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Faculty

Namesort descending Department Research Description Current Student
Christopher Adams, MD, PhD
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary
  • Genetics Graduate Program
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy Therapeutic interventions for skeletal muscle atrophy, obesity and type 2 diabetes
Christopher Ahern, PhD
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Function and pharmacology voltage-gated sodium channels that drive the rapid upstroke of the action-potential throughout the body.
Aaron Boes, MD, PhD
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
Our laboratory is interested in the link between brain structure and function across the lifespan, particularly network-based localization of neurological and psychiatric symptoms. We approach this topic using multi-modal neuroimaging methods that include lesion mapping, resting state functional connectivity MRI, and structural MRI.
Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD
  • Neurology
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research efforts in the Buchanan laboratory are focused on understanding basic mechanisms of epilepsy and sleep-wake regulation. We are particularly interested in the effects of seizures and vigilance state on cardio-respiratory control and how these may interact to lead to death following a seizure, or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Our goal is to understand factors that render a given seizure fatal in an effort to help prevent SUDEP.
Elizabeth Chrischilles, PhD
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacy - Pharmacy Practice & Science Dept (PPS)
  • Pharmacy - Health Services Research Division (PPS - HSR)
  • Cancer Biology
  • Informatics
Economic evaluation of chronic disease therapies; medication use and effects among the elderly
Adam Dupuy, PhD
  • Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Pathology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Program
  • Genetics Graduate Program
  • Molecular Medicine
The goal of my current research is to understand the role that somatic mutation plays in all aspects of tumor biology. Much of our work has made use of the Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon system to engineer mouse cancer models in which somatic mutations are generated by transposon insertions. The current work in my laboratory focuses on the genetics of hepatocellular carcinoma and T-cell leukemia.
David Gordon, MD, PhD
  • Pediatrics
2020 summer rotation mentor.
John Harty, PhD
  • Pathology
  • Cancer Biology
Current projects in the lab: Basic immunology and imaging of CD8 T cell immunity to liver-stage malaria; CD4 T cell and antibody mediated immunity to blood-stage malaria; Basic immunology and imaging of cerebral malaria; Tissue resident memory CD8 T cell dynamics and protection from influenza virus infection of the lung; Impact of repetitive influenza exposure on generation and persistence of protective CD8 T cells; Regulating memory CD8 T cell differentiation through inflammatory cytokines.
Robert Mullins, MS, PhD
  • Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics Graduate Program
Biology and pathology of the choroidal microvasculature in aging and macular disease; Mechanisms involved in the development of drusen; Structural and compositional changes in Bruch's membrane in aging and disease, and their effects on ocular physiology; Animal and in vitro models of age-related macular degeneration; Cell biology of inherited retinal diseases.
Elizabeth Newell, MD
  • Pediatrics
2020 summer rotation mentor
Peggy Nopoulos, MD
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
Our lab studies the structure and function of the brain using imaging tools such as MRI and cognitive / behavioral assessment. In the healthy brain we study topics such as brain development over the lifespan, gender differences and social cognition. Disease populations that we work with include patients with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease, and children with clefts of the lip/palate.
Daniel Sewell, PhD
  • Biostatistics
  • Informatics
His primary area of research is in statistical models and inference for network data, and in particular the statistical analysis of dynamic social networks. He has also contributed to other subfields of statistics, such as clustering and particle filtering, and holds interest in broad research topic areas such as Bayesian statistics and statistical computation. He has worked collaboratively in the areas of infectious disease, exposure assessment, physical activity accelerometry data, analysis of large health claims databases, and in the area of healthcare team communication
Eric Taylor, PhD
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Program
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
  • Informatics
The Taylor Lab investigates the molecular mechanisms regulating mitochondrial function and their relationship to disease. We employ diverse experimental models as necessary to solve fundamental problems in metabolism. We have specific expertise in molecular genetics and metabolomics. We have ongoing projects on diabetes, cancer, and neuroscience.
James Torner, PhD
  • Epidemiology
  • Informatics
Dr. Torner has conducted research in clinical trials, women’s health and disability related to injuries. He has been teaching, designing and conducting clinical trials for four decades. He has directed the Iowa Trauma Registry and has evaluated effective triage and critical care.
Budd Tucker, PhD
  • Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
Dr. Tucker’s Laboratory is focused on combining state-of-the-art patient-specific stem cell, gene therapeutic and human retinal engineering technologies to study and treat inherited retinal degenerative blindness.
Mary Weber, PhD
  • Microbiology & Immunology
Rotation mentor summer 2020
Michael Welsh, MD
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics Graduate Program
  • Informatics
  • Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
The Welsh laboratory emphasizes research in two main areas. The first is understanding the biology of cystic fibrosis, and developing new treatments. Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in the gene that encodes the CFTR anion channel. Welsh and his colleagues are learning how the CFTR anion channel is regulated and how mutations disrupt its function. They also focus on the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis lung disease, learning how the loss of CFTR causes the bacterial airway infections and inflammation that destroy the lung.
Jan Wessel, PhD
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
2020 summer rotation mentor.
Mary Wilson, MD
  • Internal Medicine
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics Graduate Program
  • Microbiology Graduate Program
  • Immunology Graduate Program
Dr. Wilson's research studies address the molecular, cellular and immunobiology of infection with the Leishmania species protozoa. Both human immunogenetic and parasite-encoded virulence factors lead to divergent disease manifestations. Dr. Wilson’s studies focus on the contributions of both host and parasite molecular characteristics that determine the outcome of leishmaniasis.
Kristan Worthington, PhD
  • Biomedical Engineering
2019 Summer Rotation Mentor