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Sutherland Advising College Faculty Leaders

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Heather Pua, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


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    Dan M Roden, M.D.

    Senior Vice President, Personalized Medicine
    Professor, Medicine
    Professor, Biomedical Informatics
    William Stokes Chair, Experimental Therapeutics
    Professor, Pharmacology


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      John Michael Stafford, M.D., Ph.D.

      Associate Professor, Medicine
      Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics


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        Lorraine Ware, M.D.

        Professor, Medicine
        Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
        Director, Medical Scholars Program



          Sutherland Associate College Advisors

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          Hugh Cahill, M.D., Ph.D.

          Resident, Neurology


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            Kristen Noble, M.D., Ph.D.

            Fellow, Neonatology, Pediatrics

            Learn more about Dr. Noble here and here.


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              Jeffrey Schmeckpeper, M.D., Ph.D.

              Clinical Fellow, Cardiology, Medicine

              Learn more about Dr. Schmeckpeper here and here.



                Sutherland Members

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                Ravi Atreya, Ph.D.
                Mia Levy Lab, M3
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                Margaret Axelrod
                Justin Balko Lab, G3
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                Samantha Beik
                Carlos Lopez Lab, G2
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                Leon Cai
                Bennett Landman Lab, G1
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                Juan Manuel Colazo
                Craig Duvall Lab, G1
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                Stephanie Dudzinski
                Todd Giorgio/Jeff Rathmell Lab, G5
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                Caleb Ford
                Jim Cassat Lab, G4
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                Hernán González
                Dario Englot Lab, G4
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                Merla Hubler, Ph.D.
                Alyssa Hasty Lab, M4
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                Sumeeth V Jonathan
                William Grissom Lab, G5
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                Lindsay K. Kozek
                Robert Carson Lab, G4
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                Matt Madden
                Jeff Rathmell Lab, G3
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                Margaret McBride
                Ed Sherwood Lab, G1
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                Elizabeth Moore
                Angela Jefferson Lab, G2
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                Christopher Peek
                Jim Cassat Lab, G3
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                John Snow
                Kevin Ess Lab, G5
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                Jack Walker
                Al Powers Lab, G4
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                Christiaan Wijers
                Michael Noto Lab, G2

                Sutherland Advising College Namesake

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                Earl Sutherland

                Dr. Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr. was born in 1915 in Burlingame, Kansas. Sutherland received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1937 from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) and earned his medical degree in 1942 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After serving as a doctor in World War II, he returned to Washington University as a researcher in the pharmacology laboratory of Nobel laureate Carl Ferdinand Cori. In 1953, he became director of the department of pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University (then Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, OH where he discovered the role of cyclic AMP in mediating the action of certain hormones. In 1963, desiring to limit his duties to research, Sutherland moved to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, where he was a professor of physiology until 1973. At the time of his death in 1974, Sutherland was a distinguished professor of biochemistry at University of Miami Medical School.

                In 1956 Sutherland and Dr. T. W. Rall discovered cyclic AMP. Sutherland's further research demonstrated the ubiquitous nature and prime importance of this chemical and its associated compounds, notably adenyl cyclase, in all living things. As the result of Sutherland's work and that of those who followed his lead, it became known that hormones are not the sole regulatory substances in the chemistry of living organisms, as had previously been believed. In many cases, necessary cellular reactions are triggered by cyclic AMP, the almost universal "second messenger," responding to the hormonal signal. Sutherland's work on hormones opened up new paths of research into diabetes, cancer, and cholera.

                A professor of physiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1963 to 1973. He won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 "for his discoveries concerning the mechanisms of the action of hormones," especially epinephrine, via second messengers (such as cyclic adenosine monophosphate, cyclic AMP). In addition to the Nobel Prize, Sutherland won the Albert Lasker Award for basic medical research in 1970 and received the National Medal of Science in 1973. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1966.