Faculty Preceptors

Faculty Name

Research Interest


Aune, Thomas, Ph.D.


The use of functional genomic and epigenetic approaches to understand gene regulation. Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology (Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology)

Boothby, Mark, M.D., Ph.D.


How immunity is influenced by signaling and gene regulation by transcription factors, chromatin modifications, & epigenetic mechanisms. Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology (Medicine)

Brown, Nancy, M.D.


Hypertension, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone, kallikrein-kinin, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angioedema, fibrinolysis, inflammation, atrial fibrillation Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology (Pharmacology)

Crofford, Leslie, M.D.


Innate and acquired immunity in inflammatory arthritis Medicine, Division of Rheumatology (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Crowe, James, M.D.


The molecular basis for the development of effective B cell responses to viruses in humans; cell biology of virus infection in polarized epithelial cells Pediatrics, Div. Infectious Disease (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Drake, Wonder, M.D.

Associate Professor

Etiology and pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory states, particularly sarcoidosis Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Dugan, Laura, M.D.


Studying the cellular mechanisms of nerves and neuronal injury in the brain, and the role of inflammation in the aging brain and in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

 Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine

Graham, Todd R., Ph.D.


Understanding how the cell assembles and maintains the ordered arrangement of membrane-bound compartments that compose the Golgi complex.  Biological Sciences (Cell & Developmental Biology)

Harrison, David, M.D.


Inflammation, hypertension, immune activation

Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology (Pharmacology) (Molecular Physiology and Biophysics)

Hasty, Alyssa H., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Obesity-related increases in adipose tissue macrophages leading to inflammation and insulin resistance.  Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Hawiger, Jacek, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, P.I.

Inflammation, Innate Immunity, Biodefense, and Intracellular Delivery of Proteins and Peptides Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine (Molecular Physiology and Biophysics)

Hudson, Billy, Ph.D.


The structure and function of type IV collagen, the major constituent of basement membranes (BMs). Medicine, Division of Nephrology (Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology) (Biochemistry) (Cell & Developmental Biology)

Joyce, Sebastian, Ph.D.


Immunologic recognition: how T cells see antigens and respond to regulate mucosal immunity and inflammation Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Kendall, Peggy, M.D.

Associate Professor

The role of B lymphocytes in type 1 diabetes Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Lacy, Dana B., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Structural biology of bacterial protein toxins and their host interactions Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology (Biochemistry)

Link, Andrew J., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Proteomics, Translation, Translational Control, Protein Interactions, Posttranslational Modifications, RNA Processing Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology (Chemistry) (Biochemistry)

MacGurn, Jason, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Investigating molecular mechanisms of membrane protein turnover and cell surface remodeling programs in normal and disease states Cell and Developmental Biology

Madhur, Meenakshi, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

To investigate the role of T cells and T cell-derived cytokines in hypertension and renal/vascular dysfunction Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics)

Major, Amy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes, autoimmunity, immune complexes Medicine, Division of Rheumatology (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Sebzda, Eric, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Molecular mechanisms that underpin immunological diseases including inefficient responses to pathogens, unwarranted inflammation, and autoimmunity Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Skaar, Eric, Ph.D.


Bacteria-host interactions in pathogenesis of disease Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Thomas, James, M.D.


Mechanisms that regulate immune tolerance and why they fail in autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes. Medicine, Division of Rheumatology (Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology)

Van Kaer, Luc, Ph.D.


Antigen presentation and lymphocyte development Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Vickers, Kasey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cardiovascular Disease; Lipoproteins; HDL; microRNAs Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine Division (Molecular Physiology and Biophysics)

Wu, Lan, M.D.

Research Associate Professor

The link between obesity, chronic inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Young, Pampee, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Tissue repair and regeneration with a particular focus on stem cells and the cardiovascular system Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology (Medicine)

Zinkel, Sandra S., M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

BCL-2 family, BID, DNA damage response, leukemia, Apoptosis, Biochemistry, Cancer, Cell cycle, DNA repair, Knockout, Mass spectroscopy, Mouse, Phosphorylation, Proteomics, Signal transduction, Stem cells. Medicine (Cancer Biology) (Cell & Developmental Biology)