Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff for M.S. Programs

Jack G. Chirikjian, Ph.D. - Director for Biotechnology Program

Cynthia Simbulan - Rosenthal, Ph.D. - Director for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

Vasna Nontanovan, M.S. - Associate Director for Biotechnology Program

Leonard Bazar, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Biotechnology Education

Sona Vasudevan, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Director MD/MS Dual Degree in Systems Medicine

Ken Wasserman, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Biotechnology Education

Karen Brotherton, M.S. - Program Coordinator

Robert A. Donahue, M.A. - Instructor

Virginia Aragon, M.S. - Research Associate

Departmental Faculty

Department Chair

Elliott Crooke, Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Control of the initiation of chromosomal replication; role of polyphosphates in cellular responses to environmental stresses


Peter M. Andrews, Ph.D. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Evaluating ways to improve the ability of NSAIDs to induce programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells

Jack G. Chirikjian, Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Platform for detection of DNA for uses in human diagnostics and homeland defense

Daniel Djakiew, Ph.D. University of Newcastle, Australia
Characterizing the interaction of neurotrophins with the Trk receptor in the proliferation of prostate tumor cells, and conversely, with the p75NTR receptor in the induction of apoptosis.

Martin Dym, Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Germ cell gene therapy

Usha S Kasid, Ph.D. Punjab University
Molecular tumor biology; Raf-1 kinase and signal transduction; regulation of tumor growth and radiation

Mary Beth Martin, Ph.D. University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Role of estrogen and the estrogen receptor in the etiology and progression of breast cancer

Hiroshi Nakai, Ph.D. University of Colorado
Gene amplification and chromosomal rearrangement promoted by movable genetic elements

Vicente Notario, Ph.D. University of Salamanca
Mechanisms of oncogenesis; environmental carcinogens; molecular genetics, with emphasis on yeast genetic

Paul Roepe, Ph.D. Boston University
Drug resistance mechanisms of membrane transport; gene expression in drug resistant tumor cells

Carlos Suarez-Quian, Ph.D. Harvard University
Investigation of testicular function using cell biology methodology.

Associate Professors

Partha P. Banerjee, Ph.D. Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, India
Understanding how androgen-independent prostate cancer cells develop, survive and proliferate in an androgen-free environment

Leonard Bazar, Ph.D. Georgetown University
The study of connectrons that induce critical genes required for viability of antibiotic-resistant prokaryotes

Mark Danielsen, Ph.D. University of South Carolina
Molecular biology of steroid receptors and their role in growth, differentiation, and the development of cancer

Ian G. Gallicano, Ph.D. Arizona State University
Cellular adhesion during early embryogenesis in mammals

Timothy J. Jorgensen, Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Mechanisms of radiation-induced signal transduction and DNA repair, to identify molecular targets for sensitizing tumors to radiotherapy

Dean S Rosenthal, Ph.D. Northwestern University
Epithelial differentation; apoptosis; carcinogenesis

Cynthia M. Simbulan-Rosenthal, Ph.D. Nagoya University School of Medicine , Japan
Breast carcinogenesis; apoptosis; DNA replication and repair

Sona Vasudervan, Ph.D. University of Toronto, Canada
Structure-Function relationships of cancer related genes, Antigen-Antibody interactions, Ligand-Protein interactions, Drug-Design and Systems Medicine

Assistant Professors

Nathan Edwards, Ph.D. Cornell University
Informatics of proteomics by mass spectrometry

Jessica Jones, Ph.D. Georgetown University
Protein biochemistry; DNA recombination and repair; ubiquitin conjugation; vertebrate immune systems

Darren Natale, Ph.D. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York
Bioinformatics focusing on protein classification

Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Arnold, M.S., M.B.A.,Vice President, Chief of Staff, MedImmune, Inc

MBA, University of Michigan
MS, Georgetown University
BS, US Naval Academy

Professional Experience:

- Amgen, Director, Strategic Planning, Product Development
- Instructor, California State University MS Biotechnology Program
- US Navy, Office

Richard Ascione, M. Sci., Ph.D., Biotech/Healthcare Research Analyst, MDB Capital Group and Fairlook Investment Advisors, LLC.; Industry Expert, Chief Scientific Office/Consultant, OnkoLogix LTD/ImmunoLogix LTD

M. Sci & Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Professional Experience:

- Adjunct Professor, Toxicology, Adelphi University
- Biotech and Healthcare Specialist, Director, Institutional Research Group, Fagenson & Co., Inc., NYSE and NASD
- Chief Scientific Officer, ViRexx Medical Corporation
- Research Director and Vice President of Research, Aphton Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Aphton BioPharma Inc
- Professor, (Tenured) Department of Experiemtnal Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina, and the Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston SC
- Senior Research Scientist, & Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Etiology, Frederick Cancer Research Facility, National Institutes of Health, Frederick, MD

Robert Blakesley, Ph.D., Director, Sequencing Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, NHGRI/NIH; Associate Investigator, Genome Technology Branch, NHGRI

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Michigan State University

Professional Experience:

- Director, Sequence Finishing Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, NHGRI/NIH
- Associate Director, Sequence Production Group, NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, NHGRI/NIH
- Advisory Director of Biotechnology Program, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University
- Research Fellow, Molecular Biology R&D, Life Technologies, Inc.
- Section Head of Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Molecular Biology R&D, Research Products Division, Life Technologies, Inc.
- Principal Scientist, Instrumentation Division, Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc.
- Lab Director of Molecular Biology, Instrumentation Division, Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc.
- Lab Director of Enzymology, Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc.
- Senior Scientist, Bethesda Research Laboratories, Inc.

Robert Burleson, MBA, CFO, Paragon

MBA, Accounting/Finance, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia

Professional Experience:

- Thermo Trilogy Corp., CFO
- National Asthma and Allergy Systems, LP, CFO
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc.
- Director of Financial Analysis
- Controller, Retail Division
- Director of Corporate Financial Planning
- Senior Financial Analyst
- MBI Business Centers, Inc., Financial Analyst

Lee Eiden, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Molecular Neuroscience, NIMH, NIH

Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Research Interests:

- establishment of chemical coding in the nervous system via regulation of neurotransmitter
transporter, neurotransmitter biosynthetic enzyme, and neuropeptide gene expression
- microarray-based gene discovery in neuroprotection and stress-related affective disorders
- identification of novel molecular components for neuropeptide signaling pathways in stress
- dysregulation of biosynthesis and expression of informational molecules in encephalopathy and neurodegenerative disease

Current and Past Professional Activities:

- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Georgetown University
- Editorial Board, and Bioinformatics Committee, Science Signaling
- Editorial Boards of Journal of Biological Chemistry, Peptides, Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

Mike Gove, M.Sc., Biotechnology Consultant, Gaithersburg, MD

M.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Professional Experience:

- Life Technologies, Inc., Rockville, MD
- Sr. Marketing Manager, Segmentation, Americas Research Products Division
- Sr. Marketing Manager, Brand, Americas Research Products Division
- Corporate Planning Manager
- Business Director, Immunology Venture, New Business Division
- Director of Marketing, Research Products Division
- Manager of Marketing & Technical Service, BRL Division
- Group Product Manager, Bethesda Research Laboratories
- Manager of the Biological Chemistry Lab, Bethesda Research Laboratories
- Scientist, Bethesda Research Laboratories

Dan Hartmann, Ph.D., Molecular Diagnostics Consultant, Rockville, MD

Arthur House, J.D., Paley Rothman Goldstein Rosenberg Eig & Cooper

Edward Kisailus, Ph.D., Director, BioLect, Inc.

Ivica Labuda, Ph.D., President, L/D Biochemicals

Mark S. Lesney, Ph.D., Editor, Thoracic Surgery News and Vascular Specialist, International Medical News Group, Elsevier

Ph.D., History of Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ph.D., Botany & Plant Pathology, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Professional Experience:

- Senior Associate Editor, Today's Chemist at Work and Modern Drug Discovery, American Chemical Society publications
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Center for History of Recent Science, George Washington University
- Adjunct Assistant Professor: Science and Technology in International Affairs Program, Georgetown University
- Technical Assistant, Department of Forestry, University of Florida

Larry Millstein, Ph.D., J.D., Esq, Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC

J.D., George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA

Professional Experience:

- Chair, Board of Advisors, Biotechnology Program, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
- President, Philosophical Society of Washington
- Treasurer, Washington Academy of Sciences
- Sr. Patent Counsel, Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
- Consultant, Foley & Lardner
- Patent Examiner, USPTO
- President, Society of Fellows, Scripps Research Institute
- Research Faculty Associate, University of Rochester

Clifford Mintz, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, BioInsights, Inc.

Ph.D., Bacteriology/Medical Microbiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Professional Experience:

- BioInsights, Inc., CEO and Founder
- Department of Biology, Chairman
- Rutgers University, Visiting Scientist
- Transcell Technologies Inc., Senior Scientist
- Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Assitant Professor (Tenure Track)

M.J. Morrow CFO, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, Washington DC

Phil Philips Sr. Partner, Watkins Meegan

Joseph Shiloach, Ph.D.,

Current and Past Professional Experience:

Director, Biotechnology Core Laboratory, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Special member on the Graduate Faculty, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- Fermentation Director, Biotechnology General Corp.