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Departmental Faculty
Mailing Info: The Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building is located at 1600 NW. 10th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136.
Department Chair: Dr. Charles Luetje

 
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Faculty List
Faculty MemberContact
Tatjana  Abaffy, Ph.D. Tatjana Abaffy, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Summary
Olfaction, olfactory receptors and ligands
Cancer cell biology and metabolism
 
305-243-1508 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building 6147B
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Suzy Drummond-Carvalho Bianco, Ph.D. Suzy Drummond-Carvalho Bianco, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Summary

G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling and Human Diseases; GPR54 and Pubertal Maturation

Functional Studies of Genetic Mutations Associated with Receptor Signaling
 
305-243-8164 (ph)
Batchelor's Children's Research Inst. #607
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John  Bixby, Ph.D. John Bixby, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Vice Provost of Research, and Director, UM Neuroscience Center
Research Summary
Research in the lab is focused on axon growth and guidance during development and regeneration
 
305-243-4874 (ph)
305-243-3921 (fax)
Lois Pope LIFE Center 4-17
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Richard  Bookman, Ph.D. Richard Bookman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
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Peter  Buchwald, Ph.D. Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology & Director, Drug Discovery, Diabetes Research Institute
Research Summary
"Computer-aided drug design, small molecule modulators of the costimulatory protein-protein interaction, immunomodulation for islet transplantation"
 
305-243-9657 (ph)
Diabetes Research Institute #5012
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Kerry  Burnstein, Ph.D. Kerry Burnstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Graduate Program Director
Research Summary
"My lab studies steroid hormone action in endocrine cancers. In particular, we focus on androgen and vitamin D regulation of oncogenesis in the prostate."
 
305-243-5732 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6160
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Gennaro  D'Urso, Ph.D. Gennaro D'Urso, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
We are interested in using the yeast S. pombe as a model to expore the function of human genetic variants.  We take advantage of the genetic tractability of yeast and vast set of genomic tools available to investigate gene-gene and gene-drug interactions in this organism.  This information is then used to guide experiments in mammalian cells.
 
305-243-3105 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building, 7151A
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Michael  Kim, Ph.D. Michael Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
Molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate dendrite morphogenesis and neural connectivity.
 
305-243-1690 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building, RMSB 6056
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Sandra K. Lemmon, Ph.D. Sandra K. Lemmon, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology and Director, MD/PhD Program.
Research Summary
Membrane Traffic: Sorting and regulation of protein transport in the endocytic and secretory pathways.
 
305-243-5758 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6165
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Konstantin  Levay, Ph.D. Konstantin Levay, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
305-243-3431 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6024
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Irene  Litosch, Ph.D. Irene Litosch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology.
Research Summary
"We study how intracellular mediators interact to regulate signal output by G protein coupled receptors (GPCR). Understanding how GPCR signaling is regulated, in health and disease, can lead to new therapeutic strategies."
 
305-243-5862 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6088
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Charles  Luetje, Ph.D. Charles Luetje, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
Receptor Structure and Function: Mammalian olfactory receptors, insect olfactory and taste receptors, mammalian neuronal nicotinic receptors.
 
305-243-5874 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6085
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Justin M. Percival, Ph.D. Justin M. Percival, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary

We study the function of nitric oxide-cGMP signaling pathways in normal and diseased skeletal and cardiac muscle.  We use our findings to develop pharmacological treatments for muscle dysfunction in human disease.

305-243-7303 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
RMSB 6088
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Claudia  Rodrigues, Ph.D. Claudia Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Summary
Mechanisms of stem cell survival
 
305-243-1003 (ph)
305-243-6082 (fax)
Biomedical Research Building 828
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Stephan  C. Schurer, Ph.D. Stephan C. Schurer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology, Adjunct Associate Professor, Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute Florida
Research Summary
Drug discovery, cheminformatics, computational systems chemical biology, knowledge modeling, big data


305-243-4842 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
CRB 944
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Vladlen Z.  Slepak, Ph.D. Vladlen Z. Slepak, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
"Novel mechanisms of signal transduction, with a focus on heterotrimeric G proteins and Ca2+ binding proteins. Structure-function aspects and subcellular localization of signaling proteins"
 
305-243-3430 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6130
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Danuta  Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D. Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
"My research is directed toward unraveling the mechanisms of Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (FHC), an autosomal dominant disease originating from mutations in genes that encode for the major contractile proteins of the heart, including the ventricular myosin regulatory (RLC) and essential (ELC) light chains. Using a combination of molecular biological and physiological approaches we are trying to answer important questions regarding the molecular determinants of the myosin light chain mutations - mediated pathology in the heart."
 
305-243-2908 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6113
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Fulvia  Verde, Ph.D. Fulvia Verde, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology and Cell Biology; Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics Miami Yeast Group member
Research Summary
Control of cell morphogenesis in fission yeast 
 
305-243-3106 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6130
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Yingcai  Wang, Ph.D. Yingcai Wang, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Summary
305-243-6766 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6104
email 
Keith  Webster, Ph.D. Keith Webster, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology; Director of the Vascular Biology Institute; Walter G. Ross Chair of Vascular Biology
Research Summary
Myocardial ischemia, Apoptosis, Gene and Stem Cell Therapy  
 
305-243-6779 (ph)
305-243-6082 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6038
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R. Grace  Zhai, Ph.D. R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
Dr. Zhai is interested in understanding the genetic and cellular basis of neural development, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.
 
305-243-6316 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, Room 6069
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Fangliang  Zhang, Ph.D. Fangliang Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Research Summary
Cytoskeleton, cell motility and cell adhesion
Protein posttranslational modifications: arginylation and proteolytic processing
305-243-0159 (ph)
305-243-4555 (fax)
Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building, Room 6047
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