NCBA Faculty Primary Appointment

    Barral, Jose M., MD, PhD
  • Professor
  • Barral, Jose M., MD, PhD
    409-747-2180 |

  • Protein folding in vivo; relationships between mRNA coding sequence, polypeptide elongation rate and protein folding efficiency; curriculum reform to efficiently integrate foundational and clinical sciences in medical and graduate education.

    Krishna M. Bhat, MD, PhD
  • Professor
    Bhat, Krishna M., MD, PhD

    409-747-2180 |

  • Adult brain development, function and disease; axon guidance and synaptic connections; self-renewal and asymmetric division of neural precursor stem cells in the CNS.

  • Yong Chen, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
    Chen, Yong, PhD

    409-772-6555 |

  • Peripheral mechanisms underlying chronic pain; especially interested in the role of purinergic receptors, interactions between neurons and glial cells in dorsal root ganglia and their contribution to chronic pain.

    Jin Mo Chung, PhD
  • Professor and Chair
    Chung, Jin Mo, PhD
    409-772-6708 |

  • Synaptic plasticity of pain transmission pathways; involvement of reactive oxygen species in chronic pain; pain treatment strategies based on endogenous stem cell proliferation, migration and differentiation.

    Lisa A. Elferink, PhD
  • Professor
    Elferink, Lisa A., PhD

    409-747-1478 |

  • Receptor signaling in pancreatic regeneration and substance abuse disorders; the role of MET in pancreatic acinar cell protection and the serotonin receptor in cocaine addiction. Currently involved in medical school administration and education, with an emphasis on curriculum development and assessment.

    Rinat O. Esenaliev, PhD
  • Professor
    Esenaliev, Rinat O., PhD

    409-772-8144 |

  • Bioengineering and biophysics; novel applications of biophotonic technology for continuous monitoring of multiple physiological parameters and for non-invasive, efficient cancer therapy.

  • Yanping Gu, MD
  • Assistant Professor
    Gu, Yanping, MD

    Family Medicine, SOM

  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain; specifically, inflammation and nerve-injury induced changes in purinergic receptor-mediated responses and second messenger modulation in dorsal root ganglia.

    Owen Hamill, PhD
  • Associate Professor
    Hamill, Owen, PhD

    409-772-5464 |

  • Mechanisms that underlie how cells sense and transduce mechanical forces into biological signals; mechanosensitive membrane and mechanosensitive membrane ion channels and calcium signaling.

    Li-Yen Mae Huang, PhD
  • Professor
    Huang, Li-Yen Mae, PhD

    409-772-6555 |

  • Mechanisms underlying nociception and chronic pain; in particular, changes in dorsal root ganglion and dorsal horn cell signaling following nerve or inflammatory lesions.

    Yu Shin Kim, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
    Kim, Yu Shin, PhD

    409-772-5481 |

  • Plasticity mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain; ongoing pain and evoked pain; central terminal hypersensitivity of DRG neurons to chronic pain; damages in skin nerve terminals and chronic pain conditions.

    Jun-Ho La, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
    La, Jun-Ho, PhD, DVM

    409-772-6707 |

  • Synaptic plasticity in pathological pain; role of reactive oxygen species in chronic pain; visceral pain mechanisms; pain management with endogenous stem cell and gene therapy approaches.

    Guangwen Li, DDS
  • Assistant Professor
    Li, Guangwen, DDS

    409-772-6555 |

  • Mechanisms of chronic pain, with emphasis on changes in electrical properties of dorsal root ganglia and altered nociceptive responses to inflammation or nerve injuries in rats and in sheep.

    Javier V. Navarro, PhD
  • Professor
    Navarro, Javier V., PhD

    409-772-5480 |

  • Molecular mechanisms of G protein-coupled receptors by structural, genetic and biophysical approaches; mechanisms underlying the chemokine receptor-regulated stem cell fate determination.

    Andres F. Oberhauser, PhD
  • Professor
    Oberhauser, Andres F., PhD

    409-772-1309 |

  • Dynamics and mechanics of proteins using single-molecule manipulation techniques; changes in mechanical properties of proteins that result in disease states, including polycistin, titin, myosin, elastin and synaptotagmin.

    Bi-Hung Peng, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
    Peng, Bi-Hung, PhD

    409-772-4877 |

  • In vivo and in vitro Blood-brain barrier model; pathogenesis of intracellular bacterial and viral infection in the central nervous system; developing virtual technology for teaching microscopic and gross anatomy.

    Ok-Ho Shin, PhD
  • Professor
    Rastellini, Cristiana, MD

    409-772-0462 |

    Organ & cell transplantation; Pancreatic islet transplantation for the treatment of type I diabetes or surgically induced diabetes (chronic pancreatitis requiring pancreatectomy); Immunosuppression; Tolerance induction; Artificial Intestine; Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Medical education; co-director of the Gross Anatomy and Radiology course.

    Pomila Singh, PhD
  • Professor
    Singh, Pomila, PhD

    409-772-4842 |

  • Molecular mechanisms mediating chemoprevention and generation of cancer stem cells; diagnostic value of progastrins, Annexin A2, circulating cancer stem cells and cancer specific isoforms of stem cell marker, DCLK1, based on our findings.

    Shao Jun Tang, PhD
  • Professor
    Tang, Shao Jun, PhD

    409-772-1190 |

  • HIV-associated neurological disorders (NeuroAIDS); the molecular, synaptic and glial mechanisms by which HIV-1 infection and the co-morbid factors that cause pathological pain.

    Gracie Vargas, PhD
  • Professor
    Vargas, Gracie, PhD

    409-772-6514 |

  • Investigation and application of emerging optical techniques for monitoring of disease processes or injury; nonlinear optical microscopy for staging of epithelial neoplasms and epithelial injury due to topical microbicides.

    Ping Wu, MD, PhD
  • Professor
    Wu, Ping, MD, PhD

    409-772-9858 |

  • Molecular mechanisms of plasticity, multipotential and trophic factor secretion of stem cells; stem cell-based therapy and modeling for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative diseases, neuroinfection and addiction.

    Professors Emeriti

    James E. Blankenship, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus
    Blankenship, James E., PhD

  • Lifelong interests in synaptic physiology, motor control and the molecular basis of peptide function in Aplysia. Currently student ombudsman.

    Richard E. Coggeshall, MD
  • Professor Emeritus
    Coggeshall, Richard E., MD

    409-772-1698 |

  • Lifelong interests in organization of peripheral nerve and spinal cord and reorganization and regeneration of peripheral nerves and spinal cord following injury. Currently involved in medical education.

    Claire E. Hulsebosch, PhD
  • Professor Emeritus
    Hulsebosch, Claire E., PhD

  • MSpinal cord injury; cytotoxicity of nerve cells and glial cells-cells in the spinal cord; molecular, behavioral, physiological, immunocytochemical and electrophysiological approaches that will help restore the spinal cord to normal function.

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  • Professor Emeritus
    McAdoo, David J., PhD

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  • Professor Emeritus
    Rubin, Norma H., PhD