Faculty

Director of Basic and Translational Research, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science
Research Focus:

Interested in discovering the molecular mechanisms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, 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
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery
Research Focus:
  • Physician decision making in time-sensitive conditions
  • Heuristics and biases
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:

Dysbiosis and Outcomes after Critical Illness

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
  • Novel mitochondria-associated peptides
  • GH/IGF axis on glucose and energy homeostasis
  • Role of hypothalamus in whole-body energy and glucose metabolism​