Graduate Faculty

 
Emilyn U. Alejandro, PhD
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology

612-301-7685
ealejand@umn.edu

Research Interests: diabetes; islet biology and nutrient-sensing; epigenetics

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Silvia Balbo, PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

612-624-4240
balbo006@umn.edu

Research Interests: chemical carcinogenesis; DNA adductomics; biomarkers

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Gavin Bart, MD
Professor of Medicine

(612) 873-9095
bartx005@umn.edu

Research interests: addiction; medications for opioid use disorder; clinical trials

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Martina Bazzaro, PhD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

612-625-2889
mbazzaro@umn.edu

Research interests: cancer metastasis; preclinical models of cancer; FDA-approved drugs

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Anja K. Bielinsky, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-2469
bieli003@umn.edu

Research Interests: DNA damage response; cell cycle regulation; telomere biology

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Angela Birnbaum, PhD, FAES
Professor of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

612-624-3158
birnb002@umn.edu

Research Interests: neuropharmacology; pharmacokinetics/pharmacometrics; translational research

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Frank Burton, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology

burton@umn.edu

Research interests: neuropharmacology; orphan drug development; biologics 

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Christina Camell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-625-9956
ccamell@umn.edu

Research Interests: aging; immuno-metabolism; tissue-resident immune cells

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Colin Campbell, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

612-625-8986
campb034@umn.edu

Research interests: DNA damage response; DNA repair; cancer chemotherapy

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Ruifeng Cao, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Duluth)

218-726-7691
rcao@umn.edu

Research interests: autism; circadian rhythm; protein synthesis

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Erin Carlson, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry

612-625-2580
carlsone@umn.edu

Research Interests: bacterial virulence; antibiotics; chemical probes and inhibitors

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Lihsia Chen, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

chenx260@umn.edu

Research Interests: genetics of autism and schizophrenia; L1 Syndrome; ERK signaling

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Gregory Connell, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

612-624-3132
conne018@umn.edu

Research interests: iron homeostasis; RNA-protein interactions; mRNA stability

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Julia Davydova, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery

612-625-8608
davyd003@umn.edu

Research interestspancreatic cancer; oncolytic viruses; in vivo cancer models

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Scott Dehm, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-1504
dehm@umn.edu

Research Interests: prostate cancer; regulation of gene expression; genomics

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Justin Drake, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-624-7151
jdrake@umn.edu

Research interests: prostate cancer; kinase signaling; proteomics

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Carolyn Fairbanks, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutics

612-625-2945
carfair@umn.edu

Research interests: pain; opioid addiction; therapeutic development

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Tanya Freedman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-301-8313
tfreedma@umn.edu

Research interests: immune cell signaling; tumor microenvironment; autoimmune disease

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Melissa K. Gardner, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

612-626-6760
klei0091@umn.edu

Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of cell division; microtubules; microscopy and computational modeling

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Gunda Georg, PhD
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

612-626-6320
georg@umn.edu

Research Interests: contraception; cancer; medicinal chemistry

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Rocio Gomez-Pastor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

612-626-6824
rgomezpa@umn.edu

Research Interests: neurodegeneration; molecular mechanisms of cell death; protein aggregation

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Wendy Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-301-1196
wrgordon@umn.edu

Research Interests: mechanobiology; cell surface proteolysis; genome engineering

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Steven Graves, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-624-7335
gravess@umn.edu

Research interests: Neuropharmacology and physiology of systems regulating motor control and addiction.

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Andrew Harris, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine

612-250-0863
harr0547@umn.edu

Research Interests: nicotine and opioid addiction; behavioral pharmacology; addiction vulnerability

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Reuben Harris, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-0457
rsh@umn.edu

Research interests:cancer and anti-viral research; mutation mechanisms; precision genome engineering

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Carrie Haskell-Luevano, PhD
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

612-626-9262
chaskell@umn.edu

Research Interests: obesity and diabetes; G protein-coupled receptors; chemical biology and drug discovery

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Stephen Hecht, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-624-7604
hecht002@umn.edu

Research interests: environmental and tobacco carcinogenesis; chemical mechanisms; cancer prevention

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Hiroshi Hiasa, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

612-626-3101
hiasa001@umn.edu

Research interests: anti-bacterial and anti-cancer drug discovery; topoisomerase inhibitors

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Kristin Hogquist, PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-1616
hogqu001@umn.edu

Research Interests: autoimmunity; T cell development; thymus

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Stephanie Huang, PhD
Associate Professor of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

612-625-1372
rshuang@umn.edu

Research Interests: pharmacogenomics; drug repositioning; biomarkers for anti-cancer agents

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Ameeta Kelekar, PhD
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-3204
ameeta@umn.edu

Research interests: cancer metabolism; immuno-metabolism; cancer immunotherapy

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Esther Krook-Magnuson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

612-301-7747
ekrookma@umn.edu

Research Interests: epilepsy; tremor; neuronal diversity and circuitry

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Carol Lange, PhD
Professor of Medicine

612-626-0621
lange047@umn.edu

Research interests: breast and ovarian cancer; steroid hormone receptor transcription factors; signal transduction

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Aaron LeBeau, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-301-7231
alebeau@umn.edu

Research interests: prostate cancer; antibody engineering; molecular imaging

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Anna Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-626-2859
amlee@umn.edu

Research interests: addiction; nicotine; alcohol

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Julia Lemos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

612-301-2540
jlemos@umn.edu

Research Interests: stress and decision-making; neural circuits underlying behavior; neuromodulation

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Mark LeSage, PhD
Professor of Medicine

lesag002@umn.edu

Research Interests: nicotine/tobacco addiction; behavioral pharmacology; medications and regulatory science

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Cheuk Leung, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-626-5309
ctleung@umn.edu

Research interests: cancer dormancy; drug resistance; cancer recurrence

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Nicholas Levinson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-301-1322
nml@umn.edu

Research interests: protein kinase structure and function; kinase drug targeting; allostery

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Fang Li, PhD
Associate Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

612-625-6149
lifang@umn.edu

Research interests: cell entry mechanisms of COVID-19; drug and vaccine development for COVID-19

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Ling Li, PhD
Professor of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

612-626-2359
lil@umn.edu

Research interests: Alzheimer's disease; HDL and apolipoproteins; small GTPase signaling

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Wensheng Lin, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

612-626-5079
linw@umn.edu

Research interests: neurodegeneration; unfolded protein response; myelin disorders

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Louis M. Mansky, PhD
Director Diagnostic and Biological Sciences

612-626-5525
mansky@umn.edu

Research interests: human cancer virology; HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19; drug target identification

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Hai Dang Nguyen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-625-7698
hdnguyen@umn.edu

Research Interests: cancer; genomic instability and DNA damage response; drug discovery

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Richard Nho, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

nhoxx002@umn.edu

Research Interests: fibrosis; cell death; tissue injury

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Laura Niedernhofer, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-626-2549
lniedern@umn.edu

Research Interests: age-related diseases; cellular senescence; therapeutic development

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Timothy D. O'Connell, PhD
Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology

612-625-6750
tdoconne@umn.edu

Research interests: heart failure; G protein-coupled receptors; signal transduction

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Julie Ostrander, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: breast cancer, biomarkers, and stem cells; growth factor signaling; therapy resistance

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Laurie Parker, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-9066
llparker@umn.edu

Research Interests: peptide chemical biology; kinase assays; proteomics

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Steven Patterson, PhD
Professor, Center for Drug Design

612-625-7962
patte219@umn.edu

Research interests: anti-protozoal mechanisms; neuroprotection; drug discovery

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Philip Portoghese, PhD
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

612-624-9174
porto001@umn.edu

Research interests: opioids and opioid receptors; novel therapeutics for pain; medicinal chemistry

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Marco Pravetoni, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

612-347-4427
prave001@umn.edu

Research interests: opioid use disorders; vaccinology; novel therapeutics

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Patrick Rothwell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

612-626-8744
rothwell@umn.edu

Research Interests: endogenous opioids; opioid addiction; brain circuit function and dysfunction

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Hai-Bin Ruan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology

612-301-7686
hruan@umn.edu

Research Interests: obesity; immuno-metabolism; adipose tissue biology

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Deepali Sachdev, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

612-626-9420
sachd003@umn.edu

Research interests: breast cancer; insulin and insulin-like growth factor signaling; in vivo imaging

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Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-626-9419
schwe251@umn.edu

Research interests: breast cancer; macrophage biology; mammary gland development

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Anna Selmecki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

(612) 625-2263
selmecki@umn.edu

Research Interests: fungal pathogenesis and drug resistance; genome instability; genomics and bioinformatics

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Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, PhD
Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development

612-301-1537
sivaraj@umn.edu

Research Interests: G protein-coupled receptor and kinase selectivity; cytoskeletal motors; screening technologies

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Pamela Skinner, PhD
Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

612-624-2644
skinn002@umn.edu

Research Interests: HIV pathogenesis and treatment; prion disease; cellular immunotherapies

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Alexandra Sobeck, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

612-624-1343
asobeck@umn.edu

Research Interests: cancer predisposition; genomic instability; DNA replication and repair

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Sade Spencer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

612-625-9929
spencers@umn.edu

Research interests:addiction and relapse; psychostimulants; cannabinoids

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Irina Stepanov, PhD
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

612-624-4998
stepa011@umn.edu

Research Interests: tobacco carcinogenesis; tobacco regulatory science; biomarker development and applications

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Laura Stone, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology

stone023@umn.edu

Research Interests: chronic back pain; analgesic neuropharmacology; epigenetics

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Ingunn Stromnes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

612-626-7771
ingunn@umn.edu

Research Interests: tumor immunology; immunotherapy

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Subbaya Subramanian, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery

612-626-4330
subree@umn.edu

Research interests: tumor immunology; intercellular communications mediated by exosomes and microRNAs

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Stanley Thayer, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology

612-626-7049
sathayer@umn.edu

Research interests: neuropharmacology; synaptic physiology; neurodegeneration

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Stefani Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-624-1054
stefanit@umn.edu

Research Interests: ovarian cancer; mass spectrometry; proteomics

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Daniel Vallera, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology

612-626-6664
valle001@umn.edu

Research interests: bioengineering cancer therapeutics; antibody-directed targeting; immunotherapy

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Lucy Vulchanova, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

612-626-5726
vulch001@umn.edu

Research Interests: mechanisms of chronic pain; spinal neuroplasticity; neuropeptides

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Li-Na Wei, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology

612-625-9402
weixx009@umn.edu

Research interests: retinoic acid signaling in immunity; metabolism; neurodegeneration

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Kevin Wickman, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology

612-624-5966
wickm002@umn.edu

Research interests: neural mechanisms of mood and addiction; neuromodulation; cell excitability

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George Wilcox, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience

612-625-1474
george@umn.edu

Research interests: pain; mechanisms of hyperalgesia, analgesia, and analgesic tolerance; spinal transmission of pain

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Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery

612-624-9131
yamam016@umn.edu

Research interests: cancer gene therapy; oncolytic virus; gastrointestinal cancers

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Douglas Yee, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

612-626-8487
yeexx006@umn.edu

Research interests: breast cancer; insulin and insulin-like growth factor signaling; experimental therapeutics

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