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Anatomy

Joseph L. Cheatwood, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Rm 2068, Carbondale
Laboratory Location:
Phone Office: 618-453-1591 Laboratory:
Research Focus: Neuronal Mechanisms of Functional Recovery Following Stroke
jcheatwood@siumed.edu

Research Area: Neuroscience
Summary:
Medical students will receive an exposure to issues in Neuroscience research. Students will use a variety techniques including cell culture, microscopy, and behavioral analyses.
Experience Needed:
None.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Anthony Y. Huang, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Rm 2069, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Rm 2050, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1577 Laboratory: 618-453-1532
Research Focus: Taste Disorders: Mechanisms in Taste Buds
ahuang@siumed.edu

Research Area: Chemoreception science
Summary:
We apply functional imaging of taste responses using GFP expressing mice as well as genetically engineered CHO (Chinese Hamster Ovary) biosensor cells to understand the biology of taste cells, to examine taste cell transmitters, and to investigate signal processing in taste buds.
Experience Needed:
not required.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Cheng-Shu Li, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2073, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Sci III, Room 2050, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-8910 Laboratory: 618-453-7161
Research Focus: Gustatory Physiology
cli@siumed.edu

Research Area: Gustatory physiology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in single unit recording in the brain.
Experience Needed:
Anatomical and physiological experimental skills.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Anesthesiology

Ralph Glasser, M.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-788-3790
Research Focus: Clinical Anesthesiology
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Alzheimer Disease Center

Tom Ala, M.D.
Office Location: 751 N. Rutledge, Suite 3100, Springfield
Laboratory Location: Memory & Aging Clinic, 751 Rutledge St., Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7200 Laboratory: 217-545-7200
Research Focus: Alzheimer Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
tala@siumed.edu

Research Area: Clinical research into all aspects of Alzheimer disease
Summary:
Clinical-neuropathological research using cases from the SIU Alzheimer Center brain bank. The objective will be for the student to design, implement, and write up a study for publication in a scientific journal. Student initiative, motivation, and diligence will be necessary. Research focus to be decided by the student.
Experience Needed: None.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Erin R. Hascup, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge, room 4322, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, room 4337 and 3247, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-6988 Laboratory: 217-545-9191 and 217-545-6994
Research Focus: Alzheimer Disease: Neurotransmission Throughout Disease Progression
ehascup@siumed.edu

Research Area: Alzheimer’s disease
Summary:
Students will receive training in in vivo electrochemistry, behavioral analysis, immunohistochemistry, and/or RNA/DNA analysis and apply it to research investigating glutamate as an early biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.  Research will involve rodents and/or human brain tissue.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience and detail oriented.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Sukesh R. Bhaumik, Ph.D.
Office Location: Neckers, Room 287, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Lindegren Hall, Room 116, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-6479 Laboratory: 618-453-6435
Research Focus: Chromatin Structure, Transcription and Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair
sbhaumik@siumed.edu

Research Area: Eukaryotic gene regulation and DNA repair
Summary:
Our laboratory has a broad research interest in understanding the regulatory mechanisms of eukaryotic transcription and transcription-coupled DNA repair, using a variety of experimental approaches that involve molecular biological, biophysical, biochemical and genetic methodologies. We are also studying chromatin structure and its role in regulation of gene expression and DNA repair.
Experience Needed:
Research experience in biochemistry and molecular biology would be useful.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D.
Office Location: Neckers, Room 210, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Neckers, Room 206, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-6466 Laboratory: 618-453-6493
Research Focus: Molecular Biology of Archaea (Archaebacteria), Transcription, RNA Processing
rgupta@siumed.edu

Research Area: Molecular biology of archaea
Summary:
Our research interests are mainly in the area of gene regulation in archaea (archaebacteria).  Archaea are one of the three domains of life; the other two being Bacteria (eubacteria) and Eukarya (eukaryotes).  Archaea include methanogens (producing methane), extreme halophiles (growing in two molar to nearly saturated salt concentrations), thermophiles and hyperthermophiles (growing at 65 to 106 degrees C), acidophiles, alkaliphiles, etc.  Archaea, like Bacteria, are prokaryotic in organization, but show similarities to several components of the eukaryotic replication, transcription and translation systems.

Emphasis of our research is on the study of transcription and post-transcriptional processing of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) in the halophilic and thermophilic archaea.  Transcriptional promoters in archaea, are somewhat similar to the eukaryotic promoters, especially to the RNA polymerase II promoters.  Splicing of introns in archaeal tRNAs is protein-enzyme based, involving at least an endonuclease and a ligase.  This is also the case for the splicing of tRNA-introns in the eukaryotes.  There are two different mechanisms of the litigation of fRNA exons in the eukaryotes; an animal type and a yeast type.  We have determined that the mechanism of ligation of exons in the archaea shows some similarities to the animal type mechanism.
Experience Needed: Some research experience in the area of molecular biology and/or biochemistry is needed.
Number of students: 1-2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Eric C. Niederhoffer, Ph.D.
Office Location: Lindegren Hall, Room 112, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Lindegren Hall, Room 112, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-6467
Research Focus: Metallobiology: Structure and Function of Metal Ion Containing Macromolecules
eniederhoffer@siumed.edu

Research Area: Metallobiology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in metallobiology and will use a variety of applications to prepare internet-based resources.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience would be useful. Motivation to learn is more important.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Rod Weilbaecher, Ph.D.
Office Location: Neckers, Room 215, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Neckers, Room 209, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1334 Laboratory: 618-453-5004
Research Focus: Metallobiology: Regulation of Telomere Replication and End-Protection
rweilbaecher@siumed.edu

Research Area: Biochemical and molecular genetic analysis of telomerase and telomere binding proteins
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in molecular, genetic, and biochemical techniques to study the structure and function of telomeres.
Experience Needed:
Preferably molecular biology or biochemistry experience.
Number of Students:
1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Clinical Ethics Center

J. M. Craig, Ph.D.
Office Location: Clinical Ethics Center - Memorial Medical Center ­ 200 W. Dodge - Room Medical Arts Building 222, Springfield
Laboratory Location: Clinical Ethics Center - Memorial Medical Center ­ 200 W. Dodge - Room Medical Arts Building 222, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-757-2353 Laboratory: 217-757-2353
Research Focus: Ethical Issues in Medicine, Bio-science or Public Health
jcraig@siumed.edu
Experience Needed: Computer experience would be useful. Motivation to learn is more important.
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Emergency Medicine

Jonathan dela Cruz, M.D.
Office Location: A385 Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
Laboratory Location: N/A
Phone Office: 217-545-4371 Laboratory: N/A
Research Focus: Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical, Operational, and Educational Research. Also research opportunities in EMS, health policy, and rural medicine.
jdelacruz@siumed.edu

Research Area: Emergency medicine
Summary:
The Division of Emergency Medicine at SIU-SOM has many on going projects. We have many faculty members with research interests in emergency medicine (adult and pediatric) clinical research, emergency department operations research, education/curriculum research, EMS research, health policy research, and rural medicine research. Please contact the research chair at jdelacruz@siumed.edu who can help coordinate your interests/project with the appropriate research faculty.
Experience Needed:
None.
Number of Students:
10
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Family & Community Medicine

Lisabeth DiLalla, Ph.D.
Office Location: Lindegren Hall, Room 210A, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science II, Room 224 and 243, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1855 Laboratory: 618-453-5206 and 618-453-1397
Research Focus: Child Development, Early Aggression, Behavior Genetics
ldilalla@siumed.edu

Research Area: Behavioral genetic analyses of infant and preschool twins' behaviors
Summary:
Videotaped behavioral data and some genotype data are available for analysis. The data include infant/mother interactions and 5-year-old peer play interactions. The use of twins allows estimation of genetic and environmental influences on the ways that children behave. A research project could entail behavioral coding of the videotaped behaviors or use of already-coded behaviors. Behaviors that might be of interest to study include but are not limited to: mother-infant interaction, maternal teaching styles, peer aggressive play, peer cooperative play, peer compliance or noncompliance. Other options also might be available with related data from this project, depending on the individual student's interests.
Experience Needed: Statistics course or experience working with a statistical package such as SPSS.
Number of Students: 1-2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Robert Ewart, M.D.
Office Location: 520 N. 4th, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-757-8137
Research Focus: Screening Tests
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Wiley D. Jenkins, Ph.D., MPH.
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge St., Room 1201A, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8717
Research Focus: Cancer Epidemiology and Interventions - Especially Rural/Urban Disparities; Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemiology and Interventions; Public and Population Health; Infectious Disease Epidemiology
wjenkins@siumed.edu

Research Area: Public health
Summary:
Medical students have different options in which to receive experience. Dr. Jenkins is involved in researching community-level STD interventions. There may be opportunities to work with the Sangamon County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health. Other academic projects may be developed in accordance with the student’s interest and talents.
Experience Needed: Familiarity with basic biostatistical terms and methods and public health principles.
Number of Students: 2-4
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Kyaw Naing, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: 305 W. Jackson, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-536-6621
Research Focus: Behavioral Science, Health Education, Public Health
Department: Family and Community Medicine
Office: 201 West Jackson St., Carbondale
knaing@siumed.edu

Research Area: Public health
Summary:
Research in the public health arena especially dealing with the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of health promotion
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sandra L. Shea, Ph.D.
Office Location: Lindegren 111, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1589
Research Focus: Medical Education and Student Learning
sshea@siumed.edu
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sharon Smaga, M.D.
Office Location: 305 W Jackson Street, Suite 200, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-536-6621
Research Focus: Health Promotion, Office-Based Research
Department: Family and Community Medicine
Office: 201 West Jackson St., Carbondale
ssmaga@siumed.edu

Research Area: Health promotion, office-based research
Summary:
Improving patient care in the ambulatory setting, health promotion in the community.
Experience Needed: Familiarity with basic biostatistical terms and methods and public health principles.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Internal Medicine

M. Haitham Bakir, M.D., FLLP
Office Location: 701 N. 1st, Room D434, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0187
Research Focus: Asthma
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Kathy Bottum, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room 492A, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3354, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4234 Laboratory: 217-545-6556
Research Focus: Mechanisms of Protection from Excitotoxicity in Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Neurons
kbottum@siumed.edu

Research Area: Neuroscience
Summary:
Molecular biology techniques will be used in cell culture to explore important genes and proteins involved in providing protection from excitotoxicity in neurons.
Experience Needed:
No experience required.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Stuart Frank, M.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, D402, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0185
Research Focus: Lipid Abnormalities, Electrocardiography
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Janak Koirala, M.D., M.P.H., FACP
Office Location: Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Memorial Medical Center Building (701 N. First Street), Room A-486, Springfield
Laboratory Location: Room 2522, SCLF, 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-9148 Laboratory: 217-545-0496; 217-545-9491 (research coordinator)
Research Focus: Lab research: Mechanism of Resistance in MDR Acinetobacter; Clinical research: HCV, HIV
jkoirala@siumed.edu

Research Area: Infectious diseases
Summary:
Students will have opportunity to work on current ongoing projects or other small summer projects on various ID topics such as HCV, HIV and Traveler’s Health. They will receive basic training in research related to infectious diseases.
Experience Needed:
Interest in research for clinical project; basic lab techniques for lab project.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sherry Robinson, Ph.D., RNCS
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, D417, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-5559
Research Focus: Nursing Home Care, Maintenance of Functional Status in the Elderly
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Rong Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: Room 4277, 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Laboratory Location: Room 4361, 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7389 Laboratory: 217-545-8121
Research Focus: Genetic and Molecular Studies of Cancer, Diabetes and Aging
ryuan@siumed.edu

Research Area 1: Genetics of aging
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in genetic and bioinformatics studies to search genes that are involved in the regulation of aging.

Research Area 2: Cancer molecular biology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in biological research to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer.

Research Area 3: Metabolic diseases
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in biological research to investigate cellular and molecular mechanisms of metabolic diseases, including obesity and diabetes.
Experience Needed: Background knowledge in genetics and biology would be useful. Motivation to learn is more important.
Number of Students: 3
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Medical Education

Anna T. Cianciolo, Ph.D.
Office Location: : 913 N Rutledge St., Room 1205, Springfield
Laboratory Location: : 913 N Rutledge St., Room 1205, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0123 Laboratory: 217-545-0123
Research Focus: Understanding Small-Group Collaborative Learning
acianciolo@siumed.edu

Research Area: Medical education
Summary:
Medical students will be involved in projects that explore how small-group collaborative learning functions and when it is effective. Projects may include investigation of instructor practices, student activities, group dynamics, and performance assessment.
Experience Needed:
Background in the social sciences is helpful, but not required. Intellectual curiosity is essential.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Heeyoung Han, Ph.D.
Office Location: 913 N Rutledge St., Room 1220, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 913 N Rutledge St., Room 1220, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8536 Laboratory: 217-545-8536
Research Focus: Utilizing Technology for Learning and Performance
hhan@siumed.edu

Research Area: Educational Technology in Medical Education
Summary:
Medical students will be involved in educational technology research projects based on their own interests including e-learning, online learning, multimedia, or EHR/EMR.
Experience Needed:
None.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Debra L. Klamen, M.D., MHPE
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Rm 3050, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Rm 3050, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7932 Laboratory: 217-545-7932
Research Focus: Medical Education, Particularly the Areas of Clinical Performance Assessment and Curriculum Development
dklamen@siumed.edu

Research Area: Medical education
Summary:
Medical students will be involved in the on-going research projects in these areas. Students may be involved in observing and rating clinical performance, developing new medical school curricula, and developing new assessment methodologies.
Experience Needed:
None, other than an interest in medical education research.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Medical Humanities

Carolyn Pointer, J.D.
Office Location: 913 N. Rutledge St. Rm 1116C, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 913 N. Rutledge St. Rm 1116C, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4391 Laboratory: 217-545-4391
Research Focus:Social Determinants of Health, Medical-Legal Partnerships
cpointer49@siumed.edu

Research Area: Social determinants of health
Summary:
Students will develop projects related to the developing medical-legal partnership to be sited at Family and Community Medicine. Projects may include evaluation of provider screening for social determinants of health, developing training materials, and program evaluation.
Experience Needed:
Interest in primary care, poverty, and/or health disparities is useful. MD/JD or MD/MPH students especially encouraged to apply.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology

Deliang Cao, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: 913 N. Rutledge Street, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 911 N. Rutledge Street, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-9703 Laboratory: 217-545-9712
Research Focus: Tumor Cell Biology, Lipid Metabolism, DNA Damage, and Experimental Therapeutics
dcao@siumed.edu

Research Area: Molecular oncology
Summary:
It’s a bench top experimental study. Students will obtain direct knowledge and experience in cancer biology and therapy.
Experience Needed:
Previous experience not necessary, but motivation required.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Edward Gershburg, Ph. D.
Office Location: 825 N. Rutledge Room 2620, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 825 N. Rutledge Room 2618, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-1139 Laboratory: 217-545-1139
Research Focus: Virology: Structure and Functions of Epstein-Barr Virus Proteins
egershburg@siumed.edu

Research Area: Virology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in virology using molecular and cell biology techniques.
Experience Needed:
Molecular biology and cell culture techniques would be useful. Motivation to learn is more important.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Daotai Nie, Ph.D.
Office Location: 913 N. Rutledge St. Room 1029, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 911 N. Rutledge St. Room 1315 and 1329, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-9702 Laboratory: 217-545-9717 (Room 1315) and 217-545-1329 (Room 1329)
Research Focus: Molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and metastasis
dnie@siumed.edu

Research Area: Molecular oncology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in tumor cell cultures and will use various assays to study tumor cell behaviors.
Experience Needed:
Experiences in handling samples in sterile conditions would be helpful. Motivation to learn is more desired.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Michael Olson, Ph.D.
Office Location: 825 N. Rutledge, SCLF #2640, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 825 N. Rutledge, SCLF #2638, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-5200 Laboratory: 217-545-5218
Research Focus: Staphylococcus aureus, Virulence, Colonization
molson39@siumed.edu

Research Area: Bacterial pathogenesis
Summary:
Focus of characterization of the biology of Staphylococcus aureus at the host interface.  This involves identification of genetic determinants that aid the colonization process as well as trying to understand the role of polymicrobial interactions in the colonization process.
Experience Needed:
Basic knowledge of molecular biology and culture techniques helpful, but not required.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sophia Ran, Ph.D.
Office Location: 911 N. Rutledge St. Room 1310C, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 911 N. Rutledge St. Room 1348, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7026 Laboratory: 217-545-7332
Research Focus: Formation of the Tumor Blood and Lymphatic Vessels and Their Role in Metastatic Spread of Breast Cancer
sran@siumed.edu

Research Area: Tumor angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis
Summary:
Students will receive training in culturing malignant and endothelial cells in vitro and analyzing factors secreted from these cells that induce angiogenesis in vivo.
Experience Needed:
Prior experience in a research lab or tissue culture facility is desirable but not absolutely indispensable.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Donald Torry, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3333, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3354, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2181 Laboratory: 217-545-2216
Research Focus: Cell Biology of Human Placenta, Pregnancy Complications, Angiogenesis
dtorry@siumed.edu

Research Area: Pregnancy
Summary:
Student will receive training in molecular and cellular techniques to analyze gene expression and cell function of human placenta in normal and/or pathological conditions of pregnancy.
Experience Needed: Prior cell culture experience helpful; student initiative, motivation, and diligence required.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Andy Wilber, Ph.D.
Laboratory Location: 911 N. Rutledge, Room 1329, Springfield
Phone Laboratory: 217-545-8098 (Fax: 217-545-6823)
Research Focus: Cancer of the Prostate, Kidney, and Bladder
awilber@siumed.edu

Research Area: Cancer biology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in molecular biology and cell biology in an effort to better understand the cause and treatment of urologic cancers.
Experience Needed:
Basic knowledge of molecular biology and cell culture techniques would be helpful, but is not mandatory.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Neurology

K. Harirama Acharya, M.D.
Office Location: MMC, Springfield
Phone: 217-545-5175
Research Focus: None
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Tom Ala, M.D.
Office Location: 751 N. Rutledge, Suite 3100, Springfield
Laboratory Location: Memory & Aging Clinic, 751 Rutledge St., Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7200 Laboratory: 217-545-7200
Research Focus: Alzheimer Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
tala@siumed.edu

Research Area: Clinical research into all aspects of Alzheimer disease
Summary:
Clinical-neuropathological research using cases from the SIU Alzheimer Center brain bank. The objective will be for the student to design, implement, and write up a study for publication in a scientific journal. Student initiative, motivation, and diligence will be necessary. Research focus to be decided by the student.
Experience Needed: None.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Rodger J. Elble, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: 751 N. Rutledge, Room 3100, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Room 4329, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7182 (Brenda, Dr. Elble's secy) Laboratory: 217-545-0895
Research Focus: Movement Disorders and Motor Control with Special Emphasis on Tremor and Gait Disorders. Dementia
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

M. Steven Evans, M.D.
Office Location: 800 North Rutledge, Room C402, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 461, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-5175 Laboratory: 217-545-2714
Research Focus: Long-term Potentiation, Epilepsy, Aging in the CNS
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Erin R. Hascup, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge, room 4322, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, room 4337 and 3247, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-6988 Laboratory: 217-545-9191 and 217-545-6994
Research Focus: Alzheimer Disease: Neurotransmission Throughout Disease Progression
ehascup@siumed.edu

Research Area: Alzheimer’s disease
Summary:
Students will receive training in in vivo electrochemistry, behavioral analysis, immunohistochemistry, and/or RNA/DNA analysis and apply it to research investigating glutamate as an early biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.  Research will involve rodents and/or human brain tissue.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience and detail oriented.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Larry Hughes, Ph.D.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3107, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3106
Springfield 801 North Rutledge, Room 1330, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7186 Laboratory: 217-545-7186
Research Focus: Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Psychophysics and Statistics
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Michael R. Pranzatelli, M.D.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3402, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 Building, Room 2359, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7635 Laboratory: 217-545-6523
Research Focus: Basis of Childhood Autoimmune Neurological Disorders, Especially in Association with Neuroblastoma
mpranzatelli@siumed.edu

Research Area: Neuroimmunology
Summary:
We have identified B-cell and T-cell subset abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid as biomarkers of disease activity. These data are used in clinical drug trials of innovative selective immunotherapy. Visit our website: www.omsusa.org.
Experience Needed: Computer experience. For lab project, prior research experience preferred.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sharon Anderson Renier, MPH
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room 402, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4295
Research Focus: Epidemiology, Public Health, Chronic Disease Surveillance
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Otolaryngology

Carol Bauer, M.D.
Office Location: St. John's Pavilion, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4777 Laboratory: 217-545-6583
Research Focus: Tinnitus
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mary McAsey, Ph.D.
Office Location: 913 N. Rutledge, Room 1325, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 911 N. Rutledge, Room 329, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4692, clinic 217-545-3128 Laboratory: 217-545-2173
Research Focus: Stem Cell Biology, Infertility, Gynecologic Cancer
mmcasey@siumed.edu

Research Area: Women’s health
Summary:
Medical students will gain experience either in clinical research examining glucose monitoring and control during or prior to pregnancy or in basic research examining the role of stem cells in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. Other projects are also ongoing.
Experience Needed:
None.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Victoria Nichols-Johnson, M.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room 220, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8882
Research Focus: Lactation, Contraception
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Pediatrics

Beau Batton, M.D.
Office Location: St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Springfield, IL
Laboratory Location:
Phone Office: 217-757-6428 Laboratory:
Research Focus: Clinical Research in the Care of Preterm Infants
bbatton@siumed.edu

Research Area: Premature infants
Summary:
The ongoing focus of research for the Division of Neonatology is optimizing care for preterm infants through reducing patient stress, maximizing therapeutic benefit of common medications and procedures, and improving efficiency in care delivered. The Division has mentored many students and is eager to continue to support motivated individuals.  A number of projects are available which are suitable for incorporation into the MPEE program.
Experience Needed: Motivation to learn and function well as part of a small research team.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Mark Fishbein, M.D.
Office Location: St. John's Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8460
Research Focus: Recurrent Abdominal Pain; Enzyme Assay
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Margaret Kovach, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 2375, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 2375, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0060
Research Focus: Human Genetics
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Michael Schneider, M.D.
Office Location: St. John's Pavilion, 301 North 8th Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Lab Location: 911 North Rutledge, Room 310, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4839 Lab: 217-545-2248
Research Focus: Role of  DNASE Deficiency and of Specific DNASE Alelles in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and as Barriers to Liposomal Gene Transfection
mschneider@siumed.edu

Research Area: Human genetics/autoimmunity/gene therapy
Summary:

Laboratory projects: I have a circumscribed project involving genotyping of a small group of samples. This would require no prior experience, and would entail amplification, and sequencing of a specific gene. For those who have some lab experience, I have tissue culture experiments studying the role of DNASEs as barriers to liposomal transfection.

Clinical reports: We have interest in reporting a number of atypical or well-phenotyped or novel genotypes for a number of cases. Finally, we have access to clinical parameters of a large phenotyped population, correlational analysis of the data could be performed with some preliminary preparation.
Experience Needed: Enthusiasm can trump experience; however, absent laboratory training, refreshing about the following techniques are would be helpful. Clinical studies could always be done without prior experience, or time commitment in an office or lab.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Pharmacology

Amy Arai, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3321, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3275, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0228 Laboratory: 217-545-2204
Research Focus: Neuropharmacology
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Don Caspary, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3265, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3234, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2195 Laboratory: 217-545-2203
Research Focus: Aging in Sensory Systems
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Julio A. Copello, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3257, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3275, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2207 Laboratory: 217-545-2218
Research Focus: Molecular Pharmacology of Calcium Release Channels in Striated Muscle
jcopello@siumed.edu

Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Brandon C. Cox, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3385, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3362, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7351 Laboratory: 217-545-7371
Research Focus: Hearing Loss and Regeneration of Sensory Hair Cells in the Inner Ear
bcox@siumed.edu

Research Area: Hearing loss
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in mouse genetics, immunostaining, and confocal microscopy to investigate questions related to the regeneration of sensory hair cells in the inner ear.
Experience Needed:No experience needed.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Carl Faingold, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3289, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3246, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2185 Laboratory: 217-545-2206
Research Focus: Investigating Drug Actions on the Brain
cfaingold@siumed.edu

Research Area: Epilepsy
Summary:
This research activity involves the study of how drugs act on the brain to depress or excite the nervous system, involved in epilepsy. Drugs are injected systemically or focally within the brain and neuronal firing and behavior changes are examined. The student will be involved in observation and analysis of the resulting data and analysis of brain slices for locations using histology.
Experience Needed: Previous histological experience would be helpful.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Tony Lee, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3317, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3219 and 3346, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2197 Laboratory: 217-545-2215
Research Focus: Septic Shock, Cerebral Blood Vessel Pharmacology
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Louis Premkumar, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3341, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2179
Research Focus: Ion Channels Involved in Memory Formation and Pain Perception
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Vickram Ramkumar, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3337, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3338, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2171 Laboratory: 217-545-2214
Research Focus: Molecular Pharmacology
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Linda Toth, DVM, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 1029, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 1026, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-3053
Research Focus: Sleep, Genetics, Neural-Immune Interactions
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Physiology

Lydia Arbogast, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2077, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Room 2015, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1856 Laboratory: 618-453-8443
Research Focus: Reproductive Neuroendocrinology; Effect of Female Reproductive Hormones on Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms in CNS Neurons; CNS Neuronal Pathways Involved in Suckling-Induced Prolactin Release and Other Endocrine Events During Lactation
larbogast@siumed.edu

Research Area: Reproductive neuroendocrinology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in whole animal physiology, surgery, cell culture and/or molecular techniques. Medical student projects will fit with ongoing research in the laboratory.
Experience Needed: Strong background in physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology and willingness to work with laboratory rodents required.
Number of Students:
1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Brent Bany, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2085, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Rooms 2005 and 2007, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1596 Laboratory: 618-453-1506
Research Focus: Role of Specific Genes in Human Endometrial Stromal Cell Differentiation into Decidual Cells
bbany@siumed.edu

Research Area: Human uterine biology
Summary:
Our long-range goal is to identify and determine the function of genes whose expression in human endometrial stromal cells play a key role in their differentiation into decidual cells. This differentiation event, called decidualization, is required for the successful establishment of pregnancy and we are currently looking at the function of genes involved in transcriptional regulation, epigenetic changes and intracellular signaling during this differentiation process. The experimental techniques used in our lab include but are not limited to: qRT-PCR, Western Blot analysis, immunocytochemistry of samples from immortalized and primary human endometrial stromal cell cultures during decidualization after transfection (or transduction) of specific gene expression or shRNA knock-down constructs.
Experience Needed:
Previous molecular and cellular biology research experience would be an asset.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield, IL
Phone Office: 217-545-7962
Research Focus: Reproductive Endocrinology; Aging; Growth Hormone; Prolactin
abartke@siumed.edu

Research Area 1: Genetic control of aging; involvement of growth hormone (GH) signaling
Summary:
The student will have an opportunity to work with mutant, knock-out and transgenic mice in which aging is delayed or accelerated. We are examining the relationship of aging and longevity to GH and body size using animals with GH deficiency, GH resistance, or GH over expression. Our focus is on identifying mechanisms responsible for the effects of GH signaling on longevity.

Research Area 2: Effects of growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) on reproductive function
Summary:
The student will use animals with GH and PRL deficiency, GH resistance or GH over expression to elucidate the effects of these hormones on puberty, and on female and male reproductive functions. We are particularly interested in the effects of GH and PRL on the release of hypothalamic and pituitary hormones that control reproduction and in the role of growth factors and leptin in mediating these effects.
Experience Needed: Any laboratory experience would be helpful but none is essential for participation in the research lab.
Number of Students:
2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Dale Buck Hales, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Sciences II, Room 245, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Sciences II, Room 250, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1544 Laboratory: 618-453-1574
Research Focus: Role of Inflammation in Pathobiology of Ovarian Cancer; Dietary Intervention for the Prevention and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer in the Laying Hen Model
dhales@siumed.edu

Research Area: Ovarian cancer
Summary:
Analysis of molecular features of normal and cancerous ovaries from hens in the dietary intervention study in which we are testing the development of omega-3 fatty acid based therapies. Techniques include qPCR, western blotting, histology and immunohistochemistry, laser capture micro-dissection, DNA microarray analysis, necropsy and gross anatomy and pathology of the chicken.
Experience Needed:
Molecular biology and biochemistry course work, prior experience in lab preferred.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Karen Hales, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Sciences III, Room 2076, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Sciences III, Room 2033, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1548 Laboratory: 618-453-1571
Research Focus: Stromal-Epithelial Interactions in Ovarian Carcinogenesis
khales@siumed.edu

Research Area: Ovarian cancer
Summary:
Investigating the communication between tumor cells and the stromal environment using qPCR, western blotting, histology and immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and tissue culture in the laying hen model of epithelial ovarian carcinogenesis.
Experience Needed:
Previous lab experience helpful, especially histology, molecular and biochemical techniques, but not required.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

James A. MacLean II, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2071, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Room 2012, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1579 Laboratory: 618-453-4858
Research Focus: Transgenic Mouse Models to Investigate Gonad Development and the Impact of Homeobox Gene Mutations on Spermatogenesis and Ovulation
jmaclean@siumed.edu

Research Area: Reproductive physiology
Summary:
Medical students would receive molecular biology training and will use both cell culture and animal tissues to examine homeobox gene regulation and phenotypic consequences of gene ablation and/or overexpression.
Experience Needed:
Familiarity with micropipetting, RNA purification and RT-PCR would be helpful, but training will be provided. Attention to detail is key.
Number of Students: I would welcome 1-2 students for the project period, and could accommodate either synergistic or entirely independent projects
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Prema Narayan, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2070, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Room 2031, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1567
Laboratory: 618-453-1545
Research Focus: Gonadotropin Regulation of Testicular and Ovarian Development Using Genetically Modified Mouse models, Proteomics of Sperm Maturation
pnarayan@siumed.edu

Research Area: Reproductive endocrinology
Summary:
Medical students will use mice with mutated gonadotropin receptors to elucidate effects on postnatal testicular and ovarian development and sperm maturation. They will receive training in molecular and cell biological methods.
Experience Needed:
Previous experience in a research lab, strong desire to work at the lab bench and willingness to work as part of a research team.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

April Strader, Ph.D.
Office Location: Life Science III, Room 2066, Carbondale
Laboratory Location: Life Science III, Room 2020, Carbondale
Phone Office: 618-453-1533
Laboratory: 618-453-7162
Research Focus: Central (Hypothalamic) and Peripheral (Gut) Regulation of Body Weight and Food Intake in Rodents
astrader@siumed.edu

Research Area: Obesity and diabetes, gender differences
Summary:
Students will learn obesity surgery and glucose tolerance testing in rodents as well as other brain, pancreatic, and intestinal histological techniques towards the understanding of body weight, food intake, and glucose regulation.
Experience Needed:
Small animal or surgical experience a plus.
Number of Students: 2-3
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Psychiatry

Jeffrey I. Bennett, M.D.
Office Location: 901 West Jefferson Street, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 901 West Jefferson Street, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7668
Laboratory: 217-545-7668
Research Focus: EEG Changes During the Course of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment of Depression, Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
jbennett@siumed.edu

Research Area: Mechanism of action in TMS for treatment resistantd depression; Neuromodulatory stimulation in mental disorders
Summary:
I am interested in the mechanism of action for therapeutic strategies effective in treatment resistant mental disorders; neurodevelopmental disorders; clinical trials research.
Experience Needed:
Interest in Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Intellectual Disabilities, ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Kathy Bottum, M.D., Ph.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room 492A, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3354, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4234 Laboratory: 217-545-6556
Research Focus: Mechanisms of Protection from Excitotoxicity in Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Neurons
kbottum@siumed.edu

Research Area: Neuroscience
Summary:
Molecular biology techniques will be used in cell culture to explore important genes and proteins involved in providing protection from excitotoxicity in neurons.
Experience Needed:
No experience required.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Larry Hughes, Ph.D.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3107, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3106, Springfield
801 North Rutledge, Room 1330, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7186 Laboratory: 217-545-7186
Research Focus: Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Psychophysics and Statistics
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Cynthia S. Mester, Ph.D., L.C.P.C.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3715, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-3935
Research Focus: Medical Education, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Statistics & Research Consulting

Jerry A. Colliver, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3045, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4418
Research Focus: Statistics, Research Design, and Measurement Issues Related to Substantive Issues
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Steve Verhulst, Ph.D. and Tracey Smith, A.P.R.N., B.C., M.S.
Office Location: 913 N. Rutledge, Rm 2105, Springfield
Laboratory Location: N/A
Phone Office: 217-545-4978
Research Focus: Public and Population Health and Prevention
sverhulst@siumed.edu and tsmith@siumed.edu

Research Area: Public health
Summary:
Medical students have different options in which to receive experience. We work with many local health departments and opportunities to be involved in activities at those sites are available. Other projects may be developed in accordance with the student’s interest and talents
Experience Needed: None.
Number of Students:
1-5
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Surgery

Carol A. Bauer, M.D.
Office Location: St. John's Pavilion 5, 1025 S. 7th Street, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Room 3205, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4777 Laboratory: 217-545-6583
Research Focus: Tinnitus
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Theresa M. Boley, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.-C.S.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, D314, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Laboratory Animal Facility
Phone Office: 217-545-5000 Laboratory: 217-545-2211
Research Focus: Clinical: Emphysema, Coronary Artery Disease, Lung Cancer, Esophageal Surgery Laboratory: Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Thomas J. Brozoski, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3205, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-6583 Laboratory: 217-545-6583
Research Focus: Tinnitus
tbrozoski@siumed.edu

Research Area: Auditory neuroscience
Summary:
Using animal models, we have used a multi-dimensional approach to describe the pathophysiology of tinnitus. Tinnitus in animals is defined behaviorally, using psychophysical methods to determine what they hear. The underlying pathology of tinnitus is investigated using surgical, electrophysiological, anatomical, pharmacological and imaging methods. Some of the basic science studies have led to investigator-initiated clinical trials.
Experience Needed:
Prior experience in basic biomedical research is useful. Typical computer skills are required.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Kathleen C. M. Campbell, Ph.D.
Office Location: St. John's Pavilion, 5B-507, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 3209, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-4419 Laboratory: 217-545-6774
Research Focus: Ototoxicity and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Mechanisms and Development of Otoprotective Agents
kcampbell@siumed.edu

Research Area: Ototoxicity
Summary:
In our lab we are investigating the mechanisms of aminoglycoside-induced, cisplatin-induced and noise-induced hearing loss. We are also developing otoprotective agents that can be administered before, during or after ototoxic drugs or noise exposure to prevent permanent hearing loss. We are currently working towards clinical trials.
Experience Needed:
We work with students from a variety of backgrounds and teach accordingly.
Number of Students: 10
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Sapan S. Desai, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Office Location: 701 N. First St, Suite D 346, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 701 N. First St, Suite D 346, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8444 Laboratory: 217-545-8444
Research Focus: 1. Population-Level Disease Research. 2. Outcomes Analysis Following Medical and Surgical Interventions. 3. Surgical Model to Evaluate the Effects of an Enzyme to Digest Plaque.
sdesai74@siumed.edu

Research Area: Drug design/translational research, surgical outcomes research, retrospective clinical research, population-level research
Summary:
Students will receive training on using computer-based large databases, basic statistical analysis, and how to construct an effective outcomes research project. Those who are able to dedicate more time will be eligible to participate on the drug design / translational research project exploring the use of a new medication that digests plaque.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience and paper-writing experience appreciated. Multiple publications are possible with a student who has significant paper-writing experience.
Number of Students: Able to mentor up to 3 students
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Jose Espinosa, M.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, D405, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 911 North Rutledge, Lower Level, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8879 Laboratory: 217-545-0254
Research Focus: Epilepsy; Brain Trauma
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Stephen Hazelrigg, M.D.
Office Location: 800 North Rutledge, Room D314, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8875
Research Focus: Clinical: Cardiothoracic Surgery Laboratory: Myocardial Preservation, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Cardiomyopathy
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Robert Helfert, Ph.D.
Office Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 4313, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 North Rutledge, Room 4309, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-0860 Laboratory: 217-545-3341
Research Focus: Alterations in Synaptic Integrity During Aging
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Douglas Hood, M.D.
Office/Laboratory Location: Memorial Medical Center, D346, Springfield
Phone Office/Laboratory: 217-545-2531
Research Focus: Clinical Trials, Investigator Initiated Clinical Research, Clinical Outcomes Research
twhitaker@siumed.edu

Research Area: Vascular Surgery
Summary:
Medical Student will receive training in vascular based clinical trials, outcomes research and investigator initiated research.
Experience Needed:
Basic knowledge of computer applications and programs.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Larry Hughes, Ph.D.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3107, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 751 North Rutledge, Room 3106, Springfield
801 North Rutledge, Room 1330, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7186 Laboratory: 217-545-7186
Research Focus: Aging, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Psychophysics and Statistics
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Maria Lebiedowska, M.D.
Office Location: 751 North Rutledge, Lower Level 0328, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 751 North Rutledge, Lower Level 0328, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-6556 Laboratory: 217-545-6556
Research Focus: Biomechanics of Human Gait; Quantitative Evaluation of Spasticity
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Robert B. McLafferty, M.D.
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room D346, 800 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8444
Research Focus: Peripheral Arterial & Venous Disease, Carotid & Aneurysm Disease
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Joseph C. Milbrandt, Ph.D.
Office/Laboratory Location: Memorial Medical Center, Room A281B, Springfield
Phone Office/Laboratory: 217-545-7811
Research Focus: Clinical Trial Design, Methodology, and Conduct
jmilbrandt@siumed.edu

Research Area: Investigator-initiated and sponsored clinical trials.
Summary:
The experience can be highly variable and will be adjusted to the student's interests. Research areas primarily include investigator-initiated studies in orthopedics and sponsored clinical trials in Surgery.
Experience Needed:
None.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Michael Neumeister, M.D.
Office Location: 747 North Rutledge, 3rd Floor, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7018 Laboratory: 217-545-3862
Research Focus: Tissue Perfusion, Tissue Engineering Burns
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Elizabeth Peralta, M.D.
Office Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Room 4353, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-8874 Laboratory: 217-545-7767
Research Focus: Breast Carcinogenesis and Prevention
eperalta@siumed.edu

Research Area: Tumor Biology
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in cell culture and molecular biology techniques.
Experience Needed:
Understanding of sterile technique would be useful.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Leonard P. Rybak, M.D, Ph.D.
Office Location: Baylis Building, Room 373, Springfield
Laboratory Location: 801 N. Rutledge, Room 4345, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-2598 Laboratory: 217-545-0955
Research Focus: Mechanisms of Cochlear Injury from Cisplatin and Noise and Methods for Prevention
lrybak@siumed.edu

Research Area: Ototoxicity
Summary:
Medical students will receive training in techniques to study auditory function in experimental animals and methods for drug application.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience would be helpful, but not required.
Number of Students: 1
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Khaled J. Saleh, M.D., M.S.c, MHCM
Office Location: Memorial Medical Center, D252, Springfield
Laboratory Location: N/A
Phone Office: 217-545-8865 Laboratory: N/A
Research Focus: Orthopaedic Surgery: Functional Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction with Surgery, Improving Quality of Care. Special Emphasis on Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, but Other Areas of Orthopaedics are also Available
ksaleh@siumed.edu

Research Area: Orthopaedic surgery
Summary:
Medical students will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical research studies in orthopaedic surgery. Emphasis will be put on writing and submitting abstracts and manuscripts for publication.
Experience Needed:
Computer experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint desired. Experience with doing literature reviews is preferred.
Number of Students: 3
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Christina Vassileva, M.D.
Office Location: 701 N First St, Rm 319, Springfiled
Laboratory Location: N/A
Phone Office: 217-545-8875 Laboratory: N/A
Research Focus: Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery, Mitral Regurgitation, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Surgery Outcomes Research
cvassileva@siumed.edu

Research Area: Mitral regurgitation
Summary:
There are a variety of ongoing clinical projects in this area. The student will learn how to write a scientific paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Experience Needed:
No prior research experience necessary but must be motivated and proactive.
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes

Urology

Bradley F. Schwartz, DO, FACS
Office Location: 301 North 8th Street, Box 19665
Laboratory Location: 2354 801 Rutledge St, Springfield
Phone Office: 217-545-7362 Laboratory: 217-545-7364
Research Focus: Medical Devices
bschwartz@siumed.edu

Research Area: Medical devices
Summary:
Students will gain experience with medical devices: how to come up with an idea, design experiments that help design prototypes, test them in animals and how to get them to market. Basic science and animal research conducted in our laboratory.
Experience Needed:
Eager, motivated, innovative and outside the box thinkers needed..
Number of Students: 2
Willing to serve as an MPEE mentor? Yes