Affiliate Faculty

Ananda B. Amstadter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Psychiatry)
Research interests: Post-traumatic stress disorder; genetics; trauma; stress-related drinking

Jill Bettinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Research interests: synaptic transmission and behavior related to the physiological effects of alcohol in C. elegans

Charles (Chuck) V. Clevenger, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair (Pathology)
Research interests: Prolactin and human breast cancer

Seth Corey, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor (Pediatrics)
Research interests: Bone marrow failure syndromes, Leukemia (acute, chronic, juvenile myelomonocytic), Myelomonocytic syndromes

Andrew Davies, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Research interests: molecular targets of drugs of abuse, in particular alcohol, in the C. elegans nervous system

Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D.
Professor (Psychiatry)
Research interests: Genetic and environmental influences in the development of alcohol dependence and related disorders such as antisocial behavior and depression

Amanda Dickinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Biology)
Research interests: developmental biology and orofacial development in zebrafish and frogs

Kelley Dodson, M.D.
Associate Professor (Otolaryngology)
Research interests: Pediatric genetic hearing loss, otology and pediatric otolaryngology

Gordon D. Ginder, M.D.
Professor (Internal Medicine); Director, Massey Cancer Center
Research interests: Transcriptional regulation of globin genes during erythroid differentiation and interferon regulation of class I gene expression in human tumors

Steven Grant, M.D.
Professor (Internal Medicine)
Research interests: Modulation of apoptosis to treat leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma

Steven R. Grossman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor (Internal Medicine); Chair, Hematology Oncology
Research interests: Ubiquitin/proteasome system in regulating the activity of p53, the main cellular defense against many cancer-causing chemicals and radiation

Colleen Jackson-Cook, Ph.D.
Professor (Pathology); Director, Cytogenetics Diagnostic Services Laboratory
Research interests: Cancer-related chromosomal aberrations in prostate cancer and the cause(s) of constitutional and acquired aneuploidy in humans

Nicholas E. Johnson, M.D., M.Sci., FAAN
Associate Professor (Neurology); Neuromuscular Division Chief, Vice Chair of Research, Neurology
Research interests: Translational program to understand the RNA splicing changes associated with myotonic dystrophy, genetic modifiers associated with the muscular dystrophies, and therapeutic development in the muscular dystrophies.

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
Professor (Psychiatry); Co-director, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Research interests: Genetics of schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, and the interrelationship between psychiatric disorders and substance abuse

Jennifer Koblinski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Pathology)
Research interests: Molecular basis of breast cancer metastasis to the brain

Larisa Litovchick, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Internal Medicine)
Research Interests: Mechanisms of tumor suppression, DREAM complex, retinoblastoma family, cell cycle, quiescence, DNA repair, ovarian cancer

Michael F. Miles, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Research interests: Functional genomics of substance use disorders and the development of comorbid psychopathology

Michael C. Neale, Ph.D.
Professor (Psychiatry)
Research interests: Behavioral genetics including schizophrenia, alcohol dependence, the epidemiology of mood, anxiety and alcohol disorders, cognition and aging

Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Family Medicine and Population Health/Division of Epidemiology)
Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology of cigarette and e-cigarette use, smoking cessation; genetic epidemiology of alcohol use and reduction; public health genomics

Senthil Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Pathology)
Research interests: Protein degradation pathways in cancer and neurodegeneration

Brien P. Riley, Ph.D.
Professor (Psychiatry)
Research interests: Molecular genetics of schizophrenia, depression, autism and alcohol dependence

Jerome F. Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Dean, School of Medicine
Research interests: Regulation of steroid hormone biosynthesis and corpus luteum function, the genetics of polycystic ovary syndrome, trophoblast differentiation and placental endocrine function in preeclampsia, the genetic basis of preterm birth and the control of sperm motility