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Kathleen Blee

Distinguished Professor of Sociology Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Website | Contact News Rep: Sharon Blake

412-648-7580

activism, gender, global feminism, race and racism, racial violence, social movements

Donald S. Burke

Dean, Graduate School of Public Health Director, Center for Vaccine Research Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, Health Sciences UPMC–Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health

Website | Contact News Rep: Allison Hydzik

412-624-3001

control of infectious diseases of global concern, emerging infectious diseases, vaccine development, avian influenza, dengue, diagnosis, hepatitis A, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease pandemic modeling and simulation, medical and public health history, prevention

Dr. Burke leads the MIDAS (Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study) Center of Excellence, which is part of a nationwide consortium funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the development and use of computational models than can help the nation to prepare for and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases like H1N1 swine flu.

Yuan Chang

Distinguished Professor of Pathology American Cancer Society Research Professor of Pathology Codirector, Tumor Virology Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-623-7721

anatomic pathology/neuropathology, molecular biology of infectious diseases, skin cancer, viral oncology

Dr. Chang and her husband, Patrick S. Moore, MD, MPH, are co-discoverers of two of the seven known cancer-causing viruses, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (also known as human herpesvirus 8), and Merkel cell polyomavirus.

Louise K. Comfort, PhD

Professor of Public and International Affairs Director, Pitt's Center for Disaster Management

Website | Contact News Rep: Cara Masset

412-648-7606

disaster management, organizational management, theory and behavior, policy analysis, program implementation and innovation, research methodology and modeling, disaster response management, information technology and public policy

Professor Comfort has studied government responses to more than 19 earthquakes worldwide.

Larry E. Davis

Dean, Donald M. Henderson Professor, and Director, Center on Race and Social Problems

Website | Contact News Rep: Sharon Blake

412-624-6304

race, diversity, and gender and class issues; interracial group dynamics; the impact of race gender and class on interpersonal interactions; African American family formation.

William Harbert

Chair and Professor, Department of Geology and Planetary Science

412-624-8874

earthquakes, seismology, exploration geophysics, environmental geophysics.

Cecilia Lo

F. Sargent Cheever Professor and Chair of Developmental Biology

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-692-9901

genetic causes and developmental mechanisms of congenital heart disease

Patrick S. Moore

Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Codirector, Tumor Virology Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-623-7718

basic molecular virology of malignant transformation, developing assays to detect tumor virus infection, links between viruses and cancer, skin cancer

Dr. Moore and his wife, Yuan Chang, MD, are co-discoverers of two of the seven known cancer-causing viruses, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (also known as human herpesvirus 8), and Merkel cell polyomavirus.

Audrey J. Murrell

Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, and Public and International Affairs Director, Pitt’s David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership

Website | Contact News Rep: Adam Reger

412-648-1693

business administration, psychology, public and international affairs, corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics, leadership, group dynamics, social entrepreneurship, crisis management

Gregory Francis Reed

Director of the Electric Power Initiative, Associate Director of Pitt’s Center for Energy, Associate Professor of Electric Power Engineering, Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering

412-383-9862

power electronics (FACTS and HVDC) and control technologies; renewable energy systems and integration; smart grid technologies and applications; energy storage systems; energy efficiency; and power quality

Andrew B. Schwartz

Professor of Neurobiology

Website | Contact News Rep: Chuck Finder

412-383-7021

brain-computer interface technology, neural basis of perception to action, neural decoding of volitional arm movement, neural prostheses, Neuroscience

D. Lansing Taylor

Professor of Computational and Systems Biology Director, University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-648-9200

drug discovery and development, mechanisms of fundamental cell functions, personalized medicine, protein-protein interactions, quantitative systems pharmacology, temporal-spatial dynamics of signaling molecules and proteins in living cells

Rocky S. Tuan

Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Professor of Sports Medicine Executive Vice Chair for Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Director, Center for Military Medicine Research Associate Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-624-3962

cell signaling and matrix biochemistry, musculoskeletal cartilage development and repair, nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, tissue engineering

William R. Wagner

Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Website | Contact News Rep: Anita Srikameswaran

412-624-5327

cardiovascular engineering, medical device biocompatibility and design, regenerative medicine, stem cell research, targeted imaging; using engineering principles to develop technologies that improve cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment, tissue engineering