Biomedical Research Education Programs

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
UNM Health Sciences Center (North Campus) Reginald Heber Fitz Hall (Building 211)
Room B61

Phone: (505) 272-1887
Fax: 505-272-8738

ASERT-IRCADA Faculty Research Mentors

Please click on each section to view our past research mentors.

* Currently mentoring an ASERT fellow or has moved and therefore unavailable to mentor fellows starting the program in 2015.

Biomedical Sciences

Sarah F. Adams, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Wadih Arap, MD, PhD
Vascular biochemical diversity of endothelial cell surfaces towards a new vascular-targeted pharmacology.

Elaine Bearer, M.D., Ph.D.
Research in neuropathology using computational, imaging, and molecular-genetic approaches.

Tione Buranda, PhD
Cellular biophysics and membrane structure.

Judy Cannon, PhD
T cell migration, T cell signaling, immunological synapse, chemokines, selectins, intravital microscopy.

Bryce Chackerian, Ph.D. (* until 2018)
Interactions between virus particles and the immune system.

Vittorio Cristini, Ph.D.
Mathematical and computational biology, applied and computational mathematics, mathematical oncology, complex fluids and microfluidics, and multidisciplinary (bio)materials science.

Lee Anna Cunningham, Ph.D.
Mechanisms of cell death, plasticity and repair in Parkinson's disease and stroke.

Vojo Deretic, Ph.D.
Our latest interest is the process of Autophagy, an exciting new cell homeostatic process that maintains the cellular interior (organelles and cytosolic components) in a functional state, but sometimes can go awry and cause cell death.

Changjian Feng, Ph.D.
Structure/function and reaction mechanism of nitric oxide synthase.

Jennifer M. Gillette, PhD
Stem cell and tumor cell signaling within the bone marrow microenvironment. Quantitative fluorescence microscopy and super resolution imaging.

Laura Gonzalez Bosc, Ph.D.
Transcriptional regulation of vascular smooth muscle phenotype.

Rebecca S. Hartley, Ph.D.
Post-transcriptional regulation of the cell cycle in cancer and embryogenesis.

Helen J. Hathaway, Ph.D.
Mammary gland development and breast cancer.

Laurie Hudson, Ph.D. (* until 2017)
Signal transduction pathways regulating functional and phenotypic plasticity in normal tissue and tumor metastasis.

Anita Kinney, Ph.D.
Cancer prevention and public health, community-based research, and cancer health disparities.

Jonnye Lewis, Ph.D. (* until 2017)
Community health; ethical, legal, and social issues.

Diane Lidke, Ph.D.
Biophysical and live cell imaging approaches to study protein dynamics and interactions during signal transduction.

K.J. (Jim) Liu, Ph.D. (* until 2017)
Free radical and oxidative stress in disease development, including carcinogenesis and brain injury.

Paul G. McGuire, Ph.D.
The role of extracellular proteinases and growth factors in the regulation of ocular angiogenesis and vascular permeability.

Shiraz Mishra, PhD
Public and international health, specifically in the area of health services.

Scott A. Ness, Ph.D.
Stem cells, oncogenes, signaling and the regulation of transcription, differentiation and cell cycle.

Aaron K. Neumann, PhD
Cell biology and signal transduction of fungal pathogen sensing, Innate immune fungal recognition in the context of medically-relevant biofilm microbial communities

Robert A. Orlando, Ph.D.
Obesity and cardiovascular disease, LDL receptor family, proteoglycans, Alzheimer's disease.

Mary Ann Osley, Ph.D. (* until 2017)
Histone modifications and the regulation of gene expression and DNA damage repair.

Michelle A. Ozbun, Ph.D.
Human papillomaviruses, animal papillomaviruses, cervical cancer, skin cancer, epithelial biology, cancer biology, virology.

Karlett J. Parra, Ph.D. (* until 2016)
Metabolic/nutritional control of proton transport/cellular pH by V-type ATPase pumps, V-ATPase molecular motors structure/function/regulation.

Renata Pasqualini, PhD
Vascular biochemical diversity of endothelial cell surfaces towards a new vascular-targeted pharmacology.

Stefan Posse, Ph.D.
Functional and metabolic MRI in neuroscience and clinical research

Eric R. Prossnitz, Ph.D.
The Prossnitz lab focuses on cellular signaling mechanisms initiated by G protein-coupled receptors.

Thomas Resta, Ph.D.
Regulation of vascular smooth muscle; Chronic hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension.

William Shuttleworth, Ph.D.
Mechanisms underlying degenerative calcium signaling in central neurons.

Larry Sklar, Ph.D.
Cell adhesion, signal transduction, leukocyte biology.

C. Fernando Valenzuela, M.D., Ph.D.
Regulation of synaptic transmission during development, and how teratogenic drugs of abuse, such as alcohol, affect this process.

Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. (* until 2016)
Stem cells, kidney cell biology and mechanisms of protein trafficking.

Jason P. Weick, PhD
Development of neural circuits in models of intellectual disability

Cheryl L Willman, M.D.
Genomics and genetics of acute leukemia; genomics for molecular classification, risk assessment, and target identification.

Bridget S Wilson, Ph.D. (* until 2018)
Membrane microdomains, calcium signaling and modeling, signal transduction.

Department of Biology

Joseph Cook, Ph.D.
Biotic conservation, historical biogeography, molecular & morphological evolution, systematics, speciation, natural history of subterranean mammals, island biology.

Richard Cripps, Ph.D.
Genetics and molecular biology of muscle development in Drosophila.

Christopher Johnston, Ph.D. *
Molecular mechanisms of mitotic spindle positioning during cell division; genetic pathways involved in asymmetric cell division of Drosophila neural stem cells; cellular approaches to elucidating the pathways linking cortical polarity to division axis orientation; understanding the structural and evolutionary basis for protein–protein interactions involved in signal transduction pathways; defining the role of oriented cell division in development and disease.

Felisa Smith, Ph.D.
Paleoecology; Ecological and evolutionary effects of past and present climate change on mammals; Macroecological patterns of body size across spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales; historical role of women in science.

Helen Wearing, Ph.D.
Theoretical biology and disease ecology; using mathematical and statistical approaches to understand the biological processes that shape population and community dynamics, with an emphasis on host-parasite interactions.

School of Engineering

Plamen Attasanov, Ph.D. (* until 2016)
Sensors and biosensors, bioengineering, applied electrochemistry.

Heather Canavan, Ph.D.
Biomedical engineering, stimulus-response materials, cell-surface interactions.

Elizabeth Dirk Hedberg, Ph.D.
Biomaterials, tissue engineering.

Steven Graves, Ph.D.
Biomolecular assemblies, protease mechanisms, point of Care medical devices, and flow cytometry.

Marek Osiniski, Ph.D.
Synthesis and characterization of colloidal nanocrystals, biomedical applications of colloidal quantum dots, nuclear radiation detectors (and nanoscintillators in particular), development of semiconductor ring-laser-based rotation sensors, fast/ slow light in semiconductor structures, ultrafast optoelectronic integrated circuits, modeling and simulation of optoelectronic devices, and growth and properties of novel optoelectronic materials.

Dimiter Petsev, Ph.D.
Complex fluids, nanoscience, electrokinetic phenomena.

Stefan Posse, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology and adjunct faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Functional and metabolic MRI in neuroscience and clinical research.

Andrew Shreve, Ph.D.
Researches biological and soft nanomaterials; spectroscopy and imaging; and optical-based sensing and diagnostics.

John E. Wood, Ph.D.
Manufacturing, Design, Bioengineering, Robotics and MEMS.

Internal Medicine

Samuel Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (* until 2015)
Molecular pathogenesis of invasive candidiasis & translational aspects of Candida infection, including mechanisms of echinocandin resistance & molecular epidemiology of oral candidiasis in immunosuppressed patients.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Matt Campen, Ph.D.
Cardiopulmonary health effects of air pollution, such as ozone, combustion emissions and nanomaterials.

Pamela Hall, Ph.D.
Molecular mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity, including quorum sensing and role of ApoB in antagonizing Staphylococcus aureus invasiveness.