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Tabassum Ahsan

Tabassum "Taby" Ahsan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Stem cell mechanobiology
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Stem cell biomanufacturing
  • Stem cell aging and mechanotransduction

Email: tahsan@tulane.edu


Phillip Anglewicz

Philip Anglewicz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Department of Global Health Systems and Development

Research Interests:

  • Interdisciplinary  research on health and aging with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa
  • Correlates of health for the over 65 population in rural Malawi
  • Relationship between informal social support mechanisms and health of aging populations

Email: panglewicz@gmail.com 


Bazzano

Lydia Bazzano, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Cardiovascular disease and risk factors
  • Aging and cardiovascular health
  • Early life effect on adult cardiovascular health

Email: lbazzano@tulane.edu


Victoria Belancio

Victoria Perepelitsa Belancio, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Tulane Cancer Center, School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Mammalian transposable elements
  • Genomic instability in aging and cancer

Email: vperepe@tulane.edu


Blask


David Blask, MD, PhD

Professor of Practice in Structural and Cellular Biology
Tulane Cancer Center Program Member

Research Interests:

  • Circadian systems and cancer growth

Email: dblask@tulane.edu


Bruce Bunnell

Bruce A. Bunnell, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Director, Center for Gene Therapy
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Age-related alterations in stem cells (mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells)

Email: bbunnell@tulane.edu


Busija


David W. Busija, PhD, MD (Hon)

Regents Professor and Chairman
Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Developing approaches for protecting cerebral arteries, the blood-brain barriers, and the brain against age-related illnesses such as insulin resistance/diabetes and stroke

Email: dbusija@tulane.edu


Paul Colombo

Paul J. Colombo, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Rodent models of pathological aging-related memory impairments
  • Cellular and system levels analysis of memory aging

Email: pcolomb@tulane.edu


Malwina Czarny-Ratajczak

Malwina Czarny-Ratajczak, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Tulane Center for Aging and Biology of Aging Laboratory
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Musculoskeletal aging
  • Genetics

Email: mczarnyr@tulane.edu


Michael Dancisak

Michael J. Dancisak, PhD

Director, Center for Anatomical and Movement Science
Senior Professor of Practice, Department of Biomedical Engineering
School of Science and Engineering
Neuroscience Program


Research Interests:

  • Gait and posture in older adults
  • Affect of cooling/warming on peripheral dynamics in older adults

Email: dancisak@tulane.edu


Jill Daniel

Jill M. Daniel, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Psychology / neurosciences
  • Cognitive aging
  • Hormonal influences on aging

Email: jmdaniel@tulane.edu


Robert Dauchy

Robert Dauchy
Manager, Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology
Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • The effect of environmental light exposure at night on genomic instability associated with aging and cancer in mammalian tissues

Email: rdauchy@tulane.edu


Prescott Deininger

Prescott L. Deininger, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Neuroscience Program
Director, Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Genetic instability and cancer

Email: pdeinin@tulane.edu


Patrice-Delafontaine-MD


Patrice Delafontaine, MD

Sidney W. and Marilyn S. Lassen Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiology
Director of Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute

Research Interests:

  • Atherogenesis, Aging and IGF-1
  • The Renin-Angiotensin System and Muscle Wasting

Email: pdelafon@tulane.edu


Hong-Wen Deng

Hong-Wen Deng, PhD
Professor, Edward G. Schlieder Endowed Chair
Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics
Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Genetics, biostatistics, and bioinformatics
  • Aging and age-related diseases of the skeleton, such as osteoporosis  

Email: hdeng2@tulane.edu


Elizabeth Didier

Elizabeth Schmidt Didier, PhD
Research Scientist and Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Research Interests:

  • Immunology
  • Enteric infections
  • Microsporidiosis

Email: esdnda@tulane.edu


Vivian Fonseca

Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP
Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes
Professor, Department of Medicine
Chief, Section of Endocrinology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Email: vfonseca@tulane.edu


Donald P. Gaver

Donald P. Gaver, PhD
Alden J. "Doc" Laborde Professor
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Pulmonary diseases, including airway closure/reopening and its importance to understanding emphysema
  • Mechanical stress on cells

Email: dpg@tulane.edu


Edward J. Golob

Edward J. Golob, III, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering
Neuroscience Program

Research Interests:

  • Spatial cognition
  • Auditory system
  • Attention and working memory
  • Normal aging
  • Alzheimer's Disease and other cognitive disorders

Email: egolob@tulane.edu


Jeanette Gustat

Jeanette Gustat, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Prevention Research Center
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive function in a cohort of middle-aged healthy adults of the Bogalusa Heart Study

Email: gustat@tulane.edu


Kathleen Hering-Smith, PhD

Kathleen S. Hering-Smith, MS, PhD
Assistant Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Director, Tulane University School of Medicine Freezer Farm
Director, Nephrology and Hypertension Core

Research Interests:

  • Kidney Epithelial Transport Physiology and the relationship to Aging and Disease, specifically in Kidney Stones and Hypertension

Email: khering@tulane.edu


Hill

 
Steven M. Hill, PhD

Edmond & Lily Safra Chair for Breast Cancer Research,
Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Tulane School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Aging and neuroendocrine effects on breast cancer
  • Circadian rhythms and aging

Email: smhill@tulane.edu


Dr. Hyman

James "Mac" Hyman, PhD
Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Professor in Mathematics

Research Interests:

  • The use of mathematical modeling to better understand the role of age, risk behavior, and health on the spread of infectious diseases.

Email: mhyman@tulane.edu



Reza Izadpanah, D.V.M., Ph.D

Reza Izadpanah, D.V.M, PhD
Assistant Professor, Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
Center for Gene Therapy
Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Stem cells and aging

Email: rizadpan@tulane.edu


S Michal Jazwinski

S. Michal Jazwinski, PhD
John W. Deming, MD Regents Chair in Aging
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Department of Medicine
Director, Tulane Center for Aging
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Genetics of aging in yeast and humans
  • Molecular and cell biology of aging
  • Human aging
  • Population genetics

Email: sjazwins@tulane.edu


Lumie Kawasaki, PhD

Lumie Kawasaki, MD, MBA
Associate Chief, Geriatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Developing interdisciplinary community-based models to improve home-based care for the elderly
  • Effectiveness of group visits for the treatment of hypertension

Email: lkawasa@tulane.edu


Roger Kelley

Roger E. Kelley, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
School of Medicine
Neuroscience Club (NeuroClub)
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of age-related dementias
  • Parkinson's disease and similar disorders

Email: rkelley2@tulane.edu


Sangkyu Kim

Sangkyu Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Tulane Center for Aging and Biology of Aging Laboratory
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Genetics and epigenetics of human aging
  • Epidemiology of human aging
  • Population and statistical genetics

Email: skim5@tulane.edu


MA "Tonette" Krousel-Wood

M. A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Associate Dean / Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Tulane University
National Institutes of Health Study Section Chair

Research Interests:

  • Outcomes assessment of patients with chronic medical conditions
  • Medication adherence in patients with chronic diseases

Email: mawood@tulane.edu


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Marcelo J. Kuroda, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine
Chairman, Immunology Division
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Research Interests:

  • Mechanisms of immune aging in the Rhesus model

Email: mkuroda@tulane.edu


Joseph A. Lasky, MD

Joseph A. Lasky, MD
Professor of Medicine Section of Pulmonary Diseases
Co-Director of Interstitial Lung Diseases Clinic
Tulane Cancer Center Program Member
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis
  • Isocyanate and other workplace asthmas
  • Pathobiology of pulmonary hypertension as related to the PDGF signal transduction

Email:  jlasky@tulane.edu


Jean-Pyo Lee

Jean-Pyo Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Stem cell therapies that involving molecular biology, biochemical techniques and stem cell transplantation to target the central nervous system
  • Sources for stem cells for various therapies

Email: jeanpyol@tulane.edu


Arther Lustig

Arthur J. Lustig, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Tulane Cancer Center
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Research Interests:

  • Dynamics of yeast telomeres as related to senescence

Email: alustig@tulane.edu


Andrew MacLean, PhD

Andrew MacLean, PhD

Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Research Interests:

  • Neuroimmunology/neuropathogenesis
  • Glial activation in disease

Email: amaclean@tulane.edu



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Jerome L. Maderdrut, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Age-related neurodegenerative diseases and stroke
  • Role of brain/gut peptides in aging in the central nervous system

Email: maderdru@tulane.edu


Preston Marx

Preston A. Marx, Jr., PhD
Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine
Core Scientist, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine
Tulane National Primate Research Center

Research Interests:

  • Developing AIDS models

Email: pmarx@tulane.edu


Franck Mauvais-Jarvis

Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD
Professor of Nutrition and Medicine
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Novel mechanisms and/or therapeutic perspectives for diabetes and obesity
  • The role of estrogen and androgen in the development/prevention of diabetes and obesity

Email: fmauvais@tulane.edu


Lisa Molix

Lisa Molix, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Intergroup Relations
  • Social Identity Threat
  • Health and Well-being among Members of Marginalized Groups
  • Social Disparities in Education and Health

Email: lmolix@tulane.edu


Michael J. Moore

Michael J. Moore, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Microscale technologies for study of central nervous system growth, regeneration, and physiology
  • Relationship between neural architecture and function, and the effects of the extracellular microenvironment on neural growth and guidance
  • Neurogenesis during aging and its impact on neurodegenerative disorders

Email: mooremj@tulane.edu


Ricardo Mostany, PhD

Ricardo Mostany, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Plasticity of brain function during and after injury, especially sensory deprivation or stroke

Email: rmostany@tulane.edu


Ken Muneoka

Ken Muneoka, PhD
John L. and Mary Wright Ebaugh Chair in Science and Engineering
Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Regeneration and limb development

Email: kmuneoka@tulane.edu


Walter Lee Murfee

Walter Lee Murfee, III, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
School of Science and Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Research Interests:

  • In vivo, in vitro, and computational bioengineering as to the regulation of adult microvascular patterning
  • Functional relationships between microvascular remodeling and other network alterations
  • Perivascular cell lineage and dynamics and the importance for arterial/venous identity
  • The influence of local hemodynamics
  • Altered microvascular network patterns associated with hypertension

Email: wmurfee@tulane.edu


Leann Myers

Leann Myers, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Bogalusa Heart Study
  • Prediction of adult cardiovascular health from childhood variables
  • Louisiana Healthy Aging Study

Email: myers1@tulane.edu


Elizabeth Norton, PhD

Elizabeth Norton, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Mucosal immunity
  • Immunologic mechanisms of vaccination
  • Enhancement of protective immunity with vaccine adjuvants

Email: enorton@tulane.edu


Laurie T O'Brien

Laurie T. O'Brien, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Stigma
  • Prejudice
  • Stereotype threat
  • Intergroup relations
  • Ideology

Email: lobrien2@tulane.edu


Kailash N. Pandey, PhD

Kailash N. Pandey, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Research
Department of Physiology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • The development of effective measures of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in genetic mouse models with increasing and decreasing copy number of natriuretic peptide receptor gene (Npr1) in an age-dependent manner.

Email: kpandey@tulane.edu


Maryellen Romero

Maryellen Romero, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive functioning in normal aging and dementia

Email: mmcclai@tulane.edu


Cecilia Sanchez PhD

Cecilia G. Sanchez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • The roles of Sirtuins, autophagy and epigenetics in lung disease
  • Understanding pathogenesis and the development of novel therapeutic paradigms in lung fibrosis

Email: cesteves@tulane.edu


Laura Schrader

Laura Schrader, PhD
Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Neuroscience Program
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Investigation of regulation of neuronal excitability by ion channels

Email: schrader@tulane.edu


Harish Sujan

Harish Sujan, PhD
Professor of Marketing, Freeman School of Business
Freeman Chair of Business

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive strategies as related to aging

Email: hsujan@tulane.edu


Mita Sujan

Mita Sujan, PhD
Professor, Freeman School of Business
Malcolm S. Woldenberg Chair of Marketing

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive strategies as related to aging

Email: msujan@tulane.edu


Jeffrey Tasker

Jeffrey G. Tasker, PhD
Catherine and Hunter Pierson Chair in Neuroscience
Director, Neuroscience Program
Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
School of Science and Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Cell and molecular mechanisms of stress response
  • Plasticity of stress mechanisms in neuroendocrine cells of mammalian hypothalamus using patch clamp electrophysiology and molecular approach

Email: tasker@tulane.edu


He Wang

He Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Health Sciences

Research Interests:

  • Combined effects of aging and toxic chemicals

Email: hwang2@tulane.edu


Qingwen Xu


Qingwen Xu, LLM, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work

Research Interests:   

  • Social Capital  
  • Community-based programs  
  • Community participation behavior and their relationship with health/mental health status among older adults

Email: qxu2@tulane.edu


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Tadashi Yoshida
Assistant Professor
Tulane University Heart and Vascular Institute
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Role of renin-angiotensin system in regulating muscle stem cell function
  • Muscle stem cell function in chronic diseases and aging

Email: tyoshida@tulane.edu


Zongbing You

Zongbing You, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tulane Cancer Center
School of Medicine
Member, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium

Research Interests:

  • Inflammation and cancer
  • Molecular and cellular biology of cancer
  • Aging and prostate cancer
  • Developmental biology of articular joint
  • Tissue regeneration and repair for articular cartilage damage, aging, and osteoarthritis

Email: zyou@tulane.edu


James Zadina

James Zadina, PhD
Senior Research Career Scientist and Director, Neuroscience Laboratory
SE LA Veterans Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • Pain and aging

Email: jzadina@tulane.edu


Andrea Zsombok, PhD

Andrea Zsombok, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
School of Medicine

Research Interests:

  • The effects of diabetic conditions on the brain
  • Regulation of different visceral functions including glucose homeostasis with the central nervous system

Email: azsombo@tulane.edu


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