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Shawn Ahmed
Professor
Department of Genetics
Department of Biology
216 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-4780
email

Telomere replication and germline immortality in C. elegans.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/ahmed/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Tony Amelio
Assistant Professor
Department of
School of Dentistry
Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, Rm 3510
(919) 537-3309
email

cAMP Signaling, Gene Regulation, alternative splicing, Cancer Cell Biology, Optical Imaging

https://www.ameliolab.org/
https://unclineberger.org/people/antonio-amelio
 
 
Al Baldwin
Wm R Kenan, Jr Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
21-210 Lineberger
919-966-3884
email

Regulation of gene expression; control of oncogenesis and apoptosis.

http://cancer.med.unc.edu/baldwinlab/default.htm
 
 
Victoria Bautch
Professor
Department of Biology
Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences
416 Fordham Hall
(919) 966-6797
email

Molecular genetics of blood vessel formation in mouse and zebrafish models.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Bautch/
 
 
Jonathan Berg
Professor
Department of Genetics
5092 Genetics Medicine
(919) 966-7043
email

Clinical adult and cancer genetics.

http://genetics.unc.edu/faculty/jonathan-s-berg-md-phd
 
 
Kerry Bloom
Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
623 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-1182
email

Mechanisms of chromosome segregation in yeast; chromosome and spindle dynamics.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Bloom/
 
 
Patrick Brennwald
Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
522 Taylor Hall
(919) 843-4995
email

Examination of problems in membrane trafficking and cell polarity using genetics


 
 
Scott Bultman
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
5060 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 966-3359
email

Mouse models of human disease, chromatin-modifying factors, epigenetics


OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Mauro Calabrese
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
4093 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-3257
email

Mechanisms of epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNAs

https://www.med.unc.edu/pharm/calabreselab
 
 
Kathleen Caron
Professor and Chair
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Genetics
6340B Medical Biomolecular Research Building
(919) 966-5215
email

Genetically engineered animal models in study of human disease


 
 
Frank Conlon
Professor
Department of Biology
Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences
222 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-5500
email

Heart development, mesodermal patterning, T box genes.

http://www.unc.edu/~fconlon/
http://www.conlon-lab.com/
 
 
Jean Cook
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Pharmacology
3062 Genetic Medicine Bldg.
(919) 843-3867
email

Regulation of DNA replication in mammalian cells.

http://sites.google.com/site/cooklabgroup/home
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Greg Copenhaver
Professor
Department of Biology
Carolina Center for Genome Sciences
4161 Genome Science Building
(919) 962-4457
email

Regulation of meiotic recombination in higher eukaryotes.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Copenhaver/
Safe Zone Training    
 
Blossom Damania
Boshamer Distinguished Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
32-004 Lineberger
(919) 843-6011
email

Viruses, Cancer Biology, Innate Immunity, Signal Transduction, Angiogenesis, and Transcription.

http://www.damania.org/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jeff Dangl
HHMI Investigator; John N. Couch Professor
Department of Biology
4260 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4469
email

Plant disease resistance using Arabidopsis, innate immunity and cell-death control. Plant genomics. Bacterial pathogenesis and genomics, type III secretion systems

http://bio.unc.edu/people/faculty/dangl/
http://www.hhmi.org/scientists/jeffery-l-dangl
 
 
Ian Davis
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Genetics
21-244 Lineberger
(919) 996-5360
email

Mechanisms of transcription factor deregulation in cancer development


OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Channing Der
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Department of Pharmacology
32-012 Lineberger
(919) 966-5634
email

Oncogenes; ras superfamily protein; signal transduction

http://cancer.med.unc.edu/derlab/
 
 
Dirk Dittmer
Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
715 Mary Ellen Jones Building
(919) 966-7962
email

Anti-lymphoma therapies

http://www.med.unc.edu/microimm/dittmerlab
 
 
Jill Dowen
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Integrative Program in Biological and Genome Sciences
3360 Genome Sciences Building
919 962-8132
email

Three-dimensional genome architecture and gene regulation in development and disease

https://jilldowenlab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Rob Dowen
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Biology
321 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-1240
email

Regulation of fat metabolism during development, aging, and disease

http://robdowenlab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Bob Duronio
Professor
Department of Biology
Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences
3350 Genome Sciences
(919) 962-4568
email

Gene expression and cell cycle control during development.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Duronio/Duronio_Lab_Web_Page/HOME.html
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Mike Emanuele
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology
31-322 Lineberger
(919) 966-8530
email

Cell cycle regulation by the ubiquitin system.

http://www.med.unc.edu/pharm/people/primaryfaculty/michael-j.-emanuele
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Hector L. Franco
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Marsico Hall Lab # 5118D
919-966-5269
email

Molecular, cellular and bioinformatic dissection of the formation and function of transcriptional enhancers in cancer

thefrancolab.org
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jimena Giudice
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
6340B Medical Biomolecular Research Building
(919) 962-6260
email

Alternative splicing, epigenetic and intracellular trafficking in heart and skeletal muscle development and diseases

http://giudicelab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Amy Gladfelter
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
516 Fordham Hall
919-962-7289
email

Cell cycle control, cytokinesis, and cell shape determination from fungi to mammals

http://gladfelterlab.web.unc.edu
OGE-Trained Mentor   Safe Zone Training   Mental Health First Aid training    
 
Bob Goldstein
Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
616 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-8575
email

Using C. elegans to discover fundamental mechanisms in cell and developmental biology

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Goldstein/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Kacy Gordon
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
316 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-1379
email

Development and evolution of the germ line stem cell niche.

https://www.kacygordon.com
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Sarah Grant
Research Associate Professor
Department of Biology
4258 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4470
email

Plant-pathogen interactions with a focus on bacterial virulence

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Dangl/
 
 
Jack Griffith
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
11-119 Lineberger
(919) 966-2151
email

HIV, transcription; electron microscopy

http://www.unc.edu/~jdglab/
 
 
Gaorav Gupta
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
31-303 Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
919-445-4166
email
http://guptalab.web.unc.edu/
 
 
Zongchao Han
Assistant Professor
Department of Opthamology
2208 Marsico Hall
(919) 962-4735
email

Genomic DNA transfer, drug-gene delivery and nanomedicine

https://www.med.unc.edu/ophth/meet-our-faculty/people/zongchao-han-ph-d-m-d
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Nate Hathaway
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
2090 Genetic Medicine Bldg
919-445-9327
email

Mechanisms of mammalian genome regulation, chemical biology and drug discovery

http://pharmacy.unc.edu/Directory/natehat
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Erin Heinzen
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
1043 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-5981
email

Identification and functional characterization of highly penetrant risk factors in neurodevelopmental disorders

https://pharmacy.unc.edu/research/faculty-labs/erin-heinzen/
 
 
Mark Heise
Professor
Department of Genetics
Microbiology and Immunology
9039 Burnett Womack Building
(919) 843-1492
email

Genetics of Arbovirus virulence and immune evasion


OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Katherine A. Hoadley
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
5212 Marsico Hall
(919) 962-8416
email

Integrative genomic characterization of cancer and precancer

https://unclineberger.org/people/profiles/katherine-hoadley
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Folami Ideraabdullah
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Nutrition Research Institute
5076 Genetic Medicine Building
(704) 250-5039
email

Genetics, toxicants and nutrition: Role of gene-environment interactions in epigenetic gene regulation during development


OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Corbin Jones
Professor
Department of Biology
3159 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4443
email

Population genetics and evolution in Drosophila

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/CDJones/
 
 
Jonathan Juliano
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Epidemiology
2nd Floor Bioinformatics Building
(919) 843-4384
email

Malaria drug resistance, diversity and population evolution


 
 
Samir Kelada
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
5072 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 962-2148
email

Genetics and genomics of environmentally-induced asthma


OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Joseph Kieber
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
4163 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4455
email

Molecular genetic analysis of hormone signaling in Arabidopsis.

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Kieber/
 
 
William Kim
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
22-020 Lineberger
(919) 966-9729
email

Exploration of the role of hypoxia-inducible factor in tumorigenesis

http://kimlab.web.unc.edu/
 
 
Sarah Linnstaedt
Assistant Professor
Department of
Anesthesiology
350 Taylor Hall
919-576-6179
email

Genetic and transcriptional mechanisms causing increased incidence of chronic pain and PTSD in women vs men following trauma exposure

https://www.med.unc.edu/anesthesiology/research/faculty-staff/faculty-1/sd-linnstaedt
 
 
Paul Maddox
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
4358 Genome Sciences Building
919-843-8637
email

Mitotic mechanisms and chromosome dynamics

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Maddox/Site/Welcome.html
 
 
Amy Maddox
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
408 Fordham Hall
919-843-3228
email

the mechanisms of cell shape change

http://asmlab.web.unc.edu
OGE-Trained Mentor   Safe Zone Training   Culturally Aware Mentoring   Mental Health First Aid training    
 
Nobuyo Maeda
Robert H. Wagner Distinguished Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
710 Brinkhous-Bullitt
(919) 966-6914
email

Genetics modeling of atheroscierosis in mice


 
 
Terry Magnuson
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor
Department of Genetics
Biomedical Engineering
5016 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-6475
email

Mammalian genetics; epigenetics; genomics


 
 
William Marzluff
William Rand Kenan Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Biology
208 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-8920
email

Regulation of RNA metabolism in animal cells

http://www.unc.edu/depts/marzluff/Marzluff/Home.html
 
 
Greg Matera
Professor
Department of Biology
Genetics
3352 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-4567
email

Mouse and fruitfly models of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Matera/MateraLab/Homepage.html
 
 
Daniel McKay
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Genetics
3358 Genome Sciences Building
919-843-2064
email

developmental genomics; regulation of gene expression

http://mckaylab.web.unc.edu/
http://bio.unc.edu/people/faculty/mckay-daniel-j/
OGE-Trained Mentor   Safe Zone Training    
 
Justin Milner
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


email

Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of T cell differentiation during infection and cancer.

https://unclineberger.org/milnerlab/
 
 
Karen Mohlke
Professor
Department of Genetics
5096 Genetic Medicine Bldg.
(919) 966-2913
email

Human genetics and genomics; diabetes; complex diseases.

http://mohlke.web.unc.edu
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring   Mental Health First Aid training    
 
Zach Nimchuk
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
4155 Genome Sciences Building
919-962-4460
email

Plant developmental genetics and stem cell regulation

http://bio.unc.edu/people/faculty/nimchuk-zack/
 
 
Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena
Professor and Chair
Department of Genetics
5046 Genetic Medicine Bldg.
(919) 843-5403
email

Systems genetics, genetics of complex traits, meiotic drive.

http://genetics.unc.edu/faculty/pardo-manuel
 
 
Chad Pecot
Assistant Professor
Department of
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Linerberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

email

the biology of metastatic disease, which is responsible for the death of nearly all cancer patients

http://www.nccancerhospital.org/members/chad-pecot
 
 
Mark Peifer
Hooker Distinguished Professor
Department of Biology
521 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-2271
email

Cell adhesion; signal transduction and cancer.

http://peiferlab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Chuck Perou
Distinguished Professor
Department of Genetics
12-046 Lineberger
(919) 843-5740
email

Genomic and molecular classification of human tumors to guide therapy

http://peroulab.med.unc.edu/
 
 
Doug Phanstiel
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Thurston Arthritis Research Center
4019A Thurston Bowles Building
608-609-8377
email

Characterization and functional studies of dynamic DNA looping during monocyte differentiation in healthy individuals and in human disease, using genomics, genome editing, and bioinformatics.

http://phanstiel-lab.med.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor   Safe Zone Training    
 
Jeremy Purvis
Assiociate Professor
Department of Genetics
5061 Genetic Medicine Building
919-962-4923
email

Signal transduction in cancer and stem cells

http://genetics.unc.edu/purvislab
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
11-113 Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
(919) 962-8296
email

Immunomodulatory mechanisms in pancreatic cancer and metastasis.

http://www.pylayeva-gupta-lab.com/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jesse Raab
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Genetic Medicine Building

email

Regulation and function of altered chromatin remodeling complex activity.

http://raablab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Dale Ramsden
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
32-044 Lineberger
(919) 966-9839
email

V(D)J recombination; DNA double strand break repair

https://sites.google.com/site/ramsdenlab/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Christoph Rau
Assistant Professor
Department of
Computational Medicine
11004B Mary Ellen Jones Building
(919) 962-5641
email

The Rau lab utilizes populations of mice to study the transcriptomic and epigenomic landscape underlying cardiovascular disorders using a combination of wet and dry-lab techniques

https://raulab.web.unc.edu/
 
 
Jason Reed
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
104 Coker Hall
(919) 962-5699
email

Plant development; auxin signaling; light responses

http://www.unc.edu/~jbreed/
 
 
Steve Rogers
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
422 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-7342
email

Functional genomics of cytoskeletal organization

http://www.unc.edu/~steverog/
 
 
Aziz Sancar
Distinguished Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
3073 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 962-0115
email

Structure and function of DNA repair enzymes; biological clock

http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/asancar-lab
 
 
Gregory Scherrer
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Neurosciences Center
Mary Ellen Jones Building, Room 6008B
919-843-8624
email

Genetic and molecular mechanisms of pain perception and opioid receptor function

https://www.scherrerlab.com/
 
 
Jeff Sekelsky
Professor
Department of Biology
Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences
303 Fordham Hall
(919) 843-9400
email

Mechanisms of mitotic and meiotic recombination, double-strand break repair.

http://sekelsky.bio.unc.edu
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring   Mental Health First Aid training    
 
Shehzad Sheikh
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
Medicine
7340B MBRB
919-966-0745
email

Genetics responses of immune cells to the gut microbiome; inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

http://sheikhlab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor   Culturally Aware Mentoring    
 
Celia Shiau
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
4352 Genome Sciences Building
(919) 962-7010
email

Function and development of macrophages and brain microglia; regulation of inflammation and innate immune activation; genetic, genomic, cellular, and imaging approaches.

https://shiaulab.org
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Karl Shpargel
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
5023 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 771-7005
email

Roles of chromatin-modifying enzymes in developmental epigenetics and disease

http://shpargellab.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Kevin Slep
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
402 Fordham Hall
(919) 962-4858
email

Regulators of cytoskeletal dynamics


OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jason Stein
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
UNC Neuroscience Center
8109C Neuroscience Research Building
(919) 843-5541
email

Genetic influences on brain structure and development

https://www.steinlab.org/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Brian Strahl
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
3060 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-3896
email

Histone modifications and gene regulation

http://www.med.unc.edu/~bstrahl/
 
 
Lishan Su
Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
22-048 Linberger
(919) 966-6654
email

T cells during normal and pathogenic hematolymphopoiesis


 
 
Ron Swanstrom
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Microbiology and Immunology
22-006 Lineberger
(919) 966-5710
email

Retroviruses; molecular biology of AIDS virus

http://swanstrom.web.unc.edu/
 
 
Lisa Tarantino
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
1012 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-7292
email

Genetic mapping of complex behavioral traits


OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jenny Ting
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
207 Lineberger Cancer Center
(919) 966-5538
email

Transcriptional regulation; inflammation and apoptosis; functional genomics; immunologic and neurologic diseases; chemotherapy; signal transduction and cell death

https://unctinglab.wixsite.com/tinglab
 
 
Ageliki Tsagaratou
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
8001-B Burnett Womack Building
(919) 962-5440
email

Epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in T cell differentiation, function and disease.

https://tsagaratou.web.unc.edu/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Cyrus Vaziri
Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
614A Brinkhous-Bullitt
(919) 843-9639
email

Integration of DNA replication and repair

https://www.med.unc.edu/vazirilab/
 
 
Greg Wang
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
31-327 Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
919-966-5952
email

epigenetics, gene regulation, and disease, notably hematopoietic malignancies

http://www.unclineberger.org/members/greg-wang
http://www.med.unc.edu/biochem/wang
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Ellen Weiss
Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
516B Taylor Hall
(919) 966-7683
email

Regulation of G-protein-coupled receptor signal transduction pathways

http://www.med.unc.edu/cellbiophysio/faculty/weiss
 
 
Buddy Weissman
Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
32 048 Lineberger
(919) 966-7533
email

Tumor suppressor genes; cancer genetics


OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Jason Whitmire
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
Microbiology and Immunology
5062 Genetic Medicine Building
(919) 843-7081
email

Genetic regulation of T cell responses to virus infection.

https://www.med.unc.edu/genetics/directory/jason-whitmire-phd/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Scott Williams
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
605 Brinkhous-Bullitt Building
919-966-2737
email

asymmetric cell division in development and disease, epithelial differentiation

https://www.med.unc.edu/pathology/faculty/dplm-faculty-profiles-2014-dr-williams
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Hyejung Won
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
7202B Mary Ellen Jones Building, 116 Manning Dr.
(919) 966-4069
email

Genetic risk factors for neuropsychiatric illnesses & neurological mechanisms; genome folding in human brain by Hi-C

http://www.wonlab.org/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Anthony Zannas
Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics
Psychiatry
438 Taylor Hall
919-962-4918
email

Our lab seeks to uncover the epigenetic mechanisms linking psychosocial stress with disease risk.

http://www.zannaslab.org/
OGE-Trained Mentor    
 
Yanping Zhang
Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
31-321 Linberger
919-966-7713
email

Genetics and mechanisms of cancer cell growth and division

http://cancer.med.unc.edu/zhanglab/