Biomedical Sciences, PhD
Take your research from the bench to the bedside with your Doctorate in the Biomedical Sciences.
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Elena Galkina, PhD, FAHA
Dr. Galkina, Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Cell Biology, is studying the implication of the immune responses in atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and type 2 diabetes. She is funded by the NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and American Heart Association. Over last 13 years, the Galkina laboratory trained many PhD and master students who successfully work at National Institute of Health, The United States Food and Drug Administration, in various biotech companies and academia.Read More
Larry Sanford, PhD
Dr. Sanford is a highly regarded expert on the neurophysiology of sleep and stress. His primary research focuses on the brain mechanisms linking sleep, stress and learning in anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Sanford has been awarded over $5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2007. He was an Associate Editor of the medical journal SLEEP from 2006 to 2016.Read More
Eva Forgacs-Lonart, PhD
Dr. Forgacs-Lonart, Associate Professor of Physiological Sciences, has completed extensive research on myosin, a motor protein that helps muscles move, and has received grants from the NIH and the American Heart Association. She is investigating how cardiomyopathy mutations alter the ATPase enzyme mechanism and how different pharmacological agents affect the chemomechanical cycle.Read More
Richard Britten, PhD
Dr. Britten is well-known for his state-of-the-art research on radiobiology, radiation oncology and cancer biology. He has received multiple grants from NASA to study the effects of space radiation exposure on the central nervous system. Dr. Britten is an Associate Editor for Radiation Research, the official journal of the Radiation Research Society, and is on the editorial board for Oncology Reports.Read More
Vitold Galkin, PhD
Dr. Galkin is investigating the molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction. Muscle contraction is required for vital bodily functions such as breathing, heart contractility and movement. Mutations in genes encoding muscle proteins are the most common cause of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease with a prevalence of about 1 in 500. Despite its significance to cardiac health and disease, there is still remarkably little known regarding the molecular mechanisms of cardiac contraction. Dr. Galkin uses state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy and computational approaches to study molecular interactions in the cardiac muscle. These studies may pave the road to new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. Dr. Galkin has received funding from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in high profile scientific journals and he is a reviewer for the AHA.Read More