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Our Experts

Our Experts

Browse biographies of some of our key preclinical experts below or view the entire directory of faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Martha Alexander-Miller, PhD

Martha Alexander-MillerMartha Alexander-Miller, PhD, an expert in immunity, leads an established preclinical neonatal nursery, possibly the only one in the world dedicated to translational sciences. She seeks industry partners for her discoveries (e.g., an influenza vaccine designed for infants younger than six months) and for research utilizing the capabilities of the preclinical neonatal nursery.
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Susan Appt, DVM

Susan Appt, DVM, researches the effects of diet and reproductive hormones on chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. She works with nonhuman primate animal models of menopause to study risk factors in women across the transition from premenopause to post menopause. She is an expert in the use of diets in translational studies, and is the associate director of Preclinical Translational Services, an in-house preclinical surgical group that supports industry-funded research.
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J. Daniel Bourland, PhD

J. Daniel Bourland, PhD, works with industry and the government to assess therapeutic and medical device products for their ability to treat or protect from radiation skin injuries. He specializes in dosimetry, gamma radiosurgery and imaging applications, devising irradiation techniques and procedures for animal studies and human clinical trials.
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David Caudell, DVM, PhD

David Caudell, DVM, PhD, partners with industry on B-cell biology and Megakaryocyte/Platelet research. A veterinary pathologist with expertise in bone marrow pathology and cancer biology, he specializes in radiation-induced immune injury and recovery, T-cell marker expression and total body irradiation.
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Mark Cline, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Mark Cline, DVM, PhD, DACVP, is an expert in diabetes and therapeutic assessments. His core research has focused on the effects of hormonal therapies on breast and uterine cancer risk.
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Christos Constantinidis, PhD

Christos Constantinidis, PhD, explores the role of the prefrontal cortex in working memory, visual perception and selective attention and studies the neurophysiological effects of training nonhuman primates on visual cognition and the organization of cortical networks.
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Samuel Deadwyler, PhD, and Robert Hampson, PhD

Samuel Deadwyler, PhD, and Robert Hampson, PhD, study the neurophysiological basis of memory, behavior and cognition by developing animal models and neural prosthetics. They record neuron patterns in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and design devices to help restore the cognitive function lost due to brain disease, damage and disorders. They also research drugs of abuse, cognitive-enhancing drugs, sleep deprivation and whole-brain irradiation.
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Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD

Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD, director of the Brain Tumor Center of Excellence, pioneers the use of targets in malignant brain tumor cells that are not present in normal brain to destroy them effectively and safely. In addition to developing therapeutics, he investigates personalized medicine and new techniques for overcoming the blood-brain barrier.
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Heather DeLoid, DVM

Heather DeLoid, DVMHeather DeLoid, DVM, specializes in preclinical surgical services for medical device and diagnostics companies. Her areas of expertise include medical device safety and efficacy, biocompatibility and veterinary clinical care. With a background in industry research, she consults with sponsors, writes protocols and performs innovative surgical procedures and imaging studies.
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Debra Diz, PhD

Debra Diz, PhDDebra Diz, PhD, investigates hypertension and how neural and renal systems impact blood pressure regulation. She also serves as the director of the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she leads research efforts in cardiovascular disease and hypertension.
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Daniel Clark Files, MD

Daniel Clark Files, MD, conducts research designed to understand the mechanisms of functional disability and muscle atrophy in critical illness and investigates the intersections of age and inflammation in diseases such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis. He conducts preclinical and clinical trials on various aspects of critical illness, including antibiotics, medical devices, nutrition and therapeutics.
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James E. Jordan, PhD

James E. JordanJames E. Jordan, PhD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon with over twenty years of experience in small and large animal cardiovascular and surgical models. He offers expertise in inflammatory responses to myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. Jordan is dedicated to finding solutions for pressing clinical needs and focuses his research on cardiovascular solutions for pediatric patient populations.
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Jay R. Kaplan, PhD

Jay Kaplan, PhDJay Kaplan, PhD, is a thought leader in animal model research and develops preclinical models of human disease and behavior for drug and device testing. A trained biological anthropologist, Kaplan has spent over 35 years researching the most prevalent diseases of Western society. His research places great emphasis on exploring and accounting for environmental factors that impact disease, such as psychosocial behavior, status and diet.
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Kylie Kavanagh, DVM, MS, MPH

Kylie Kavanagh, DVM, MS, MPHKylie Kavanagh, DVM, MS, MPH, conducts translational research in comparative and molecular medicine, specializing in aging, diabetes, obesity and nutrition.
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Mei-Chuan “Holden” Ko, PhD

Mei-Chuan Ko, PhD, develops nonhuman primate models to study pain and itch sensations. He evaluates the efficacy and side effect profiles of drugs and conducts pharmacological studies in translational nonhuman primate models in order to advance human medicine.
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Michael Nader, PhD

Michael Nader, PhDMichael Nader, PhD, has conducted research in self-administering nonhuman primates for over 30 years. Utilizing brain imaging technology and behavior techniques he can study the effects of drugs as well as ways to mitigate their effects on health.
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Thomas C. Register, Ph.D.

Thomas C. Register, PhD, provides expertise in nonhuman primate biomarker development and application. He is director of the Clinical Chemistry and Endocrinology Assay Services Laboratory, a core lab of Wake Forest School of Medicine that offers clinical biomarker analyses for researchers and their collaborators.
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Joel Stitzel, PhD

Joel Stitzel, PhD, researches computational modeling, injury biomechanics and automotive safety in order to improve the prevention, prognosis and treatment of injuries.
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