Mentors

Our mentors are eager to share their knowledge and expert advice with students. The following is a list of mentors available to support clinical fellows as well as pre- and postdoctoral scholars who are conducting research in neonatal and developmental biology.

Research Training Mentor

ANN M. ARVIN, MD

Vice Provost & Dean of Research; Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Research: Host-virus interactions of herpes viruses in the fetus and newborn

Research Training Mentor

BEN A. BARRES, MD, PhD

Professor

Departments of Neurobiology, of Developmental Biology, and of Neurology

Research: Neuron-glial interactions; translational neuroscience

Research Training Mentor

BARRY R. BEHR, PhD, HCLD

Professor

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)

Research: Clinical application and integration of extended embryo culture systems; fertility preservation; improving IVF outcomes

Research Training Mentor

GILL BEJERANO, PhD

Associate Professor

Departments of Developmental Biology, of Computer Science, and of Pediatrics (Genetics)

Research: Cis-regulatory (promoter/enhancer) architecture of the human genome, with a particular interest in the early development of the forebrain and placenta 

Divisional Mentor

WILLIAM BENITZ, MD

Professor, Division Chief

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine and by Courtesy of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research: Patent ductus arteriosus; pulmonary hypertension of the newborn; infant ventilation 

Divisional Mentor

VINOD K. BHUTANI, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Newborn jaundice; bilirubin biology and kernicterus prevention; pulmonary physiology; pulmonary functions and neonatal ventilation 

Research Training Mentor

HELEN M. BLAU, PhD

Professor

Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Stem Cell Biology)

Research: Cell plasticity and cell stability in regenerative medicine

Research Training Mentor

ATUL J. BUTTE, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Division Chief

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Systems Medicine, and of Genetics, and by Courtesy of Computer Science, of Medicine (Immunology), and BMIR, and Pathology

Research: Application and development of computational technologies to convert genetic, immunological and cardiovascular data into new insights into human disease

Divisional Mentor

SUZAN CARMICHAEL, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Epidemiologic studies related to maternal and child health; environmental and genetic causes of birth defects; factors affecting outcomes and care of infants with birth defects

Research Training and Divisional Mentor

CHRISTOPHER H. CONTAG, PhD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and of Microbiology & Immunology, and by Courtesy of Radiology

Research: Noninvasive approaches to monitoring functional changes in living animal models of human development and disease

Research Training Mentor

GERALD R. CRABTREE, MD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology, and of Pathology in Experimental Pathology

Research: Regulation in cell proliferation and differentiation; genetic regulatory mechanisms in T-lymphocyte activation; lymphoid development

Divisional Mentor

HEIDI M. FELDMAN, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Child development, including autism, language acquisition, cerebral palsy and other cognitive and motor delays

Research Training Mentor

ANDREW Z. FIRE, PhD

Professor

Department of Pathology, and of Genetics

Research: Natural mechanisms utilized by cells as they adapt to genetic changes that are brought on by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors

Research Training Mentor

MARGARET T. FULLER, PhD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology, and of Genetics

Research: Regulation of stem cell behavior; cell type-specific transcription machinery; and tissue-specific gene expression

Research Training Mentor

RONA G. GIFFARD, MD

Professor

Department of Anesthesia, and by Courtesy of Neurosurgery

Research: Cellular consequences of brain injury; investigating primary cultures of neurons and astrocytes; animal models of stroke

Research Training Mentor

JEFFREY B. GOULD, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Perinatal epidemiology and outcomes research, including developing a morbidity index for assessing the quality of perinatal care

Divisional Mentor

LOUIS P. HALAMEK, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and by Courtesy of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research: Development of hospital operations centers coupled with sophisticated simulation capabilities; simulation to optimize processes, performance and clinical outcomes

Divisional Mentor

SUSAN R. HINTZ, MD, MS Epi.

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and by Courtesy of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research: Etiology and outcomes of complex fetal anomalies; high-risk infant follow-up; advanced neuroimaging techniques for infants; advanced therapeutics for infants

Research Training Mentor

MARK A. KAY, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Human Gene Therapy, and of Genetics

Research: Developing gene transfer technologies and using them for hepatic gene therapy in the treatment of genetic and acquired diseases

Research Training Mentor

SEUNG K. KIM, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology, and by Courtesy of Medicine (Oncology)

Research: The mechanism of pancreatic islet cell differentiation using molecular, embryologic, and genetic methods in several model systems

Research Training Mentor

DAVID M. KINGSLEY, PhD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology

Research: Investigating skeletal development in humans and animals using a variety a genetic, cellular and molecular approaches

Research Training Mentor

MARK A. KRASNOW, MD, PhD

Professor

Department of Biochemistry

Research: Genetic, genomic, and cellular analyses of epithelial morphogenesis in Drosophila and mice

Research Training and Divisional Mentor

HENRY C. LEE, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Perinatal epidemiology; neonatal health outcomes; neonatal health services; quality measurement and quality improvement

Research Training Mentor

DAVID B. LEWIS, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Immunology and Allergy

Research: Molecular basis for vulnerability of the neonate to infection; respiratory viral infection and allergen-induced asthma; cytomegalovirus exposure and allograft rejection

Research Training Mentor

LIQUN LUO, PhD

Professor

Department of Biology, and by Courtesy of Neurobiology

Research: Molecular genetics in Drosophila and rodents to study synaptic formation and how neural circuits are formed during development

Research Training Mentor

DAVID C. MAGNUS. PhD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Department of Medicine, and by Courtesy of Bioengineering

Research: Ethical issues in reproductive technologies, including genetic testing, gene therapy, genetic engineering, and the history of eugenics; stem cells and cloning, and egg procurement

Research Training Mentor

YVONNE A. MALDONADO, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Health Research and Policy

Research: Epidemiologic aspects of viral vaccines especially as it pertains to the immunogenicity of oral polio vaccine in the developing world; perinatal HIV infection

Research Training Mentor

SUAN K. MCCONNELL, PhD

Professor

Department of Biology

Research: Exploring the mechanisms by which neurons in the mammalian central nervous system migrate and form connections during normal development

Research Training and Divisional Mentor

THEO PALMER, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

Research: The influence of maternal health or illness on fetal brain development, and genetic risk factors for autism that may exacerbate the effects of maternal illness on the fetus

Divisional Mentor

JOCHEN PROFIT, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: The effect of health system design on quality of care and outcomes of sick newborns; generating a composite measurement of NICU quality of care delivery

Divisional Mentor

WILLIAM RHINE, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: ECMO; nitric oxide therapy; mechanisms of bilirubin toxicity and brain injury; non-invasive technologies to study cellular and organ metabolism

Research Training Mentor

DARIA MOCHLY-ROSEN, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Research; Professor

Department of Chemical and Systems Biology in Translational Research

Research: Investigating he mechanism of protein kinase C-mediated signal transduction in several disease models

Research Training Mentor

GARRY P. NOLAN, PhD

Professor

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Research: Biochemistry of NF-kB/IkB factors, nuclear oncoproteins p50 and Bc1-3; Rel/ankyrin proteins, and HIV regulators

Research Training Mentor

ROELAND NUSSE, PhD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology in Cancer Research

Research: Elucidating the mechanism of action of oncogenes in embryogenesis and extrapolating this to cancerous growth

Research Training Mentor

MARLENE RABINOVITCH, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology

Research: Exploring mechanisms regulating vascular cell development, using a variety of genetic technologies to discover novel ways to reverse cardiovascular and pulmonary disease

Research Training Mentor

KRISTY RED-HORSE, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

Research: Cardiovascular development as a model to study the signals that instruct cell fate and guide morphogenesis during organ formation in the mammalian embryo

Research Training Mentor

GARY M. SHAW, DrPH

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Epidemiology of birth defects and preterm birth; gene-environment approaches to perinatal outcomes; and nutrition and reproductive outcomes

Research Training and Divisional Mentor

DAVID K. STEVENSON, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, and by Courtesy of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research: Heme and bilirubin metabolism in the preterm neonate utilizing noninvasive technologies combined with developmental biochemistry approaches

Research Training Mentor

WILLIAM S. TALBOT, PhD

Professor

Department of Developmental Biology

Research: Investigating the molecular basis of cell fate specification and morphogenesis in the zebrafish embryo; development of myelinated axons in the vertebrae nervous system

Research Training and Divisional Mentor

KRISA P. VAN MEURS, MD

Professor

Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine

Research: Neonatal Research Network clinical trials; use of aEEG and NIRS to detect brain injury; persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn; inhaled nitric oxide therapy, ECMO

Research Training Mentor

IRVING L. WEISSMAN, MD                                                                                                                      

Professor

Department of Pathology, Department of Developmental Biology, and by Courtesy of Biology

Research: Developmental biology and the function of lymphocytes, using multiple disciplines to study these cells ranging from molecular biology to the whole animal