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Research Opportunities

Research opportunities for BMP students are available in the following laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. Students are encouraged to discuss research plans with their advisors and contact the heads of the laboratories to discuss research projects, time commitment, and mutual expectations.

Many students have had the opportunity to participate in research and publish their results.

Researcher Department Research Interest
Meir Aridor Cell Biology Molecular basis of ER sorting and exit
Gavin Arteel Gastroenterology The matrisome in liver disease
Jonathan Beckel Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Neuronal control of the urinary bladder
Juliane Beier Gastroenterology Environmental chemical/diet interaction in liver disease
Lori Birder Renal-Electrolyte Purine dysregulation and oxidative stress in age-associated disorders
Michael Butterworth Cell Biology Regulation of ENaC trafficking
Clifton Callaway Emergency Medicine Post Cardiac Arrest, Neuro Prognostication, Infectious Disease, Temperature Manipulation in Humans & Applied Physiology
Daniel Devor Cell Biology Regulation of K+ channel trafficking
Peter Drain Cell Biology Pancreatic b cell biology & proliferation
Bruce Freeman Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Pharmacology of anti-inflammatory electrophilic lipids
Peter Friedman Pharmacology and Chemical Biology PDZ proteins in regulation of parathyroid hormone receptor
Ferruccio Galbiati Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Role of cellular senescence in cancer
Stacy Gelhaus Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Anti-inflammatory therapy for asthma and bioactive lipids
Arjumand Ghazi Pediatrics

Molecular genetics of aging, longevity and healthspan

Gerry Hammond Cell Biology Inositol lipid regulation of membrane homeostasis in health and disease
Gregg Homanics Anesthesiology Genetics and epigenetics of alcoholism
Yang Hong Cell Biology Development of cell polarity
Jing Hu Gastroenterology Post-translational modifications of proteins in cancer
Tija Jacob Pharmacology and Chemical Biology GABA receptor trafficking and signaling
Yu Jiang Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Signaling mechanism of mTOR
Valerian Kagan Environmental and Occupational Health Pathological roles of free radicals and ROS
Adam Kwiatkowski Cell Biology Molecular mechanisms of cardiomyocyte adhesion
Sandra Murray Cell Biology Gap junction signaling and cellular communication
Steffi Oesterreich Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Endocrine responses in breast cancer
Patrick Pagano Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Role of NADPH oxidases in the vasculature
Michael Palladino Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Progressive neurological and neuromuscular disorders
Ava Puccio Neurological Surgery Traumatic brain injury
Guillermo Romero Pharmacology and Chemical Biology G protein-coupled receptor signaling
Jami Saloman Medicine Neural and neuroimmune regulation of pain and cancer
Shivendra Singh Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Cancer chemoprevention
Alexander (Sasha) Sorkin Cell Biology Regulation of receptors and transporters by endocytosis
Laura Stabile Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Cancer pharmacology, pharmacology of cell and organ systems, signal transduction
Donna Stolz Cell Biology Regulation of vascularization in the liver
Dandan Sun Neurology Role of ion transporters in neurodegeneration
Ben Van Houten Pharmacology and Chemical Biology DNA repair and mitochondria in cancer
Jean Pierre Vilardaga Pharmacology and Chemical Biology GPCR signaling in endosomes and mitochondria
Qiming Jane Wang Pharmacology and Chemical Biology PKD function in cancer
Simon Watkins Cell Biology Optical imaging in the immune system
Wen Xie Pharmaceutical Sciences Hormone receptors, drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters
Alexandra Weissman Emergency Medicine Post Cardiac Arrest, Neuro Prognostication, Infectious Disease, Temperature Manipulation in Humans & Applied Physiology
Lin Zhang Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Anticancer therapies; Oncogenic stem cells; Cell death regulators