Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Cell Biology

Albert, Mark V

Albert, Mark V

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Allada, Ravi

Allada, Ravi

Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Pathology

Bartles, James R

Bartles, James R

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

j-bartles( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The research in my lab is centered on the "espins," a family of multifunctional actin-bundling proteins, and the elucidation of their roles in the organization and function of hair cell stereocilia. E... [more]

Beitel, Gregory J

Beitel, Gregory J

Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Berdnikovs, Sergejs

Berdnikovs, Sergejs

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

Description of Interests

The question of primary interest in my lab is why only select individuals, despite being genetically similar and living in the same allergen environment, are prone to developing allergic disease, and ... [more]

Burridge, Paul W

Burridge, Paul W

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

paul.burridge( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

We study the application of patient-specific human induced pluripotent stem cells in studying the role of the genome in influencing drug responses, a field known as pharmacogenomics or personalized me... [more]

Chisholm, Rex L

Chisholm, Rex L

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and Surgery

r-chisholm( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

A primary goal of my work is to establish the approaches and benefits of genomics informed personalized medicine. A key element of this is participation in the eMERGE consortium (http://gwas.net), wh... [more]

Cianciotto, Nicholas

Cianciotto, Nicholas

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

n-cianciotto( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our laboratory studies Legionella pneumophila, the bacterial agent of Legionnaires' Disease pneumonia and Pontiac Fever. Research efforts include understanding the protein secretion systems and iron ... [more]

DiDonato, Christine J

DiDonato, Christine J

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Human Molecular Genetics)

c-didonato( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

My broad research interest lies in understanding the molecular basis of human genetic diseases and developing therapeutics for their treatment. Specifically, my research primarily focuses on neuromusc... [more]

Engman, David

Engman, David

Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology

d-engman( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The Engman Laboratory conducts research in several areas: (1) Molecular genetics and cell biology of tropical parasitic infections with a focus on trypanosomes, single-celled eukaryotic pathogens cau... [more]

Gaber, Richard

Gaber, Richard

Professor of Molecular Biosciences

Description of Interests

Nutrient sensing and molecular chaperones

Garcia-Anoveros, Jaime

Garcia-Anoveros, Jaime

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department and Physiology

anoveros( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Auditory nociception, hair cell, mechanosensory transduction, sensory organ development, function and degeneration.

Goldberg, Erwin

Goldberg, Erwin

Professor of Molecular Biosciences

erv( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Biochemistry and molecular biology of mammalian spermatogenesis

Green, Kathleen J

Green, Kathleen J

Professor of Pathology and Dermatology

kgreen( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

intercellular junctions, adhesion, desmosomes, adherens junctions, signal transduction, cell motility, skin disease, cadherins, cancer metastasis<br><br> Our laboratory is interested in the function ... [more]

Hauser, Alan R

Hauser, Alan R

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

ahauser( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of the multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Klebsiella pneumonia. We focus on virulence factors... [more]

Holmgren, Robert A

Holmgren, Robert A

Professor Molecular Biosciences PhD, Harvard University

r-holmgren( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our work on signal transduction and gene expression is focused on the Hedgehog Hh signal transduction cascade and the Ci/Gli family of transcription factors.

Huang, Sui

Huang, Sui

Associate Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

s-huang2( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Nucleolus, nucleus, chromatin, nuclear structure and function, cancer, growth-regulations, signal-transductions,

Jones, Jonathan C

Jones, Jonathan C

Adjunct Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

j-jones3( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

cell-matrix adhesion, epithelial cells, pulmonary biology, mechanosignal transduction, hemidesmosomes, focal contacts, laminins

Kessler, John A

Kessler, John A

Professor of Neurology (Comprehensive Neurology) and Pharmacology

Description of Interests

Our laboratory investigates stem cell biology and approaches to regeneration of the damaged or diseased nervous system. I have had two R01 grants for more than 25 years that are focused on the biolo... [more]

Klumpp, David J

Klumpp, David J

Associate Professor of Urology and Microbiology-Immunology

d-klumpp( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Neuro-immune and bacterial mechanisms of bladder inflammation and pelvic pain.

Kosak, Steven T

Kosak, Steven T

Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

s-kosak( at )northwestern.edu

Kume, Tsutomu

Kume, Tsutomu

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmacology

Description of Interests

Dr. Kume's research interests focus on cardiovascular development, cardiovascular stem/progenitor cells, and angiogenesis. Current studies include the role of Foxc transcription factors in cardiovasc... [more]

LaBonne, Carole

LaBonne, Carole

Director, Interdepartmental Program in Biological Sciences (IBiS) Professor of Molecular Biosciences Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

clabonne( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our lab uses molecular genetic and genomic approaches to study the development of a group of embryonic cells called the neural crest. Neural crest cells are migratory, tissue-invasive stem cells that originate in the ectoderm of vertebrate embryos and play a central role in the development of the vertebrate body plan.

Lavker, Robert M

Lavker, Robert M

Professor of Dermatology

Description of Interests

The laboratory focuses on the biology of epithelial stem cells and the roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in regulating epithelial homeostasis. In collaboration with Tung-Tien Sun (NYU Medical School), the ... [more]

Li, Liming

Li, Liming

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

limingli( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Prion proteins are capable of existing in multiple stable conformations, at least one of which is infectious. It is generally accepted that prion (PrPSc) is the responsible agent for the devastating n... [more]

Linzer, Daniel

Linzer, Daniel

Provost, Northwestern University, Professor of Biomolecular Sciences Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

dlinzer( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The research of Dan Linzer’s laboratory demonstrates that the development of the mammalian fetus within the mother requires that mammalian reproduction and development be tightly linked. Changes in maternal physiology must occur to accommodate and nurture the fetus.

Lomasney, Jon W

Lomasney, Jon W

Associate Professor of Pathology and Pharmacology

Description of Interests

Autopsy pathology, Cardiac pathology <BR><BR> Lipids are important regulators of the activity of many proteins including those involved in cardiac, vascular, pulmonary, and neural regulation, yet lit... [more]

Ma, Yongchao

Ma, Yongchao

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Biology), Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department and Physiology

ma( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Regulation of Motor Neuron and Dopaminergic Neuron Function in Development and Disease -------- Spinal Motor Neurons and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA): SMA is characterized by the selective degenerati... [more]

Mandel, Mark J

Mandel, Mark J

Associate Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

m-mandel( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The goal of my research is to understand the molecular basis by which animals and their natural microbiota form specific, reproducible interactions. Microbial symbioses are prevalent in animal biology... [more]

Mendillo, Marc L

Mendillo, Marc L

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

mendillo( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The cellular protein homeostasis network guards the proteome from diverse endogenous and environmental insults to maintain the fitness of the organism. Ironically, this pro-survival network can act to... [more]

Morimoto, Richard I

Morimoto, Richard I

Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology Director, Rice Institute for Biomedical Research Department of Molecular Biosciences Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

r-morimoto( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our laboratory is interested in the fundamental events that underlie the appearance of misfolded proteins and their consequence to protein homeostasis, cellular function, and organismal adaptation and survival

Opal, Puneet

Opal, Puneet

Professor of Neurology (Movement Disorders) and Cell and Molecular Biology

Description of Interests

Ataxias, spinocerbellar ataxia, movement disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, cerebrovascular disorders.

Pachman, Lauren M

Pachman, Lauren M

Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)

pachman( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Dr. Pachman's translational team studies Juvenile Myositis (JM), an often chronic pediatric systemic vasculopathy associated with skin inflammation and proximal muscle weakness of unknown etiology. He... [more]

Paller, Amy S

Paller, Amy S

Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics (Dermatology)

apaller( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The Paller lab studies the role of topically-applied, nanotherapy based gene therapy to treat skin disease, particularly diabetic ulcers, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), skin cancer, and rare g... [more]

Satchell, Karla Fullner

Satchell, Karla Fullner

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology

k-satchell( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

My research focuses on the role of secreted protein toxins on bacterial pathogenesis. The toxins we study are members of the MARTX family and are produced by Vibrio cholerae, a pathogen important fo... [more]

Schnaper, H. William

Schnaper, H. William

Professor of Pediatrics (Kidney Diseases)

schnaper( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

Our laboratory seeks to understand the mechanisms of fibrosis that occur in chronic, progressive kidney disease. We have been studying the role of transforming growth factor (TGF-ß) because it has be... [more]

Stern, Paula H

Stern, Paula H

Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology

p-stern( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

My primary research relates to the signaling pathways involved in hormone action on osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and its implications for osteoporosis, cancer metastases to bone and women's health. M... [more]

Woloschak, Gayle E

Woloschak, Gayle E

Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology

g-woloschak( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

My research is focused on two general areas: radiobiology and bionanotechnology. Work in radiobiology includes studies of the molecular biology of radiation responses, particularly radiation toxicitie... [more]

Zhang, Ming

Zhang, Ming

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

m-zhang( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The main focus of my research program is to study roles of tumor suppressors in normal development and in breast and prostate cancer progression, focusing on Maspin and an Ets transcription factor PDE... [more]

Zheng, Jing

Zheng, Jing

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

jzh215( at )northwestern.edu

Description of Interests

The long-term goal of my lab is to identify and investigate molecules that play important roles in mammalian hearing, thus to enrich our understanding of cochlear physiology, and to further develop a ... [more]