PARTICIPATING  GPiBS  FACULTY

* Denotes Faculty Currently Accepting Students (currently under revision and expanding)

Degree Granting Programs

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Faculty


Air, Gillian

Bidichandani, Sanjay

*Csiszar, Anna

DeAngelis, Paul

*Griffin, Timothy - skeletal, metabolism, exercise, aging, osteoarthritis

Hanas, Jay

*Hays, Frank

Humphries, Kenneth

*Lewis, Tommyneurobiology, mitochondria dynamics, neural development, neurodegeneration

Li, Guangpu 

*Li, Jian

Lin, Jialing - cell death, Bcl-2 family of proteins, mitochondria, protein biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins and lipids

*Miller, Benjamin - aging, skeletal muscle, mitochondria, protein turnover, metabolism

McEver, Rodger

Mooers, Blaine - machine learning in structural biology, structural biology of RNA editing, cancer, drug design, protein crystallography

Olson, Ann L.

*Pioszak, Augen GPCR structure/function and signaling, peptide hormones, molecular pharmacology, structural biology, drug design

*Rice, Heather - Alzheimer's Disease, synaptic function, neuroinflammation, amyloid precursor protein, GABA receptors

Richardson, Arlan - aging, cancer, inflammation, epigenetics

Rezaie, Ray - coagulation, inflammation, serpins, protease-activated receptors, endothelial cells

*Rodgers, Karla - DNA recombination, DNA damage response and repair, protein-chromatin interactions, lymphocyte development

*Sathyaseelan, Deepa

*Sonntag, William

*Ungvari, Zoltan

*Wren Jonathan - bioinformatics, data mining, statistics, network biology

*Xia, Lijun - glycosylation, thrombosis, vascular biology, inflammation/tumorigenesis

OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE

Faculty


*Agbaga, Martin-Paul 

Ahmad, Mohiuddin

Anderson, Robert

*Axtell, Robert 

*Beckstead, Michael - aging/neurodegeneration, drug abuse, electrophysiology, behavior, dopamine

Bhatti, Faizah

*Bidichandani, Sanjay

Callegan, Michelle - microbiology, bacteria, pathogenesis, ophthalmology, infections

*Csiszar, Anna

*Deshmukh, Umesh

*Elliott, Michael

Ethridge, Lauren

*Freeman, Willard - epigenetics, aging, neuroscience, bioinformatics

*Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Beverley - brain-gut axis, early life adversity, stress, visceral pain, epigenetics

*Griffin, Timothy 

Ihnat, Michael

*Le, Yun

*Lee, Darren

Liu, Yuechueng

Markham, Michael

Pereira, H. Anne - inflammation, antimicrobial peptides, Alzheimer's Disease, cornea infections, wound healing

*Plafker, Scott - optic neuritis, Nrf2, ketogenic diet, age-related macular degeneration

Rajala, Raju

*Rice, Heather - Alzheimer's Disease, synaptic function, neuroinflammation, amyloid precursor protein, GABA receptors

Sanghera, Dharambir

Sherry, David

*Sonntag, William

Standifer, Kelly 

Stout, Michael - metabolism, aging, interventional strategies, sex differences, hypothalamus

Summers, Jody

Towner, Rheal 

*Wren Jonathan - bioinformatics, data mining, statistics, network biology

PHYSIOLOGY

Faculty


*Ahamed, Jasim - TGF-beta, platelets, thrombosis, fibrosis

*Beckstead, Michael - aging/neurodegeneration, drug abuse, electrophysiology,behavior, dopamine

*Bennett, Lea

Benyajati, Siribhinya  

*Cai, Jiyang - retinal degeneration, neuroinflammation, aging, innate immunity, cytokine signaling

Chernausek, Steven

*Csiszar, Anna

Elliott, Michael

*Freeman, Willard - epigenetics, aging, neuroscience, bioinformatics

Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Beverley - brain-gut axis, early life adversity, stress, visceral pain, epigenetics

*Griffin, Timothy

Guo, Qing

Ihnat, Michael

*Jiang, Shaoning

Kem, David

*Lee, Chi Fung - cardiac physiology, metabolic signaling, NAD biology

*Lee, Sun Young 

*Lewis, Tommyneurobiology, mitochondria dynamics, neural development, neurodegeneration

*Li, Tiangang

Lim, Hui-Ying

*Ma, Jian-Xing - angiogenesis, inflammation, neuroprotection, mitochondrial function

Myers, Dean

Rajala, Raju

Richardson, Arlan 

*Rudolph, Michael

*Sanghera, Dharambir

Short, Kevin - pediatrics, obesity, diabetes, NAFLD, exercise, adolescents, metabolism

*Sonntag, William

*Ungvari, Zoltan

Van Remmen, Holly

*Wang, Weidong

Xu, Jian - diabetes, angiogenesis, complications, endothelial dysfunction

*Zhang, Xin - tumor invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis and vascular inflammation, cell adhesion, endosome and extracellular vesicles, Alzheimer's Disease

CELL BIOLOGY

Faculty


*Agbaga, Martin-Paul

Ahmad, Mohiuddin - synapses, neurotransmitter receptors, GPCR, electrophysiology, social behavior

*Alberola-Ila, Jose

Anderson, Robert E.

*Bhattacharya, Resham - cell signaling, cancer pathways, endothelial biology

Coggeshall, Mark

*Conley, Shannon - smooth muscle cells, cerebrovascular aging, retinal degeneration

*Dawson, Dean

*Dhanasekaran, Danny

*Ding, Xi-Qin

*Forsthoefel,  David

*Frazer, J. Kimble - leukemia, lyphoma, B and T cell development, thymus, MYC

Gallucci, Randle

*Gorbsky, Gary

Griffin, Courtney - vascular development, vascular integrity, endothelial cells, transcription, chromatin remodeling

*Hanigan, Marie

Howard, Eric

Humphrey, Mary Beth - myeloid cells, cell signaling, microglia, stem cells

*Janknecht, Ralf - cancer, gene expression, metabolism, posttranslational modifications

*Jones, Kenneth

*Le, Yun

*Li, Min - pancreatic cancer, brain tumor, cancer signaling, cancer therapy

Lupu, Florea

Myers, Dean

*Olson, Lorin - fibrosis, wound healing, growth factor signaling, mesenchymal progenitor cells, connective tissue development

Pereira, H. Anne

*Pezza, Roberto - meiosis, mouse genetics, epigenetic

*Plafker, Scott - optic neuritis, Nrf2, ketogenic diet, age-related macular degeneration

Queimado, Lurdes - cancer, DNA damage, cell signaling, stem cells, electronic cigarettes

Rajala, Raju

*Rankin, Susannah

Rothblum, Lawrence - nucleolus, transcription, RNA polymerase I, ribosome biogenesis, ribosomopathy, chemotherapy

*Sansam, Christopher - cancer, human development, cell division, DNA replication, chromatin structure

Sherry, David

*Srinivasan, R. Sathish

*Summers, Jody

Sun, Xiao-Hong

*Tsiokas, Leonidas

Walters, Matthew - airway epithelial stem/progenitor cells, airway epithelial differentiation and repair, NOTCH signaling, cigarette smoking, chronic lung disease

*Webb, Carol - Lupus, transcription factor ARID3a, innate immunity, stem cells, chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Wiechmann, Allan

Wirsig-Wiechmann, Celeste

*Zimmerman, Kurt

PATHOLOGY

Faculty


*Aravindan, Natarajan

Benbrook, Doris - cell death and survival pathways, drug development, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention

*Csiszar, Anna

*Ding, Wei-Qun

Farris, Darise - autoimmunity, T cells, human immunology, macrophages

*Gaffney, Patrick - genetics, functional genomics, epigenetics, autoimmune disease, bioinformatics

*Ghosh, Asish - chronic lymphocytic (CLL), signal transduction, extracellular vesicles, tumor microenvironment, drug targeting

*James, Judith - immunology, autoimmunity, genomics, molecular medicine,mechanisms of disease

*Janknecht, Ralf - cancer, gene expression, metabolism, posttranslational modifications

*Koelsch, Kristi - autoimmune diseases, B-cell hyperactivity, autoantibodies, Sjogren's syndrome

*Lessard, Christopher

*Li, Shibo

Liu, Yuechueng

Lupu, Florea

*Mukherjee, Priyabrata

Pereira, H. Anne - inflammation, antimicrobial peptides, Alzheimer's Disease, cornea infections, wound healing

*Ramesh, Rajagopal - lung cancer, nanomedicine, gene and drug delivery, extracellular vesicles, cytokines

*Rao, CV

Ruiz-Echevarria, Maria J.

*Scofield, Hal

Tanaka, Takemi

Towner, Rheal

*Wu, Jie - protein kinase and phosphatase oncogenes, tumor biology, mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to cancer therapy

*Yoon, Wan Hee

Zhao, Zhizhuang (Joe)

 

MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Faculty


*Alberola-Ila, Jose

Akins, Darrin

*Axtell, Robert

*Ballard, Jimmy - bacteriology, microbial pathogenesis, bacterial toxins, vaccines

*Brown, Kevin

Callegan, Michelle - microbiology, bacteria, pathogenesis, ophthalmology, infections

Coggeshall, Mark 

*Cox, Maureen

Cunningham, Madeleine - autoimmunity and infection, molecular mimicry, rheumatic heart disease and myocarditis, basal ganglia encephalitis

*Dalebroux, Zachary

*Deshmukh, Umesh 

Farris, Darise - autoimmunity, T cells, human immunology, macrophages

*Frazer, Kimble - leukemia, lymphoma, B and T cell development, thymus, MYC

*Fuller, Kevin - microbiology, infectious disease, immunology, vision science, mycology

*Gorman, Jacquelyn - immunology, autoimmunity, inflammation, infection, mechanisms of disease

*Hildebrand, William

Humphrey, Mary Beth - myeloid cells, cell signaling, microglia, stem cells

*James, Judith - immunology, autoimmunity, genomics, molecular medicine,mechanisms of disease

*Jeffries, Matlock - osteoarthritis, epigenetics, DNA methylation, mouse models, microbiomics

*Kovats, Susan - respiratory virus infection, innate immunity, myeloid cell biology

Lang, Mark - antibodies, B cells, enteric infections, Covid-19

*Lee, Darren - autoimmune disease, ocular immunology, regulatory T cells, suppressor macrophages

Metcalf, Jordan

Tweten, Rodney

Walters, Matthew - airway epithelial stem/progenitor cells, airway epithelial differentiation and repair, NOTCH signaling, cigarette smoking, chronic lung disease

*Webb, Carol - Lupus, transcription factor ARID3a, innate immunity, stem cells, chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Zenewicz, Lauren - cytokines, mucosal immunology, inflammation, infection, cancer, cell signaling

 

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Faculty


Au, Jessie

*Awasthi, Shanjana

Awasthi, Vibhudutta - diagnostic imaging, drug delivery, shock, stroke, myocardial infarction

Benbrook, Doris - cell death and survival pathways, drug development, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention

*Burgett, Anthony - drug development, cellular biology, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, organic synthesis

Gallucci, Randle

*Garcia-Contreras, Lucila - design and optimization of pharmaceutical dosage forms, pharmacokinetics and drug disposition, pulmonary drug delivery, physical pharmacy, respiratory infectious diseases, lung cancer, gynecological cancers

Ihnat, Michael

*Joshi, Aditya

*Kim, Donoven - nanomedicine, theranostics (therapy + diagnostics), drug delivery system, multifunctional biomaterials

Pereira, H. Anne - inflammation, antimicrobial peptides, Alzheimer's Disease, cornea infections, wound healing

Sanghera, Dharambir

Shankar, Nathan - enterococci, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, host-pathogen interactions, microbial pathogenesis, molecular microbiology

Sharpe, Amanda - obesity, aging, behavior, neurocircuitry, mice

Sherry, David

Standifer, Kelly

Yue, Wei

Affiliated Centers

STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER

Faculty

*Ahamed, Jasim - TGF-beta, platelets, thrombosis, fibrosis

Akins, Darrin

*Aravindan, Natarajan

*Awasthi, Shanjana

Awasthi, Vibhudutta - diagnostic imaging, drug delivery, shock, stroke, myocardial infarction

Battiste, James

Benbrook, Doris - cell death and survival pathways, drug development, carcinogenesis and chemoprevention

*Bhattacharya, Resham - cell signaling, cancer pathways, endothelial biology

*Cox, Maureen

*Csiszar, Anna

*Dawson, Dean

DeAngelis, Paul

*Dhanaskaran, Danny

Ding, Wei-Qun

*Frazer, J. Kimble - leukemia, lymphoma, B and T cell development, thymus, MYC

*Freeman, Willard - epigenetics, aging, neuroscience, bioinformatics

*Gaffney, Patrick - genetics, functional genomics, epigenetics, autoimmune disease, bioinformatics

*Garcia-Contreras, Lucila - design and optimization of pharmaceutical dosage forms, pharmacokinetics and drug disposition, pulmonary drug delivery, physical pharmacy, respiratory infectious diseases, lung cancer, gynecological cancers

*Ghosh, Asish K. - chronic lymphocytic (CLL), signal transduction, extracellular vesicles, tumor microenvironment, drug targeting

*Gorbsky, Gary

Griffin, Courtney - vascular development, vascular integrity, endothelial cells, transcription, chromatin remodeling

Hanas, Jay

*Hanigan, Marie

*Hays, Franklin

Hildebrand, William

Howard, Eric

Humphrey, Mary Beth - myeloid cells, cell signaling, microglia, stem cells

Ihnat, Michael

*James, Judith - immunology, autoimmunity, genomics, molecular medicine, mechanisms of disease

*Janknecht, Ralf - cancer, gene expression, metabolism, posttranslational modifications

*Jones, Kenneth

Kem, David

*Lang, Mark - antibodies, B cells, enteric infections, Covid-19

Li, Guangpu

Li, Min - pancreatic cancer, brain tumor, cancer signaling, cancer therapy

*Li, Shibo

Lin, Jialing - cell death, Bcl-2 family of proteins, mitochondria, protein biochemistry and biophysics, membrane proteins and lipids

*Ma, Jian-xing - angiogenesis, inflammation, neuroprotection, mitochondrial function

Mooers, Blaine - machine learning in structural biology, structural biology of RNA editing, cancer, drug design,protein crystallography

*Mukherjee, Priyabata

*Olson, Lorin - fibrosis, wound healing, growth factor signaling, mesenchymal progenitor cells, connective tissue development

*Pezza, Roberto - meiosis, mouse genetics, epigenetic

*Pioszak, Augen - GPCR structure/function and signaling, peptide hormones, molecular pharmacology, structural biology, drug design

Planas, Lourdes

Queimado, Lurdes - cancer, DNA damage, cell signaling, stem cells, electronic cigarettes

*Ramesh, Rajagopal

*Rankin, Susannah

*Rao, CV

Richardson, Arlan G. - aging, cancer, inflammation, epigenetics

Rothblum, Lawrence - nucleolus, transcription, RNA polymerase I, ribosome biogenesis, ribosomopathy, chemotherapy

Ruiz-Echevarria, Maria

*Sansam, Christopher - cancer, human development, cell division, DNA replication, chromatin structure

*Sathyaseelan, Deepa

Skrepnek, Grant

*Sonntag, William

Sun, Xiao-Hong

Tanaka, Takemi

Towner, Rheal

*Tsiokas, Leonidas

Tweten, Rodney

Ungvari, Zoltan

Walters, Matthew - airway epithelial stem/progenitor cells, airway epithelial differentiation and repair, NOTCH signaling, cigarette smoking, chronic lung disease

*Wang, Weidong

*Webb, Carol - Lupus, transcription factor ARID3a, innate immunity, stem cells chronic lymphocytic leukemia

*Wren, Jonathan - bioinformatics, data mining, statistics, network biology

*Wu, Jie - protein kinase and phosphatase oncogenes, tumor biology, mechanisms of sensitivity and resistance to cancer therapy

*Xia, Lijun - glycosylation, thrombosis, vascular biology, inflammation/tumorigenesis

Yabluchanskiy, Andriy

Yue, Wei

Zenewicz, Lauren - cytokines, mucosal immunology, inflammation, infection, cancer, cell signaling

*Zhang, Xin - tumor invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis and vascular inflammation, cell adhesion, endosome and extracellular vesicles, Alzheimer's Disease

Zhao, Zhizhuang (Joe)

HAROLD HAMM DIABETES CENTER

Faculty

Friedman, Jacob (Jed)

Jones, Kenneth

Jonscher, Karen

Li, Tiangang

Rudolph, Michael

Unnikrishnan, Archana

Wellberg, Elizabeth - obesity, breast cancer, estrogen receptor, adipose tissues, growth factors

CENTER FOR GEROSCIENCE AND HEALTHY BRAIN AGING

Faculty

Ahn, Bumsoo

Agbaga, Martin-Paul

Beckstead, Michael - aging/neurodegeneration, drug abuse, electrophysiology, behavior, dopamine

Bieniasz, Magdalena

Chen, Yan

Chiao, Ann

Conley, Shannon - smooth muscle cells, cerebrovascular aging, retinal degeneration

Csiszar, Anna

Elliott, Michael

Freeman, Willard - epigenetics, aging, neuroscience, bioinformatics

Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Beverley - brain-gut axis, early life adversity, stress, visceral pain, epigenetics

Griffin, Timothy - skeletal, metabolism, exercise, aging, osteoarthritis

Humphrey, Mary Beth - myeloid cells, cell signaling, microglia, stem cells

Humphries, Kenneth

James, Judith - immunology, autoimmunity, genomics, molecular medicine, mechanisms of disease

Jeffries, Matlock - osteoarthritis, epigenetics, DNA methylation, mouse models, microbiomics

Jennings, Lee

Kinter, Michael

Kleszynski, Keith

Lewis, Tommy

Li, Jian

Li, Tiangang

Logan, Sreemathi

Miller, Benjamin

Plafker, Scott - optic neuritis, Nrf2, ketogenic diet, age-related macular degeneration

Prodan, Calin

Rajala, Raju

Rice, Heather - Alzheimer's Disease, synaptic function, neuroinflammation, amyloid precursor protein, GABA receptors

Richardson, Arlan - aging, cancer inflammation, epigenetics

Sathyaseelan, Deepa

Scofield, Hal

Sharpe, Amanda

Sonntag, William

Stavrakis, Stavros

Stout, Michael - metabolism, aging, interventional strategies, sex differences, hypothalmus

Tarantini, Stefano

Teasdale, Thomas A.

Tipple, Trent

Towner, Rheal

Ungvari, Zoltan

Unnikrishnan, Archana

Van Remmen, Holly

Wren, Jonathan - bioinformatics, data mining, statistics, network biology

Yabluchanskiy, Andriy

Yoon, Wan Hee