Research Faculty: HCOA

Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

Director/Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5804

We are working to understand the pathophysiological mechanisms, especially the autophagy-lysosomal pathway and neuron-immune interaction, in Alzheimer’s disease. The goal is to use mouse models to inform human pathogenesis and find therapeutic targets.

Wei Cao, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8523

Innate Immunity; Interferon Response; Protein Misfolding; Neurodegeneration; Immunotherapy

Andre Catic, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-1567

Synchronizing transcript expression to protein synthesis and energy metabolism is a key element in cellular homeostasis. We are studying how these processes are integrated and how they are impacted by aging and disease in models of stem cells and cancers.

Weiwei Dang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1565

Our lab uses yeast replicative aging as a model, together with human primary cell lines and adult stem cells, to study evolutionarily conserved epigenetic mechanisms during aging and development of age-related cancers

Frederick A Pereira, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6933

Our goal is to identify drugs that affect hearing and balance.  We study gene signaling pathways to enhance, protect, repair or regenerate sensory cells and nerves in the hearing organ and neurons in the auditory cortex that are lost with aging or trauma.

Melanie Samuel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1561

Discovery of new neural development molecules and pathways.; Development of nanoscopic imaging tools and techniques for circuit analysis.…

George E Taffet, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 285-1730

I am a translational scientist bringing questions from bedside to bench and back. I am interested in how aging effects the heart and cardiovascular system and how managing cardiovascular disease is modified by age and age-associated diseases.

Ergun Sahin, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6685

Telomere function, aging and cancer biology

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1566

Systemic studies of endocrine and metabolic signaling in promoting healthy aging

Faculty Research Associates: HCOA (A-L)

Alison Ann Bertuch, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4579

Basic mechanisms of telomere maintenance, structure, and function and DNA repair in the yeast model organism and human cells…

Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-8913

Cellular and molecular mechanism of memory storage

Lawrence Allen Donehower, Ph.D., B.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3594

Tumor Suppressor Genes in Cancer

Tony Eissa, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3190

Regulation of Autophagy in Innate Immunity; Cellular Regulation of Nitric Oxide Synthesis in Inflammation; Cellular regulation of misfolded proteins

Margaret A Goodell, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1265

Murine and human hematopoietic stem cells; Genetic and epigenetic regulation and development.

Michael M Ittmann, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6196

Molecular genetics of prostate cancer; Fibroblast growth factors; Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Joanna Louisa Jankowsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8337

Richard Alan Lewis, M.D., M.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6100

Studies of hereditary eye disorders, especially those afflicting infants and children, and the ocular manifestations of genetic systemic disorders.

Mark Edwin Kunik, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 794-8639

Yi Li, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3963

Breast cancer initiation and progression; Wnt signaling and cancer stem cells; Breast Cancer Prevention; JAK-STAT signaling in breast cancer

Faculty Research Associates: HCOA (M-Z)

Sean Eric McGuire

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-9174

Cancer cell metabolism; metabolic imaging

Aanand D. Naik, M.D.

Senior Investigator

Phone

  • (713) 794-8541

Quality Scholars, Multiple Morbidity, Older Adults, Shared Decision Making

Robia G Pautler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3892

Gene Expression; Axonal Transport; Biomedical Imaging; Alzheimer's Disease; Neurophysiology

Rajagopal Viswanath Sekhar, M.D., B.S.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3908

Glutathione deficiency in aging, diabetes and HIV

Joshua M Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7438

Functional genomics of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease; Integrative genetic analyses in humans and Drosophila

Richard N Sifers, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3169

Glycobiology; Secretory Pathway; Protein Biosynthetic Quality Control; Conformational Disease; Alpha1-antitrypsin Deficiency; Disease Modifiers…

Zhou Songyang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5220

Melinda Anne Stanley, Ph.D.

Professor and Head, Division of Psychology

Behavioral treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions (eg, trichotillomania)…

Yuxiang Sun, M.D. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7167

Nutritional regulation, glucose- and energy- homeostasis, inflammation, and pathophysiology of obesity, diabetes and aging

Qiang Tong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6716

Molecular mechanism of life span extension by caloric restriction; Adipose formation and function during obesity and diabetes…

Dennis T. Villareal, MD

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 794-7156

Lifestyle, hormonal, and anabolic interventions to ameliorate sarcopenic obesity and frailty

Lynn C Yeoman, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7336

Adjunct Research Faculty: HCOA

Nikolai A Timchenko, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1567

C/EBP proteins in chromatin remodeling; Molecular mechanisms of liver cancer…