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Research Areas in the Biomedical Sciences Department

Neuroscience (Neuroanatomy, Neurobiology, Neurophysiology)

Mouse hair cellsDavid He: Auditory neurobiology and neurophysiology
Tejbeer Kaur: Auditory neurobiology and neurophysiology
Peter Steyger: Auditory neurobiology and neurophysiology
Jian Zuo: Auditory neurobiology and neurophysiology
Garrett Soukup: Role of MicroRNAs in neurosensory systems

Hearing and Hearing Loss

CochleaDavid He: Cochlear sensory hair cells, outer hair cell motility, age-related hearing loss
Ken Kramer: Role of cilia linkages to extracellular structures in inner ear function
Tejbeer Kaur: Innate immunity to hearing loss and neurodegeneration
Garrett Soukup: MicroRNAs in development and maintenance of sensory hair cells and neurons
Peter Steyger: Mechanisms of aminoglycoside antibiotics-induced hearing loss
Litao Tao: Epigenetic regulation of gene transcription in the cochlea
Jian Zuo: Sensory hair cell protection and regeneration

Cancer Biology

Laura Hansen: Prevention and treatment of skin cancer
Brian North: Molecular mechanisms of cancer, aging and age-related diseases
Jun Xia: Endogenous and environmental DNA damage and mutagenesis, cancer genomics, and lung cancer risk gene function

Molecular Structure and Function of Peptides

PeptidesSandor Lovas: Peptide chemistry, structural bioinformatics and proteomics, biophysical chemistry
David Smith: Calcitonin-gene related peptide

Faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Science routinely work with undergraduate students in their laboratories. Undergraduate students may work on a volunteer basis, for Directed Independent Research credit (BMS 497), or to fulfill Honors Program or Department of Chemistry research requirements (HRS 497 or CHM 297/498) with appropriate program approval.

Biomedical Sciences faculty with interests in mentoring undergraduate students may be found in the CURAS Research Directory.

Jack Diers and Elyssa Pereyra, undergraduate mentees of Dr. Jian Zuo and Dr. Tejbeer Kaur respectively, have been selected as 2022 CURAS SURF awardees for their research projects in our BMS labs.

Lauren Barbush, undergraduate mentee of Dr. Marisa Zallocchi, placed 3rd at the Big East Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium on March 12, 2022 in Madison Square Garden for her project titled, “Investigating the Therapeutic Potential of Piperlongumine Derivatives for Noise-induced Hearing Loss.”

Madeleine Urbanek is a neuroscience undergraduate and mentee of Dr. Jian Zuo who is one of Creighton University’s three Goldwater Scholars for 2021.

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