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.

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

Umamahefwar Duvvuri, MD, PhD
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The molecular landscape of head and neck cancers; Tying this to technical innovations that improve surgical care for these patients

Robert Friedlander, MD
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The study of the basic mechanisms of apoptosis, as mediated by the caspase apoptotic family in neurologic diseases

Jason Lohmueller
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The Lohmueller lab works on developing genetic engineering approaches to augment adoptive cell therapy (ACT) for the treatment of cancer.

Diana Metes, MD
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Human immunology: Innate and adaptive immune responses to latent viruses and to allo-antigens after organ transplantation

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

Matthew Neal, MD
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The mechanisms of hemostasis and coagulation following trauma and hemorrhagic shock

Ulka Sachdev, MD
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Endogenous danger signals promoting recovery following ischemic muscle injury; Inflammatory biomarkers in patients with venous disease

Melanie Scott, MD, PhD
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Innate immune responses to sterile injury and infection with a focus on inflammasome activation and immune activation by endogenous danger signals

Dandan Sun, MD, PhD
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Understanding the role of ion transporter proteins (sodium-potassium-chloride cotransporter, sodium/proton exchanger, and sodium/calcium exchangers) in ionic dysregulation and neurodegeneration associated with stroke and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

Edith Tzeng, MD
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Clinical applications of nitric oxide and carbon monoxide in the setting of vascular therapies

Yoram Vodovotz, PhD
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My long-term research goals are to obtain high-dimensional, dynamic data on the etiology and progression of various inflammatory processes and diseases in samples derived from cells, animals, and people; to create computational models based on these data as well as on key principles of immunology; and to modulate the inflammatory response in an optimal spatial, temporal, and individual- / disease-specific manner. 

Brian Zuckerbraun, MD
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Mitochondrial and metabolic responses to trauma and sepsis ad their influence on inflammation and immunity