Research Mentors

Prospective mentors for the University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Program

Name/Degree(s)RankPrimary (& Secondary) Appointment (s)Role in ProgramResearch Interest
Adamovicz, Jeff / PhD, RBPAssociate ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentorHost pathogen interactions with intracellular bacteria, immune mechanisms and vaccine design and testing
Agca, Yuksel / DVM, PhDAssociate ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentor, Core FacultyMammalian gamete and pre-implantation embryo biology, with an emphasis in reproductive cells and tissue cryobiology
Amos-Landgraf, James / PhDAssistant ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentor, Core FacultyAnimal models of human colon cancer and potential chemotherapeutic development
Anderson, Deborah / PhDAssociate ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentorHost pathogen interactions involved in plague disease and immunity
Backus, Robert / DVM, PhDAssociate ProfessorVeterinary Medicine and SurgeryMentorRole of taurine in metabolic and cardiac disease
Baines, Christopher / PhDAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Sciences (Medical Pharmacology and Physiology); Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorThe role of mitochondria in cell death and molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease
Beversdorf, David / MDAssociate Professor; William and Nancy Thompson Endowed Chair in Radiology; DirectorRadiology; Neurology, Psychological Sciences; Interdisciplinary Neuroscience ProgramMentorNeuropsychopharmacology, neuroimaging, neurodevelopment, and the biological, cognitive, pharmacological, and developmental effects of stress
Bowles, Douglas / PhDProfessorBiomedical Sciences (Medical Pharmacology and Physiology); Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorMechanisms of exercise and ion channels in coronary atherosclerosis
Bryda, Elizabeth / PhDProfessorVeterinary Pathobiology; Director, Rat Resource and Research CenterProgram Co-Director, MentorMolecular genetics of human disease using animal models 
Burke-Aguero, Donald / PhDProfessorMolecular Microbiology and Immunology (Biochemistry)MentorSmall RNA molecules (aptamers and ribozymes) in gene therapy and microbicide strategies
Calcutt, Michael / PhDAssociate ProfessorVeterinary Pathobiology (Molecular Microbiology and Immunology)MentorBacterial Pathogenesis; genomics; antibiotic resistance
Chandrasekhar, Anand / PhDProfessorBiological SciencesMentorMechanisms regulating neuronal migration in vertebrates
Clarke, Lane / DVM, PhDProfessorBiomedical Sciences; Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorStem cell biology and goblet cell function in  normal and cystic fibrosis small intestine
Coates, Joan / DVM, MSProfessorVeterinary Medicine and SurgeryMentorComparative and translational research of neurodegenerative disease, i.e. ALS
Cook, Jimi / DVM, PhDWilliam and Kathryn Allen Distinguished ProfessorOrthopaedic Surgery (Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)MentorComparative orthopaedic surgery; arthritis
Delafontaine, Patrice / MDHugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson DeanMedicine; Medical Pharmacology and PhysiologyMentorMechanisms of muscle wasting in catabolic conditions’ Genomic and proteomic analysis of atherosclerotic plaque, signaling mechanisms involved in atherogenesis, the role of insulin-like growth factors in vascular and cardiac disease, and mechanisms of skeletal muscle wasting. 
Ericsson, Aaron / DVM, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorVeterinary Pathobiology,   Director; MU Metagenomics CenterMentor; Core FacultyInfluence of gut microbiota on animal models of disease; role of commensal gut microbiota in intestinal inflammation and colitis-associated colorectal cancer; segmented filamentous bacteria and its influence on the development and function of intestinal immune responses
Franklin, Craig / DVM, PhDProfessorVeterinary Pathobiology, Director; MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research CenterPrinciple Investigator; Program Director; MentorInflammatory bowel diseases, microbiomes, mutant rodent pathobiology, animal models of infectious disease
Franz, Alexander / PhDAssistant ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentorMolecular mosquito-arbovirus interactions focusing on dengue, chikungunya, and Sindbis viruses. Developing strategies to block arbovirus replication in mosquitoes. Mosquito transgenesis.   
Gangopadhyay, Shubhra / PhDLaPierre Chair and Professor; Co-DirectorElectrical & Computer Engineering; (Physics and Bioengineering) ; Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center; International Center for Nano/Micro Systems & NanotechnologyMentorNanomaterial synthesis, functionalization and applications imaging, drug delivery, and sensing
Grant, Sheila / PhDProfessorBioengineeringMentorNanomaterials for tissue engineering and diagnostic sensor development
Hahm, Bumsuk / PhDAssociate ProfessorSurgery (Molecular Microbiology & Immunology) MentorInfluenza pathogenesis; Virus-induced immune suppression; Viral persistence; Sphingolipid regulation of host immunity
Hannink, Mark / PhDProfessorBiochemistryAdvisory CommitteeMolecular and cellular mechanisms of intracellular signal transduction
Hasser, Eileen / PhDProfessorBiomedical Sciences, (Medical Pharmacology and Physiology); Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorCardiorespiratory Neuroscience- Mechanisms of plasticity of cardiorespiratory regulation
Heesch, Cheryl / PhDProfessorBiomedical Sciences; Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorNeural cardiorespiratory control; central nervous system effects of ovarian hormones; hypertension; hypoxia
Henry, Caroline / DVMProfessor; Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies; Associate Director of ResearchOncology; College of Veterinary Medicine; Ellis Fischel Cancer CenterAdvisory CommitteeComparative Oncology/cancer epidemiology, canine bladder cancer, mammary cancer and osteosarcoma 
Hoffman, Timothy / PhDProfessor; Research Career ScientistInternal Medicine (Chemistry) (Nuclear Engineering); HS Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, Columbia, MOMentorNuclear oncology, molecular imaging, development of targeted radiotherapeutic agents*


*Please contact the lab no later than 6-8 weeks prior to desired rotation start date to allow time for completion of necessary paperwork and background check.
Huxley, Virginia / PhDJames O. Davis Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular Research; DirectorMedical Pharmacology and Physiology (Biomedical Sciences); Internal Medicine;  Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center; National Center for Gender PhysiologyMentorRole of sex in the regulation of microvessel exchange in health and in adaption to stressors (hypoxia, exercise training, diabetes, sepsis)
Katti, Kattesh / MScEd, PhDCurator’s Professor of Radiology and PhysicsRadiology and Physics; University of Missouri Research Reactor; Director, University of Missouri Cancer Nanotechnology PlatformMentorNanoscience and nanotechnology in nanomedicine
Katz, Martin / PhDProfessorOphthalmology (Pathobiology, Bioengineering, Neurosciences and Genetics)MentorAge-related macular degeneration (AMD); gene therapy and stem cell therapies for inherited neurodegenerative diseases; identification  of canine models of neurodegenerative diseases 
Kline, David / PhDAssociate ProfessorBiomedical Sciences; Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorSynaptic and neuronal plasticity in the brain during hypoxia
Korthuis, Ronald / PhDBolm Distinguished Professor and ChairMedical Pharmacology and Physiology; Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorMechanisms underlying ischemia/reperfusion injury in the microcirculation and prevention by antecedent ethanol or resveratrol
Krenz, Maike / MDAssistant ProfessorMedical Pharmacology and Physiology; Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorSignaling mechanisms in cardiac development, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and heart failure
Lorson, Chris / PhDProfessorVeterinary Pathobiology (Molecular Microbiology & Immunology)MentorTranslational research, drug development and gene therapy in neurodegeneration, including Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Lyons, Leslie / PhDGilbreath-McLorn Professor of Comparative MedicineVeterinary Medicine and Surgery (Veterinary Pathobiology, Adjunct Animal Sciences)MentorGenetics of simple and complex traits, especially but not limited to cats; population genetics of cats
McDonald, Kerry / PhDProfessorMedical Pharmacology and PhysiologyMentorUnderstanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate striated muscle contraction and the ways that these processes are altered by disease and other physiological stresses such as exercise
McIntosh, Mark / PhDAssociate Vice Chancellor for Research and Strategic Initiatives; Professor and ChairMolecular Microbiology & ImmunologyAdvisory CommitteeProcesses and regulation of iron assimilation in bacteria
Mohan, Rajiv / PhDProfessorOphthalmology (Veterinary Medicine and Surgery)MentorCorneal gene therapy, nanomedicine, and wound healing. 
Nichols, Nicole / PhDAssistant ProfessorBiomedical SciencesMentorMechanisms of respiratory plasticity in models of motor neuron death
Phillips, Charlotte / PhD Associate ProfessorBiochemistry (Child Health, Dermatology)MentorMuscle and skeletal interactions and related therapeutic agents in inherited and acquired diseases of bone disorders
Prather, Randall / PhDProfessorAnimal ScienceMentorEarly embryo development, transgenesis, in vitro embryo production, transcriptional profiling, genetically-engineered swine
Quinn, Thomas / PhDProfessorBiochemistryMentorDevelopment of radiolabeled peptides and proteins as tumor specific diagnostic and therapeutic agents
Rosenfeld, Cheryl / DVM, PhDAssociate ProfessorBiomedical SciencesMentorEffects of maternal and paternal diet and exposure to environmental chemicals on offspring metabolic and behavioral disorders 
Sarafianos, Stefanos / PhDAssociate Professor; Chancellor’s Chair of Excellence in Molecular VirologyMolecular Microbiology & Immunology (Biochemistry)MentorMechanisms of viral inhibition and of drug resistance, as a requisite for the development of novel antivirals for the treatment of pathogens such HIV, SARS, Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus
Segal, Steven / PhDMargaret P. Mulligan Distinguished Professor in Medical Research; Chancellor’s Professor of Research ExcellenceMedical Pharmacology and Physiology (Internal Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Bioengineering); Dalton Cardiovascular Research CenterMentorBlood flow control in the microcirculation, skeletal muscle, exercise, aging
Skyberg, Jerod / PhDAssistant ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentorMechanisms of Brucella-induced articular Inflammation: Immunity and Immunotherapeutics for Tularemia
Smith, Jeffrey / PhDProfessorRadiologyMentorDesign, synthesis, purification, characterization and evaluation of peptide-based radiopharmaceuticals for prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy using PET, SPECT, CT and MRI imaging modalities
Stewart, George / PhDProfessor and ChairVeterinary PathobiologyMentorRegulation of virulence properties of Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus anthracis
Taylor, Kristen / PhDAssistant ProfessorPathology and Anatomical Sciences; (Child Health)MentorEpigenetic regulation of gene expression in acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Timms, Kathy / PhDProfessorObstetrics/Gynecology & Women’s Health (Animal Science); Director, Division of Reproductive & Perinatal Research; Director, Assisted Reproduction LabsMentorTissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinase (TIMP1) causes ovarian dysfunction and disturbs embryonic development leading to subfertility in an endometriosis model in rats and heritable epigenetic changes as found in women with endometriosis.
Van Doren, Steven / PhDProfessorBiochemistryMentorEnzyme interactions underlying lung disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and innate immunity
Weisman, Gary / PhDProfessorBiochemistryMentorP2 receptors and their involvement in inflammation and tissue regeneration
Zhang, Guoquan / DVM, PhDAssociate ProfessorVeterinary PathobiologyMentorCoxiella burnetii pathogenesis and vaccine development against Q fever