CFAR Mentors

CFAR mentors are established investigators with strong records of innovation and successful research and as well as funding, who have made substaniat contributions to their fields. They are cognizant of the role and requirements for being a mentor, committed to professional growth and career development of their mentees, and willing to provide support, encouragement and time necessary to establish and maintain an effective mentoring relationship.

Mentor; Affiliation Research Focus

Don Anthony, MD, PhD     
Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology & Division of Infectious Diseases, Case Western Reserve University;

Hepatitis C and HIV coinfection, leukocyte biology,immune mediators of pathogenesis and host response to therapy.

Mary Barkley, PhD      
M Roger Clapp Professor of Arts and Sciences
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University

Structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules; studying enzyme from the AIDS virus, HIV-1.

Robert Bonomo, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Chief, Medical Service
Director VISN 10 GRECC

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Case Western Reserve University; Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center

Antibotic resistance; genetic and amino acid sequence determinants of β-lactamases, the enzymes that inactivate β-lactams

W. Henry Boom, M.D.
Professor & Vice Chair for Research
Director, Tuberculosis Research Unit

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Case Western Reserve University

Tuberculosis, T cells

David Canaday, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Associate Director of Research, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC),Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

HIV, Tuberculosis, T cells, Geriatric immunity

Mark Chance, PhD     
Professor, General Medical Sciences
Director, Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine

Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Case Western Reserve University

Structural and cellular proteomics

Neil Greenspan, MD, PhD      
Professor

Pathology Department, Case Western Reserve University

Immunological recognition, vaccine development, HIV-1 vaccine efficacy, mechanisms of immunity to bacterial pathogens.

Cliff Harding, MD, PhD    
Kahn Professor and Chair, Pathology

Pathology Department, Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Immunology, antigen processing, major histocompatibility complex, microbial immunity, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, tumor immunity, vaccine, adjuvant, Toll-like receptor

James Jacobberger, PhD    
Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)
Associate Director for Shared Resources, Case CCC
Director, Cytometry and Imaging Microscopy Core - Case CCC
Co-Director, Immune Function Core- CFAR

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University

Cell and Cell biology; Biomarkers

Robert Kalayjian, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Director, Infectious Disease
MetroHealth Medical Center

Aging and HIV, HIV associated kidney disease

Jonathan Karn, Ph.D.
Reinberger Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Director, Case Center for AIDS Research

Molecular and Microbiolgy Department, Case Western Reserve University

Regulation of HIV transcription and chromatin structure, cure

James Kazura, MD
Professor, International Health, Medicine and Pathology
Director, Center for Global Health and Diseases
Director, International Affairs in Health Sciences

Center for Global Health and Diseases, Case Western Reserve University

Mechanism underlying susceptibility to and pathogenesis of endemic malaria and chronic worm infections

Michael Lederman, M.D.
Scott R. Inkley Professor of Medicine
Co-Director Case CFAR Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases,

Case Western Reserve University

Mechanisms of immune deficiency; enhancing immune function in HIV-1 infection; HIV microbicides

Alan Levine, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Disease

Case Western Reserve University

Mucosal T lymphocyte regulation during chronic inflammation, such as in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), HIV infection. Immunoregulatory role of the intestinal epithelium.

Sana Loue, JD, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.S.A. 
Professor, Bioethics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Psychiatry, International Health
Vice Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity

Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

HIV and AIDS; bioethics and research;cross-cultural issues, family violence in marginalized communities

Grace McComsey, MD, FIDSA
John Kennell Professor
Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine

Division of Pediatric and Adult Infectious Diseases, Case Western Reserve University

Cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in HIV; Pediatric HIV

Janet McGrath, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences; Case Western Reserve University

Bi-directional impact of disease on human societies; HIV/AIDS, with emphasis on Uganda, focusing on issues related to risk, transmission, the impact of disease and microbicides

Benigno Rodriguez, M.D., MSc, FIDSA
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine

AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, Case Western Reserve University

HIV immunopathogenesis, clinical care and clinical outcomes; HIV/Hepatitis co-infection; data management

Robert Salata, M.D.
Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Medicine; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine

Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

International studies in HIV infection; HIV infection in women, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV-1 interactions, vaccine and non-vaccine strategies to prevent HIV infection

Scott Sieg, PhD   
Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Immune Function Core- CFAR

Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Immune dysfunction in HIV disease; mucosal defensins and adaptive immunity; chronic immune activation in HIV disease, hBD-3

Robert Silverman, PhD
Professor

Department of Cancer Biology, Cleveland Clinic

Innate defense against viruses and cancer; viral antagonism of innate immunity, antiviral and antitumor activity of the OAS-RNase L pathway; oncolytic virotherapy

Jacek Skowronski, PhD    
Professor
Director CFAR Developmental Core

Molecular and Microbiology Department, Case Western Reserve University

HIV-host cell interaction, accessory proteins, innate immunity

Zahra Toossi, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; Case Western Reserve University

Dysregulation of the immune response during human tuberculosis (TB), cytokine and mononuclear phagocytic responses to M. Tuberculosis (MTB);impact of TB on HIV disease

Aaron Weinberg, DMD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Associate Dean for Research at the SODM

Department of Biological Sciences, School of Dental Medicine; Case Western Reserve University

Oral microbiology, pathogenesis of periodontal bacteria, antimicrobial peptides, HPV and oral cancer in HIV co-infection