Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center

MBRS-RISE 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

Gary Bond, Ph.D. Discovering the effect of different levels of context on cognition and emotion evidenced in linguistic and decisional outputs

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, 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 Harp, 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

Anna "Katy" Lack, Ph.D. Determining protein differences in angiotensin 2 receptors (AT1 and AT2) and the angiotensin 1-7 receptor (Mas)

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

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. Determining the relationships between changes in reactivity to agonists in peripheral arteries and the development of hypertension.

April Ronca, Ph.D.  Mammalian pregnancy, birth and the transition from prenatal to postnatal life with an emphasis on prenatal origins of neurodevelopmental disorders

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

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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