Faculty

Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science
Research Focus:

Interested in discovering the molecular mechanisms of bipolar disorder, major depression, and drug addiction

Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, UPMC Medical Education Program
Research Focus:
  • Biomaterials used in reconstructive pelvic surgeries:  impact of current devices and the development of novel solutions
  • Defining mechanisms of maternal birth injury and optimizing repair
  • Defining mechanisms of failure after reconstructive pelvic surgeries
  • Defining novel solutions to pelvic floor failure
Samuel P. Harbison Assistant Professor of Surgery
Research Focus:

Mitochondrial dysfunction within the intestinal epithelium of patients with IBD

Distinguished and American Cancer Society Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Research Focus:
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), the viral cause of Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • Merkel  cell  polyomavirus  (MCV), the viral cause of Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Methods to search for undiscovered human tumor viruses
Director Education, Aging Institute
Research Focus:

The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a highly lethal age-related lung disease. 

Associate Professor of Surgery and Human Genetics
Research Focus:

Pathogenicity of Intestinal Microbes in Milk Fed and Formula Fed Premature Infants

Interim Division Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, UPMC Chair of Translational Pulmonary and Critical Care Research
Research Focus:

Translational research on HIV-associated pulmonary disease as well as on the role of the microbiome in pulmonary-related diseases

Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Research Focus:
  • Regulators of glucose metabolism
  • GH/IGF axis on glucose and energy homeostasis
  • Role of the hypothalamus in whole body energy and glucose metabolism
  • Novel mitochondria-associated peptides