Faculty

Swadesh Das, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Genomic changes in the development of cancer, with a specific focus on melanoma

Lindon J. Eaves, M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor Emeritus and Co-director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Research interests: Developmental genetic epidemiology of childhood and adolescent behavior problems in twin studies

Luni Emdad, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) interacting molecules involved in cancer progression, possible cancer stemness and angiogenesis toward developing novel therapeutic strategies to inhibit cancer progression

Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Director of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine
Research interests: Molecular basis of cancer and neurodegeneration; development of improved diagnostics and therapeutics for related diseases

Zheng Fu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of cell cycle control and genome stability as they relate to carcinogenesis; development of novel, targeted cancer therapies

Mike Grotewiel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Admissions
Research interests: Molecular-genetic basis for ethanol-related behaviors in the fruit fly genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster

Chunqing Guo, Ph.D.
Instructor
Research interests: Pattern recognition scavenger receptors and their immune modulating roles in cancer immunotherapy, cellular mechanisms underlying autoimmune diseases.

Andrei Ivanov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Epithelial adherens and tight junctions and cellular mechanisms that control junctional remodeling

Joseph W. Landry, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Chromatic remodeling complexes and histone modifying enzymes in the structural regulation of chromatin and ultimately gene expression; identification of small molecule therapeutics for inhibiting metastasis and immune system avoidance by tumor cells

James Lister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Specification and differentiation of pigment cells in zebrafish development, specifically defining the role of the mitfa protein in zebrafish melanocytic differentiation

Joyce A. Lloyd, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Research interests: Developmental regulation of the globin genes in erythroid cells and in the genes controlling erythroid development

Hermine H. Maes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Genetic epidemiology of juvenile psychopathology and the role of adenovirus in human obesity

John Quillin, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Dual Degree Program
Research interests: Cancer prevention and screening behaviors, disparities in cancer care, familial cancer risk, and risk perceptions

Devanand Sarkar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Key molecules regulating development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and explores the development of therapeutic strategies to treat HCC

Rita Shiang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Research interests: Studying the genes that cause craniosynostosis in humans and zebrafish

Judy L. Silberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Genetic and environmental mechanisms in the development of psychopathology in children, adolescents and young adults

Mark Subler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Mammary tumorigenesis in mouse models

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D.
Professor
Research interests: Stress responses/proteins and pattern recognition scavenger receptors, particularly their roles in immune modulation and host response, along with the development of novel immune-based cancer therapies

Jolene Windle, Ph.D.
Professor and Eminent Scholar and Director of the Massey Cancer Center Transgenic Mouse Core
Research interests: Role of oncogenes in mouse mammary tumorigenesis and the development of new transgenic mouse technologies

Timothy York, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Graduate Education
Research interests: Identification of genetic and environmental risk factors in complex disease and the use of biomarkers to elucidate disease subtypes