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RESEARCHERS & INNOVATION CENTERS

We are committed to protecting and supporting medical research and entrepreneurial efforts that are founded on medical research. We believe it’s essential to protect and grow Missouri’s research environment in order to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to our research facilities and innovation centers.

It is important for us to recognize and support the efforts of medical researchers and entrepreneurs across the state. By hosting events to showcase their research and ongoing work, we promote innovation in Missouri. Our educational mission allows us to partner with leading researchers to present cutting-edge work to local audiences throughout our state.

This Month’s Featured Researcher

Jeffery Gordon

October 2019

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, Distinguished University Professor of Pathology & Immunology, Biology and Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, Distinguished University Professor of Pathology & Immunology, Biology and Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, and Director, Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology.
Dr. Gordon’s outstanding work on studying how gut microbes could make processed foods healthier is a highlighted in a featured article above. His lab’s focus is on the role of the gut microbiota in defining our nutritional status.
You can learn more about his team and his fascinating work here.

Previous Featured Researchers

September 2019

Rochelle Henderson,Vice-President, Health Services Research, Express Scripts

Dr. Henderson oversees Express Scripts’ clinical product evaluations and publishes applied research in peer reviewed manuscripts. She has 24 years of experience in health services research and has conducted pharmacoepidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic research. Today, she uses that experience to focus on the economic evaluation of drug therapies. We are proud to feature Dr. Henderson as a panelist at our 2019 WISER St. Louis Conference.

Learn more about her work here.

August 2019

Jaya Ghosh, Program Director of the Coulter Biomedical Accelerator at the University of Missouri

Jaya Ghosh is the Program Director of the Coulter Biomedical Accelerator at the University of Missouri, a training and grants program proven to accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations from bench to bedside. Jaya is also an Adjunct Faculty of the MU Trulaske College of Business, and a Program Manager for the BioComX/NIH Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program. Most recently, she was the Assistant Program Director of the MU-Coulter Biomedical Accelerator. Prior to that, she was the BioDesign and Innovation Fellow at the University of Missouri. Jaya holds a BE degree in Instrumentation & Control Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India, and a PhD in Bioengineering from MU.  Learn more about her work here.

July 2019

Toni Kutchen, Ph. D., Vice President for Research and, Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Toni Kutchen, Ph. D. serves as Vice President for Research and is the Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Research in Dr. Kutchen’s lab is aimed at elucidating the biosynthetic pathways of selected medicinal compounds in plants and developing improved sources of these chemicals. The lab investigates how plants make special chemicals called natural products. These chemicals frequently are used as medicines, either as pure compounds by pharmaceutical industry, or as mixtures in traditional medicines. Recently, her lab discovered a way to produce life-saving opiate antidotes at a fraction of the cost. You can read more about her fascinating research here.

June 2019

Dr. William Fay, Senior Associate Dean for Research at the School of Medicine at University of Missouri

Dr. William Fay is the Senior Associate Dean for Research at the School of Medicine at University of Missouri. He is a clinician-scientist which means in addition to caring for patients, he researches the broad fields of thrombosis and vascular biology. His lab studies how blockages form in blood vessels, which relates to major cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction (heart attack), restenosis, vein graft failure, and stroke. Dr. Fay is currently are focusing much of his efforts on the development of new drugs to inhibit atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and vein graft failure. Read more about his work here.

May 2019

Dr. Daniela Salvemini, Professor of Pharmacological and Physiological Science at Saint Louis University School of Medicine

This month our featured researcher is Dr. Daniela Salvemini, Professor of Pharmacological and Physiological Science at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Salvemini is doing ground-breaking work to help find alternatives for pain management. According to Dr. Salvemini, “Opioid pain killers are widely used but can cause strong side effects and carry risks of addiction and abuse. There is an urgent need for better options for patients suffering from chronic pain.” Dr. Salvemini has spent her career studying the mechanisms of pain, sussing out the molecular series of interactions that lead to pain in the body. Building on previous research, she and her team found that a particular cellular receptor appears to be the culprit in the development of traumatic nerve injury pain in an animal model. Learn more about her research here: Learn more about her research click here and click here.

April 2019

F. Sessions Cole, MD.

Meet our featured researcher, F. Sessions Cole, MD. Dr. Cole is doing important and much-needed research on rare diseases. He serves as the Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded Washington University Undiagnosed Diseases Network and also serves on the MO HealthNet Rare Diseases Advisory Board for the Missouri Department of Social Services. Dr. Cole is a distinguished physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and is known for his remarkable dedication as a clinician, researcher, and educator. We are so excited he is turning his considerable knowledge, talent, and passion for finding cures and therapies for rare diseases. Learn more about his work!

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