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RCMI Faculty, Staff, and Collaborators

Gene D’Amour, Ph.D.
RCMI Principal Investigator
Xavier University
504.520.5444
gdamour@xula.edu

Rose Shaw, Ph.D.
Independent Evaluator
Metrica

Administrative Core

Guangdi Wang, Ph.D.
RCMI Program Director
Xavier University
504.520.5076
gwang@xula.edu

Robert Blake, Ph.D.
RCMI Associate Program Director
Xavier University
504.520.5489
rblake@xula.edu

Erica Severan, MS
RCMI Program Manager
Telephone Number: (504) 520-6225
Room Number:  562 NCF Annex 
Email Address: eseveran@xula.edu

Major Instrumentation Core

Jian H. Zhang, Ph.D.
Faculty Core Manager
Xavier University
504.520.7942
jzhang@xula.edu

Guangdi Wang, Ph.D.
Core Committee
Xavier University

Qiang Zhang
Instrument Specialist
Xavier University

Richard B. Cole, Ph.D.
Consultant
University of New Orleans

Cell and Molecular Biology Core

Thomas Wiese, Ph.D.
Faculty Core Manager
Xavier University
504.520.7433
twiese@xula.edu

Elena Skripnikova, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Xavier University

Peng Ma, M.S.
Research Associate
Xavier University

Molecular Structure and Modeling Core

Madhu Mottamal, Ph.D.
Reserach Scientist
Xavier University
504.520.5084 (lab)
504.520.7519 (office)
mmottama@xula.edu

Shilong Zheng, PhD
Medicinal Chemist
szheng@xula.edu

Pilot Programs

Nanoparticles of Magnetic Iron Oxides as Prospective Diagnostic Agents

Vladimir Kolesnichenko, Ph.D.
Pilot PI
Xavier University
504.520.5430
vkolesni@xula.edu

Denis Nilov, Ph.D
Research Associate
Xavier University

Galina Goloverda, Ph.D.  
Pilot Collaborator
Xavier University

Vijay T. John, Ph.D.  
Pilot Collaborator/Consultant
Tulane University

Leonard Spinu, Ph.D.
Pilot Collaborator
University of New Orleans

Anna Moore, Ph.D.
Pilot Collaborator/Consultant
Harvard Medical School

Thomas Wiese, Ph.D.
Pilot Collaborator/Consultant
Xavier University  

Reaction Rate Determination and Optimization Of Pamam Dendrimer-Small Molecule Conjugation: Improving The Efficiency Of Chemotherapeutic Nanodevice Synthesis

Stassi DiMaggio, Ph.D.
Pilot PI
Xavier University
504.520.5706
scdimagg@xula.edu

Mark Banaszak Holl, Ph.D.
Consultant
University of Michigan

Janet Manono, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Xavier University

A Hybrid Data Mining Framework to Boost Fundamental Cancer Research by Efficient Characterization of Insertion Preferences of Retrotransposons: a Comprehensive Study on Alu Elements

Kun Zhang, Ph.D.
Pilot PI
Xavier University
504.520.6700
kzhang@xula.edu

Prescott L. Deininger, Ph.D.
Research Mentor
Tulane University

Wei Fan, Ph.D.
Consultant
IBM T.J.Watson Research
Wensheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics Specialist
Xavier University

Wensheng Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Xavier University

Seed Grants, Year 2, 2010 - 2011

Dr. Levon Bostanian, Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Mehnaaz Ali, Chemistry

Dr. Jason Abrams, Chemistry

Seed Grant, Year 3, 2011-2012
Dr. Danielle Broussard, Clinical and Administrative Sciences
“Vitamin D Status among Community-Dwelling Black/African American Women and Men”
Award funding period 1/6/12 – 7/31/12

RCMI Cancer Research Faculty

Dr. Syreeta Tilghman, Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences
“Glyceollilln, a Novel Therapeutic Agent For Letrozole Resistant Human Breast Cancer”
- Patrick Carriere, Research Assistant

Dr. Qian-Jin Zhang, Biology
"T-cell Mediated Immune Response against Tumor Immune Escape Variants"

Dr. Terry Watt, Chemistry
"Determination of the Molecular Specificity Requirements for Substrates of
HDACs"
- Dr. Richard Painter, Research Associate

Dr. Florastina Payton-Stewart, Chemistry
"Synthesis of novel anticancer agents which target the PI3K/Akt signaling
pathway"
- Dr. Subramanya “Ravi” Kiran Pingali, Post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Thomas Huckaba, Biology
Characterization of the functions of human mitotic kinesins in cancer progression"

 
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