|Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD, Chairemail@example.com|
|Natarajan Bhaskaran, Research Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sanghamitra Bhattacharyya, Research Associateemail@example.com|
|Jennifer Calloway, Department Administratorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wei Cao, Research Assistantemail@example.com|
|Twishari Dasgupta, Research Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Betty Eapen, Lab Manageremail@example.com|
|Zhimin Feng, Senior Instructorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ilene Gertman, Project Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Santosh Ghosh, Instructorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Edward Hill, Clinical Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Xun Jia, Research Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ge Jin, Assistant Professoremail@example.com|
|Pushpa Pandiyan, Assistant Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patricia Mehosky Ribeiro, Dir. of Research Administrationemail@example.com|
|James Simmelink, Adj/Clin Assoc Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bernard Tandler, Visiting Facultyemail@example.com|
|Lance Vernon, Senior Instructorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tim Whittingham, Associate Professoremail@example.com|
|Wes Williams, Research Associatefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shao Xiang, Research Assistantemail@example.com|
|Fengchun Ye, Assistant Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hong Yue, Sr. Research Associate|
|YiFan Zhang, Research Assistantemail@example.com|
Dr. Weinberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for Research. He received a DMD and PhD from Hebrew University School of Medicine. In 1999, he joined the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Throughout his research career, he has combined his clinical background with molecular and cellular biological approaches to research the interface between the microbe and the host's innate defenses. Dr. Weinberg holds secondary appointments in Pathology and the Proteomics and Bioinformatics Core in the Medical School. In 2010, he was appointed the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Feng is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He earned his PhD in Cell Biology from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. He also has an MS in Medical Biochemistry and a BS in Biochemistry. Dr. Feng's research area is epithelial innate immunity. He is working on the regulation and function of human beta-defensins (hBDs), structure/function analysis of hBD-3 and CXCR4 interactions, as well as epithelial innate immune responses to microbial challenges.
Dr. Pandiyan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She earned a PhD in Immunology at the German Arthritis Research Center, Humboldt University, Berlin Germany and an MSc in Life Sciences (Microbiology) from Bharathidasan University, India. Her research investigates the mechanisms by which unwanted immune responses are regulated, focusing on how regulatory T cells (Tregs) and cytokine networks control inflammatory cells in different disease settings.
Dr. Vernon is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He earned his DMD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Dr. Vernon has an interest in public health, art, poetry, yoga, swimming, cooking, and collecting aesthetic beach stones. Prior to entering dentistry, Dr. Vernon coordinated clinical drug studies in schizophrenia at the Brecksville VAMC, taught learning disabled students at the Ratner School, and coached swimming. Dr. Vernon performs clinical epidemiological research and investigates the link between oral and systemic health. Specifically, he is examining the link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease in HIV-infected adults. This involves seeing patients in the dental clinic, coordinating logistics, managing data, and writing papers and grants. In addition, Dr. Vernon is interested in prevention of oral disease (dental caries and periodontal disease) by coaching targeted oral hygiene behavior changes.
Dr. Ye is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He earned his MS and PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Bordeaux II in Bordeaux, France, and a BS in Horticulture from Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China. His research area is pathogenesis of oncogenic viruses such as Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). I am currently working on how periodontal bacteria enhance viral replication in the oral cavity to promote oral cancer in HIV/AIDS patients. He also works on how KSHV infection promotes angiogenesis, inflammation, and tumor growth.