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Amgen Mentors

The following faculty members have agreed to support UNC-Chapel Hill Amgen Scholars Programs. Applicants can use the links below to identify potential faculty mentors for their application.

Wubin Bai

Department: Applied Physical Sciences
Research Keywords: bioelectronics, biosensors, wearables, drug delivery devices, biotechnology

Aysenil Belger

Department: Psychiatry and Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Keywords: neuroimaging, cognition, adolescence, EEG, psychosis, anxiety, stress, risk for substance use.

Rebecca Berlow

Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Research Keywords: intrinsically disordered proteins, protein dynamics, transcriptional regulation

Albert Bowers

Department: School of Pharmacy - Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Research Keywords: chemical biology, drug discovery

Russell Broaddus

Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Research Keywords: endometrial cancer molecular mechanisms of invasiveness, DNA mismatch repair, wnt/b-catenin signaling in cancer

Christina Burch

Department: Biology
Research Keywords: viral evolution, computational biology

Sharon Campbell

Department: Biophysics and Biochemistry
Research Keywords: RAS inhibitors, tumorigenesis, RAS signaling, cell adhesion, cardiomyopathies, hybrid structural biology, biochemistry, signal transduction

Kathleen Caron

Department: Cell Biology and Physiology
Research Keywords: cardiovascular physiology, G protein-coupled receptors, orphan receptors, migraine, lymphatics, mouse models of human disease

Daniel Christoffel

Department: Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Keywords: neural circuits, reward processing, feeding, synaptic plasticity, obesity, habits

Jessica Cohen

Department: Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Keywords: executive functioning, longitudinal development, ADHD, fMRI, network neuroscience

Jean Cook

Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Research Keywords: cell proliferation and DNA replication control

Ming Ding

Department: Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Research Keywords: Data science, multi-omics (genetics, lipidomics, and proteomics), population studies, cardiovascular disease

Bob Duronio

Department: Biology, Genetics, iBGS
Research Keywords: Epigenetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology

Michael Emanuele

Department: Pharmacology
Research Keywords: cancer proliferation, cell cycle, signaling, proteomics, ubiquitin

Owen Fenton

Department: Pharmacy
Research Keywords: mRNA therapeutics, lipid nanoparticles, drug delivery, former amgen scholar (UC Berkeley 2009)

Kevin Frankowski

Department: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Research Keywords: early stage drug discovery, small molecule optimization, synthetic organic chemistry, therapeutic areas: metastatic cancer, substance use disorder, opioid-free treatment of chronic pain, traumatic brain injury

Jimena Giudice

Department: Cell Biology and Physiology
Research Keywords: RNA processing, alternative splicing, heart, muscle, epigenetics

Misty Good

Department: Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology
Research Keywords: intestinal development, epithelial cell biology, mucosal immunology, pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis

Lee Graves

Department: Pharmacology
Research Keywords: anticancer drugs, cancer metabolism, epigenetics, mitochondria

Carlos Guardia

Department: Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, NIEHS (NIH)
Research Keywords: autophagy, intracellular traffic, extracellular vesicles, hormone secretion, placenta development

James Hagood

Department: Pediatrics
Research Keywords: pulmonary fibrosis, lung biology, rare lung disease, antifibrotic drug development

Indriati Hood Pishchany

Department: Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Research Keywords: microbiome, women's health, preclinical models, live biotherapeutics

Lindsey James

Department: Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry
Research Keywords: epigenetics, chemical probe development, chromatin regulation, protein degradation

Ilona Jaspers

Department: Pediatrics/Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
Research Keywords: health effects, inhaled chemicals, aerosolized chemicals, respiratory mucosa, lung biology

Jeffrey Johnson

Department: Chemistry
Research Keywords: synthesis, catalysis, medicinal chemistry

Mehmet Kesimer

Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Research Keywords: respiratory mucin/mucus biochemistry, biophysics, proteomics, lung and hypersecretory diseases, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, mucin glycoconjugates, tobacco and nicotine mechanistic/regulatory research, e-cigarettes

Helen Lazear

Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Research Keywords: virology, viral pathogenesis, vector-borne diseases, congenital infections, skin infections

Karin Leiderman

Department: Mathematics, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Computational Medicine Program, Blood Research Center
Research Keywords: computational model, mathematical model, biochemical reactions, blood coagulation

Pei Lim

Department: Diagnostic Sciences, Adams School of Dentistry
Research Keywords: orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, trigeminal neuropathic pain, headaches

Pengda Liu

Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Research Keywords: cancer therapy, E3 ubiquitin ligase, kinase, cell signaling

Daniel McKay

Department: Department of Biology, Department of Genetics
Research Keywords: epigenetic gene regulation, developmental biology, genomics

Adam Palmer

Department: Pharmacology, Computational Medicine Program
Research Keywords: drug combinations, cancer, systems biology, precision medicine

Samantha Pattenden

Department: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Research Keywords: drug discovery, technology development, chromatin, transcription

William Polacheck

Department: Biomedical Engineering; Cell Biology and Physiology
Research Keywords: microphysiological systems, organs-on-chip, vascular biology, cancer, computational modeling, mechanotransduction

Jeremy Purvis

Department: Genetics; Computational Medicine
Research Keywords: systems biology, cell cycle, single-cell analysis, breast cancer

Daniel Schrider

Department: Department of Genetics
Research Keywords: evolution, population genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning

Zhenwei Song

Department: Gene Therapy Center, ESOP
Research Keywords: developing safer AAV gene therapy, evaluating AAV toxicity, spheroid culture, induced pluriportent stem cells

Chrystal Starbird

Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Research Keywords: structural biology, kinase inhibitor design, cellular signaling, receptor tyrosine kinases, cancer biology

Brian Strahl

Department: Biochemistry and Biophysics
Research Keywords: epigenetics, chromatin, histones, gene transcription

Ageliki Tsagaratou

Department: Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology
Research Keywords: molecular immunology, T cell biology, epigenetics, cancer, genomics, proteomics, single-cell approaches

Matthew Vogt

Department: Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Microbiology & Immunology
Research Keywords: human monoclonal antibodies, biologics, antivirals, enterovirus, picornavirus

Jason Whitmire

Department: Genetics; Microbiology & Immunology
Research Keywords: immunology, T cell biology, host genetics, viral pathogenesis

Gang Xi

Department: Medicine/UNC Kidney Center
Research Keywords: protein post-translation modifications, cell signal transduction, autoimmune diseases

Melinda Yates

Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Research Keywords: uterine cancer, genetics, pharmacology, hormones

Senay Yitbarek

Department: Biology
Research Keywords: host-microbe interactions, infectious disease, evolution, ecology

Wei You

Department: Chemistry
Research Keywords: polymer-protein conjugate drug development

Qisheng Zhang

Department: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology
Research Keywords: drug discovery, chemical biology, lipid signaling