Cell Biology & Anatomy - Faculty Interests
Anna B. Drakontides,
B.S. 1955, Hunter College; M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1971, Cornell University Medical College
Research/Interests - Pathogenesis of early and late changes at neuromuscular junction and muscle induced by chemical irritants.
Joseph D. Etlinger,
B.S. 1968, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D. 1974, University of Chicago
Research/Interests - Skeletal muscle growth and atrophy, molecular mechanisms, and selectivity of intracellular proteolysis in erythroid and muscle cells; role of proteasomes and ubiquitin; spinal cord injury.
Dorothy A. Frenz, Ph.D.
Ph.D 1988 - New York Medical College
Research/Interests - Molecular mechanisms of inner ear development; retinoid signaling; epithelial-mesenchymal interactions
Victor A. Fried, Ph.D.
B.S. 1965, University of Chicago; Ph.D. 1970, University of Oregon
Research/Interests - Role of ubiquitin in cytoskeletal and cell-surface receptor function, posttranslational modifications, and protein sequencing.
Frances Hannan, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1991, Melbourne, Australia
Research/Interests - Drosophila models of Neurofibromatosis and Huntington's Disease, learning and memory and auditory function in fruitflies, drug and mutant screening.
Jian Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D. 1982, China; Ph.D. 1993, University of Florida
Research/Interests - Interplay between excitatory and inhibitory synapses; mechanisms underlying Epilepsy; roles of astrocytes in synaptic plasticity; properties and functions. of K channel, Na channel, GABAA channel and gap-junction hemichannel.
Anna L. Kleinhaus,
Lic. Science 1961, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Ph.D. 1968, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Research/Interests - Properties and modulation of ion channels involved in neuronal function and behavior; chemosensory mechanisms; cellular basis of behavior in simple systems.
Ph.D., Columbia, 1986
Research/Interests - Skeletal muscle growth and differentiation in response to endocrine factors and activity in tissue culture.
B.S. 1980, SUNY at Binghamton; M.S. 1982, Ph.D. 1984, University of Rochester
Research/Interests - Mechanism of signal transduction; role of protein seryl-threonyl and tyrosyl kinases and phosphatases in integrin functions and platelet activation.
Stuart A. Newman,
A.B. 1965, Columbia University; Ph.D. 1970, University of Chicago
Research/Interests - Physical and molecular mechanisms of development and evolution; pattern formation in the vertebrate limb; collagen assembly.
Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG
M.D. 1986, Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
Research/Interests – Ovarian biology, oocyte aging, oocyte quality, molecular impact of chemotherapy on ovary, fertility preservation, ovarian and testicular cryopreservation, DNA repair, BRCA gene and mutations.
A. Pravetz, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1988, New York Medical College
Research/Interests - Neural cytoskeleton; tropomyosin-binding proteins in brain; urogenital and gastrointestinal development.
Renato Rozenthal, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D., Ph.D. 1991, Institute of Biophysics "Carlos Chagas Filho," Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Research/Interests - Developmental neurobiology and diseases mediated by cell-cell communication via gap junction channels; impact of hypoxic-ischemic insults in the developing brain.
Tamiko Sato, M.D.
M.B. 1950, Nagoya City Women's Medical College; M.D. 1959, Nagoya University, School of Medicine
Research/Interests - Regulation of intracellular calcium in muscular dystrophy; digital imaging of fluorescent ion probes.
M.D. (MBBS) 1973, University of Bombay; Ph.D. 1977, Rockefeller University
Research/Interests - Interleukin-6; interferons; gene expression; signal transduction (STATs in membrane rafts)
Sansar C. Sharma,
Ph.D. 1967, Edinburgh University Medical School, Scotland
Research/Interests - Development and regeneration in the visual system and spinal cord.
Alan D. Springer,
B.S. 1969, Brooklyn College; Ph.D. 1973, City University of New York
Research/Interests - Virtual engineering simulations of the mechanisms underlying retinal and foveal development; causes of retinal detachments in premature infants; causes of strabismus.
Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1985, Uniformed Services Health Sciences
Research/Interests - Cellular mechanisms of learning and memory; synaptic plasticity; long-term potentiation and depression of synaptic strength; optical imaging of vesicular transmitter release, calcium and dendritic motility; cerebral ischemia and neuronal death.
Libor Velíšek, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D., 1984, Faculty of General Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia; Ph.D., 1989, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Research/Interests - Research/Interests – Developmental neurobiology of epilepsy, relationship between prenatal stress and epilepsy, prenatal stress and autism, and prenatal stress and behaviors. Modulation of seizures by corticosteroids and neuropeptides.
Jana Velíšková, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D., 1987, Faculty of General Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia; Ph.D., 1999, 1st Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Research/Interests – Effects of sex hormones on neuronal excitability and viability in normal and epileptic brain, effects of sex hormones on learning and memory, interactions of sex hormones with neuropeptides and glutamatergic system, developmental neurobiology of epilepsy.
Richard J. Zeman,
B.S. 1969, Columbia University; M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1979, New York University
Research/Interests - Role of B2 adrenoceptors in musculoskeletal growth; mechanisms of spinal cord injury; regulation of intracellular calcium.
Praveen Ballabh, M.D.
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell University, New York, NY; Pediatric Residency: Christ Hospital Medical Center, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Graduate Degree: MBBS, MD (Pediatrics) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India: Board Certification: Pediatrics (1997), Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2001), recertification in 2009.
Research/Interests - Pathogenesis of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and evaluations of neuro-protective strategies to prevent brain damage after IVH in premature infants.
Xianzheng Zhou, Ph.D., M.D.
M.D. 1983 - Jiangxi Medical College of Nanchang University, Nanchang, China; M.Sc. 1986 -Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China; Ph.D. 1994 - Karolinska Institute (Mikael Jondal and Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren laboratories), Stockholm, Sweden; Post-doctoral work – 1994-1997 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Herman Eisen laboratory), 1997-2002 Cambridge, MA, Johns Hopkins University (Drew Pardoll and Elizabeth Jaffee laboratories), Baltimore, MD
Research/Interests - Sleeping Beauty-mediated T-cell therapy for human cancer, Sleeping Beauty-mediated genetic modification of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) and MicroRNAs in hematopoiesis.