Professor and Chair
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My laboratory is interested in the post-translational mechanisms that regulate the proteins involved in base-excision repair of DNA. We are studying the aberrant pathways that lead to uracil misincorporation into DNA as well as the regulated cytosine deamination pathways of the APOBEC family of cytosine deaminases.
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Our laboratory is interested in dissecting the mechanisms of DNA replication in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems with goals of developing novel anti-microbials and anti-proliferation drugs.
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Following stress cells have to orchestrate a myriad of responses to survive or die. Incorrect choices can led to deleterious outcomes, e.g. tumor formation. To study this, we use S. cerevisiae, human cells and mouse models. We focus on the conserved cyclin C protein that is destroyed in response to stress. Our working hypothesis is that cyclin C is a novel stress related tumor suppressor.
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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a neoplastic disorder of lymphoblasts that are committed to the B-cell lineage (B-ALL) or the T-cell lineage (T-ALL). Five-year survival rates (FSR) for children and adolescents with this disease are 75–85%, whereas, adult T-ALL patients have a 35–40% FSR. T-ALL patients have essentially the same FSR of patients with B-ALL. However, certain aspects about T-ALL make it a more aggressive disease with a poorer clinical outcome than B-ALL.
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Control of Germ Cell Fate: Animals must produce sperm or eggs to reproduce. Although these cell types differ dramatically, they are produced from similar progenitors. Understanding how this process is controlled could revolutionize our ability to treat reproductive disorders and infertility in humans. Evolution of Hermaphroditism: Sexual traits are among the most rapidly changing features of each species. To learn how these changes take place, and how developmental pathways constrain which ones occur, we are studying the evolution of mating systems in nematodes.
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Medical schools employ a variety of curricula to educate students to be competent physicians. Currently we are evaluating the role and value of biomedical knowledge in clinical reasoning and diagnosing by obtaining feedback from practicing physicians. I also focus on understanding and utilizing educational technologies such as exam software, online learning management systems and virtual programs to enhance student learning.
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Cells must communicate with each other to coordinate the development and survival of an animal. This communication can be mediated by diffusible factors that pass between cells, or by direct contact through cell junctions. I am interested in how intercellular communication affects cell growth and differentiation, with an emphasis on how cell communication can control tumor cell growth and prevent eye diseases.
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We use the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system to understand the molecular mechanisms by which RNA precursors are processed in the nucleus. More precisely, our goal is to understand the role of posttranslational protein modification in this process.
Director, ES Cell and Transgenics Laboratory
Department of Molecular Biology
My laboratory, the ES Cell and Transgenics Laboratory at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, creates genetically modified mouse models for studies of human diseases and is open to the scientific communities in the United States as well as around the globe. Numerous transgenic, knockout and knockin mouse models were generated when I directed similar facilities at The Wistar Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for over ten years.
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My research is focused on understanding how transcriptional control regulates cell fate decisions. Cells that are presented with an environmental challenge must respond in a manner that is appropriate for the stimulus. Using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model system, my work focuses on post-translational histone modifications during metabolic challenge and differentiation.
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We use 3D printing to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds of varying architecture to provide 3D organization of neurons and their supporting cells with the objective of mimicking their 3D environment in the human brain. The scaffolds are constructed of biocompatible protein and protein composites. We use these platforms to study neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and, drug delivery. Another research interest of our lab is the fabrication of implantable protein-based neuron chips.
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We study developmental timing, microRNAs and translational control in C. elegans and the mouse. The worm heterochronic gene lin-28 is regulated by microRNAs and encodes a specific mRNA-binding protein. Its human homologue, Lin28, appears also to be a microRNA-controlled developmental regulator.
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Research in the laboratory focuses on the repair of uracil in DNA, which is critical for the maintenance of genomic integrity. Specifically we are elucidating transcriptional and post-translational pathways that regulate expression of uracil-DNA glycosylase under normal cellular conditions and in response to anti-tumor agents.
Hexokinase II (HK2), which catalyzes the first committed step of glycolysis, is overexpressed in many cancers. When inhibited, HK2 translocates from the mitochondria to the nucleus. I am investigating the signaling pathways that mediate HK2 mitochondrial association and nuclear translocation.
Our work identifies distinctions in mitochondrial function between normal and cancerous cells for the potential discovery of novel chemotherapeutic targets that can be exploited to selectively induce cytotoxicity in cancer cells. Mitochondrial injury is also central to number of disease states.
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Our laboratory focuses on understanding how the transcription program is coupled to meiotic progression in budding yeast. A second project investigates the activity of the conserved C-type cyclin in directing the oxidative stress response and apoptosis in yeast and mammalian systems.