Editorial Board ::: Current Drug Targets

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Volume 18, 16 Issues, 2017


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Editor-in-Chief:
Francis J. Castellino
Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry
Director, W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research
Dean Emeritus, College of Science
230 Raclin-Carmichael Hall, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
USA


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Editor-in-Chief:

Francis J. Castellino
Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry
Director, W.M. Keck Center for Transgene Research
Dean Emeritus, College of Science
230 Raclin-Carmichael Hall, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
USA



Assistant Editor:

M.E. DeFord
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA


Associate Editor:

Mark Walsh
Memorial Hospital
South Bend, IN
USA


Regional Editors:

S. Danese (Biography
S. Danese

Silvio Danese is a Gastroenterologist at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan, and Professor in gastroenterology at Humanitas University, Italy. He is Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center in the Division of Gastroenterology. He trained in Gastroenterology at Policlinico Gemelli, Rome and graduated as a PhD, working from 2001 to 2004 in Dr. Claudio Fiocchi’s laboratory at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His area of interest is the investigation of the fundamental mechanisms underlying IBD pathogenesis, while his daily clinical activity is related to IBD service. He is a member of many organisations related to the IBD field, including the European Crohn´s and Colitis Organization where from March 2016 is President elect.

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Istituto Clinico Humanitas-IRCCS
Milan
Italy

T. Urano (Biography
T. Urano

Dr. Urano obtained doctorates (M.D., Ph.D.) from the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan. Dr. Urano finished post doctoral fellow in the University of Notre Dame, USA. Currently Dr. Urano is a vice president and the professor of the department of medical physiology in the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine. He has studied in the field of coagulation and fibrinolysis as well as vascular biology, and published more than 180 scientific publications. Dr. Urano is currently the regional editor of this journal (Current Drug Targets), published by Bentham Science Publishers.

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Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
Hamamatsu
Japan

W.F. De Azevedo (Biography
W.F. De Azevedo

Dr. Azevedo is professor of Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Computational Systems Biology, Machine Learning and Drug Design at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil (azevedolab.net). He is Regional Editor for Current Drug Target, member of the Editorial Board for Current Bioinformatics and PeerJ, and Guest Editor for Current Medicinal Chemistry. His research is focused on protein-ligand interactions. He works on the development of computational models to study protein-ligand interactions and their applications to drug design. He has over 170 publications with h-index of 35.

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Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil
Porto Alegre-RS
Brazil

M.J. Walker (Biography
M.J. Walker

Professor Mark Walker gained his PhD at The University of Queensland in 1988, then undertook post-doctoral work at the German National Centre for Biotechnology from 1988-1991. During that time he was part of a team developing new whooping cough vaccines. Returning to Australia, he took up an academic position at the University of Wollongong, where he worked on various infectious diseases projects. Professor Walker returned to Brisbane in 2010 and is the Director of the Australian Infectious Disease Research Centre at The University of Queensland. He currently undertakes research on Group A Streptococcus or GAS, one of the top 10 infectious diseases killers of humans. His research focuses on the mechanism by which GAS causes disease, with the aim of developing vaccines and therapeutics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

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University of Queensland
Queensland
Australia

V.A. Ploplis
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame
IN
USA


Editorial Board Members:

R. Balsara (Biography
R. Balsara

Dr. Balsara is a research associate professor at the W. M. Keck Center for Transgene Research, University of Notre Dame. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Mumbai, India. Her previous research was focused on the role of fibrinolytic proteins in angiogenesis and cell signaling. Currently, her research is aimed at studying the neurochemistry and neurobiology of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) and their antagonists. Particularly, the mechanisms of ischemia-induced NMDAR-driven pathobiology. Dr. Balsara has edited a special issue of CDT on Wnt signaling in diseases and is also an editorial board member of the neuroscience section of Scientific Reports.

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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

F. Cavaliere (Biography
F. Cavaliere

Prof Franco Cavaliere is Associate professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome (Italy) and serves as the Head of Cardiac Anaesthesia and Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care at Policlinico Agostino Gemelli in Rome. He has published more than 200 scientific publications and is a member of the Editorial Board of Current Drug Targets from 2002.

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Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Rome
Italy

F. Epifano
Università "G. D'Annunzio"
Chieti Scalo
Italy

H.C. Hasselbalch
University of Copenhagen
Roskilde
Denmark

M. Magnani (Biography
M. Magnani

Co-founder of two start-up companies Diatheva SrL (www.diatheva.com) and EryDel SpA (www.erydel.com) is member of different academies and scientific boards. He served as evaluator for different Programmes of the E.U.; The International Science Foundation (U.S.A.); Czech Academy of Sciences; The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding of Romania; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation), Dutch Cancer Society; Swiss National Science Foundation; Innovation and Technology Commission The Government of Hong Kong, EU Eureka projects. Reviewer for more than 50 journals and Editorial board member in four. With over 500 papers published in international refereed scientific journals (for a complete list see PubMed) and an H index of 54 has interests in drug delivery systems and biologics with 14 patent families in the field.

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University of Urbino
Urbino
Italy

M. Sanderson-Smith (Biography
M. Sanderson-Smith

Martina Sanderson-Smith obtained a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. Subsequently, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to undertake research at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at UOW, leading a research team in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. Her research to date highlights the important role that interactions with host proteins play in streptococcal infection, and a need to understand the virulence of, and develop strategies to combat, a diverse set of streptococcal serotypes.

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University of Wollongong
Wollongong
Australia

B. Schulz (Biography
B. Schulz

My research focuses on developing mass spectrometry techniques for global analysis of proteins and their modifications, and on using these to investigate the mechanisms, biological roles and applications in biotechnology of glycosylation, the most abundant and complex post-translational modification of proteins. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Science in 2000 from The University of Queensland, after which I joined Proteome Systems, an Australian biotechnology company. In 2004 I moved to the ETH Zurich in Switzerland for my doctoral studies. I then joined the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland where I am currently an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Senior Lecturer.

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The University of Queensland
Brisbane
Australia

H. Sun (Biography
H. Sun

Dr. Sun obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Science from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Missouri School of Medicine. She is a geneticist who is interested in host/pathogen interaction and development of novel antimicrobials. She has a wide range of interest in cardiovascular and infectious disease research. Her main research focus is to understand and explore the roles of hemostatic system in host/pathogen interaction for development of novel antimicrobials.

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
USA

S. Vetrano
Humanitas Clinical and Research Center
Milan
Italy

S.C. Basu
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

C. Chen (Biography
C. Chen

After trained as a Medical Doctor at the Shanghai Medical School (Fudan University) in 1982, Professor Chen completed PhD in Neuroendocrinology at the University of Bordeaux, France in 1989. He worked in the Department of Analytical Pharmacology, Glaxo Inc., in the U.S.A. and then headed Endocrine Cell Biology at the Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne, Australia) till the end of 2007. He has been on the current position since 2008 and is leading Endocrinology and Metabolism laboratory at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland. His work focused on the metabolic and endocrine disorders (particularly in relation to GH, ghrelin, insulin, leptin, etc) as well as ischemic/diabetic cardiomyopathy and endometrial cancer development. He has published over 180 articles/chapters in international scientific journals. His laboratory has established pituitary hormone analysis techniques in mouse, which largely advances our understanding of neuroendocrinology, taking advantage of large number of transgenic mouse models. He has also worked extensively on diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.

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University of Queensland
Brisbane
Australia

J.C. Fehrenbacher
Indiana University School of Medicine
Barnhill Drive, IN
USA

P. Huber (Biography
P. Huber

Professor Huber obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University and carried out postdoctoral research at The University of Chicago. He was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University in 1997 and has been on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame since 1985. His laboratory studies various aspects of RNA biochemistry including RNA-protein interactions and localization of mRNA in Xenopus oocytes. A new area of investigation is the proteomics of early Xenopus development using modern mass spectrometry.

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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

R.J. Parmer
University of California
San Diego, CA
USA

M.D. Scheel
Indiana University School of Medicine
South Bend, IN
USA

P. Sheets
Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend,
South Bend, IN
USA

W.G. Thomas
University of Queensland
Brisbane
Australia

M.S. Yepes
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
USA

S.S. Bohlson (Biography
S.S. Bohlson

Dr. Bohlson obtained a Masters degree from Washington University with a focus in immunology, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biology from the University of Notre Dame. She performed her postdoctoral training in immunology at the University of California Irvine. Currently Dr. Bohlson is an Associate Professor in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at Des Moines University where she also serves as Director of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program. Dr. Bohlson has served on the editorial board for Current Drug Targets since 2007.

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Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Des Moines, IA
USA

C. D'Souza-Schorey
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

E.L. Feldman (Biography
E.L. Feldman

Dr. Feldman is a world renowned researcher, the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School, and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014, and was honored as National Physician of the Year for Clinical Excellence in 2016. In addition to her practice, she runs a 30-person research lab which focuses on understanding and treating neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases, with an emphasis on ALS and neuropathy, and she is the principle investigator of numerous NIH and foundation grants.

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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
USA

S. Lee (Biography
S. Lee

Dr. Lee obtained a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Lee completed postdoctoral training at University of California San Diego, and is currently the Monahan Family Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Lee’s lab focuses on host-pathogen dynamics of bacterial infections.

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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

M. Ranson (Biography
M. Ranson

Professor Marie Ranson (PhD, University of Sydney, 1990) is a tenured Teaching and Research Academic at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has made major contributions to the field of the urokinase plasminogen activation system in cancer invasion and metastasis and leads several cancer drug projects related, but not limited, to this field. Prof Ranson has published over 78 peer-reviewed journal articles, attracted several competitive grants totalling over $10,000,000, and has been granted patents in her drug development portfolio. She led the preclinical development of chemotherapy Deflexifol, licenced to FivePhusion Pty Ltd, which is completing Phase 1 clinical trials. Prof Ranson is also a PI of the Cancer Institute NSW-funded Translational Cancer Research Centre to build research capacity in targeted therapies and is a member of a number of professional societies.

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University of Wollongong
Wollongong
Australia

J.S. Schorey
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
USA

S. Smyth (Biography
S. Smyth

Susan S. Smyth, is the Jeff Gill Professor of Cardiology, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute, and Director of the MD/PhD Program at the University of Kentucky. She also has a part-time appointment as a cardiologist and funded investigator at the Lexington VA Medical Center. Smyth received her A.B. in Biology, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Massachusetts), and graduated from the MD/PhD Program at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). After completing training in Internal Medicine, she performed cardiology subspecialty fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, New York) and at the University of North Carolina. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of University Cardiologists, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a fellow of the American Heart Association.

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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
USA

T. Vargo-Gogola (Biography
T. Vargo-Gogola

Tracy Vargo-Gogola received her doctoral degree in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University in 2002. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in breast cancer research at Baylor College of Medicine before joining the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2008. She has research expertise in Rho GTPase signaling in normal and neoplastic mammary gland development. She also collaborates with Dr. Ryan Roeder’s laboratory to assist with the development of cellular and mouse models of breast cancer to investigate the potential of nanoparticle x-ray contrast agents to improve mammographic detection of breast cancer.

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Indiana University School of Medicine
South Bend, IN
USA

L. Zhang (Biography
L. Zhang

Dr. Zhang obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He currently is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Dr. Zhang has more than 25 years of experience in blood coagulation, immunology, and stem cell biology. Projects in Dr. Zhang’s laboratory range from structure-function analysis, leukocyte trafficking, signal transduction to animal models of cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis, sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ischemic stroke. Dr. Zhang has authored more than 60 manuscripts, 2 patents, and served on various Study Sections at NIH, DOD and AHA.

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University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
USA












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