MSTP Committee
Wayne M. Yokoyama, M.D.
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology & Immunology
Immunology Program
Host innate immune responses to pathogens and tumors

Megan A. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director
Associate Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology & Immunology
Immunology and Human & Statistical Genetics Programs
The biology of natural killer (NK) cells and immune defects in patients with autoimmunity
Nathan O. Stitziel, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director
​Associate Professor
Departments of Internal Medicine and Genetics
Human & Statistical Genetics, Molecular Genetics & Genomics, and Computational & Systems Biology Programs
We try to understand the inherited basis underlying cardiovascular disease and leverage insights from our work to improve patient care

Jorge Di Paola, M.D
Associate Director
Professor/Division Chief
Department of Pediatrics
Molecular Cell Biology Program
The genetics of bleeding and thrombotic disorders and mechanisms of platelet activation
Samuel I. Achilefu, Ph.D.
Department of Radiology
Biochemistry Program
Molecular optical and multimodal imaging and monitoring treatment response of diseases

Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, Ph.D.

Department of Radiology
Neurosciences and Biomedical Informatics & Data Science Programs​​
The integration of MRI and PET using simultaneous acquisition (combined PET-MRI scanning) in both Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumor research
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology Programs
Understanding fundamental principles of the interaction between bacterial pathogens and the human host

Barak Cohen, Ph.D. Professor
Department of Genetics
Molecular Genetics & Genomics and Computational & Systems Biology Programs
Genomic analysis of regulatory networks, Non-coding disease variants

Joseph C. Corbo, M.D., Ph.D. Professor
Department of Pathology and Immunology
Molecular Genetics & Genomics, Neurosciences, Developmental Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology and Computational & Systems Biology Programs
(1) Transcriptional networks in the retina (2) The mechanistic basis of color vision  (3) The cis-regulatory basis of human uniqueness and neuropsychiatric disease

Tamara L. Doering, M.D., Ph.D. ​Professor
Department of Molecular Microbiology
Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular Cell Biology, Plant & Microbial Biosciences, and Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology Programs
​Investigations of capsule synthesis and host interactions of the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans

David M. Ornitz, M.D., Ph.D. Professor
Department of Developmental Biology
Developmental, Regenerative, & Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Cell Biology and Neurosciences Programs
FGF signaling in cardiovascular, lung, skeletal, and inner ear development, injury response, and regeneration
Stacey L. Rentschler, M.D., Ph.D. ​Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology Program
​Direct reprogramming of cells into specialized cardiac conduction tissues

Laura G. Schuettpelz, M.D., Ph.D. ​Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Developmental, Regenerative, & Stem Cell Biology Program
Regulation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) by inflammation

​​Julie K. Schwarz, M.D., Ph.D. ​​Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Radiation Oncology
Molecular Cell Biology Program
Molecular imaging in gynecologic cancers, biomarker development, Development of novel agents for the early detection of metastic disease
Timothy A. Wencewicz, Ph.D. ​Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology & Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program​s​
Antibiotic drug discovery