School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty Profiles

Rodney D. Braun
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-4764
Profile
The major research focus of Dr. Braun's laboratory is the study of blood flow and oxygen transport in tumors, especially tumors growing in the eye. The ultimate goal is...
David Armant
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1748
Profile
Dr. Armant presents lectures to Year 1 medical students in the Human Embryology course on fertilization, early embryonic development and the placenta. He also teaches graduate courses offered through the...
Mihir Bagchi
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1312
Profile
Research Educator, Full time, PhD, Gross Anatomy and Special Topics...
Elizabeth Berger
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
313-577-0286
Profile
The studies carried out by our laboratory predominately focus on disease pathogenesis and the interplay between the immune and neuroendocrine systems. We mechanistically and therapeutically investigate the events of inflammation...
Bruce A. Berkowitz
Title
Professor
Director of Small Animal MRI Facility
Phone
(313) 577-9035
Profile
Director of Small Animal MRI FacilityParticipates in teaching embryology and histology to MS1 studentsCo-course Director and teacher of Biology of the Eye (undergraduate)Participates in Biomedical Engineering courseDirected study mentor for...
Maria Bykhovskaia
Title
Professor
Phone
313-577-9744
Profile
The research in my lab research is focused on neuronal communications and plasticity. Neurons communicate by releasing transmitter molecules into the synaptic cleft. The ability of a synapse to modify...
Avril Genene Genene Holt
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-6268
Profile
Dr. Holt received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Stillman College and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Michigan. Following her position as research investigator at the University...
Dennis J. Goebel
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-8724
Profile
Dr. Goebel is a trained retinal neuroanatomist, whose work has made significant contribution to our current understanding of retinal neurocircuitry and function. Incorporating his biochemical/molecular training, Dr. Goebel has...
Harry G. Goshgarian
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1045
Profile
For my entire career I have focused on one aspect of spinal cord injury, namely that significant functional recovery can be induced in respiratory muscles paralyzed by spinal cord injury...
Linda Hazlett
Title
Department Chair
Phone
(313) 577-1061 (Departmental Office)
(313) 577-1079 (Laboratory Office)
Profile
Dr. Hazlett's research is focused on the host immune response to the gram negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa). The ubiquitous bacterium is an opportunistic pathogen noted both for its...
Tomomi Ichinose
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(313) 577-0836 (Office)
(313) 577-0837 (Lab)
Profile
Dr. Ichinose is a retinal neurophysiologist. Her research focuses on elucidating the function of the retinal neural network. Using patch clamp techniques, she has investigated how synaptic mechanisms,...
Mark E. Ireland
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1529
Profile
Dr. Ireland has been teaching human gross anatomy at the WSU School of Medicine since 1986. He became the course director in 2001 and coordinates the lecture schedule and...
Renu A. Kowluru
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 993-6714
Profile
Diabetic retinopathy remains the leading cause of acquired blindness in working-aged adults. The research is focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of diabetic retinopathy and the metabolic memory associated with...
Ashok Kumar
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(313) 577-6213 (office)
(313) 577-6202 (lab)
Profile
Bacterial endophthalmitis is a vision-threatening complication of penetrating eye injury and intraocular surgery, notably cataract surgery, the most common ophthalmic procedure performed in older populations in the United States....
Harry Maisel
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-8313
Kwaku Nantwi
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-7925
Profile
The focus of research in the lab of Dr Nantwi is restoration of respiratory motor function after paralysis of the diaphragm in an animal model of spinal cord injury (SCI)....
Zhuo-Hua Pan
Title
Professor
Scientific Director of the Ligon Research Center of Vision, Kresge Eye Institute, WSU SOM
Phone
(313) 577-9830
Profile
Dr. Pan’s research is focused on the development of optogenetic approaches to cure blindness caused by photoreceptor degeneration. The optogenetic strategy for vision restoration is based on the idea of...
Jean D. Peduzzi-Nelson
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
(313) 577-8995
Profile
The focus of Dr. Peduzzi's work is adult stem cells and their potential in the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries and radiotherapy-induced brain damage. As an expert on...
Lalit Singh Pukhrambam
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(313) 577-5032
Profile
Major Research Interests:To understand the molecular basis for disease development and progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR); Targeted genomics, epigenomics and proteomics-based identification of early biomarkers of diabetes and its neuronal...
Jose A. Rafols
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1049
Robert P. Skoff
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1165
Profile
Our laboratory is supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the European Leukodystrophy Association. These grants support research of...
Gabriel Sosne
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
313-577-1356
Profile
Dr. Sosne received his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and completed a fellowship through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD. He then completed...
Jena Steinle
Title
Professor

540 E. Canfield
9314 Scott Hall

Phone
313-577-9731
Profile
Work in Dr. Steinle's lab is focused on cellular pathways involved in retinal damage in response to diabetes. A key focus is beta-adrenergic receptor actions to protect the diabetic...
Susmit Suvas
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
313-577-9820
Profile
Inflammation is an outcome of the host response to injury or infection. When occurs for a short duration (acute inflammation), it is beneficial to the host. However, inflammation that persists...
Ryan Thummel
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(313) 577-7762
Profile
I joined the faculty at Wayne State University in 2009. My research focuses on retinal development and regeneration in zebrafish. Zebrafish is an attractive model to study neurodegenerative diseases due...
Paul D. Walker
Title
Professor
Phone
(313) 577-5678
Profile
Dr. Walker studies neural signaling mechanisms influenced by changes in dopamine transmission. Current experiments utilize transgenic mice engineered for inducible and cell-specific transgene expression. Dr. Walker also teaches gross anatomy...
Jessie Wood
Title
Assistant Professor
Phone
(313) 577-1526
Shunbin Xu
Title
Associate Professor
Phone
312-213-6149
Profile
The research interest of my laboratory is to study the roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the eye and ocular diseases. miRNAs are small, non-coding, regulatory RNAs and constitute a newly...
Fu-Shin X. Yu
Title
Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology and Anatomy/Cell Biology
Director of Research, Kresge Eye Institute
Phone
(313) 577-1657
Profile
Dr. Yu received his BS degree from Wuhan University, Hubei, China. He came to United States through the CUSBEA (China–United States Biochemistry Examination and Application) program. He pursued postdoctoral...