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 primarily interested in the signals and molecular signaling mechanisms underlying kidney growth and nephron injury. The goal of the Chen Lab is to identify potential molecular targets for the development of effective therapeutic strategies to preserve nephrons and prevent kidney failure. We will attempt to accomplish our goal with a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the methods of physiology and pathophysiology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, proteomics, RNA sequencing (RNA-seq), and genetic mouse engineering (utilizing the Cre-LoxP technology/CRISPR gene editing) and we will also develop new methods, such as a practical method for nephron counting.


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. 

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Anna Edmondson, PhD.
Associate Professor
CB1805 - 706.721.1808

Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies.  Component Director of Medical Development (Embryology), and Course Director for Human Gross Anatomy (ANAT 7300).

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


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

Mark Hamrick, PhD. 
Regents' Professor
Graduate Program Director
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.

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

Our laboratory studies extracellular matrix molecules that regulate growth factors important for embryo patterning, craniofacial, nervous system, and renal development.  We use cell culture and developmental model organisms relevant to human birth defects and diseases such as inflammation and cancer.

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
CB2820 - 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.

p mcneil

Paul McNeil, PhD.
Director of Cell Imaging Core Facility
CB2816 - 706.721.3065

Component Director of Histology for Phase I Medicine.

Disruption or tearing of the cell plasma membrane is a common form of cell injury under physiological conditions and in disease.  We investigate, at the subcellular and molecular levels, the mechanism of repair of plasma membrane disruptions.  We use as our primary tool quantitative light microscopy, applied to cultured cell and mouse models. 

c nichols

Carol Nichols, PhD.
CB1814 - 706.721.2569

Primary Anatomy teaching faculty in Medicine, Allied Health and Graduate Studies.   Director of Medical Gross Anatomy and Co-Director of the six integrated system-based basic science courses in the Phase 1 medical curriculum.

My research interests relate to innovative curricular and instructional design and assessment in medical education 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. 

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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

Thomas Gale, PhD.
Associate Professor


jing wang
Jing Wang, PhD.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Sylvia Smith Lab

 m livingston

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

s wang

Shixuan Wang, M.D., 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.
  • 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.
  • Lon Hodge, PhD.
  • Margaret L. Kirby, PhD.
  • David Lause, PhD.
  • Thomas F. McDonald, PhD.
  • Andy Reese, PhD.
  • Dale Sickles, PhD.
  • G. S. Sohal, PhD.
  • Dave A. Welter, PhD.
  • Robert Wrenn, PhD.