Primary Faculty Research Labs

This is an alphabetical list of tenure-track and tenured faculty with primary appointments in MPB and active research labs

  • Wenbiao Chen, PhD

    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

    Genetic basis of susceptibility to type 2 diabetes.

    711 Light Hall
    (615) 936-8126

  • Alan D Cherrington, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Jacquelyn A. Turner and Dr. Dorothy J. Turner Chair in Diabetes Research, Medicine

    Diabetes, glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, physiology

    704A/710 Robinson Research Building
    (615) 322-7013

  • Roger J. Colbran, PhD

    Professor, Interim Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Role of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in normal synaptic signaling and in neuropsychiatric disorders

    724A Robinson Research Bldg (MRB1)
    (615) 936-1630

  • Aurelio Galli, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Professor, Psychiatry

    Trafficking and Biophysics of Neurotransmitter Transporters with emphasis on metabolic regulation of dopamine signaling.

  • Alyssa H. Hasty, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    My laboratory is interested in immune-mediated mechanisms of metabolic diseases.

    813 Light Hall
    (615) 322-5177
    (615) 322-5972 (lab)

  • David A. Jacobson, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Secretagogue induced mechanisms regulating pancreatic islet electrical activity and hormone secretion

  • Erkan Karakas, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Structural Biology of Calcium Signaling and Transport through Biological Membranes

    735B Light Hall
    2215 Garland Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37232-0615
    (615) 343-4494

  • Anne K. Kenworthy, PhD

    Professor, Interim Vice-Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

    Our primary research interest is in cell membrane structure particularly cholesterol and sphingolipid-enriched membrane microdomains called lipid rafts.

    718 Light Hall
    (615) 322-6615

  • Bingshan Li, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Computational and statistical genomics, Bioinformatics, Cancer genomics, Complex diseases, Genetics of psychiatric disorders

    507 C Light Hall
    (615) 343-2451

  • Mark A. Magnuson, MD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Louise B. McGavock Chair and Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

    Pancreatic endocrine cell differentitation and dedifferentiation, reprogramming of pancreatic acinar cells into new beta cells, genetic and epigenetic regulation of cellular plasticity

    9475 MRB IV
    (615) 322-7006

  • Owen P McGuinness, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Regulation Of Metabolic Response to Inflammation: Interaction With Nutrition

    813C Light Hall
    (615) 343-4473

  • Hassane S. Mchaourab, PhD

    Professor, Louis B. McGavock Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Structure and dynamic basis for protein function.

    741 Light Hall
    (615) 322-3307

  • Terunaga Nakagawa, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular and cellular biophysics of synapses

    766 Robinson Research Building
    (615) 875-2531

  • Gregor Neuert, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

    Quantitative and predictive understanding of dynamic signal transduction and gene regulation of the coding and the non-coding genome in model organisms and human disease.

    723 Light Hall
    (615) 343-6404

  • Richard M. O'Brien, PhD

    Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Diabetes and the Glucose-6-Phosphatase Gene Family

    8415 MRB IV
    (615) 936-1503

  • David Charles Samuels, PhD

    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Mitochondrial genetics and diseases. Toxicity mechanisms of HIV treatment. Pathogenesis of protein variations.

    507B Light Hall
    (615) 343-7870

  • Masakazu Shiota, DVM, PhD

    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Hepatic Glucose Flux Regulation in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

    762 Robinson Research Building
    (615) 936-1092

  • Richard B. Simerly, Ph.D.

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    We study how environmental factors, such as nutrition and hormones, impact the development of neural circuits that control behavior and metabolism in order to better understand how early events in an individual’s life influence traits like feeding and metabolic physiology.

    747 Light Hall
    2215 Garland Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37232-0615
    (615) 322-7030

  • Roland W. Stein, PhD

    Mark Collie Chair in Diabetes Research
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

    Focused on defining the transcription factors involved in controlling the expression of Pdx-1 and MafA. In addition, we are examining how transcriptional factors influence beta cell formation and function.

    8425C MRB IV
    (615) 322-7026

  • James S. Sutcliffe, PhD

    Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry

    Genetic basis of autism spectrum disorders; molecular genetics; statistical genetics; epigenetics, neuropsychiatric genetics; phenotypic dissection of complex genetic disorders (autism, anxiety, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other related conditions)

    8114 MRB III
    (615) 936-3626

  • Bryan Venters, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    The goal of my research is to understand the transcriptional mechanisms underpinning the JAK-STAT signaling pathway that lead to human disease and cancer.

    746 Robinson Research Building
    (615) 322-4761

  • David H Wasserman, PhD

    Annie Mary Lyle Chair
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Director, Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center

    We study the role of physical exercise, insulin-stimulation and diet in metabolism.

    823 Light Hall
    (615) 343-7336

  • P. Anthony Weil, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Molecular mechanisms of transcriptional regulation

    746 MRB I
    (615) 322-7007

  • John P. Wikswo, Jr, PhD

    Gordon A. Cain University Professor
    A. B. Learned Professor of Living Physics
    Professor, Biomedical Engineering
    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

    Development and application of microdevices for instrumenting and controlling single living cells

    6809 Stevenson Center
    (615) 343-4124

  • Danny G. Winder, PhD

    Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Professor, Psychiatry

    Synaptic mechanisms in addiction and anxiety.

    750A RRB (MRB I)
    (615) 322-1144