Elizabeth Abboud

Liz_4Professor of Practice, Ph.D., Tulane University, 2007. Research interests include protein structural and functional relationships, specifically as they relate to the binding interactions between antibodies and their target antigens; development of strategies for designing high-affinity antibodies for use in antibody-based biosensors. Dr. Abboud teaches CELL 3035, Molecular Biology Lab, CELL 4010, Cellular Biochemistry, and CELL 4225, Microbiology Lab.

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YiPing Chen

YiPing ChenChair in Cell and Molecular Biology and Professor, The John L. and Mary Wright Ebaugh Chair in Science and Engineering, Recipient, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2005, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1993. Molecular mechanisms and genetic control of vertebrate organogenesis. We are particularly interested in the roles of growth factors and transcription factors in craniofacial and cardiac development and congenital defects. We use a combination of in vivo genetic modifications and in vitro experimental approaches to address fundamental questions in the development of tooth, palate and heart. Dr. Chen teaches CELL 4160/6160, Developmental Biology, CELL 4780/6780, Developmental Genetics.

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James Cronin

James CroninSenior Professor of Practice, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1990.  Levy Professor for Integrated Discover and Community Engagement. Research interests include the neurophysiology of epilepsy, and developing viral-vector based techniques for gene transfer to the nervous system. Dr. Cronin teaches CELL 3210/6210, Cellular Physiology, CELL 6360, Topics in Neurophysiology, and CELL 6660, Topics in Neuroscience Research.

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Shi Di

Shi DiResearch Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests focus on synaptic mechanism of stress hormone regulation of hypothalamic neuroendocrine cells and the limbic system amygdale, with combined techniques of electrophysiology, pharmacology and behavioral tests. Major approach is patch–clamp electrophysiological recording in in vitro acute brain slice.

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Robert Dotson

Robert Dotson

Senior Professor of Practice, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1998. Interests include neuroendocrinology and signal transduction in response to cytokines. Dr. Dotson teaches CELL 2050, Genetics, CELL 3750/6750, Cell Biology, CELL 3755/6755, Cell Biology Laboratory, and CELL 4250, Principles in Immunology.

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Laurie Earls

Laurie EarlsLaurie R Earls, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2008. Research interests include molecular pathways influencing neural plasticity with age, and how this results in vulnerability to psychiatric disease, miRNA modification of calcium signaling in neuronal presynaptic function, and novel micro-peptides in normal brain function and disease.  Dr. Earls teaches CELL 4450/6450/7450, Genome Biology, and CELL 2220, Careers in Cell and Molecular Biology.

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Maria Galazo

Maria GalazoMaria Galazo, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain, 2007. Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard (2007-2015). Postdoctoral fellow, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT (2015-2017).

Research interests focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling the development and function of brain circuits underlying higher cognitive skills, and how disruptions in these mechanisms underlie abnormal brain functions. To this end, we use a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the use of mouse genetics, molecular biology, neuron-specific optogenetic stimulation, and extracellular recordings in vivo in behaving mice.

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Manjong Han

Manjong Han Professor of Practice, Ph.D., Sogang University, Korea, 1998. Major in Developmental Biology. Research interests include cell and molecular mechanisms during development and regeneration of limb in vertebrates. In particular, our research focuses on cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation mediated by BMP signaling pathway in digit tip regeneration of mice. Dr. Han teaches CELL 1030 Heredity and Society, CELL 1035 Heredity and Society Lab, CELL 4130/6130 Embryology, CELL 6131-41 Embryology Lab, CELL 3400/6400 Regenerative Biology, CELL 7871-01 Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology, and CELL 8000-01 Research.

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Laura Harrison

Laura Harrison Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1998. Research interests focus on the regulation of intracellular signaling pathways of membrane receptors, with particular emphasis on novel GTP-binding proteins. The ultimate goal is to provide a mechanism to target drugs to particular cellular signaling pathways that are relevant to therapeutic effects, while avoiding the targeting of cellular pathways that contribute to drug side effects.

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Fenglei He

Fenglei He Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University, 2009. Fenglei He’s laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying normal craniofacial development and its pathological settings. In particular, we are interested in understanding how growth factor signaling pathways regulate multi-potent neural crest cells, which predominantly populate craniofacial tissues. By using a combination of in vitro and in vivo experimental approaches, our long term goal is to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying craniofacial morphogenesis and to reduce the occurrence of related diseases in human births.

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Hai Huang

Hai HuangAssistant Professor, Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2006. The reliability and precision of synaptic transmission is of paramount importance to the circuits of the auditory system, in which acoustic signals are encoded with sub-millisecond accuracy. Our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms that control the presynaptic properties, neurotransmitter release, and neural signal integration at the cellular and circuit levels using auditory system in rodents.

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Frank Jones

Frank JonesProfessor, Gerald and Flora Jo Mansfield Piltz Professorship in Cancer Research. Research fields: Molecular biology of breast cancer progression and therapeutic resistance. Signal transduction mediated by the EGFR-family. Regulation of gene expression in schizophrenia. Molecular alterations associated with brain injury. Micro RNA function in development and disease. Mouse models of neural and breast development.

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Stryder Meadows

Stryder Meadows

Stepping Stone Foundation Early Career Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2008. Research Interests: To understand the molecular underpinnings of blood vessel formation during embryonic and retinal development using a combination of mouse genetics and in vitro experimental approaches. In particular, our research focuses on the pathways involved in blood vessel fusion and artery-vein identity, as well as uncovering factors with novel roles in vascular biology. Dr. Meadows will teach CELL-6080-01, Advanced Development and Cell Biology II.

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David A. Mullin

David A. MullinAssociate Professor. Research in the Mullin lab is divided between two main projects. The first project focuses on a new chemical class of antimicrobial agents that we discovered called the DDPs. One of these, 4-DDP1956, is effective in vitro against all gram positive bacterial pathogens tested including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains (MRSA), vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE), and Bacillus anthracis to name a few. We are in the process of identifying the cellular target of 4-DDP1956, and we preparing to begin testing the therapeutic potential of 4-DDP1956 in mice. Finally, we are preparing to synthesize chemical derivatives of 4-DDP1956 that have higher antimicrobial activity and lower toxicity.

Our second major project is to use bacterial fermentation end products to produce liquid fuels for automobiles. We now have several dozen novel bacterial strains that produce liquid fuel that has the same energy content as conventional unleaded gasoline, works in unmodified automobiles, but does not contribute toward increasing the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. Dr. Mullin teaches CELL 3030/6030, Molecular Biology, and CELL 4220/6220, Microbiology.

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Ken Muneoka

Ken MuneokaEmeritus Professor, Ph.D., University of California Irvine, 1983. Dr. Muneoka has relocated his lab to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Limb development; developmental growth control; cell-cell interactions; pattern formation. The role of cellular position and positional information in the control of cell proliferation is being investigated in the developing mouse limb. We employ embryonic surgical procedures to investigate spatial and temporal differences in the regulation of cell growth by introducing cells that have been characterized in vitro. By using a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches, our long term goal is to understand how cellular interactions regulate the reproducible patterns of proliferation during limb development.

Laura Schrader

Laura SchraderAssociate Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1997. Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and learning and memory. Techniques include: Patch clamp electrophysiology in brain slices, behavioral paradigms, molecular biology and biochemistry. Our ultimate goal is to better understand how modulation of ion channels regulates neuronal excitability and synaptic plasticity in the context of learning and memory. Dr. Schrader teaches CELL 3320, Systems Neuroscience.

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Jeffrey G. Tasker

Jeffrey G. TaskerRecipient, Provost's Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2005 Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience, Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, France, 1986. Intracellular and patch-clamp electrophysiology using in vitro brain slices. Study of membrane electrical properties, synaptic circuits and hormone regulation of hypothalamic neuroendocrine cells. Combined electrophysiological and neuroanatomical studies with intracellular markers, histochemical and immunocytochemical techniques. Dr. Tasker teaches CELL 3310/6310, Cellular Neuroscience, CELL 6360, Topics in Neurophysiology, and CELL 6550, Synaptic Organization of the Brain.

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Ian Townley

Ian TownleyProfessor of Practice, PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2008. Research interests include the role of hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs) in adapting to low oxygen environments. This response is important for almost all multicellular organisms including the estuary killifish that lives along the eastern coast of the United States and in the context of human cancer progression. Dr. Townley teaches CELL 2115, General Biology Lab; CELL 7860-02, Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology; CELL 3230/6230, Virology; and CELL 1030, Heredity and Society.

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Meena Vijayaraghavan

Meena Vijayaraghavan Senior Professor of Practice, Ph.D., University of Madras (India), 1994. Dr. Vijayaraghavan teaches CELL 1010, General Biology, and CELL 2050, Genetics. Research interests are in the areas of environmental carcinogenesis, cancer studies, and pediatric nephrology. She has teaching and research experience in India, Japan, and the US. She is interested in incorporating service learning in her biology courses.

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Shusheng Wang

Shusheng Wang Associate Professor, Ph. D., Tulane University, 2004. He holds an appointment in the department of Ophthalmology at Tulane. Research interest: to dissect the epigenetic mechanisms of retinal vascular development and disease using genetic mouse model and in vitro system, with a focus on microRNAs and chromatin factors. The long term goal of his research is to develop novel and effective therapeutics for degenerative eye diseases. Dr. Wang will teach CELL 6080, Advanced Developmental and Cell Biology II.

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