July 2022

David J. Pagliarini, PhD David J. Pagliarini, PhD, is a nationally recognized leader in mitochondrial biology and a BJC Investigator at the School of Medicine. Dr. Pagliarini’s lab studies the composition and function of the mitochondrial proteome and its relationship to human disease. In particular, his group

June 2022

Silviya Petrova Zustiak, Ph.D. Meet Silviya Petrova Zustiak, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Co-Director, Institute of Drug and Biotherapeutic Innovation at SLU and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology. Dr. Petrova Zustiak’s primary research interests are in hydrogel biomaterials and tissue engineering. Her research is highly

May 2022

Haval Shirwan, PHD Haval Shirwan, PHD, is a Professor of Child Health, and Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, at University of Missouri School of Medicine. The primary focus of Dr. Shirwan’s translational research program at is to develop safe and practical immunomodulatory approaches with applications to

April 2022

Adriana Montaño, Ph.D. Meet, Adriana Montaño, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University. Dr. Montaño is developing enzyme replacement therapy, gene therapy, and other treatments for Morquio Disease, a rare, progressive, inherited disease. Her enzyme replacement therapy for patients suffering from Morquio

March 2022

Dr. Albert H. Kim Meet Dr. Albert H. Kim, Director of Brain Tumor Program, Surgical Director, Pituitary Center, and Professor of Neurosurgery, Genetics, Neurology, and Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim was recently named inaugural Danforth WashU Physician-Scientist Scholar. Dr. Kim’s research focuses

February 2022

Dr. Tolu Oyetunji Meet Dr. Tolu Oyetunji, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and pediatric surgeon and the Director of Health Outcomes Research at the Children’s Mercy Kansas City (CMKC). As an academic pediatric surgeon, Dr. Oyentunji combines

January 2022

Dr. Lori Setton Meet Dr. Lori Setton, Department Chair, Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University. Professor Setton’s research focuses on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc,

November 2021

Thomas Kannampallil, PhD Thomas Kannampallil, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Associate Chief Research Information Officer for the School of Medicine. Dr. Kannampallil’s research interests lie at the intersection of computer science

October 2021

Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry Dr. Joyce Balls-Berry is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and Core Leader for the newly established Health Disparities and Equity Core in the Knight ADRC (Center Director John Morris, MD). Her primary research focuses on applying community and

September 2021

Dr. Leslie Lyons Dr. Leslie Lyons’ long-standing research focuses on domestic cat genetics, particularly developing biomedical models. Her genetic interests are broad, not focusing on any one disease, including various health concerns and all organs systems. Her laboratory has identified over 30 mutations in over 25 genes

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