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Feinberg invites you to meet our faculty. Using faculty profiles, you can search for an expert, locate scientific collaborators, or identify a mentor for your training experience. The Faculty Affairs Office coordinates the academic appointment process; directs recruiting for Feinberg’s chair- and director-level positions; and supports faculty in their continued development.

At a Glance

Feinberg offers a premier medical education and top-notch research programs in large part because of the expertise, experience, and dedication of its faculty. Numbering about 4,000, the medical school's faculty roster includes some of the best minds and hearts in medicine and biomedical research. Many have gained national and international prominence.

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Gemma L Carvill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department and Pharmacology

The primary aim of our research is to identify the genetic factors and biological mechanisms that cause epilepsy. We use a variety of sequencing technologies to identify new genetic causes in both the DNA regions that code for proteins (genes) and those that control the expression of these genes (regulatory regions). The second mission of our lab is to capitalize on the advances in gene discovery in epilepsy to create neuronal models of this disorder. Many of these 'epilepsy' genes are involved in the control of expression of other genes. In other words, they are responsible for switching certain genes 'on' or 'off' during the development and/or functioning of the brain. This switching is dependent on the 3D structure of DNA - called the epigenome. We use stem cell biology to create models of these 'epigenetic' genes to study how mutations affect the structure of the epigenome and the pathways affected. Identifying these pathways are the first step in finding new targets for therapeutics.

Christina E Boots, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endo and Infertility)

Infertility, assisted reproductive technology, polycystic ovary syndrome, effects of nutrition and metabolism on reproductive outcomes, recurrent pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, and diminished ovarian reserve.

J. Chad Duncan, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

My current research interests include psychosocial aspects of disability, prosthetics/orthotics and the world of work, and outcome measures. For the past few years I have been investigating how to determine appropriate protocols for prosthetic and orthotic patients based on informed decision making.

Monica M Laronda, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

The Laronda Lab investigates fundamental regenerative medicine problems using stem cells and supportive biomimetic environments. Our main objective is to develop a patient-specific ovarian follicle niche that will support systemic endocrine function and fertility in women and girls with disorders of sex development or premature ovarian failure. http://www.pediatrics.northwestern.edu/research/labs/laronda/index.html

Huiping  Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

The Liu lab studies the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer stem cells (CSCs) and metastasis through four ongoing interactive basic and translational research projects: (1) to understand CSCs in metastasis using cutting-edge single cell sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technologies; (2) to image CSC behavior and interactions with immune cells during metastasis using bioluminescence imaging and intravital imaging systems; (3) to target CSCs with novel therapeutics delivered by exosomes and nanoparticles; (4) to develop circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and circulating exosome-based biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and prognosis.

Vehniah K Tjong, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical interests are focused on orthopaedic sports medicine with a special interest in hip and knee arthroscopy. Research interests are in qualitative patient-centered interviews with a special interest in return to sport.

Alicia D Guemez Gamboa, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physiology

Identifying and investigating novel molecular bases of cellular recognition that control neuronal circuit assembly during human development and disease. To explore the broader roles for cell recognition molecules and their pivotal function in neural circuit development, our lab takes advantage of a battery of modern laboratory techniques. These approaches include animal and stem cell disease modeling, as well as next-generation sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing.

Renee  C B Manworren, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

My research seeks to culturally transform our sensitivity to children's pain: to better prevent, assess, treat and understand children's pain, especially for predictable pain and pain in children with communication limitations. My focus is acute, post-operative and procedural pain; risk factors for challenging to control acute pain, including genetic differences in pain sensitivity and analgesic metabolism; transition from acute to chronic pain; and predictors of adverse acute pain treatment outcomes, including opioid misuse. I am also the PI for an NIH Center of Excellence for Pain Education and have conducted educational research of pediatric healthcare provider and students knowledge and attitudes regarding pain since 1998. Please e-mail for permission to use my copyrighted tools free of charge.

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