Vanderbilt Chemical Biology Interface Training Program

Program Faculty

Ascano, Manuel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Biochemistry
Assistant Professor: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Post-transcriptional gene regulation in innate immunity and cellular stress

Bachmann, Brian, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Synthetic Biology, Organic Chemistry natural products, Mechanistic Enzymology

Blind, Ray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Medicine
Molecular design principles

Brown, Breann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
The Brown Lab is interested in understanding how aberrations in macromolecular protein assembly underlie human diseases.

Buchanan, Lauren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Biophysical methods to study protein dynamics

Caprioli, Richard, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Metabolism of cellular peptides

Cassat, James, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Pediatrics /Div. Infectious Disease
Host-Pathogen Interactions–Invasive Staphylococcal Infection & Musculoskeletal Biology

Chazin, Walter, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Structural Cell Biology- DNA replication, recombination and repair, ubiquitination, calcium signal transduction

Cliffel, David, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Nanoparticle biomimics, electroanalytical chemistry, multianaltye microphysiometry

Cortez, David, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Genome maintenance by the DNA damage response

Davies, Sean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Lipid Mediators and Sustainable Therapeutic Interventions for Chronic Diseases

Denison, Mark, M.D.
Professor: Pediatrics and Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Coronavirus / SARS replication; virus cell biology; emerging viruses in biodefense; synthetic biology

Denton, Jerod, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
The major focus of my lab is on developing the molecular pharmacology of inward rectifier potassium channels, and using these tools to explore the integrative physiology and “druggability” of Kir channels in various diseases.

Eichman, Brandt, Ph.D
Professor: Biological Sciences
DNA Transactions at an Atomic Level

Fesik, Stephen, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Cancer drug discovery, fragment-based drug design, NMR, protein structure, RNAi

Gaddy, Jennifer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Guengerich, Frederick, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Chemistry and enzymology of bioactivation and detoxication of foreign compounds

Hadjifransikou, Maria, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Regulatory mechanisms that underlie multicellular behavior and virulence in bacteria that cause urinary tract infections

Johnston, Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Synthetic methodology, chemical synthesis

Iverson, Tina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Structural basis for molecular recognition

Lacy, Borden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Host-Pathogen Interactions–Structural biology of bacterial protein toxins and their host interactions

Lannigan, Deborah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Signaling pathways involved in mammary gland homeostasis and breast cancer

Lindsley, Craig, Ph.D.
Professor: Pharmacology and Chemistry
Drug discovery and medicinal chemistry

Lopez, Carlos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Cancer Biology
Theory, modeling, and simulation of proteins, protein-protein interactions, and signaling pathways to study their implications in cancer development and identify therapeutic targets using a computational systems biology approach

Macgurn, Jason, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Developmental Biology
Investigating molecular mechanisms of membrane protein turnover and cell surface remodeling programs in normal and disease states

Manning, Charles, Ph.D.
Professor: Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Molecular imaging, chemistry, small-molecule discovery, therapeutic efficacy screening, clinical trial modeling, imaging probe development, imaging validation

Mchaourab, Hassane, Ph.D.
Professor, Louis B. McGavock Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Structure and dynamic basis for protein function.

McLean, John, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry

Meiler, Jens, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Computational structural biochemistry

Niswender, Colleen
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Cellular signaling pathways

Olivares, Adrian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Biochemistry
Single molecule microscopy

Osheroff, Neil, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Function and biology of DNA topoisomerases

Plate, Lars, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry

Quaranta, Vito, M.D.
Professor: Cancer Biology
Cancer Systems Biology; Cell Adhesion and Migration

Robinson, Renã, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Chemistry
Omics using mass spectrometry techniques

Rosenthal, Sandy, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Nanocrystals, solar cells, and solid-state lighting

Sanders, Charles, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Membrane proteins, disease, Alzheimer’s, cardiac arrhythmias, kidney fibrosis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative

Schey, Kevin, Ph.D.
Professor: Biochemistry
Proteomics analysis in development and disease; mass spectrometry technology development

Schneider, Claus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: Pharmacology
Biochemistry of lipid signaling

Skaar, Eric, Ph.D., MPH
Professor: Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
The pathogenesis of bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infections), Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), and Acinetobacter baumannii (soft tissue infections)

Sulikowski, Gary, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Total synthesis of complex natural products

Townsend, Steven, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Chemistry
Carbohydrate Synthesis Peptide Synthesis Small Molecule Total Synthesis

Weaver, David, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor: Pharmacology
Ion channel pharmacology, high-throughput screening, assay and instrumentation design

Wright, David, Ph.D.
Professor: Chemistry
Bioinorganic and biomaterials chemistry