Kosman, PhD, studies how organisms acquire and metabolize iron
and copper, intrinsically toxic metals essential to cellular
respiration and oxygen transport. One of his goals is to develop
antifungal drugs to treat infections in humans.
Popescu, PhD, is studying NMDA receptors in the brain, which
are involved in synaptic development, plasticity, memory and
learning, as well as in pathologies such as stroke,
neurodegeneration, chronic pain, addiction, schizophrenia and
Russo, MD, is internationally known for his work with strains
of E. coli that cause infections outside the intestine and result
in morbidity worldwide due to pneumonia, urinary tract infections
Laychock, PhD, is investigating the cellular mechanisms
regulating insulin secretion in pancreatic cells. Her group has
used pancreatic cells in primary culture to develop in vitro
systems that mimic aspects of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Williams, PhD, studies parasitic protozoans, including
Trypanosoma brucei, which causes African sleeping sickness,
transmitted by the tse-tse fly; and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes
Chagas’ disease, transmitted by the reduviid bug.