantation Biology Research Center

Investigation of the fundamental mechanisms involved in the T cell response to transplant tissues, specifically the role of costimulatory pathways in T cell activation; researching the mechanisms involved in immunologic tolerance to self and transplanted tissues

Thomas Pearson, MD, PhD, Livingston Professor of Surgery, Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Gaining a better understanding of the critical factors for T cell activation and function

Rafi Ahmed, PhD, Director, Emory Vaccine Center, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Georgia Research Alliance Scholar in Vaccine Research

Understanding the mechanisms for how immune memory cells are created and how long they survive which is crucial to the development of vaccines for HIV and other infectious agents and findings are being applied to research into therapies for the treatment of cancer and the prevention of organ rejection

Eric Hunter, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Elucidating the virus-cell interactions involved in the assembly and the entry of retroviruses; translational HIV research

Bali Palundren, PhD, Professor of Pathology

Understanding the decision-making mechanisms in the immune system and designing novel strategies to make vaccines and drugs

Roberd Bostick, MD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology; use of biomarkers of risk and molecular epidemiologic methods in observational studies and chemoprevention trials

Ralph DiClemente, PhD, Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and Georgia Cancer Coalition

Design and evaluation of STD and HIV prevention interventions tailored for adolescents and women

Julie A. Gazmararian, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality, Department of Health Policy and Management

Health outcomes; health literacy; maternal and child health; domestic violence

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Georgia Cancer Coalition

Theories of health behavior; research on determinants and change processes; cancer prevention and control; ethnic differences in health behavior and determinants; nutrition education and behavior; program evaluation and evaluation research

Kathy P. Parker, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Adult and Elder Health Nursing

Study of sleep/wake cycle disturbances in patients with chronic illness and the development and testing of population-specific interventions

Sandra B. Dunbar, RN, DSN, FAAN, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing, Department of Adult and Elder health Nursing

Psychosocial adaptation of patients and families to heart disease; arrhythmia, ICD and heart failure self care; qualify of life of patients with heart disease; chronobiology and cardiovascular circadian rhythms