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Secondary Faculty

Secondary faculty

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Scott H. Baldwin, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
Katrina Overall McDonald Chair in Pediatrics
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Endothelial and endocardial differentiation, heart and lung development, valve formation


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Julie A. Bastarache, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

The goal of my research program is to understand the pathophysiology of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis and to uncover novel approaches to prevention and treatment of these devastating conditions.


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R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D.

Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences, John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Professor of Surgery,
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College

Transforming growth factor, gastrointestinal carcinogenesis, ras oncogene, cancer, cell cycle, malignancy, post-transcriptional modification, proteomics, signal, transduction, transformation, translation


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Gautam (Jay) Bhave, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Assembly and function of basement membranes and extracellular matrix, particularly in renal diseases.


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Timothy Scott Blackwell, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary & CCM
Ralph and Lulu Owen Chair in Medicine
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
AAAS Fellow - 2018

Transcriptional regulation and mechanisms of lung inflammation, injury, and fibrosis.


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Stephen J. Brandt, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Molecular regulation of normal and leukemic hematopoiesis


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Kendal S. Broadie, Ph.D.

Stevenson Professor of Neurobiology
Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Genetic dissection of nervous system development, function and plasticity


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Craig R. Brooks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Cell injury/death


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Jin Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Eph receptor tyrosine kinases in vascular assembly, tumor angiogenesis and metastasis.


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Robert J. Coffey, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition
Ingram Professor of Cancer Research
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

EGFR and it ligands in regulation of epithelial cell growth and differentiation; gastrointestinal neoplasia; GI stem cells


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Mark P. de Caestecker, M.B., B.S., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Professor of Surgery
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Stem cell differentiation in kidney development, malignancy and tissue injury repair, and BMP signaling in pulmonary, systemic and tumor-associated vascular remodeling.


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Kevin C. Ess, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology,
Associate Professor of Neurology, Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Developmental biology of the cerebral cortex and genetic aberrations that lead to epilepsy and autism.


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Jeffrey L. Franklin

Research Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition

Function of the intestine and how progenitor cell relationships change during GI disease processies like cancer and inflammatory damage.


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Sabine Fuhrmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating vertebrate eye patterning/differentiation and regeneration.

M.S. Biology, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany
Ph.D. Neurobiology, Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
Postdoc Developmental Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


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Maureen Anne Gannon, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Molecular and cell biology of pancreas development and function.


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Leslie Stuart Gewin, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Understanding the cell-specific effects of TGF-beta and other growth factors on the response to renal injury


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James R. Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery
Paul W. Sanger Chair in Experimental Surgery
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Vesicle trafficking and subcelular signal transduction in epithelial cells; gastric cancer.


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Todd R. Graham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

We are interested in understanding how the cell assembles and maintains the ordered arrangement of membrane-bound compartments that compose the Golgi complex. We are also working to understand how the Golgi complex produces several different kinds of transport vesicles that deliver proteins to the cell surface, the endosomal/lysosomal system, the endoplasmic reticulum or newly forming Golgi cisternae.


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Antonis K. Hatzopoulos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Develop cell-based regenerative therapies – Use stem cells as therapeutic units


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Patrick J. Hu

Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology Division


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Billy G. Hudson

Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Elliott V. Newman Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Nephrology Division


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Ela W. Knapik, M.D.

Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

Protein Secretion,  and Extracellular Matrix, Regulation of Cell Shape Changes in Morphogenesis, Modeling Human Developmental and and Neuropsychiatric Disorders, DNA Biobank (BioVU), Regulation of Cell Shape Changes in in Morphogenesis

Lab Website


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Jonathan Kropski, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, School of Medicine


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Deborah Lannigan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

My laboratory focuses on signaling pathways that are involved in mammary gland homeostasis and breast cancer. Cancer cells frequently hijack pathways used during development. Therefore, by studying normal organogenesis it is possible to identify novel therapeutic opportunities for the treatment of breast cancer. To facilitate these studies we have developed a novel organotypic model system using living normal breast and breast cancer tissue.


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Edward M. Levine

William A. Black Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology

Retinal development and regeneration.


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Mark A. Magnuson, M.D.

Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Louise B. McGavock Chair
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor of Medicine

Directed differentiation and genetic manipulation of embryonic stem cells


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Robert J. Matusik, Ph.D.

Professor of Urologic Surgery
Professor of Cancer Biology
William L. Bray Chair in Urology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Androgen Regulation of Gene Expression, Transgenic Mouse Models for Prostate Cancer, and Gene Therapy


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Anna L. Means, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Cell-cell signaling in pancreatic development and pancreatic cancer


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Young-Jae Nam, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Assistant Professor of Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Induction of diverse cardiac cell types by direct reprogramming.


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Jared Nordman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

We are using a combination of proteomic, genomic, cell biological, genetic and biochemical approaches to uncover and characterize fundamental aspects of genome duplication and stability. 


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Maulik Patel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences

Evolution, Mitochondrial biology, Genetic conflict, Selfish elements, Genetic cheaters,C. elegans,Developmental biology,Drosophila,Fertility,Genetics,Genomics,Human Genetics,Reproduction.


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James G. Patton, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology ,
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


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John S. Penn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Snyder Chair in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology,
Professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Professor of Medical Education & Administration (VUMC)

Molecular basis of retinal vascular disease


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John Jeffrey Reese, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Mildred Thornton Stahlman Chair in Perinatology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Our lab is interested in the mechanisms of embryo-uterine interactions at the time of implantation and fetal-maternal interactions at the time of birth. During early pregnancy, a tightly regulated series of molecular signals coordinates uterine receptivity and activation of the developing embryo.


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Cindy Reinhart King, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies, Biomedical Engineering

The central mission of the Reinhart-King lab is to understand the mechanisms that drive tissue formation and tissue disruption during diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer.


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William E. Russell, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Growth factor, hormone, and nutrient regulation of liver regeneration.


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Linda J. Sealy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Role of the Transcription Factor, C/EBPbeta, in mammary gland development and breast cancer


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E. Michelle Southard-Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Genetic Medicine
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
AAAS Fellow - 2018

Developmental Genetics of the Enteric Nervous System


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Roland W. Stein, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Mark Collie Chair in Diabetes Resesarch
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Control of insulin gene transcription and islet development


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Jennifer Sucre, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, School of Medicine


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Roy Zent, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Thomas F. Frist, Sr. Chair in Medicine
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Role of integrins and extracellular matrix in epithelial biology


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Sandra S. Zinkel, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Molecular mechanisms to regulate apoptotic pathways in normal and malignant cells.


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