Faculty

Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Specialties: Cardiology, General Cardiology

Michael E. Engel, MD, PhD, FAAP

Michael Engel, MD, PhD, attended the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his Pediatric residency training and subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He recently joined the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primar... Read More

Research Interests: Childhood Acute Leukemia, Hematopoiesis

Specialties: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

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Kimberley J. Evason, MD, PhD

Specialties: Pathology, Anatomical

Sheri L. Holmen, PhD

Sheri Holmen, PhD, is a Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator and Co-Director of the Melanoma Disease Oriented Research Team (MDOT). She is a 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. Dr. Holmen’s Lab aims to define critical ... Read More

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

Specialties: Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology, Neuro-Oncology

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Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Chair, Department of Human Genetics

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

Tracey J. Lamb, PhD

Research Interests: Malaria Immunopathogenesis

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Robert S. MacLeod, PhD

Rob MacLeod was trained in physics, electrical engineering, and physiology & biophysics and is a Full Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology) at the University of Utah. He is a co-founder and an Associate Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute and an Associate Director of th... Read More

Ryan O'Connell, PhD

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

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Aylin R. Rodan, MD, PhD, FASN

Academic biographyDr. Rodan received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Yale University, where she studied mechanisms of unfolded protein recognition in the endoplasmic reticulum. She then completed M.D./Ph.D. training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California San Francisco. Her Ph.D. research focused on use of... Read More

Research Interests: Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Circadian Rhythm, Drosophila melanogaster, Hypertension, Ion Transport, Malpighian Tubules, Osmoregulation, Potassium Channels, Potassium Homeostasis, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Renal Physiology, Sodium-Potassium-Chloride Symporters, Stroke, Water-Electrolyte Balance

Specialties: Nephrology & Hypertension

Jared P. Rutter, PhD

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

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Jason Shepherd, PhD

Brains have an amazing ability to learn and store information for long periods - in some cases, a lifetime. A major challenge in neuroscience is to understand how neuronal networks are sculpted by experience and how proteins/genes contribute to circuit modification. The goal of our research is to understand information storage, from the molecular l... 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

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Sankar Swaminathan, MD

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Sankar Swaminathan is the Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Utah. He considers both basic-science and clinical research priorities in the division. This includes expanding the collaborative virology research between the infectious diseases division and other departments and divisions at the medical school as well as... Read More

Specialties: Immunocompromised Host, Infectious Diseases

Dean Tantin, PhD

Dean Tantin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah and a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Tantin studies gene expression and its relationship to immune and stem cell function, and malignancy. He focuses on a class of transcription facto... Read More

Research Interests: Development and Regulation of Immune Responses, Gene Regulation, Stem Cells, Transcriptional Control of Malignant State

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Monica Vetter, PhD

Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

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, PhD

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