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Program Faculty/Dissertation Advisors

The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences provides students with access to renowned researchers who will provide state-of-the-art graduate training in their fields of expertise and develop students into world-class researchers capable of ascertaining employment in competitive job markets.

Alexander Agoulnik, PhD
Director, Graduate Program, Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Research interests: Germ cell biology, male and female reproductive tract development, tumorigenesis, and the roles played by peptide and steroid hormones in these processes

Irina Agoulnik, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics 
Research interests: Tumor progression and metastasis

Marisela Agudelo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology
Research interests: Epigenetic mechanisms of alcohol effects on the human immune system; the role of the cannabinoid system in the alcohol-induced immunoregulatory process of non-HIV and HIV-infected alcohol abusers

Jeff Boyd, PhD
Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and Obstetrics/Gynecology 
Research interests: Genetics, molecular genetics, and molecular biology of gynecologic and breast cancers

Nazira El-Hage, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Research Interests: Mechanisms by which HIV and drug abuse or drug pharmacotherapy cause toxicity and injury to the central nervous system leading to neurological dysfunction and neuro-AIDS; interactive effects of Hepatitis C/HIV co-infection on host immune response and cell function

Ajeet Kaushik, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology 
Research interests: Nanotechnology for site-specific on-demand drug delivery, Personalized nanomedicine, neuroimaging, nanoformulations of CNS diseases, nano-enabled electrochemical sensing systems, miniaturized diagnostics systems, point-of-care systems for health care

Kalai Mathee, PhD
Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Research interests: Bacterial pathogenicity; bioinformatics; comparative genomics; microbiome and metagenomic profiling

Madhavan Nair, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Immunology
Research interests: Roles of drugs of abuses (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, morphine, methamphetamine) on neuro-AIDS; nanotechnological approaches for the delivery of drugs to the brain

Barry P. Rosen, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
Research interests: Mechanisms of arsenic detoxification and resistance; genetically engineering plants to improve food safety and drinking water quality; rational design of drugs to treat drug-resistant microbes and cancer cells

Helen Tempest, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics 
Research interests: Chromosomal abnormalities

Hoshang Unwalla, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Research interests: Mucociliary dysfunction in smokers and HIV patients