Biomedical Sciences, PhD
Take your research from the bench to the bedside with your Doctor of Biomedical Sciences.
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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
Xiaoli Zhao, PhD
Dr. Zhao was trained as a physician in pediatrics at ShanXi Medical University in China. She completed her doctorate in physiology and integrative biology at Rutgers University in 2006 and continued her postdoctoral education in muscle physiology. She started her independent research program in lung physiology and pathophysiology as an assistant professor at Ohio State University in 2012 and relocated to EVMS in 2015 to continue her National Institutes of Health and Virginia state funded research.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
Maggie Morris, PhD
Dr. Morris is testing the theory that a virus causes type 1 diabetes as part of a worldwide research consortium. She has received funding for her research from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Dr. Morris teaches several courses for graduate and medical students and works one-on-one with them as they conduct their own research. She also leads the EVMS Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, which provides full-time research experience for undergraduate students.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