Joint Faculty

Michael R. Bubb, M.D.

Department of Medicine
(Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University)

Research Interests: Biophysical study of actin cytoskelton. Pharmaceutical applications of marine natural products that interact with actin. Biological implications of the cytoskelton relevant to apoptosis, angiogenesis, and immunology. Technology develpoment in fluorescence spectroscopy and analytical ultracentrifugation.



Robert J. Cousins, Ph.D.

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
(Ph.D. from University of Connecticut)

Research Interests: Nutritional biochemistry; metallobiochemistry of copper and zinc, particularly transport, function, and metabolism.



Nancy Denslow, Ph.D.

Department of Physiological Sciences
(Ph.D. from University of Florida)

Research Interests:  Developing and using molecular biomarkers to evaluate changes in gene expression depending on stress or exposure to contaminants.




Michelle Gumz, Ph.D.

Department of Medicine, Nephrology
(Ph.D. from University of Florida)

Research Interests:  Molecular control of renal function. The Gumz laboratory is investigating the role of the circadian clock in the kidney. The focus is on the regulation of sodium transport in the kidney, which is critical to the control of blood pressure as well as to overall cardiovascular health. Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone that regulates sodium balance and blood pressure.

Chalermchai Khemtong, Ph.D.

Department of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
(Ph.D. from University of Akron)

Research Interest: My group is focused on characterizing cellular metabolism using stable isotope tracers combined with magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry techniques.

Dr. Chalermchai Khemtong

Jonathan Licht, M.D.

Department of Medicine
(Ph.D. from Columbia University)

Research Interests: Aberrant gene regulation, specifically the role of abnormal function of histone methyl transferases and histone demethyalses in diseases such as multiple myeloma and is developing small molecule strategies to normalize gene regulation and treat disease.

W. Stratford May, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
(Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University)

Research Interests: Biochemical and molecular mechanisms of action of hematopoietic growth factors and other biologic agents which regulate growth,  differentiation and apoptosis.


Zhijian Qian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
(Ph.D. from Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai)

Research Interests: Transcriptional, epigenetic and epitranscriptome regulation of normal hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis; the role and mechanisms of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the development and maintenance of myeloid neoplasms; development of novel targeted therapies for myeloid malignant diseases.

Dr. Zhijian Qian

Gregory G. Schultz, Ph.D.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
(Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University)

Research Interests: Biochemistry of peptide growth factors; regulation of cell growth in wound healing; roles of bacterial biofilms in impaired healing; development of rapid point-of-care detectors for biomarkers for wound healing.

David N. Silverman, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
(Ph.D. from Columbia University),

Research Interests: Enzyme mechanisms; stable isotope labelling.


Frederick S. Southwick, M.D.

Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
(Ph.D. from Columbia University)

Research Interests: Cytoskeletal structure; neutrophil activation.


Peter W. Stacpoole, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Medicine, Endocrinology
(Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University/University of California at San Francisco)

Research Interests: Causes and treatment of acquired and genetic
mitochondrial diseases; biochemical consequences of ischemia in nerve cells.


Margaret R. Wallace, Ph.D.

Department of Molecular Genetic & Immunology
(Ph.D. from Indiana University)

Research Interests: Molecular genetics of neurofibromatosis; human molecular genetics.