Faculty

Balamurali K. Ambati, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Bala Ambati specializes in cataract extraction, lifestyle lens implants, LASIK, cornea transplants, keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), PRK, and other complex procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He joined the Moran faculty as a physician and researcher i... Read More

Research Interests: Angiogenesis, Bioimaging, Cataract, Cornea, Diabetic Retinopathy, Drug Delivery, Inflammation, LASIK, Macular Degeneration, Nanoparticles, Retina, Transplantation, Vascular Normalization

Specialties: Cataract Surgery, Clear Lens Extraction, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea, Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery, Uveitis

Sheri L. Holmen, Ph.D.

Sheri Holmen, PhD, is a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and member of the Cell Response and Regulation Program. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences. The Holmen Lab aims to define critical targe... Read More

Research Interests: Genes, Tumor Suppressor, Glioma, Melanoma, Mouse Models of Cancer, Oncogenes, Virology

Specialties: Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology, Neuro-Oncology

Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn Jorde has been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine since 1979 and holds an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Human Genetics. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Genetics in September 2009. Dr. Jorde’s laboratory has been involved in studies of human genetic variation... Read More

Research Interests: Gene Mapping and Cloning, Human Population Genetics, Medical Genetics

Richard D. King, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard D. King, MD, PhD, joined the University of Utah in 2009 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR), where he also directs the Alzheimer's Image Analysis Laboratory. Dr. King is board certified in Geriatric Neurology and Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry. D... Read More

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, Fractals, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Medical Diagnosis and Prognosis Using Biomarkers, Quantitative MRI

Specialties: Alzheimer's Disease, Behavioral Medicine, Cognitive Disorders, Dementia, Neurology

Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.


Vivian Lee Bio


Since July of 2011, Dr. Vivian S. Lee has served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of Utah, Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Care. She is responsible for an annual budget of $3.3 billion; four hospitals, ten neighborhood health ... Read More

Specialties: Radiology

Ryan O'Connell, Ph.D.

I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Pathology. My postdoctoral studies were performed in David Baltimore’s laboratory at the California Institute of Technology where I began working in the area of microRNAs following my graduate training in Immunology at UCLA (mentored by Genhong Cheng). My research ... Read More

Research Interests: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Autoimmune Diseases, Cellular Immunology, Macrophage Functions, Immunology, Inflammation, RNA, Small Interfering, T Cell Biology, Tumor Microenvironment

Jared P. Rutter, Ph.D.

Jared Rutter, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Rutter studies how cells sense and detect energy needs for growth. Understanding the energy-sensing pathways in cells is important in cancer resea... Read More

Research Interests: Cell Communication, Cell Signaling, Metabolism, Metabolism Regulation

Jason Shepherd, Ph.D.

Brains have an amazing ability to learn and store information for long periods, in some cases a lifetime. In particular, the enduring nature of memory remains a mystery, despite intensive study. How does information storage remain stabile for years, despite constant protein modification and turnover? Moreover, disorders of memory and cognition affe... Read More

Research Interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Angelman Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Endocytosis, Fragile X Syndrome, Immediate-Early Proteins, Learning and Memory, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurosciences, Receptor Trafficking, Rett Syndrome, Synaptic Membranes, Synaptic Plasticity, Synaptic Transmission

Monica Vetter, Ph.D.

My laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular pathways controlling neural development and degeneration in the retina. The retina is of critical importance since disorders of eye development can lead to congenital blindness, while degeneration of retinal neurons can cause progressive blindness at later ages.Retinal development:   In the de... Read More

Research Interests: Developmental Neurobiology, Retinal Degeneration and Cell Biology

Mark Yandell, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Comparative Genomics, Computational Biology, Human Population Genetics, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, bioinformatics