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Aaron Neumann
Pathologyakneumann@salud.unm.eduFungal pathogen cell wall structure, Innate immune fungal recognition--cell biology and signal transduction.0001 maybeYesUndecided
Alicia Bolt
Pharmaceutical Sciences Toxicology, Immunotoxicology
The current research interests of the lab are on determining the molecular mechanisms of how environmental metals can advance tumor progression by targeting the surround tumor microenvironment and how mixed metal exposures leads to immune dysfunction.
Maybe 1 PhD21YesYes
Alison Kell
Molecular Genetics and Microbiologywww.thekelllab.orgamkell@salud.unm.eduViral immunology, host-pathogen interactions00 PhD00YesNo
Amanda Barkley-Levenson
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacyabarkleylevenson@salud.unm.eduBehavioral genetics; behavioral neuroscience; alcohol use disorders and related psychiatric disorders"No MSNo PhD"1 PhD or MS1 PhD or MSYesNo1.

Zhou, X., Barkley-Levenson, A., Montilla-Perez, P., Telese, F., & Palmer, A.A. (2021) Functional validation of a finding from a mouse genome-wide association study demonstrates that a mutant allele of Azi2 alters sensitivity to methamphetamine. Genes Brain Behavior 20 (7): e12760. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12760.


Baud, A., Casale, F.P., Barkley-Levenson, A.M., Farhadi, N., Montillot, C., Yalcin, B., Nicod, J., Palmer, A.A., & Stegle, O. (2021) Dissecting indirect genetic effects from peers in laboratory mice. Genome Biology 22(1): 216. doi: 10.1186/s13059-021-02415-x.


Savarese, A.M., Ozburn, A.R., Barkley-Levenson, A.M., Metten, P., & Crabbe, J.C. (2021) The impact of Drinking in the Dark (DID) procedural manipulations on ethanol intake in High Drinking in the Dark (HDID) mice. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 93: 45-56. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2021.02.001.


Barkley-Levenson, A. M., Lee, A., & Palmer, A. A. (2021) Genetic and pharmacological manipulations of glyoxalase 1 mediate ethanol withdrawal seizure susceptibility in mice. Brain Sciences 11(1): 127. doi: 10.3390/brainsci11010127.


Barkley-Levenson, A.M., Der-Avakian, A., & Palmer, A.A. (2020) Assessing the motivational effects of ethanol in mice using a discrete-trial current-intensity intracranial self-stimulation procedure. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 207: 107806. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.107806.
Amy Gardiner
Cell Biology and Physiologyagardiner@salud.unm.eduNeurodevelopment, prenatal alcohol exposure, cancer biology, angiogenesis
Post-transcriptional regulation, RNA-binding proteins, non-coding RNAs
Angela Wandinger-Ness
Pathology and Cdc42 GTPases as therapeutic targets in ovarian cancer. Collaborative work with the Hudson lab is focused on cell, animal and entrepreneurial studies to improve treatment options for patients.0121YesYesThe R-enantiomer of ketorolac reduces ovarian cancer tumor burden in vivo.
Grimes MM, Kenney SR, Dominguez DR, Brayer KJ, Guo Y, Wandinger-Ness A, Hudson LG.
BMC Cancer. 2021 Jan 7;21(1):40. doi: 10.1186/s12885-020-07716-1.
PMID: 33413202

Dual Actions of Ketorolac in Metastatic Ovarian Cancer.
Hudson LG, Cook LS, Grimes MM, Muller CY, Adams SF, Wandinger-Ness A.
Cancers (Basel). 2019 Jul 24;11(8):1049. doi: 10.3390/cancers11081049.
PMID: 31344967

Ovarian Tumor Microenvironment Signaling: Convergence on the Rac1 GTPase.
Hudson LG, Gillette JM, Kang H, Rivera MR, Wandinger-Ness A.
Cancers (Basel). 2018 Sep 27;10(10):358. doi: 10.3390/cancers10100358.
Bryce Chackerian
Molecular Genetics & Microbiologybchackerian@salud.unm.eduVaccine development for chronic and infectious diseasemaybe 102YesNo
Changjian Feng
COP dynamics, chemical biology, genetic code expansion, rapid kinetics, electron transfer01 – 2 PhD11YesUndecided
Christophe Lambert
Internal Medicine (Center for Global Health, Division of Translational Informatics)Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (secondary appointment pending), Department of Computer Science (secondary appointment) research informatics, machine learning, comparative effectiveness research, bioinformatics, computational psychiatry (bipolar disorders, PTSD, suicidality), infectious disease (genomics of malaria and COVID-19), aging/longevity, global health, systems thinking.1111YesNo
Dario Marchetti
Internal MedicinePathologydmarchetti@salud.unm.eduTranslational cancer biology, Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) as "seeds" of fatal metastasis, Liquid biopsy, Brain metastasis, Cancer stem cells and CSC signaling pathways, Interplays of cancer dormancy vs. proliferation and metastasis, gene pathways and mechanisms of cancer in circulation promoting the spread to distant organ sites.333YesNoVishnoi M.V., Boral D. , Liu H.N., Sprouse M.L., Yin W., Goswami-Sewell D., Davies M.A., Tetzlaff M., Glitza Oliva I.C., and Marchetti D. Targeting USP7 identifies a metastasis-competent state within BM-resident melanoma CTCs. Cancer Research, 78(18): 5349-5362, 2018. Selected as one of six Breaking Insights - Highlights from recent cancer literature. Cancer Research, 78(20): 5722, 2018.

Sprouse M.L., Welte T., Boral D., Liu H.N., Yin W., Vishnoi M.V., Li L., Goswami-Sewell D., Pei G., Jia P., Glitza-Oliva I.C., and Marchetti D. PMN-MDSCs enhance CTC metastatic properties through reciprocal interactions via ROS/Notch/Nodal Nodal signaling. Int. Journ. Mol. Sciences (Selected for the Special Issue: “Tumor Cell Invasion and Metastasis”), 20(8): 1-21, 2019.

Vishnoi M.V., Liu H.N., Boral D., Yin W., Scamardo A., Hong, D., and Marchetti D. The identification of a TNBC liver metastasis signature by sequential CTC-xenograft modelling. Molecular Oncology, 13(9), 1913-1926, 2019.

Boral D., Liu H.N., Kenney S.R., and Marchetti D. Molecular interplay of dormant bone marrow-resident tumor cells and CTCs in breast cancer. Cancers (Selected for the Special Issue: "Liquid Biopsy: Latest Advances and Future Challenges”), 12: 1626; doi:10.3390/ cancers12061626, 2020. Lecture at the virtual 2020 annual AACR meeting was attended by >1000 attendees worldwide. This work was also highlighted in the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) newsletter which was made available to all cancer centers in the US, or aired as interview on KOB/NBC TV channel.
Daryl Domman
Internal Medicine, Center for Global Health epidemiology, infectious disease, global health, cholera, SARS-CoV-2, antimicrobial resistance, microbiology111YesUndecided
David Linsenbardt
Neurosciences Neuroscience
Alcohol and other Substance Use/Abuse Disorders (i.e. 'Addiction')
Extracellular Electrophysiology
Molecular and Population Genetics
Diane Lidke
Pathology signaling
immune receptors
cancer biology
fluorescence microscopy
single molecule imaging
cellular biophysics
Elaine Bearer
Pathology activity under different circumstances--Alzheimer's disease, substance use disorders, early life adversity , and life=threatening fear leading to anxiety disorders.0220YesNoEvolution of brain-wide activity in the awake behaving mouse after acute fear by longitudinal manganese-enhanced MRI.
Uselman TW, Barto DR, Jacobs RE, Bearer EL.
Neuroimage. 2020 Nov 15;222:116975. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116975. Epub 2020 May 28.

Decoupling the Effects of the Amyloid Precursor Protein From Amyloid-β Plaques on Axonal Transport Dynamics in the Living Brain.
Medina CS, Uselman TW, Barto DR, Cháves F, Jacobs RE, Bearer EL.
Front Cell Neurosci. 2019 Dec 3;13:501. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2019.00501. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31849608

Herpes Simplex Virus, Alzheimer's Disease and a Possible Role for Rab GTPases.
Bearer EL, Wu C.
Front Cell Dev Biol. 2019 Aug 7;7:134. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2019.00134. eCollection 2019. PMID: 31448273
Eric Prossnitz
Internal MedicineUNM Cancer Cetner; AIM CoBREeprossnitz@salud.unm.eduCancer, Metabolism, drug development, estrogen signaling0101YesNo"1. Sharma G, Hu C, Staquicini DI, Brigman JL, Liu M, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Pasqualini R, Arap W, Arterburn JB, Hathaway HJ, Prossnitz ER. Preclinical efficacy of the GPER-selective agonist G-1 in mouse models of obesity and diabetes. Sci Transl Med. 2020;12(528). PMC7083206.

2. Revankar CM, Bologa CG, Pepermans RA, Sharma G, Petrie WK, Alcon SN, Field AS, Ramesh C, Parker MA, Savchuk NP, Sklar LA, Hathaway HJ, Arterburn JB, Oprea TI, Prossnitz ER. A Selective Ligand for Estrogen Receptor Proteins Discriminates Rapid and Genomic Signaling. Cell Chem Biol. 2019;26(12):1692-702 e5. PMC6925632."
Erik Taylor
Radiologyeriktaylor@salud.unm.eduMedical imaging, MRI, image processing, machine learningNoNo11YesUndecidedAging-induced microbleeds of the mouse thalamus compared to sensorimotor and memory defects
Y Wang, E Taylor, B Zikopoulos, F Seta, N Huang, JA Hamilton, ...
Neurobiology of Aging 100, 39-47, 2021

The brains of aged mice are characterized by altered tissue diffusion properties and cerebral microbleeds
EN Taylor, N Huang, J Wisco, Y Wang, KG Morgan, JA Hamilton
Journal of Translational Medicine 18 (1), 1-11, 2020

Biophysical Journal 116 (3), 286a, 2019
MRI of atherosclerosis and fatty liver disease in cholesterol fed rabbits
E Taylor, N Huang, J Bodde, A Ellison, R Killiany, MM Bachschmid, ...
Journal of translational medicine 16 (1), 1-11, 2018

Association between tumor architecture derived from generalized Q-space MRI and survival in glioblastoma
GRJ Taylor Erik, Ding Y, Zhu S, Cheah E, Alexander P, Lin L, Aninwene Ii GE ...
Oncotarget 16296, 2017
Fernando Valenzuela
Neurosciences of the effects of alcohol on neurotransmission in different regions of the brain, with particular emphasis on the developmental effects of ethanol. We use a variety of state-of-the-art approaches, including electrophysiological (including optogenetics), histological, and behavioral techniques.111YesUndecided
Hua-Ying Fan
Internal medicineDivision of Molecular Medicine repair and chromatin structure regulation; targeting RBPJ-DNA interaction for treating Notch-addicted cancer.1011NoNo
Jason P. Weick
Neurosciences study neuronal development and plasticity in multiple neurological disorders (FASD, AD) using human pluripotent stem cells, organoids, electrophysiology, single cell RNA-sequencing, and many other methods.1121YesUndecided
Jay Naik
Cell Biology and physiology, endothelial dysfunction, cell signaling0Maybe 1 PhD11YesYes
Jennifer Gillette
PathologyCancer Center lab studies how cell communication within the bone marrow microenvironment serves to regulate healthy and malignant cells. Currently, we are focused on the role of the tetraspanin family of membrane scaffold proteins and their regulation of quiescence and chemoresistance signaling of hematopoietic/leukemic cells.1 PhD11YesYes
Jim Liu
Pharmaceutical Sciences toxicity and carcinogenesis, environmental cancer, DNA repair, whole genome sequencing111Yes
Jing Pu
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology diseases and cancer biology, lipid metabolism, Cellular organelle Dynamics, Cell signaling, Imaging21YesYes
Jonathan L. Brigman
Neurosciences, studies in rodents utilize behaviors that focus on their strengths (digging, smelling, navigating). While these approaches have yielded a wealth of data, they differ greatly from how we measure cognitive function n humans. A major goal of the lab is to develop and validate new assays for investigating behavioral outcomes that can be more directly compared to clinical data. Beginning in 2001 I have worked to develop and refine tasks utilizing touchscreen approaches to screen learning, memory and executive control behaviors. This work helped establish the utility of the mouse in executive function research and led to the wider adoption of touchscreen operant paradigms for high-throughput screening. For the past 10 years my lab has integrated in vivo recording of the activity of cortical neurons and local field potentials during these tasks in vivo to help us better understand how different brain regions mediate specific behaviors. More recently, we have been involved in a multi-university study to compare neural activity associated with specific behavior in both rodents and humans to test the utility of rodent behavioral data in therapeutic target development.1121YesUndecided
Judy Cannon
Molecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCIDI Signature Program, AIM Center, Cancer Center laboratory is interested in studying T cell immune responses to infection, focusing on how movement of T cells affects immune clearance. We focus on immune responses in the lung, including T cell response to influenza infection, and also whether E-cigarette exposures affect lung immunity. We use a combination of fluorescence imaging including two photon microscopy, confocal and light sheet microscopy, as well as flow cytometry and animal models to understand how T cells clear infection in specialized tissues such as lung.1111YesYes
Julie In
Internal medicineDivision of Gastroenterologyjgin@salud.unm.edu1) WNT and Hedgehog signaling in stem cells to promote regeneration in human intestinal organoids.
2) enteroendocrine and goblet cells function in intestinal injury
3) differentiation of small bowel stem cells in celiac disease and the role of IgA in minimizing the effects of gluten in the gut
0Maybe 1 MS
Maybe 1 PhD
Justin Baca
Emergency MedicineChemical and Biological Engineering testing, Minimally-invasive diagnostics, wearable sensors, Point of care testing, machine learning011 or 21 or 2YesUndecided
Karin Westlund High
Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine overall research career aim is to stop pain, through pursuit of pain relief mechanisms and development of therapies for testing in chronic neuropathic pain models. We have patented two non-opioid small single chain (scFv) antibodies that significantly inhibit targets upregulated in chronic neuropathic pain. Single dose of one antibody returns pain-, anxiety-, and depression-like behaviors to baseline.11Yes
PMID: 33727771 doi: 10.3748/wjg.v27.i9.794
Katherine Zychowski
Biobehavioral Health and Data Sciences, endothelial barrier integrity, neuroinflammation, exosomes, air pollution, public health1101YesUndecided
Kathryn M Frietze
Molecular Genetics and Microbiologywww.frietzelab.comkfrietze@salud.unm.eduantibody responses to infectious diseases, vaccines against Chlamydia trachomatis, vaccines against opioids, vaccines against dengue virus0111YesNo
Kimberly Page
Internal MedicineEpidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicinepagek@salud.unm.eduEpidemiology, Biostatistics, infectious disease, substance use1111YesNo
Kiran Bhaskar
Molecular Genetics & MicrobiologyBBHI and Neurology's disease and related dementia. Neuroinflammation/neuroimmunology. Tau and tauopathies. Alzheimer's vaccines.NoMaybe 0 – 1 PhD1-21-2YesYes
Laura Gonzalez Bosc
Cell Biology and Physiology physiology, cell signaling, inflammation, pulmonary hypertension, hypoxia0001YesNo
Lee Anna Cunningham
NeurosciencesCenter for brain recovery and repair hippocampal neurogenesis0 PhD11YesYesFunctional and Structural Correlates of Impaired Enrichment -Mediated Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis in a Mouse Model of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. Brain Plasticity 202 Dec 29; 6 (1).
PMID: 33680847 PMCID: PMC7902080
Mara P Steinkamp
PathologyDepartment of Pathology UNMCCC member research interests lie in understanding how complex ErbB receptor interactions promote cell growth and survival in ovarian cancer. Testing the efficacy of anti-ErbB antibodies for ovarian cancer treatment has driven my interest in the tumor microenvironment and how immune cells, particularly tumor-associated macrophages, influence response to cancer therapies. While a good deal is known about how tumor cells respond to treatments in vitro, there is often a disparity between these responses and what is seen in clinical trials. Much of the difference comes from the heterogeneity of the tumor population and the complexity of the tumor microenvironment. Models that can begin to understand this complexity are extremely important for translational research. To examine patient heterogeneity in response to therapy, I have developed patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models from primary spheroids isolated from the malignant ascites fluid of ovarian cancer patients during cytoreductive surgery. To better understand the interactions between human cancer cells and human immune cells in vivo, we have established PDX tumors in mice with engrafted human CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells that create a “humanized” immune system. I am using these models to understand both the direct signaling responses as well as the immune responses to anti-ErbB therapies. I am also interested in developing heterotypic spheroid models to explore the dynamics of antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP) in 3D using live cell light sheet microscopy.noneMaybe 1 PhDnoneoneYesNo1. Steinkamp M.P.*, K.K. Winner, S. Davies, C. Muller, Y. Zhang, R.M. Hoffman, A. Shirinifard, M. Moses, Y. Jiang, and B.S. Wilson. (2013) Ovarian tumor attachment, invasion, and vascularization reflect unique microenvironments in the peritoneum: insights from xenograft and mathematical models. Front Oncol 3: 97. PMID: 24379439. *shared first author

2. Davies, S., A. Holmes, L. Lomo, M.P. Steinkamp, H. Kang, C.Y. Muller, and B.S. Wilson. (2014) High incidence of erbb3, erbb4, and met expression in ovarian cancer. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 33:402-10. PMID: 24901400

3. Steinkamp M.P., S.T. Low-Nam, S. Yang, K.A. Lidke, D.S. Lidke, and B.S. Wilson (2014) Erbb3 is an active tyrosine kinase capable of homo- and heterointeractions. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 34:965-977. PMID: 24379439

4. Kanigel Winner, K.*, M.P. Steinkamp*, R. J. Lee, M. Swat, C.Y. Muller, M.E. Moses, Y. Jiang, B.S. Wilson, (2016) Spatial modeling of drug delivery routes for treatment of disseminated ovarian cancer. Cancer Research, 76:1320-34. PMID: 26719526. *shared first author.
Mark McCormick
Biochemistry and Molecular Biologylabmccormick.orgmmccormick@salud.unm.eduBiology of Aging; Machine Learning.011YesYes
Mary Ann Osley
Molecular Genetics & Microbiologymosley@salud.unm.educhromatin regulation of DNA mediated processes; cellular quiescence0000NoNoYoung, CP, Hillyer, C, Hokamp, K, Fitzpatrick, D, Konstantinov, NK, Welty, JS, Ness, SA, Werner-Washburne, M, Fleming, A, and Osley, MA. Distinct histone methylation and transcription profiles are established during the development of cellular quiescence in yeast. BMC Genomics epub Jan 26, 2017.
Long, LJ, Lee, PH, Small, EM, Hillyer, C, Guo, Y, and Osley, MA. Regulation of UV damage repair in quiescent yeast cells. DNA Repair 90: June, 2020.
Lee, PH and Osley, MA. Chromatin structure restricts origin utilization when quiescent cells re-enter the cell cycle. Nuc. Acids Res., 49: 864-878, 2021.
Meilian Liu
BMB physiology and adipose tissue inflammationNoMaybe11YesYes
Michael Mandell
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology goal of the Mandell laboratory is to understand how cells coordinate responses to intracellular threats with a focus on retroviral infection. In particular, we study members of the TRIM family of proteins. There are more than 70 TRIMs in the human genome, many of which function to protect cells from viral infection. As antiviral molecules, TRIMs can both directly interfere with viral life cycles and can function as key regulators of innate immunity. Our studies revealed a novel, yet highly conserved, action of TRIMs in another cytoprotective pathway: autophagy. Autophagy is a degradative pathway responsible for the removal of unnecessary and/or potentially dangerous cytoplasmic contents including viruses. Autophagy also has emerging roles in controlling innate immunity. We have shown that TRIMs can control when the cell ‘turns on’ autophagy and can also determine which cellular components are selectively targeted for autophagic removal. Thus, TRIM proteins are positioned as the ‘ringleaders’ of cellular antiviral and innate immune functions. We are working to uncover how TRIMs coordinate these actions.

Our current studies are focused on the HIV-1 restriction factor TRIM5. We have shown that TRIM5 biochemically interacts with multiple components of the autophagy machinery and assembles them into functional complexes. We recently connected these autophagy-related functions of TRIM5 to its actions in antiviral defense. We found that TRIM5 leverages the autophagy machinery to promote antiviral signaling and the establishment of a broadly antiviral state. In this setting, we identified a novel role for the autophagy machinery in scaffolding the assembly of active TRIM5 signaling structures which is in contrast the typical degradative actions of the autophagy pathway.

We are using cell biological, immunological, and proteomic approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying how autophagy contributes to TRIM5’s actions in transducing antiviral signaling. We anticipate that these experiments will advance our understanding of how cells respond to viral infection and reveal novel functions of TRIM5 while also enabling an improved understanding of how autophagy works in mammalian cells.
00YesUndecidedSaha B, Mandell MA. The retroviral restriction factor TRIM5 regulates mitochondrial quality control. 2022. Autophagy Journal. PMID: 35659190.

Saha B, Salemi M, Williams GL, Oh S, Paffett ML, Phinney B, Mandell MA. (2022). Interactomic analysis reveals a homeostatic role for the HIV restriction factor TRIM5α in mitophagy. Cell Reports 39:110797. PMID: 35545034.

Saha B, Chisholm D, Kell AM, Mandell MA (2020) A non-canonical role for the autophagy machinery in anti-retroviral signaling mediated by TRIM5α. PLoS Pathog 16(10): e1009017.

Kehl SR, Soos BA, Choi SW, Herren AW, Johansen T, Mandell MA (2019). TAK1 converts Sequestosome 1/p62 from an autophagy receptor to a signaling platform. EMBO Rep. 2019 Jul 25:e46238

Mandell MA, Jain A, Kumar S, Castleman MJ, Anwar T, Eskelinen EL, Johansen T, Prekeris R, Deretic V. TRIM17 contributes to autophagy of midbodies while actively sparing other targets from degradation. J Cell Sci. 2016 Oct 1;129(19):3562-3573.

Mandell MA, Jain A, Arko-Mensah J, Chauhan S, Kimura T, Dinkins C, Silvestri G, Munch J, Kirchhoff F, Simonsen A, Wei Y, Levine B, Johansen T, Deretic V. TRIM Proteins Regulate Autophagy and Can Target Autophagic Substrates by Direct Recognition. Dev Cell. 2014 Aug 5. pii: S1534-5807(14)00402-X. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2014.06.013.
Michelle Ozbun
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology drug formulation for treating human papillomavirus (HPV) infections based on a recent publication from graduated PhD student, Dr. Adrian Luna ( ).
This is a collaboration with Dr. Jason McConville, College of Pharmacy (
Nancy Kanagy
Cell biology & Physiologynkanagy@salud.unm.eduendothelial cell biology, vascular physiology, translational research0000Undecided
Nathan Zaidman
Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyInternal Medicinenzaidman@jhmi.eduMy lab is interested in the physiological role of a unique class of G protein coupled receptors called adhesion-GPCRs. My current research is focused on the role of one of these receptors in the kidney. Topics include acid/base physiology, renal physiology, whole animal physiology, protein interactions, transcription networks and cell signaling.No PhD02UndecidedUndecided
Nikki Jernigan
Cell Biology and Physiology Physiology
Pulmonary Hypertension
Metabolic Syndrome
acid-sensing ion channel
1 PhD11UndecidedNo
Nikolaos Mellios
Neurosciences of circular RNAs in brain development, function, and neurological and psychiatric disorders.0111YesNo
Pamela Hall
Pharmaceutical Sciencesphall@salud.unm.eduStaphylococcus aureus, host-pathogen interactions0 PhD0Maybe 1NoNo
Pavan Muttil
Pharmaceutical Sciences and vaccine formulation development and testing in animal modelsYesMaybeoneoneYesNo
Rama Gullapalli
PathologyChemical and Biological Engineeringrgullapalli@salud.unm.eduHepatobiliary Cancer, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Heavy metal toxicology0000UndecidedNoNon-autophagy role of Atg5 and NBR1 in unconventional secretion of IL-12 prevents gut dysbiosis and inflammation.
Merkley SD, Goodfellow SM, Guo Y, Wilton ZER, Byrum JR, Schwalm KC, Dinwiddie DL, Gullapalli RR, Deretic V, Jimenez Hernandez A, Bradfute SB, In JG, Castillo EF. J Crohns Colitis. 2021 Aug 10:jjab144. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjab144. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34374750

Ethics of AI in Pathology: Current Paradigms and Emerging Issues.
Chauhan C, Gullapalli RR. Am J Pathol. 2021 Jul 10:S0002-9440(21)00303-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2021.06.011. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34252382 Review.

A Deep Learning Convolutional Neural Network Can Differentiate Between Helicobacter Pylori Gastritis and Autoimmune Gastritis With Results Comparable to Gastrointestinal Pathologists.
Franklin MM, Schultz FA, Tafoya MA, Kerwin AA, Broehm CJ, Fischer EG, Gullapalli RR, Clark DP, Hanson JA, Martin DR. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2021 Apr 15. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2020-0520-OA. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33861314 Free article.

Cadmium exposure activates Akt/ERK Signaling and pro-inflammatory COX-2 expression in human gallbladder epithelial cells via a ROS dependent mechanism.
Sharma P, Caldwell TS, Rivera MN, Gullapalli RR. Toxicol In Vitro. 2020 Sep;67:104912. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2020.104912. Epub 2020 Jun 6. PMID: 32512147
Ranjana Poddar
Neurology of hyperhomocysteinemia (metabolic disorder) on progression of cerebral stroke and Alzheimer's disease, cell signaling, Glutamate receptors, inflammation with emphasis on neuro-immune communication.11NoNoJindal (2019) Neurobiol Dis. 127: 287-302.

Deep (2019) J. Biol Chem. 294 (29): 11154-11165.

Rajagopal (2019) J Neurochem. 150 (1): 44-55.

Poddar R. (2021) Exp Neurol. Feb, 336: 113541
Reed Selwyn
RadiologyNuclear Engineering, Cancer Center imaging characteristics of mild traumatic brain injury and cancer.0001NoNoHong K, Akinwande O, Bodei L, Chamarthy MR, Devlin PM, Elman S, Ganguli S, Kennedy AS, Koo SJ, Ouhib Z, Padia SA, Salem R, Selwyn RG, Yashar CM, Yoo DC, Zaki BI, Hartford AC, Trimmer CK. ACR-ABS-ACNM-ASTRO-SIR-SNMMI practice parameter for selective internal radiation therapy or radioembolization for treatment of liver malignancies. Brachytherapy. 2021 May-Jun;20(3):497-511

Sidebottom RB, Aulwes EF, Freeman MS, Magnelind P, Merrill FE, Noureddine A, Selwyn R, Serda R, Tupa D, Yang Y, Espy M. Gold nanoparticles for tumor detection with proton radiography: optimizing sensitivity and determining detection limits. SPIE Proceedings. March 2021;11659

Manda-Mapalo M, Fine SG, Safadi S, Lee J, Du R, Sussman A, Mishra S, Selwyn RG, Saline JL, Hine WL, Brown-Glaberman U. Breast cancer screening among medically underserved woman in New Mexico: Potential for lower recall rates with digital breast tomosynthesis. J of Woman’s Health. 2020;29(12):1596-1601

McIlwrath SL, Montera MA, Gott KM, Yang Y, Wilson CM, Selwyn R, Westlund KN. Manganese-enhanced MRI reveals changes within brain anxiety and aversion circuitry in rats with chronic neuropathic pain- and anxiety-like behaviors. Neuroimage. 2020 Dec;223. Epub 2020 Sep 6

Hobson N, Polster SP, Cao Y, Flemming K, Shu Y, Huston J, Gerrard CY, Selwyn R, Mabray M, Zafar A, Girard R, Carrion-Penagos J, Fen Chen Y, Parrish T, Zhou XJ, Koenig JI, Shenkar R, Stadnik A, Koskimaki J, Dimov A, Turley D, Carroll T, Awad IA. Phantom validation of quantitative susceptibility and dynamic contrast-enhanced permeability MR sequences across instruments and sites. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2020;51(4):1192-1199.

Maphis NM, Peabody J, Crossey E, Jiang S, Jamaleddin Ahmad FA, Alvarez M, Mansoor SK, Yaney A, Yang Y, Sillerud LO, Wilson CM, Selwyn R, Brigman JL, Cannon JL, Peadbody DS, Chackerian B, Bhaskar K. QB virus-like particle-based vaccine induces robust immunity and protects against tauopathy. NPJ Vaccines. 2019;4(1):1-13.

Brocato TA, Brown-Glaberman U, Wang Z, Selwyn RG, Wilson CM, Wyckoff EF, Lomo LC, Saline JL, Hooda-Nehra A, Pasqualini R, Arap W, Brinker CJ, Cristini V. Predicting breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy based on tumor vascular features in needle biopsies. JCI Insight. 2019;4(8).

McCart EA, Thangapazham RL, Lombardini ED, Mog SR, Panganiban RAM, Dickson KM, Mansur RA, Nagy V, Kim SY, Selwyn R, Landauer MR, Darling TN, Day RM. Accelerated senescence in skin in a murine model of radiation-induced multi-organ injury. J Radiat Res. 2017;58(5):636-646.
Russell Morton
Neurosciences / https://mortonneurolab.comramorton@salud.unm.eduMy lab is interested in the role of spreading depolarization in concussion-like injuries. We use a mouse model of concussions to investigate the physiological and cellular events that occur in the first few minutes following an injury.1111YesUndecided
Sam McKenzie
Neurosciencessamckenzie@salud.unm.eduMemory, physiology, epilepsy, synaptic plasticity, hippocampal function1 PhD01YesYes
Sara G.M. Piccirillo
Cell Biology and Physiology Tumors, Cancer Genomics, Stem Cells01 PhD0Maybe 1YesYes
Sarah J. Blossom
Pharmaceutical Sciencessblossom@salud.unm.eduImmunotoxicology of environmental toxicants including solvents such as the industrial pollutant, trichloroethylene. My lab uses molecular approaches to determine how trichloroethylene modifies T cells to promote allergic disorders and autoimmune disease.1133YesNo
Sascha Alles
Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineNeuroscienceswww.alleslab.comsalles@salud.unm.eduChronic Pain; Electrophysiology; Calcium imaging; Spinal Cord; Nociceptors; Human samples; Antibody therapies; Ion channels; Exosomes; microRNAs; Alzheimer's disease; Anxiety0001YesYes
Scott A. Ness
Internal Medicine / Molecular MedicineUNM Cancer Center, Associate Director for Shared Resources; Director of Analytical and Translational Genomics Shared Resource differentiation and reprogramming, especially involving stem cells and cancer. Regulation of cell programming by oncogenic transcription factors. Cancer genomics, epigenetics and transcriptional regulation.0 PhD00NoNo
Shuguang Leng
Internal medicineDivision of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicinesleng@salud.unm.eduI am a molecular epidemiologist with extensive expertise in applying “systems epidemiology” approach in understanding the etiology and mechanisms for human diseases including cancer and lung aging. My research contains both dry lab and wet lab components. I have access to data and bio-specimens from large smoker cohort such as Lovelace smokers cohort and the Pittsburgh Lung Cancer SPORE cohort. My wet lab component focuses on biomarker development and translational studies from bedside to benchside to understand potential mechanisms for associations seen at the population level. Currently, I have a whole genome sequencing study to understand the ethnic disparity of liver cancer and a whole genome wide association study to understand genetic determinants for lung aging. We are also running exosome experiment to identify novel lung aging biomarkers. One multi-site collaborative study funded by NIGMS/CTR-IN assesses residential wood smoke exposure using questionnaires and biomarkers with the goal of understanding the pulmonary and cancer risk of household wood smoke exposure.1111YesYes
Steven B Bradfute
Internal Medicine Bradfute lab studies immunity, host response, and genetics of emerging viral pathogens, including hantaviruses, alphaviruses, filoviruses, and coronaviruses.0Unknown11NoNo
Tae-Hyung Kim
PathologyUNM Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNM Autophagy, Inflammation and Metabolism (AIM) Center mechanobiology, cancer metabolism, and immuno-mechanobiology.1 PhD1 - 2 PhD1 - 2 PhDYesUndecidedKim TH, Ly C, Christodoulides A, Nowell CJ, Gunning PW, Sloan EK, Rowat AC. Stress hormone signaling through β-adrenergic receptors regulates macrophage mechanotype and function. FASEB J. 2019 Mar;33(3):3997-4006. doi: 10.1096/fj.201801429RR. Epub 2018 Dec 3. PubMed PMID: 30509116; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6404566.

Liu S*, Kim TH*, Franklin DA, Zhang Y. Protection against High-Fat-Diet-Induced Obesity in MDM2C305F Mice Due to Reduced p53 Activity and Enhanced Energy Expenditure. Cell Rep. 2017 Jan 24;18(4):1005-1018. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.12.086. PubMed PMID: 28122227; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5560502. (* Co-first author)

Kim TH, Gill NK, Nyberg KD, Nguyen AV, Hohlbauch SV, Geisse NA, Nowell CJ, Sloan EK, Rowat AC. Cancer cells become less deformable and more invasive with activation of β-adrenergic signaling. J Cell Sci. 2016 Dec 15;129(24):4563-4575. doi: 10.1242/jcs.194803. Epub 2016 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 27875276; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5201020.
Tae-Hyung Kim
PathologyUNM Comprehensive Cancer Centerhttp://thekimlab.nettakim@salud.unm.eduCancer research / Mechanobiology / Cell and molecular biology / Cancer Metabolism / Cancer immunotherapy1 – 2 PhD1 - 2 PhD1 - 2 PhDYesUndecided
Thomas C. Resta
Cell Biology and Physiology Resta’s current research program includes several projects that examine the contribution of inflammation and oxidant signaling to pulmonary hypertension (pHTN). We are evaluating mechanisms by which chronic sustained hypoxia mediates pressure-dependent pulmonary vascular smooth muscle contraction, augments vasoconstrictor reactivity, and their contribution to the development of pHTN. These mechanisms involve inflammation-associated activation of a Src kinase/EGFR signaling mechanism in pulmonary VSM that confers mechanical, electrical and chemical transduction to mitochondrial O2- production, RhoA-mediated vasoconstriction, arterial remodeling and pHTN.0000NoNo
Tione Buranda
Pathologytburanda@salud.unm.eduInfectious disease, role of receptor signaling in host cell infection by viruses (Sars-CoV2, hantaviruses) Assay development for sepsis diagnosis.nono11YesYes
Longitudinal Assessment of Cytokine Expression and Plasminogen Activation in Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome Reveals Immune Regulatory Dysfunction in End-Stage Disease

Peter Simons 1 , Yan Guo 2 , Virginie Bondu 1 , Susan L Tigert 3 , Michelle Harkins 4 , Samuel Goodfellow 4 , Cana Tompkins 1 , Devon Chabot-Richards 1 , Xuexian O Yang 5 , Laura Gonzalez Bosc 6 , Steven Bradfute 4 , Daniel A Lawrence 7 , Tione Buranda 1

Integrin activation is an essential component of SARS-CoV-2 infection
Peter Simons, Derek A Rinaldi, Virginie Bondu, Alison M Kell, Steven Bradfute, Diane Lidke, Tione Buranda
Tou Yia Vue
NeurosciencesUNM Comprehensive Cancer Center transcription factor function in controlling glial cell fate specification and "homing" to gray matter and white matter in the CNS.

Elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumor development and migration in pre-clinical mouse models of glioblastoma.

Investigate effects of alcohol exposure on glial lineage development, gene expression, and function in the brain.
1 PhD22YesYes
Tou Yia Vue
Neurosciences factor function in controlling glial cell fate specification and "homing" to gray matter and white matter in the CNS;
cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain tumor development and migration in pre-clinical mouse models of glioblastoma;
effects of alcohol exposure on glial differentiation and function
Vojo Deretic
Molecular Genetics & MicrobiologyDereticAutophagy0111
Xiang Xue
BMB Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Iron Metabolism, Hypoxia signalingup to 1up to 2up to 3up to 3YesYes
Xuexian Yang
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, autoimmunity, allergy, inflammation, T cell1111YesYes
Yiliang Zhu
Internal Medicine, div of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicineyizhu@salud.unm.eduPathway-informed data integration and modeling; biostatistics; environmental risk assessment; health service research; international healthYesYes11National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee to Review EPA's TSCA Systematic Review Guidance Document (2021) The Use of Systematic Review in EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluations

Nestsiarovich A, Kumar P, Lauve NR, Hurwitz NG, Mazurie AJ, Cannon DC, Zhu Y, Nelson SJ, Crisanti AS, Kerner B, Tohen M, Perkins DJ, Lambert CG. Using Machine Learning Imputed Outcomes to Assess Drug-Dependent Risk of Self-Harm in Patients with Bipolar Disorder: A Comparative Effectiveness Study. JMIR Ment Health. 2021 Apr 21;8(4):e24522. PMID: 33688834