Faculty

All of the faculty associated with the BMS graduate program are listed below. Click on a faculty name to view a detailed description of an individual research program, contact information, recent publications and links to other relevant websites. Each of our faculty is associated with one or more of our eight thematic areas; click on the thematic area name listed by each of our faculty to read more about the research going on in that area, and to view a list of all faculty associated with that thematic area.
 

Meshell Johnson, MD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Tissue / Organ Biology & Endocrinology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Role of the alveolar epithelium in lung fluid balance
Mentorship Development: 

2/2021 - Three Truths & Three Tries: Facing & Overcoming Critical Social Justice Challenges at the Micro, Mezzo & Macro Levels

Alexander-Sandy Johnson, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Virology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Microbial Evolution and Pathogenesis

Leanne Jones, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Research Summary: 
Defining conserved mechanisms regulating stem cell behavior and how these are altered with age and in response to chronic or acute changes in metabolism.

David Julius, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Molecular Biology of Neurotransmitter Receptors and Ion Channels

Natalia Jura, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Vascular & Cardiac Biology
Research Summary: 
Molecular basis for Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signaling across the plasma membrane

Martin Kampmann, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Virology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Research Summary: 
We develop and apply innovative approaches, such as CRISPR-based functional genomics, in human iPSC-derived neurons and glia and mouse models to elucidate mechanisms and therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Mentorship Development: 

4/12/19    Acknowleding and Negotiating the Mentee-Mentor Tensions Inherent in the Research Lab (Mission Bay)    
4/30/20    Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A for Faculty    
6/10/20    Tools and Tips for Virtual Learning    
10/22/20    Gathering in Community: a Training for Faculty and Staff    
9/11/20    Mentoring Across Differences
9/24/20    DEI Champions Training

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Aging, Stress, Lysosomes and Protein Homeostasis.
Mentorship Development: 

4/26/19    Sharpening your Mentoring Skills (SyMS) with Sharon Milgram (Mission Bay)    
11/23/20    Building Community in the UCSF MSTP 
9/11/20    Mentoring Across Differences
2/18/21    Three Truths and Three Tries: Facing and Overcoming Critical Social Justice Challenges at the Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Levels    

Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Virology & Microbial Pathogenesis
Research Summary: 
Development of gene therapy, oncolytic virotherapy, and immunotherapy for translational application to cancer (particularly CNS tumors), and genetic engineering strategies for regenerative medicine.

Michael Kattah, MD, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Immunology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Tissue / Organ Biology & Endocrinology
Research Summary: 
The Kattah Lab studies how intestinal epithelial cells contribute to IBD using mouse models, patient biopsies, and organoids. The ultimate goal is to develop precision treatments for patients.

Mazen Kheirbek, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Neurobiology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Neural circuits for emotional behaviors
Mentorship Development: 

9/11/20    Mentoring Across Differences

Ophir Klein, PhD, MD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
Developmental genetics of organ formation and regeneration

Sarah Knox, PhD

Primary Thematic Area: 
Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Secondary Thematic Area: 
None
Research Summary: 
Mechanisms Guiding Epithelial Organogenesis and Tissue Regeneration
Mentorship Development: 

4/12/19  Acknowleding and Negotiating the Mentee-Mentor Tensions Inherent in the Research Lab (Parnassus)
5/2021 - Sharpening your Mentoring Skills (SyMS)

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