Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Student Research

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Contact Information

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Gerald V. Quinnan, Jr., M.D.
AOA Faculty Research Advisor
Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine
Phone: 301-295-3173
Fax: 301-295-1933

Robert E. Goldstein, M.D.
AOA Faculty Councilor
Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Chair of Department of Medicine
Phone: 301-319-4300
Fax: 301-295-5792

Uniformed Services University

Student Research

Student Research Mentors

Dr. Juanita Anders
Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
  Spinal cord injury repair
  Peripheral nerve injury repair
  Light interaction with tissues
  Use of specific wavelengths of light to treat depression

 

Dr. (LTC) Michael R. Bell
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
  Behavioral health epidemiology

 

Dr. (LTC) Anthony Beutler
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
  Injury prevention, sports medicine, & family medicine

 

Dr. Teodor-D. Brumeanu
Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology

 

Dr. Kimberly R. Byrnes
Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
  Neuroinflammation after brain and spinal cord injury
  Effects of multiple mild brain injuries on brain metabolism and function

 

Dr. Rodney Coldren
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
  Tropical diseases, particularly malaria and arbovirology

 

Dr. (COL) Stephen C. Craig
Assistant Professor of Medical History
  History of Military Medicine

 

Dr. (CAPT) Stephen O. Cunnion
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
  Infectious disease epidemiology
  Chem-bio warfare
  Stress-induced illnesses
  Medical intelligence
  Disease modeling
  Preparedness planning and training

 

Dr. Kristin Heitman
Assistant Professor of Medical History
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
  Interaction between science, medicine & society

 

Dr. (MAJ) Brian Hemann
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  Medical simulation and education research
  Vaccine related cardiac complications
  Atrial fibrillation and rhythm control strategies

 

Dr. (Col) Paul A. Hemmer
Professor of Internal Medicine
  Medical education research

 

Dr. Luke Johnson
Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  The Micro Anatomy of Fear and Stress

 

Dr. (LTC) Kenneth Lieuw
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  The role of ALK kinase mutations in neuroblastoma
  The role of ptpn-11 and cbl gene mutations in Juvenile Myelomonocytic leukemia

 

Dr. (CAPT) Joseph O. Lopreiato
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  Projects at the Simcenter, to include data analysis

 

Dr. Diana Luan
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Perioperative Nursing
  Global public health
  System transformation and quality improvement

 

Dr. Alison D. O'Brien
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases
  The role of toxins and surface structures in bacterial pathogenesis (Shiga toxins,   cytotoxins, and Bacillus spore and capsule proteins)

 

Dr. J. Timothy O'Neill
Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Research Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
  Effects of perinatal carbon monoxide and nicotine exposure
  Molecular responses to TBI

 

Dr. Harvey B. Pollard
Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
  Cystic Fibrosis
  Alzheimer Disease
  Traumatic brain injury
  PTSD

 

Dr. Merrily Poth
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Neuroscience
  Pediatric endocrinology, including: obesity, failure to thrive in children, relevance of viral   infection to obesity and lipid metabolism, vitamin D and insulin resistance

 

Dr. (COL) Norman M. Rich
Professor of Surgery
  Vascular Trauma
  Popliteal Vascular Entrapment Syndrome
  Surgical History
  Medical Response to Conflict and Catastrophe
  Wound Ballistics

 

Dr. Stephen S. Roberts
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  Neuroblastoma
  Any pediatrics research

 

Dr. Tracy Sbrocco
Associate Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology
  Weight management clinical trials and health promotion evaluation in predominately   African American churches in the metro DC area

 

Dr. Pushpa Sharma
Research Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
  Traumatic Brain Injury
  Hemorrhagic Shock

 

Dr. (CAPT) Mark Stephens
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  Medical student health and wellness
  Pregnancy and weight gain
  Childhood fitness, wellness and obesity
  Medical informatics in undergraduate and graduate medical education

 

Dr. Aviva Symes
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
  Glial reaction to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  Development of neuropathic pain after certain treatments to the spinal column

 

Dr. (COL) Brian K. Unwin
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pathology Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
  Geriatrics: specifically end of life care, frailty, exercise in aged, dementia assessment, best educational practices for instruction in geriatrics
  Interstitial Cystitis: demographic evaluation of active duty personnel who may have this condition
  Home visits and family studies (evaluation of educational benefit and outcomes)

 

Dr. (Col) David Welling
Associate Professor of Surgery and Anatomy
  Historic topics of interest
  Transition of a USU student from warfighter to non-combatant

 

Dr. T. John Wu
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
  Neuroendocrinology and Women's Health Research