Listed below are our FIU HWCOM faculty, their research interests and contact information. Students are encouraged to reach out if they have any questions or have an interest in a certain topic.
To view our research opportunities and academic partnerships with external hospitals and affiliates, see Other FIU & Hospital Research Opportunities.
Basic Science Departments
- Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
Topics researched by the department of cellular biology and pharmacology include but are not limited to:
- Development of Medical Education Models and Implementation
- Discovery of Arsenic Detoxification Genes and Biochemical and Structural Analysis of their Gene Products
- Development of Commercial Arsenic Biosensors and Methods for Arsenic Bioremediation
Research Interest(s): Models of Medical Education/Pathways in Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics
Research Interest(s): Medical Education/Studies in Neuroscience
Research Interest: Medical Education
Research Interest(s): Studies in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, In-silico/computational docking/Drug Development
Research Interest(s): Developing Models of Medical Education
Research Interest(s): Environmental Toxicology/Arsenic Biotransformation and Bioremediation/Gene Discovery to Structural Biochemistry
Research Interest(s): Arsenic Metabolism/Toxicology/Gene Regulation
Research Interest(s): Environmental Toxicology and Microbiology/Arsenic Detoxification and Arsenic-based Antibiotics and Herbicides
- Human Molecular Genetics
Current topics researched by the department of human molecular genetics include but are not limited to:
- Pathogenesis and Novel Treatments Associated with Fibrosis
- Molecular Genetics of Cancer, Metabolic Disorders, Male Infertility and Cardiovascular Disease
- Novel Genomic Approaches and Antibiotics of the Microbiome
Research Interest(s): Pathogenesis and Drug discovery Associated with Fibrosis and Cancer
Research Interest(s): Pathogenesis of Breast, Ovarian, and Prostate Cancer
Zuanel Diaz, Ph.D.
Research Interest(s): Development of Cancer Biomarkers/Manage the Biospecimen Repository Facility at BH-MCI
Research Interest(s): Molecular Pathogenesis of Microbiome /Antimicrobial Resistance
Research Interest(s): Molecular Genetics of Reproductive Disorders/Prenatal Genetics and Birth Defects
Research Interest(s): Strategies of Scientific Education/Population Genetics/Consumer Genetics
- Immunology and Nanomedicine
Current topics researched by the department of immunology and nano-medicine include but are not limited to:
- Immunopathogenesis of lung disease
- Developing nanocarrier drug delivery systems
- Mechanism of immunopathogenesis and neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 infection and substance abuse
Research Interest(s): Pathogenesis of Lung Disease in HIV Infection and Substance Abuse/Nanotechnology to Treat Lung Disease
Research Interest(s): Mechanisms of Inflammation & Autophagy in HIV, Zika Virus & Neurodegeneration/Development of Nano-therapeutics in Addiction & Substance abuse
Research Interest(s): Development of Nanomedicine in HIV and Cancer
Research Interest(s): Immunological Mechanisms of Substance Abuse, HIV Infection/Development of Nano-technologies
Research Interest(s): Role of Extracellular Vesicles in Substance Abuse and HIV Neuropathogenesis
Research Interest(s): Mechanisms of Autophagy in HIV-Neurodegenerative Disease
Research Interest(s): Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Research Interest(s): Development of Novel Nanomedicine/Drug Delivery and Imaging Systems
Research Interest(s): Pathogenesis of Lung Cancer and HIV-related Diseases on the Lung
- Translational Glycobiology Institute
Charles J. Dimitroff, Ph.D.
Director, Translational Glycobiology Institute at FIU
Research Interest(s): Glycobiology of Cancer/Immunology
Robert Sackstein, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Research Interest(s): Glycobiology of Cancer/Regenerative Medicine
Karen Abbott, Ph.D.
Research Interest(s): Glycobiology of Cancer/Cancer therapeutics
Kevin Brown Chandler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Translational Medicine
Research Interest(s): Glycobiology of Cancer, including Oral and Head & Neck Cancer
Joong Ho Moon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Interest(s): Nanoparticles/Cancer Therapy
Anthony J. McGoron, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering and Computing
Research Interest(s): Nanoparticles/Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment
Lidia Kos, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, University Graduate School
Research Interest(s): Melanoma Development/Metastatic
Robert J. Poppiti, Jr., M.D.
Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Pathology
Research Interest(s): Experimental Pathology
Guenther Koehne, MD, Ph.D.
Deputy Director and Chief of Blood & Marrow Transplant
Research Interest(s): Bone Marrow Transplant/ Adoptive Immunotherapy
Gregory A. Hudalla, Ph.D.
Research Interest(s): Biomaterials and Therapeutic
Lianchun Wang, M.D.
Research Interest(s): Glycobiology of Cancer/Immunology
- Internal Medicine
- Medical and Population Health Sciences Research
Juan Manuel Lozano Leon, M.D.
Chief of the Division of Medical and Population Health Sciences Education and Research
Juan Gabriel Ruiz Pelaez, M.D.
Noel Christopher Barengo M.D., Ph.D., MPH
Marcia Herdy Varella, M.D., Ph.D., MHS
Georgeta Vaidean, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
Michael W. McDermott, M.D.
Chief, Miami Neuroscience Institute
Research Interest(s): Meningioma and Adult Brain tumors
Contact the chair or vice-chair directly of the departments below for more information on their research opportunities.
- Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Robert Levine, M.D.
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care; Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education; and Professor
Darren Roy Kaufman, M.D.
Vice-Chair of Education, Clerkship Director for Emergency Medicine & Critical Care; and Assistant Professor
- Humanities, Health and Society
David R. Brown, M.D.
Sarah Stumbar, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Assistant Professor
Nana Aisha Garba, M.D., Ph.D., MPH
Research Interest(s): Studies of Social Determinants of Health
- Interventional Radiology
Barry T. Katzen, M.D.
Chair, Department of Interventional Radiology and Professor
Constantino S. Pena, M.D.
Vice-Chair of Research and Assistant Professor
James Benenati, M.D.
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robert Poppiti, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pathology; and Professor
John Alexis, MB, ChB
Vice-Chair of Anatomical Pathology; and Associate Professor
Lydia Hernandez Howard, M.D.
Vice-Chair of Clinical Pathology; and Assistant Professor
Jefry Biehler, M.D., MPH
Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Clerkship Director for Pediatrics and Academic Advisor; Associate Professor
Balagangadhar Totapally, M.D., MBBS, DCH, MRCP, FAAP, FCCP, FCCM
Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; and Professor
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Rodolfo Bonnin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Research Interest(s): Research methodology and data analysis
Eduardo Camps-Romero, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Behavioral Health, Department of Humanities, Health & Society
Research Interest(s): Neurology, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and bipolar disorder
Daniel Castellanos, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education; Founding Chair; Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics
Research Interest(s): Child and adolescent psychiatry substance use, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
Luis Carcache, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Assistant Clerkship Director
Research Interest(s): Child and adolescent psychiatry, and developmental disorders
Nathaly Shoua-Desmarais, Psy.D., BCB
Associate Professor; Director of Student Well-being and Mental Health Services
Research Interest(s): Counseling services, and biofeedback
305-348-8822 or 305-348-1460
Javier Escobar, M.D., MSc
Research Interest(s): Clinical phenomenology, epidemiology, and treatment of psychiatric syndromes, particularly those presenting primarily with somatic symptoms
Leonard Gralnik, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Chief of Education; Clerkship Director; Senior Medical Director
Research Interest(s): Child and adolescent psychiatry, suicide prevention, and curriculum
Jorge Herrera-Pino, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interest(s): Neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive rehabilitation of conditions such as memory disorders, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.
Patricia Junquera, M.D., FAPA
Associate Professor, Vice-chair of Clinical Services, and Director of Multidisciplinary Education
Research Interest(s): Expertise in anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, psychiatric emergencies, and geriatric psychiatry
Melanis Rivera-Rodriguez, PsyD
Research Interest(s): Expertise in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders
Eugenio Rothe, M.D.
Professor; Assistant Clerkship Director
Research Interest(s): General and Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic (Medical-Legal) Psychiatry, Adult Psychoanalysis
Heidi von Harscher, M, Ph.D.
Director of Medical Student Support Services; HWCOM Student Ombudsman; Associate Professor; Assistant Dean of Women in Medicine and Science
Research Interest(s): Pharmacopsychology, severe mental illness, and neurofeedback.
- Radiation Oncology
Michael Zinner, M.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery
Geoffrey D. Young, M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Vice-Chair; and Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Seth R. Thaller, M.D., DMD, FACS
Chief and Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Miami