MARC Mentors

Azeez Aileru, Ph.D. Modulation and Neuroplastic behavior in Inheritance form of Hypertension

Manju Bhat, M.V.Sc., Ph.D. Neurophysiology of calcium signaling in sensory neurons. Role of calcium channels in acute and chronic pain.

David Cline, M.D. Research in the area of hypertension and cardiovascular emergencies as they relate to chronic pain management in the emergency department.

Stephanie Dance-Barnes, Ph.D. Cancer biology; with emphasis on the genomic and biological characterization of human tumors in an effort to develop novel targeted therapies.

Debra Diz, Ph.D. Cellular role of the angiotensin peptides and their receptors involved in growth, development of hypertension and biochemical signaling in vascular pathways.

Naomi M. Hall-Byers, Ph.D., MPH Social psychologist focusing on the bidirectional connections between psychosocial and sociocultural correlates of sexual decision-making and behavior across the developmental lifespan of African Americans.

Jill Keith, Ph.D. Project Title Piperidiens as Potential Medications for Cocaine Addiction.

Allyn Howlett, Ph.D. Investigates cannabinoid and endocannabinoid compounds that stimulate the CB1 cannabinoid receptor and regulate signal transduction pathways in cultured neuronal cells.

Sara Jones, Ph.D. Measuring monoamine (dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine) neurotransmitters in several different models of drug and alcohol abuse.

JaNae Joyner, PhD. Bridging scientific disciplines through educational tools: evaluation by survey methodology of individual mindset as a means of hypertension control.

Exazevia Logan, Ph.D. Neural control of blood pressure with a concentration in molecular mechanism responsible for the development and maintenance of hypertension.

Lisa Maness, Ph.D. Prevention and treatment of Diabetes Mellitus by determining the response of insulin targeted cells at the level of gene expression to butyric acid.

Brian McCool, Ph.D. Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing the interaction between anxiety and drugs of abuse.

David L. Mount, Psy.D., MA Brain-behavior relationship, health literacy, patient adherence/behavioral change, and social justice in health care.

Jeffrey Overholt, Ph.D Investigates the cellular mechanisms that control the cardiovascular system

John S. Parks, Ph.D. Interrelationships of Lipoprotein Metabolism, dietary fat type, inflammation, and atherosclerosis

Tennille Presley, Ph.D. Contributing factors to vascular dysfunction and blood disorders as they relate to overall functional health in diabetic individuals in the African American population

Victor Pulgar, Ph.D. determine the relationships between changes in reactivity to agonists in peripheral arteries and the development of hypertension.

Lawrence L. Rudel, Ph.D. Nutrition in Atherosclerosis, Dietary Fatty Acids in Cardiovascular Disease, Hepatic Cholesterol Metabolism and Gene Regulation, Primate Liver Perfusion, Plasma Lipoprotein Metabolism, Cholesterol Ester Formation.

Justin Saul, Ph.D. EphrinA1-targeted nanocarriers for intracellular co-delivery of FdUMP[10] and phospholipid gemcitabine to glioblastoma cells via the EphA2 receptor

Karin Scarpinato, Ph.D. The mechanistic aspects of the DNA damage response pathway and its coordination with DNA repair, and the contribution, detection and identification of MMR defects in non-HNPCC tumors.

Michael Seeds, Ph.D. The regulation of granulocyte secretory phospholipases A2 and their contribution to inflammation and host defense

Mesia Steed, Ph.D. The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase and Vascular Remodeling

Errol Thompson Ph.D. The effect of blood pressure on the efficiency of autonomic synaptic transmission

Jeff Weiner, Ph.D. Neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of abusive alcohol drinking behavior and alcoholism.

Daniel B. Williams, Ph.D. The role of hormones and other modulators in the CNS, focusing on the GABAA receptor.

Weiling Zhao, Ph.D. To understand the mechanism(s) involved in radiation-induced normal tissue injury, including chronic oxidative stress, inflammation, signal transduction, extracellular matrix modulation and antioxidant defenses

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