FIRST PROGRAM FACULTY

 

Research Faculty

This is a list of the 'Available Research Mentors' in the FIRST program. Other faculty mentors may apply for acceptance into the program with the approval of the Director. Interested faculty should review the "Criteria" section under Faculty Mentor Application.

A - E

  • Francisco Alvarez, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Physiology (Research Interests: Development of Spinal Cord Circuits)
  • David R. Archer, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (Research Interests: hematopoietic stem cells; stem cell therapy for the treatment of inherited and acquired diseases)
  • Guy Benian, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pathology (Research Interests: Using C. elegans to understand the assembly and maintenance of the muscle contractile apparatus)
  • Roberd M. Bostick, M.D., MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology (Research Interests: Cancer epidemiology; Etiology and primary prevention of colon and prostate cancer, focusing on the roles of diet and physical activity, and emphasizing the use of biomarkers of risk and molecular epidemiologic methods in observational studies and chemoprevention trials)
  • Peter Chen, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Chemistry (Research Interests: coherent multidimensional laser spectroscopy)
  • Ping Chen, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Research Interests: development and regeneration of mammalian inner ear sensory organs)
  • Huw Davies, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Chemistry (Research Interests: C-H functionalization, organic chemistry, synthetic methodology development)
  • Frans de Waal, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (Research Interests: Social behavior and social cognition emphasizing mechanisms of reconciliation and reciprocity in nonhuman primates)
  • Ralph DiClemente, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Associate Director for Prevention Sciences, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (Research Interests: HIV/AIDS research)
  • Benjamin Druss, M.D., MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Departments of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (Research Interests: Mental health policy and services)
  • Christine M. Dunham, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry (Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of translational regulation)
  • Douglas C. Eaton, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Physiology (Research Interests: Ion channels and cellular signaling)
  • Arthur W. English, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Research Interests: Spinal circuits and the musculoskeletal system)
  • Andrew Escayg, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics (Research Interests: Understanding the mechanisms of seizure generation in epilepsy)

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F - J

  • Victor Faundez, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of endosomal membrane trafficking in neuronal systems)
  • Nicole Gerardo, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Biology (Research Interests: Evolutionary ecology)
  • Thomas Gillespie, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Environmental Studies and the Department of Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health (Research Interest: Disease Ecology; Epidemiology; Topical Ecology and Conservation)
  • Joanna Goldberg, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (Research Interests: bacterial pathogenesis, vaccine development, infections in cystic fibrosis)
  • C. Michael Hart, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Medicine (Research Interests: vascular biology and oxidative stress)
  • Shawn Hochman, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Physiology (Research Interests: Neuromodulation, plasticity, and regeneration of spinal cord functional systems)
  • Carol Hogue, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology (Research Interests: Health disparities in reproductive epidemiology)
  • Leonard Howell, Ph.D., Emory University, Yerkes Primate Research Center, Neuroscience Division (Research Interests: neuropharmacology, MRI and PET neuroimaging, drug abuse)

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K - O

  • David Katz, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Research Interests: The function and regulation of epigenetic information during development.)
  • William G. Kelly, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Biology (Research Interests: Epigenetics, stem cells and developmental biology)
  • Melissa Kemp, Ph.D., Emory/Georgia Tech, Department of Biomedical Engineering (Research Interests: Systems biology, cellular signal transduction, redox biology)
  • Ward G. Kirlin, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology (Research Interests: Chemical carcinogenesis and glutathione redox potential effects on enzyme expression; diet and cancer)
  • Uriel Kitron, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Environmental Studies (Research Interests: Epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases)
  • Michael Koval, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Pulmonary Division (Research Interests: lung epithelia, cell junction)
  • J. David Lambeth, M.D., Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pathology (Research Interests: Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS))
  • Karen Levy, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health (Research Interests: Ecology, epidemiology of enteric diseases)
  • Tené Lewis, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology (Research Interests: Race, psychosocial factors and pre-clinical markers of cardiovascular disease)
  • Steven W. L'Hernault, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Biology (Research Interests: Developmental genetics; cell and molecular biology of C. elegans spermatogenesis and fertilization)
  • Lian Li, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology (Research Interests: Vesicular trafficking in neurotransmission, signal transduction, neurodegenerative diseases)
  • Tianquan Lian, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Chemistry (Research Interests: Electron transfer in nanomaterials; Molecular solar cell; Ultrafast dynamics in solid/liquid interface; Physical Chemistry of biological molecules)
  • Robert Liu, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Biology (Research Interests: Computational Neuroethology; to explore the elegant hypothesis in neuroscience that the statistics and regularities of the sensory world are closely reflected in the coding strategies used by neurons)
  • David Lynn, Ph.D., Emory University, Department of Chemistry and Biology (Research Interests: Molecular and Chemical Evolution)
  • Donna Maney, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Psychology (Research Interests: behavioral neuroendocrinology, behavioral genetics)
  • Andrew H. Miller, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Research Interests: Psychoimmunology)
  • Gary W. Miller, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (Research Interests: Parkinson's disease, neurotoxicology)
  • Kenneth H. Moberg, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology (Research Interests: Developmental control of tissue growth in Drosophila by proliferation and apoptosis pathways)
  • Charles P. Moran, Jr., Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology & Immunology (Research Interests: Microbial genetics; gene expression during bacterial differentiation, RNA polymerase-promoter interactions)
  • Edward T. Morgan, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology (Research Interests: Hepatic gene regulation; cytochrome P-450; mechanisms of hormone action)
  • Gretchen Neigh, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Physiology (Research Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology)
  • Ruth O'Regan, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology (Research Interests: Resistance and triple negative breast cancer)

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P - U

  • Manú Platt, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering (Research Interests: Sickle cell disease; HIV and Cardiovascular disease; cancer metastasis)
  • Mark R. Prausnitz, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering (Research Interests: microfabricated devices for drug delivery; ultrasound-mediated drug delivery; electroporation-mediated drug delivery; drug delivery to the eye; transfection of plant cells; magainin-mediated drug delivery)
  • Cassandra Leah Quave, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Center for the Study of Human Health, . (Research Interests: Ethnopharmacology, Antibacterial Drug Discovery, Ethnobotany)
  • Renee Read, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology (Research Interests: developmental biology, cell biology, neurobiology)
  • Winfield S. Sale, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Dept. of Cell Biology (Research Interests: Role of microtubules in cell motility, with emphasis on the mechanism and regulation of dynein ATPase)
  • Jessica Sales, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (Research Interests: STD/HIV prevention for adolescents and adolescent health)
  • Jeff Sands, M.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Renal Division (Research Interests: molecular physiology of urea transporters and water channels)
  • Stephanie Sherman, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics (Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology of complex human disorders including chromosome nondisjunction and Fragile X Syndrome.)
  • Hyunsuk Shim, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Radiology (Research Interests: Molecular Imaging and Drug Discovery)
  • Alicia Smith, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Research Interests: human genetics/epigenetics, pregnancy, child development, stress)
  • David Steinhauer, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Research Interests: Influenza virus entry into host cells and the role of the hemagglutinin glycoprotein (HA) in this process)
  • Jeffrey Streelman, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Biology and IBB, (Research Interests: Evolution, development, genetics and genomics)

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V - Z

  • Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology (Research Interests: Cardiovascular  epidemiology and prevention)
  • Elaine Walker, Ph.D., Emory College, Department of Psychology (Research Interests: the precursors and neurodevelopmental aspects of psychopathology, especially schizophrenia. Ongoing research is concerned with brain development, hormones, and neuropsychological functions that may play a role in risk for and prevention of mental illness in young adulthood)
  • Emily Weinert, PhD., Emory College, Department of Chemistry (Research Interests: Signaling pathways, heme proteins, enzyme kinetics)
  • David Weinshenker, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics (Research Interests: Norepinephrine signaling in genetically-engineered mice)
  • Keith D. Wilkinson, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry (Research Interests: Mechanism and regulation of protein synthesis and degradation)
  • Gina M. Wingood, Sc.D., Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Science & Health Education (Research Interests: designing, implementing and evaluating HIV prevention programs for many subpopulations of women, including female adolescents, young adult women, and heterosexual couples)
  • Kathryn Yount, PhD, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Global Health (Research Interests: Women's and Children's Health: Social and Behavioral Research Methods)
  • C. Chris Yun, Ph.D., Emory School of Medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases (Research Interests: signal transduction)

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Teaching Faculty

This is the list of ‘Available Teaching Faculty’ at the Atlanta University Center complex of schools. Fellows are encouraged to contact potential teaching mentors listed on their own. Since not all faculty at the AUC are considered appropriate teaching mentors for this program, only those faculty on the list or those approved in writing by a member of the FIRST Executive Committee as well as the proposed mentor’s Chairman should be contacted by FIRST fellows. FIRST will also arrange for fellows to visit institutions as a group. By mid-February, fellows and mentors will submit a list of their top three choices and, based on those lists, the optimal fellow-mentor match will be made.

  • Dolores V. Bradley, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Areas of interest include brain and behavior, sensation and perception and learning and memory and quantitative methods)
  • Karen Brakke, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: General Psychology. Areas of Interest include animal behavior, developmental psychology, statistics and methodology, and language)
  • Marjorie Campbell, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Tina Chang, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Psychology (Teaching Interests: Research Methods, Statistics, Learning, Animal Behavior)
  • J. K. Haynes, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Cell Biology; Biological Research I and II; Senior Seminar in Biology)
  • Valerie Haftel, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology and General Biology Laboratory for Science Majors; General Biology Lab-Honors) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Shani Harris, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: Psychology 423: Health Psychology) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Triscia Hendrickson, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology lecture and lab (freshman bio majors); Cell Biology lab (usually sophomore bio majors); Biological Research (usually junior and senior bio majors); Introduction to Research (usually sophomore science majors)) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Lisa Hibbard, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Chemistry (Courses Taught: CHE 111/112-General Chemistry I & II and CHE 345/346-Physical Chemistry I & II)
  • Jennifer Kovacs, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Animal Behavior ; Field Biology; Evolution in Action) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Mark Lee, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology BIO 111; Biomolecules BIO 470; Senior Seminar BIO 485)
  • Mark Maloney, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Immunology; Bioinformatics; Parasitology; General Biology; Microbiology; Interdisciplinary Science Course)
  • Kai McCormack, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: Statistics II, Brain and Behavior, and Research Methods) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Valerie Odero-Marah, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Department of Biological Sciences (Teaching Interests: Genetics)
  • Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Cell Biology + Lab; From Mendel and Beyond (Genetics); Research in Genetics). **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Aditi Pai, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Ecology)
  • Joann Powell, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Department of Biological Sciences. **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Albert N. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Chemistry, (Courses Taught: General Chemistry 111 & 112; General Chemistry Lab 111 & 112; Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry 429)
  • Elethia Tillman, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology. (Courses Taught: Scientific Communication
    Biology of Women + Lab; Organismal Biology + Lab) **Former FIRST Fellow

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