Faculty with Secondary Appointments in MPB (by rank)

Full Professors

  • Eric Delpire, PhD

    Professor, Anesthesiology
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular physiology of cation-chloride cotransport mechanisms in the nervous system.

    1265 MRB IV
    (615) 343-7409

  • Emmanuele DiBenedetto, PhD

    Centennial Professor, Mathematics
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Partial Differential Equations of Elliptic and Parabolic Type; Degenerate and Singular Equations; Local and Global Behaviour of Solutions; Harnack-Type Estimates; Calculus of Variations; Quasi-Minima; Potential Theory; Phase Transition; Free Boundary Problems; Fluid Dynamics; Conduction-Convection; Navier Stokes Equations; Motion in Porous Media; Ill-Posed Problems; Thin Film Dynamics; Classical Mechanics.
    Mathematical Biology; Signal Transduction; Biophysics of Motion of Second Messengers; Cell Cycle; Complexity in Endothelial Cell Signaling; Mathematical Homogenization and Concentrated Capacity in Visual Transduction;

    1416 Stevenson Center
    (615) 343-5906

  • Ronald B. Emeson, PhD

    Joel G. Hardman Professor , Pharmacology
    Professor, Psychiatry
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular neurobiology.

    8140 MRB III
    (615) 936-1688

  • Maureen Anne Gannon, PhD

    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular genetics of pancreas development, organogenesis, morphogenesis, islet function, diabetes, transcription
    factors

    7425C MRB IV
    (615) 936-2676

  • John C. Gore, PhD

    Director, Institute for Imaging Science
    University Professor , Radiology and Radiological Sciences
    Professor, Physics and Astronomy
    Hertha Ramsey Cress Chair , Medicine
    Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Professor , Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Imaging Science, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    AAA-3107 MCN
    (615) 322-8357

  • Ray Clement Harris, MD, PhD

    Director, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine
    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Role of cycylooxygenase-2 in renal development and function; role of growth factors in recovery from acute renal injury; role of renin-angiotensin system in regulation of epithelial cell function

    C-3121 MCN
    (615) 343-0030

  • David Glenn Harrison, MD

    Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Inflammation; Endothelial cell metabolism of tetrahydrobiopterin

    536 RRB
    (615) 875-3049

  • Jacek J Hawiger, MD, PhD

    Distinguished Professor, Medicine
    Louise B. McGavock Chair
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Inflammation, Innate Immunity, Biodefense, and Intracellular Delivery of Proteins and Peptides

    T-1218 MCN
    (615) 343-8280

  • Carl H. Johnson, PhD

    Stevenson Professor, Biological Sciences
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Cellular and Molecular Biology of Biological Clocks

    U-8211 MCN (Learned Labs)
    (615) 322-2384

  • Fred Sanford Lamb, MD, PhD

    Professor, Pediatrics
    Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Reactive oxygen species generation following cytokine stimulation.

    1065 Light Hall
    (615) 936-1301

  • Matthew John Lang, PhD

    Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    The general goal of our research program is to probe the inner-workings of Nature's molecular and cellular machinery through functional measurement. Building from a molecular perspective we and collaborators employ a measure-make-model approach including single molecule biophysics methods of optical tweezers, single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy, functional mutations, and simulations.

    308A Olin Hall
    (615) 875-7493

  • Robert L Macdonald, MD, PhD

    Professor and Chair, Neurology

    Transcription, translation, folding, assembly, trafficking and pharmacological and electrophysiological properties of recombinant/native GABAA receptor channels and of mutant GABAA receptor channels associated with genetic epilepsy syndromes in transfected HEK293T cells and in transgenic mice.

    6140 MRB III
    (615) 936-2287

  • James M. May, MD

    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Dr. May's laboratory is involved in two areas involving antioxidant vitamins and micronutrients: the function of vitamin C to tighten the endothelial permeability barrier in diabetes and the role of the vitamin in preserving pericytes in diabetic retinas.

    7435F MRB IV
    (615) 936-1665

  • John S. Penn, PhD

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
    Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Snyder Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Professor, Medical Education and Administration
    Professor , Cell and Developmental Biology
    Professor , Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    A Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Ocular Angiogenesis

    8009 Medical Center East, North Tower
    (615) 936-1485

  • Alvin C. Powers, MD

    Joe C. Davis Chair in Biomedical Science
    Professor, Medicine, and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Director, Vanderbilt Diabetes Center
    Director, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology

    Pancreatic Islet Biology, Vascularization, Development, Regeneration, and Imaging; Diabetes

    http://www.powersresearch.org/

     

    (615) 936-7678

  • Ambra Pozzi, PhD

    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Cancer Biology
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Role of arachidonic acid derived lipids in angiogenesis and tumorigenesis

    B-3115 MCN
    (615) 322-4637

Associate Professors

  • Milam A. Brantley, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Pharmacogenomics and metabolomics of retinal diseases

    11425 MRBIV
    (615) 875-7650

  • Bruce M Damon, PhD

    Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Development and application of novel imaging and spectroscopic approaches to studying muscle function.

    AA-3105 Medical Center North
    (615) 322-8355

  • Volker H Haase, MD

    Associate Professor, Medicine
    Associate Professor, Cancer Biology
    Krick-Brooks Chair, Nephrology and Hypertension
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular oxygen-sensing

    S-3223 Medical Center North
    (615) 343-7254

  • Rachel W. Kuchtey, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Glaucoma is a major public global health problem accounting for vision loss and blindness in millions of people world-wide. Although glaucoma can be treated by lowering intraocular pressure with medications, laser treatments or surgery, most patients are unaware of decreased vision until advanced stages of the disease. Improved treatment for glaucoma patients requires better understanding of the disease mechanisms and development of early detection strategies. Our broad long term goals are to understand the disease pathophysiology and to identify genetic markers for early detection and better treatment of glaucoma.

  • Kevin Dean Niswender, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, Medicine
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism

    7435G MRB IV
    (615) 936-0500

  • Sachin Patel, MD PhD

    Associate Professor, Psychiatry
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Our research program focuses on the role of endocannabinoids in stress-induced neuroadaptation.

    724 RRB
    (615) 936-7768

  • Jens Marc Titze, MD

    Associate Professor, Medicine
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

  • Jeanne M. Wallace, DVM

    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
    University Veterinarian
    Director Division of Animal Care
    Associate Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Diseases of nonhuman primates

    Animal models of obesity and metabolic syndrome

    AA-6224 MCN
    (615) 343-9380

  • Jamey D. Young, PhD

    Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Metabolic engineering; systems biology; diabetes, obesity and metabolic disorders; tumor metabolism; autotrophic metabolism; cell culture engineering

    212-B Olin Hall
    (615) 343-4253

Assistant Professors

  • Jason R. Becker, MD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular mechanisms of inherited cardiomyopathies.

    340 PRB
    (615) 936-8297

  • Nathan Bingham, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

    Pediatric Endocrinology

    11136 Doctors' Office Tower
    (615) 322-7427

  • Jonathan Brown, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine, Center for Quantitative Science

    Systems Biology

    352 Preston Research Building
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    2220 Pierce Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37232
    (615) 936-1556

  • Brad Grueter, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
    Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    P435H MRB IV

  • Annet Kirabo, D.V.M., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Clinical Pharmacology Division/Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    536 Robinson Research Building
    2222 Pierce Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37232
    (615) 322-3304

  • Chee C. Lim, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine

    Cardiac biology and cardiomyocyte mechanics

    332 PRB
    (615) 936-2510

  • Meenakshi S. Madhur, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine, Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiology
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    To investigate the role of T cells and T cell-derived cytokines in hypertension and renal/vascular dysfunction

    P415D MRB IV
    (615) 875-3273

  • John Michael Stafford, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Cardiovascular risk associated with diabetes and obesity. Lipid Metabolism and HDL, Sex-differences in metabolism 
     

    7445 MRB IV
    (615) 936-6113

  • Tricia Thornton-Wells, PhD

    Adjoint Assistant Professor, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research

    Neuroimaging Genetics; Statistical & computational genetics; Structural & functional neuroimaging; Neuropsychiatric, Neurodegenerative & Neurodevelopmental disorders; Alzheimer Disease; Down syndrome; Williams syndrome; anxiety; depression; chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment

    Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

  • Kasey C. Vickers

    Assistant Professor, Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    To investigate mechanisms and consequences of HDL microRNA communication and systemic homeostasis. Short term goals include the characterization of microRNA regulatory modules controlling cholesterol biosynthesis. Moreover, we aim to determine i.) How microRNAs are selected and exported to HDL, ii.) How microRNAs are transported on HDL and altered in disease, and iii.) How microRNAs are transferred to recipient cells and regulate genes related to cholesterol and lipoprotein homeostasis.