Notable People

January 2017

Kay Chang, MD

Chang was promoted to professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, effective Nov. 1. He is a pediatric otologist with research interests in the prevention of ototoxicity, neonatal hearing screening, the genetics of hearing loss and pediatric cochlear implants. 


Korey Hood, PhD

Hood was appointed professor of pediatrics and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, effective Nov. 1. His research and clinical efforts aim to improve the health and quality of life of people with diabetes and other chronic diseases.


John Leppert, MD

Leppert was promoted to associate professor of urology, effective Nov. 1. His research and clinical work focuses on kidney cancer surgery, kidney cancer detection and responses to cancer therapy.


S.V. Mahadevan, MD

Mahadevan was promoted to professor of emergency medicine, effective Dec. 1. He is the interim chair of emergency medicine. His research and clinical interests include emergency medicine education, trauma, emergency medical services and global health.


Elizabeth Mormino, PhD

Mormino was appointed assistant professor (research) of neurology and neurological sciences, effective Jan. 1. Her research interests include brain imaging with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and aging.


Heather Moss, MD, PhD

Moss was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, effective Nov. 1. Her research aims to identify and develop markers of impaired optic nerve structure and function that can guide management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension to prevent blindness. Her clinical focus is on neuro-ophthalmology, including the diagnosis and treatment of brain, nerve and muscle disorders that affect vision.


Jochen Profit, MD

Profit was promoted to associate professor of pediatrics, effective Dec. 1. His research focuses on improving the design of health care systems to improve outcomes for sick newborns.


Hua Tang, PhD

Tang was promoted to professor of genetics, effective Dec. 1. In her research, she develops statistical and computational approaches to delineate the evolutionary history of the human population and to examine the genetic architecture of complex traits and diseases in minority populations.


Wen-Kai Weng, MD, PhD

Weng was promoted to associate professor of medicine, effective Dec. 1. His clinical focus is blood and marrow transplantation, and his research focuses on lymphoma, including immunotherapy and efforts to understand its pathobiology.


Lacramioara Bintu, PhD

Bintu was appointed assistant professor of bioengineering, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of gene and chromatin regulation to improve mammalian cell engineering.

Thomas Cherpes, DVM, MD

Cherpes was appointed assistant professor of comparative medicine, effective Dec. 1. His research interests include the effect of female hormones on immune responses to genital-tract pathogens, host responses to chlamydia infection and the development of cellular immunotherapies for cancer.


Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD

Diehn, assistant professor of radiation oncology, was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was recognized for his work using sequencing to analyze circulating tumor DNA. The society includes more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties who are selected for their significant research accomplishments.


Prasanna Jagannathan, MD

Jagannathan was appointed assistant professor of medicine, effective Jan. 1. His research focuses on the mechanisms of protective immunity in malaria and on immunogenic therapies and vaccines.


Thomas Robinson, MD

Robinson was awarded the 2016 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health administered by McGill University. The prize, which includes a research award of 50,000 Canadian dollars (about $37,777), recognizes researchers who enhance the understanding of how physical activity, nutrition or psychosocial factors affect health. Robinson, the Irving Schulman, MD, Professor in Child Health and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine, was honored for his work combating childhood obesity.


Sui Wang, PhD

Wang was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, effective Jan. 1. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying retinal diseases and retinal development by investigating gene regulatory networks.


Katja Weinacht, MD, PhD

Weinacht was appointed assistant professor of pediatrics, effective Oct. 1. Her clinical work focuses on genetic immune diseases and immune dysregulation. Her research examines the relationship between mitochondrial bioenergetics and cell development and explores the use of stem cell therapy for patients with DiGeorge syndrome.


J. Bradley Zuchero, PhD

Zuchero was appointed assistant professor of neurosurgery, effective Jan. 1. His research interests include the developmental biology of glia and diseases of the nervous system.


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