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.

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

Yoel Sadovsky, MD
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Our lab focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying placental development and its function in supporting fetal growth and maternal-fetal communication.

Saumendra Sarkar, PhD
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Two related aspects involved in interferon production in the context of infectious disease and cancer: Modulation of IFN induction during RNA and DNA virus infections; Mechanisms and consequences of interferon induction in specific tumors

Francisco Schopfer, PhD
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Lipid signaling mediators associated with inflammation

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

Kathy Shair, PhD
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 Studying Epstein-Barr virus molecular pathogenesis in the nasopharynx using 3-D cell air-liquid interface culture models.

Sruti Shiva, PhD
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Understanding the mechanisms by which mitochondrial function is regulated, particularly by reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and the contribution of these mechanisms to cardiovascular health and disease pathogenesis

Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
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My lab is interested in the establishment of long term B cell immunity and in pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases and graft vs host disease.

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

Michael Shurin, MD, PhD
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Understanding of biological and clinical significance of tumor innervation and revealing neuroimmunological pathways controlling tumor spreading and metastasis formation

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

Thomas Smithgall, PhD
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Non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase structure, regulation and signal transduction in cancer, AIDS, and embryonic stem cell biology

Alexander Sorkin, PhD
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Mechanisms and functional role of endocytic trafficking of EGF receptor in cancer cells and the dopamine transporter in the brain

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD
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Biomarker discovery, beneficial effects of mechanical loading, & implementation in targeted exercise therapies for musculoskeletal conditions

Cynthia St. Hilaire, PhD
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Characterizing the underlying pathobiology of vascular disease, concentrating on defining the mechanisms that drive vascular and valvular calcification and remodeling during aging and disease states

Richard Steinman, MD, PhD
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Mechanisms of white blood cell differentiation & its inhibition in leukemias; Mechanisms of stem cell differentiation & growth control

George Stetten, MD, PhD
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Image-guided surgery, medical image analysis, medical robotics, haptics, augmented reality, devices for visually impaired, music engineering

Donna Stolz, PhD
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Angiogenesis and vascularization events in liver regeneration and remodeling

Adam Straub, PhD
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The Straub laboratory investigates redox cell signaling mechanisms that control endothelial and smooth muscle biology in the microcirculation.

Peter Strick, PhD
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The control of voluntary movement by the cerebral cortex; The functional organization of the basal ganglia and cerebellum; Unraveling the circuitry of the central nervous system

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

Alan Sved, PhD
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Central neural control of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular function; neurobiology of nicotine pharmacology

Robert Sweet, MD
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Loss and altered plasticity of auditory cortex synapses in schizophrenia; Mediators of vulnerability to psychosis in Alzheimer disease