Cellular Biology and Anatomy Faculty Listing


s smith

Sylvia B. Smith, PhD.
Regents' Professor and Chair
CB1101 - 706.721.3731

Our lab focuses on Retinal cell biology, specifically understanding normal function of the retina and the consequences when those functions go awry.  One major area of interest is folate and homocysteine as related to retinal health and another is retinal neuroprotection in diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

r caldwell

Ruth Caldwell, PhD.
Professor Emerita
CB3902A - 706.721.6145

Our lab focuses on vascular biology and the molecular mechanisms that control retinal vascular function and growth during health and disease.  We seek to understand the role of the enzyme arginase in altering retinal blood flow and causing neuronal cell death in diseases like diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.

j chen

Jian-Kang Chen, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB2200 - 706.721.8424

Our lab is interested in the mechanism of nephron hypertrophy, which is implicated in setting the stage for progressive nephron damage. We are also interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the nephron damage seen in acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). We hope to identify potential molecular targets for the development of preventive and/or therapeutic strategies to preserve nephrons and prevent kidney failure.


Zheng Dong, PhD.
Leon H. Charbonnier Endowed Chair and Regents' Professor
CB1124 - 706.721.2825

The overall goal of our research is to delineate the molecular mechanism of cell injury/death, its protection and subsequent regeneration.  Our focus has continued to be the response of kidney and cancer cells/tissues to pathological conditions of hypoxia/ischemia, metabolic stress, and DNA damage. 

a edmondson

Anna Edmondson, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB1119 - 706.721.1808

Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies. Component Director of Medical Human Gross Anatomy and Component Director of Medical Human Development (Embryology) for first year medical students. Director of the Tissues/Musculoskeletal System Module (MEDI 5155) for first year medical students. Course Director for Human Gross Anatomy (ANAT 7300) for allied health and graduate students. Course Director for the Medical Education Elective (MEDI 5012) for fourth year medical students.

My educational research interests are related to determining the effectiveness of innovative instructional designs, learning tools, and assessments in medical education and curriculum development.

Dr. Xingjun Fan

Xingjun Fan, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB1119 - 706.721.2019

The research in my laboratory centers on the lens, an important structure with the eye that focuses light on the retina. We study the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in aging and age-related disease, i.e., age-related nuclear cataract (ARNC) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We also use in vitro and in vivo model systems to study posterior capsule opacification (PCO), a common post cataract surgery complication.


Graydon Gonsalvez, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB2917 - 706.721.1756

The focus of our research is on understanding the mechanisms by which cells establish polarity.  Establishment of cell polarity is essential for normal cell function.  We also seek to understand how mis-regulation of this process results in disease.
 Mark Hamrick, PhD

Mark Hamrick, PhD. 
George G. Weiss Research Professor
Director, CBA Graduate Program
Regents' Professor
CB1116 - 706.721.1958

The primary objective of our research program is to understand how soft tissues, muscle and fat, influence bone metabolism and bone strength.  We are particularly interested in defining the molecular mechanisms by which muscle and fat regulate bone formation and bone loss, so that these pathways can be targeted therapeutically in order to prevent and treat bone fractures.


Yuqing Huo, M.D., PhD.
CB3919A - 706.721.4414

The overall goal of our research is to understand mechanisms of inflammatory diseases, including metabolic and cardiovascular diseases at the molecular and cellular levels as well as in vivo animal models.

 Alexa Hryniuk

Alexa Hryniuk, PhD.
Assistant Professor
CB1807 - 706.721.2985


Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies.  Course Director for Human Gross Anatomy for Medical Illustration I (ANAT 7010) and Human Gross Anatomy for Medical Illustration II (ANAT 7011).

My research interests relate to the assessment of complimentary learning tools in medical education and curriculum development.

 Kenneth Sang-Ho Kwon

Sang-Ho Kwon, PhD.
Assistant Professor
CB2820 - 706.721.0379


A major question in cell biology is how cells communicate with each other. One mechanism involves exosomes, a type of extracellular vesicles released after fusion of the internal vesicles with the cell surface. Because exosomes mirror the origin and status of the cells, the analysis of the content encapsulated in exosomes from biological fluids can reveal information relevant to human health and disease. Currently, work in our group is aimed at 1) building exosome detection toolboxes that can be applied to various exosome fields; 2) dissecting exosome biogenesis at the molecular levels; and 3) understanding the roles of exosomes in regeneration following organ injury.

e lemosy

Ellen K. LeMosy, M.D., PhD.
Associate Professor
CB2916 - 706.721.0876

My laboratory is currently testing roles of an extracellular matrix protein, Tinagl1, in heart development and spine/spinal cord development in young zebrafish. We are using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing for definitive mutant phenotypes, and then will examine development using live imaging, signaling pathway analyses, and tissue staining. Links to primary cilia and Wnt signaling are suggested by previous data. Tinagl1 family members have been implicated in renal development, nephronophthisis, and suppression of metastasis of breast cancer, but the mechanisms are virtually unknown.

yutao liu

Yutao Liu, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB1123 - 706.721.2015

Dr. Liu's research interest is to identify genetic risk factors related to complex human diseases, such as corneal diseases, primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease).  Dr. Liu is also interested in the role of genomic structural variation in human disease.


Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB2707 - 706.446.0128

The overall goal of my research is understanding the epi/genetic biology behind the development, maintenance, and regeneration of skeletal structure and biomechanical strength, focusing on biological, mechanical, and epigenetic control of bone remodeling, as well as integrative pathways involved in crosstalk between the skeleton and other organ systems to regulate development and disease progression.

c nichols

Carol Nichols, PhD.
CB1814 - 706.721.2569

Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies. Senior Director of Phase 1 Curriculum and Foundations of Clinical Practice Director.

My educational research interests are related to developing innovative educational and assessment tools for integrated curricula and determining their effectiveness.

w pearson

William Pearson, Jr., PhD.
Associate Professor
CB1811 - 706.721.3811

Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies.  Component Director for Phase 1 Medical Neuroscience.  Course Director for Phase 3 Clinical Anatomy and Teaching Skills and Clinical Anatomy Research.

My research interest is in translating the functional anatomy of swallowing, developing methods using clinical imaging to model and phenotype morphologies associated with swallowing and swallowing impairment and test interventions to improve or preserve swallowing function. 

p schoenlein

Patricia Schoenlein, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB2910 - 706.721.6281

Our overall goal is to improve the treatment of breast cancer by preventing resistance.  Autophagy, a process of recycli8ng organelles when cells are stressed, allows cancer cells to survive chemotherapy and radiation.  Our laboratory seeks to identify key molecules that could be targeted to prevent pro-survival autophagy.

mitch watsky

Mitchell Watsky, PhD.
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
CB2901 - 706.723.9541

My research interests have focused on corneal wound healing, ion channel function, cell signaling and bioengineering of an artificial cornea.  I also have a long term interest in bioactive lipids.  Stemming from my corneal wound healing work, research projects in the lab have broadened to include translational projects aimed at understanding initiation of fibrotic diseases throughout the body, including scleroderma (SSc) and pulmonary fibrosis, as well as research involving osteoporosis and markers of bone metabolism.

q wei

Qingqing Wei, PhD.
Assistant Professor
CB1124 - 706.721.3551

Our research interests are the pathophysiological mechanisms, specifically the epigenetic regulation, of acute kidney injury. Currently we mainly focus on the understanding of  the microRNA regulation of cell death and recovery during kidney injury and we are trying to figure out new therapeutic strategies by targeting those specific microRNAs.

m zhang

Ming Zhang, M.D., PhD.
Assistant Professor
CB2905 - 706.721.6772

The primary objective of our research program is to understand the pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus ocular infections by using mouse models and organatypic retinal culture models. We are particularly interested in the roles of autophagy and inflammasomes in the innate immune response against ocular HSV-1infections and the mechanism of cell death of uninfected retinal cells during MCMV retinitis

 MCG-UGA Medical Partnership Faculty

Thom Gaddy

Thom Gaddy, PhD.
Associate Professor
UGA Health Sciences Campus
Russell Hall - Room 157

Eve Gallman

Eve Gallman, PhD.
Associate Professor
UGA Health Sciences Campus
Russell Hall - Room 156

Brett Szymik

Brett Szymik, PhD.
Associate Professor
UGA Health Sciences Campus
Russell Hall - Room 163

Retired/Rehired Faculty

Thomas Gale, PhD

Thomas Gale, PhD.
Associate Professor                



m livingston

Man Jiang Livingston, PhD.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Zheng Dong Lab


Barbara Mysona

Barbara Mysona, PhD.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Kathryn Bollinger Lab


jing wang

JIng Wang, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Sylvia Smith Lab


s wang

Shixuan Wang, MD., PhD.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Zheng Dong Lab




  • Mohammed Al-Shabrawey, PhD.
  • Manuela Bartoli, PhD.
  • Wendy Bollag, PhD. 
  • Kathryn Bollinger, PhD. 
  • Richard Cameron, PhD.
  • Gretchen B. Caughman, PhD.
  • Mohammed Elsalanty, M.D., PhD.
  • Sadanand Fulzele, PhD.
  • Carlos Isales, M.D.
  • David Munn, PhD.
  • Alexis Stranahan, PhD.
  • Amany Tawfik, PhD.


  • Sally S. Atherton, PhD.
  • Dale E. Bockman, PhD.
  • Adarsh Gulati, Ph.D.
  • William Hill, PhD.
  • Lon Hodge, PhD.
  • Margaret L. Kirby, PhD.
  • David Lause, PhD.
  • Thomas F. McDonald, PhD.
  • Paul McNeil, PhD.
  • Andy Reese, PhD.
  • Dale Sickles, PhD.
  • G. S. Sohal, PhD.
  • Dave A. Welter, PhD.
  • Robert Wrenn, PhD.