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SPORT Progam Participating Faculty Members

Name/Degree(s)

Rank

Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)

Role in Program

Research Interest

Bartlett, Stephen T.,M.D. 

Professor, Chairman

Department of Surgery
(Department of Medicine)

Mentor

Autoimmunity and graft survival

Beamer, Brock A. , M.D.  

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

Aging, diabetes, obesity and body composition and functional correlates

Beitelshees, Amber, Pharm.D., M.P.H. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

Treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Black, Maureen M., Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Pediatrics,
(Epidemiology and Public Health, Family and Community Medicine, Department of Medicine)

Mentor

Nutrition and child development, focusing on both under nutrition and overweight

Blumenthal, Jacob B., M.D.  

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine, Co-Director of the GRECC Assessment Clinic

Mentor

The effects of aging and obesity on cytokine production by adipose tissue and their relationship to systemic levels and constituents of the metabolic syndrome, as well as examine the effect(s) of weight  loss and aerobic exercise training in an older subset of subjects

D’Adamo, Christopher, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Family & Community Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine
(Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Mentor

Synergistic effects of diet and exercise on the prevention of obesity and chronic disease.

Damcott, Coleen, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

 Molecular basis and genetics of complex diseases in humans

Davis, Stephen, M.B.B.S. 

Professor and Chair

Department of Medicine
(Physiology)

Mentor

Diabetes and metabolic disorders, Hypoglycemia in-vivo vascular biologic mechanisms, Exercise physiology.

Fink, Jeffrey C., M.D., M.S. 

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology

Mentor

Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease

Fraser-Liggett, Claire D., Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
(Director, Institute for Genome Sciences)

Mentor

Sequencing and analysis of human, animal, plant and Microbial Genomes to Better Understand the Role that Genes play In Development, evolution, physiology and disease

Gong, Da-Wei, Ph.D.  

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

Adipokines in the pathogenesis of obesity and its co-morbidities, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in research treatment of endocrine and metabolic diseases

Griffith, Bartley P., M.D. 

Professor

Department of Surgery, Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Director, Heart and Lung Transplantation

Mentor

Heart and lung transplantation, including those specific to diabetic recipients

Hager, Erin R., Ph.D.  

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics
(Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Mentor

physical activity assessment and the development and validation of novel methods for assessing constructs related to nutrition

Hochberg, Marc C., M.D., M.P.H. 

Professor

Professor of Medicine and Head, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology

Mentor

Epidemiology of rheumatologic and musculoskeletal diseases, including osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and related fractures; controlled clinical trials in the rheumatic diseases.

Horenstein, Richard B., M.D., J.D.  

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

Genetics of type 2 diabetes and lipid disorders.  Pharmacogenetics and Personalized Medicine

Katzel, Leslie I., M.D., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Mentor

Aging, exercise, physical functioning and cognition

Kittner, Steven J., M.D., M.P.H. 

Professor

Department of Neurology
(Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland)

Mentor

Apply epidemiological principles to neurological problems.  He established a population-based case-control study of ischemic stroke in young adults with a biorepository of DNA, serum, and plasma, which has been utilized to study novel stroke risk factors. This work has included historical, biochemical, and more recently genetic factors.

Magaziner, Jay, Ph.D., M.S.  

Professor & Chair

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of its Division of Gerontology
(Department of Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science)

Mentor

Epidemiology of hip fracture, psychosocial aspects of health and log-term care, and methods for studying older populations

McLenithan, John,  Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Departments of Medicine
(Physiology)

Mentor

Adipose tissue as an endocrine organ and its endocrine and paracrine effects on liver and muscle, as well as autocrine effects on adipose tissue itself

Miller,  Michael , M.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
(Director, Center for Preventive Cardiology, University of Maryland Hospital; Staff Physician, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore, MD)

Mentor

Evaluate macronutrient compositional effects in Veterans with the metabolic syndrome and to examine the relationship of monosaturated versus a polyunsaturated fat enriched diets on lipids and lipoproteins, biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial vasoreactivity

Mitchell, Braxton, Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine
(Epidemiology & Public Health)

Mentor

Genetic epidemiology of common age-related complex diseases, including osteoporosis, diabetes and CVD

O’Connell, Jeffrey R., D. Phil. 

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine
(Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Mentor

Developing statistical and mathematical models for linkage, association and haplotype analysis for the study of complex traits.

Ortmeyer, Heidi, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology

Mentor

Mechanisms by which obesity and type 2 diabetes affect lipid and glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue, examines the effects of PPAR’s, aging and physical deconditioning on insulin action and fax oxidation

Passaniti, Antonio, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Department of Pathology/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mentor

Angiogenesis, antioxidants and insulin sensitivity

Pollin, Toni I., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine
(Co-Tract Leader, Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics, Graduate Program in Life Sciences)

Mentor

Using statistical methods to discern the genetic factors in conjunction with environmental factors causing common complex diseases primarily with adult onset

Quinn,  Charlene C., R.N., Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

 

 

 

Nurse Researcher
Faculty Associate

 

Associate Director

 

Interim Associate Dean

Primary:  Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Secondary:  Assistant Professor, Division of Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Medicine;
Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing;

Executive Office of Chief Nurse, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center;
Research Core Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System;

UMB DEcIDE Network Center (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness), Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy;

Public Health Outreach, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Mentor

Long Term Care Services for Older Adults
Diabetes Among Older Adults
Technology and Aging
Epidemiology of Aging Populations

Quon, Michael J., M.D., Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Mentor

Moleclar mechanisms of insulin action, insulin resistance , and endothelial dysfunction as they relate to diabetes, obesity and their cardiovascular complications

Reece, E. Albert, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. 

Distinguished Professor and Dean

University of Maryland,  SOM
(Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences)

Mentor

Diabetes in pregnancy, birth defects and prenatal diagnosis

Roghmann, Mary-Calre, M.D., M.S. 

Professor

Epidemiology & Public Health
(Department of Medicine)

Co-Investigator

PI of University of Maryland’s Clinical Research Curriculum Award (K30).  She is also responsible for advising K12 Scholars on their didactic training.

Ryan, Alice, Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Veterans Administration Career Scientist, exercise physiologist and clinical investigator

Mentor

Mechanism by which aerobic and resistive exercise and weight loss affect body composition and glucose metabolism in obese elderly

Saunders, Elijah, M.D. 

Clinical Professor

Head, Section of Hypertension, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine

Mentor

Health disparities of patient with diabetes and hypertension

Sausville, Edward A., M.D., Ph.D. 

Professor

Department of Medicine
(Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics)

Mentor

Research is aimed at developing drugs that target altered fuel metabolism of tumor cells, particularly through PI3K/AKT/mTOR, and IGF and signal transduction pathways.

Schneider, Martin F., Ph.D.  

Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(GPILS:  Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Program in Molecular Medicine, Program in Neuroscience)

Mentor

Generation and modulation of the Ca2+ transient in skeletal muscle; Molecular basis of activity dependent skeletal muscle fiber type plasticity; Calcium signaling in neurons.

Shea-Donohue, Terez, Ph.D. 

Professor

Adjunct Professor

 

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Medicine & Physiology

(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Medicine)

(George Washington University, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology)

Mentor

The immune regulatiojn of gastrointestinal function.  Molecular mimicry of enteric pathogens and their interaction with epithelial cells, which are key players in innate immune responses.    

Shuldiner, Alan, M.D. 

Associate Dean, Personalized & Genomic Medicine;
Professor & Head, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition

Head, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition, University of Maryland
Associate Dean, Personalized & Genomic Medicine Program, University of Maryland
(Department of Physiology, University of Maryland)

Mentor

Genetics/Genomics of complex diseases and traits; Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine

Silver, Kristi D., M.D.  

Associate Professor

Acting Director, University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Associate Program Director, GCRC, Director, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Program

Mentor

Understanding the role of pancreatic beta cells in the development of diabetes mellitus

Snitker, Soren, M.D., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Departments of Medicine
(Pediatrics)

Mentor

Human physiology and genetics, more specifically in the context of obesity and diabetes

Sorkin, John, M.D., Ph.D.  

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology
(Epidemiology & Public Health)

Mentor

Phenotypes associated with aging successfully and the genetics of longevity

Steinle, Nanette I., M.D. 

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

PI

Nutrition, Diabetes, Obesity, Genetics

Streeten, Elizabeth, M.D. 

Associate Professor

Departments of Medicine
(Pediatrics and Co-Director, Adult Genetics Clinic)

Mentor

Genetics factors contributing to bone health and vitamin D metabolism, primary and secondary hyperparathyroidism and  treatment of osteoporosis-pseudoglioma (OPPG)

Terrin, Michael L.,   M.D., C.M., M.P.H. 

Professor

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
(Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Mentor

Applying epidemiological methods to solve problems in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases, vascular diseases, and lung diseases and the prevention of these diseases through address of their risk factors.  Translational science.

Thompson, Richard  B., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Mentor

Development of fluorescence-based biosensors for analytes of clinical and environmental interest, particularly metal ions. The biological and pathological roles of metal ions such as zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, and cobalt in humans are of growing interest in a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer disease, diabetes, stroke, epilepsy, cancer, macular degeneration of the eye, and others. 

Turner, Douglas J., M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

Mentor

Thyroid diseases, including thyroid cancer, and treatment of hyperparathyroidism

Weir, Matthew R., M.D. 

Professor,
Division Head

Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Mentor

Clinical trials

Woodle, Carole Sztalryd, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. University of Maryland School of Medicine
(Director,  Adipose Biology and Basic Mechanisms (ABBM) Core (NORC))

Mentor

Research interest is to determine the mechanisms underlying the association between obesity, a chronic positive energy balance state and the development of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.   

Zaghloul, Norann A., Ph.D.  Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University of Maryland School of Medicine Mentor Investigating how common variants in disease-associated genes produce metabolic phenotype, using the zebrafish system and cell models; also how ciliopathy genes contribute to developmental defects in organ systems, such as pancreas and hypothalamus, that might underlie obesity and diabetes.