Affiliated Faculty

This list of affiliated investigators can help you identify potential research mentors at the University of Pittsburgh. PSTP students can, and do, work with mentors not on this list, but the investigators featured below have expressed interest in hosting PSTP students in their laboratories.

Stephen Badylak, MD, PhD, DVM
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Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, emphasis upon clinical application; Cell:biomaterial interactions; Epimorphic regeneration in mammals

Ivet Bahar, PhD
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Biomolecular systems dynamics; Computer-aided drug discovery; Network models for protein-protein interactions

Timothy Billiar, MD
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The Billiar Lab focuses on the immune responses to acute systemic stresses of major clinical relevance including trauma and surgical sepsis

Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
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Redox signaling & autophagy in neuroprotection and neurodegeneration; Mitochondrial phosphoproteomics; Genetic & toxin models of Parkinson’s disease

Marie DeFrances, MD, PhD
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HGF-MET-PI3K signaling in liver development, growth, regeneration and cancer. She has identified a novel regulator of the catalytic subunit of PI3K (p110) called PI3K interacting protein 1 (PIK3IP1)

Louis Falo, MD, PhD
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Developing a better understanding of cutaneous biology and skin immune function, and leveraging that evolving understanding to develop new skin-targeted strategies to modulate local and systemic immune responses

William Federspiel, PhD
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Respiratory assist and blood processing devices for critical care medicine; Cardiovascular and pulmonary transport phenomena

Deborah Galson, PhD
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Roles of signal transduction pathways, transcription factors, and chromatin epigenetics in pathological changes in osteoclasts and osteoblasts in cancer-induced bone disease and Paget’s disease of bone

Eric Lagasse, PhD, PharmD
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Our research is focused primarily on stem cell biology and cell-based therapy for a variety of diseases including cancer and organ failure

Steven Little, PhD
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Drug Delivery, Biomimetics, Immunotherapeutics, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Synthetic Systems

George Michalopoulos, MD, PhD
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Liver regeneration and carcinogenesis, exploring the effects of growth factors and associated signaling pathways

Pam Moalli, MD, PhD
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Use of novel regenerative materials in repair of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence

Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, MD
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Aimed at elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of liver pathophysiology

Tim Oury, MD, PhD
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Oxidative mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis, acute lung injury, inflammation, and pneumonia; The laboratory also studies the role of RAGE in the lung.

Sanjeev Shroff, PhD
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Cardiac structure-function: contractile/regulatory proteins, post-translational regulation, dyssynchrony

Marc Simon, MD, MS, FACC
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Study of right ventricular structural and functional adaptation to pressure overload in pulmonary hypertension and heart failure

Flordeliza Villanueva, MD
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The development of medical diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that are based on ultrasound and ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles)

David Vorp, PhD
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Vascular bioengineering in the context of vascular tissue engineering, aortic aneurysm, and regenerative medicine

William Wagner, PhD
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Cardiovascular engineering with projects that address medical device biocompatibility and design, tissue engineering, and imaging

Kurt Weiss, MD
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Basic science laboratory dedicated to the study of sarcomas--cancerous tumors that arise in the musculoskeletal tissues

Alan Wells, MD, DMS
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Integrative biology of wound healing and tumor metastasis, from molecules and cells through tissues and animals to humans