VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics


Praveen Bhoopathi, Ph.D.
Research interests: Molecular basis of cancer development and progression, neuroblastoma, and animal models of cancer

Daniel C. Bullard, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School
Research interests: Mac-1-mediated mechanisms regulating the development and progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other inflammatory diseases

Tahnee Causey, M.S., L.C.G.C.
Assistant Professor
Tahnee is a licensed, Board Certified genetic counselor. She is the Co-Director of the VCU Genetic Counselor program and a Clinical Instructor with the VCU School of Medicine.

Heather Creswick, M.S., L.C.G.C.
Assistant Professor
Heather is a licensed, Board Certified genetic counselor with expertise in hereditary cancer risk. She is the Director of the Certificate Program in Clinical Genetics.  Heather teaches and mentors students in the VCU Genetic Counseling program.

Swadesh Das, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Genomic changes in the development of cancer, with a specific focus on melanoma

Lindon J. Eaves, M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D., D.Sc.
Professor Emeritus and Co-director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
Research interests: Developmental genetic epidemiology of childhood and adolescent behavior problems in twin studies

Luni Emdad, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) interacting molecules involved in cancer progression, possible cancer stemness and angiogenesis toward developing novel therapeutic strategies to inhibit cancer progression

Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Director of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine
Research interests: Molecular basis of cancer and neurodegeneration; development of improved diagnostics and therapeutics for related diseases

Zheng Fu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of cell cycle control and genome stability as they relate to carcinogenesis; development of novel, targeted cancer therapies

Mike Grotewiel, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Research interests: Molecular-genetic basis for ethanol-related behaviors in the fruit fly genetic model, Drosophila melanogaster

Chunqing Guo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Pattern recognition scavenger receptors and their immune modulating roles in cancer immunotherapy, cellular mechanisms underlying autoimmune diseases

Suyun Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Research interests: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of tumor progression, invasion and metastasis. Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene expression including histone methylation and ubiquitination, and RNA m6A methylation, and their impacts on cancer cell resistance to therapeutics

Joseph W. Landry, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Research interests: Chromatic remodeling complexes and histone modifying enzymes in the structural regulation of chromatin and ultimately gene expression; identification of small molecule therapeutics for inhibiting metastasis and immune system avoidance by tumor cells

Dana Lapato, Ph.D.
Research interests: Contribution of epigenetic mechanisms to complex trait etiology, risk liability, and pathophysiology; open science and reproducible methodology; developmental trajectories of child and adolescent psychopathology; multi-omic data integration

James Lister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Specification and differentiation of pigment cells in zebrafish development, specifically defining the role of the mitfa protein in zebrafish melanocytic differentiation

Joyce A. Lloyd, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Research interests: Developmental regulation of the globin genes in erythroid cells and in the genes controlling erythroid development

Hermine H. Maes, Ph.D.
Research interests: Genetic epidemiology of juvenile psychopathology and the role of adenovirus in human obesity

Anjan K. Pradhan, Ph.D.
Research interests: Gene regulation in cancer progression and metastasis

John Quillin, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Dual Degree Program
Research interests: Cancer prevention and screening behaviors, disparities in cancer care, familial cancer risk, and risk perceptions

Devanand Sarkar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Research interests: Key molecules regulating development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and explores the development of therapeutic strategies to treat HCC

Rita Shiang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director and Chair of Admissions
Research interests: Studying the genes that cause craniosynostosis in humans and zebrafish

Judy L. Silberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Genetic and environmental mechanisms in the development of psychopathology in children, adolescents and young adults

Mark Subler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Research interests: Mammary tumorigenesis in mouse models

Sarmistha Talukdar, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Molecular basis of cancer stem cell and stem cell research in cancer progression and therapy

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D.
Research interests: Stress responses/proteins and pattern recognition scavenger receptors, particularly their roles in immune modulation and host response, along with the development of novel immune-based cancer therapies

Jolene Windle, Ph.D.
Professor and Eminent Scholar and Director of the Massey Cancer Center Transgenic Mouse Core
Research interests: Role of oncogenes in mouse mammary tumorigenesis and the development of new transgenic mouse technologies

Timothy York, Ph.D.
Professor and Assistant Director of Graduate Education
Research interests: Identification of genetic and environmental risk factors in complex disease and the use of biomarkers to elucidate disease subtypes

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