Our faculty is primarily made up of Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) investigators, each of whom have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent academic degree and a distinguished record of scholarship and contributions to the scientific community.
Adjunct faculty members may supplement the permanent faculty. These may include visiting scientists from other research institutes, faculty members from local colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows at VARI, or practicing professionals.
Investigates the complex interplay between genetic and epigenetic features by integrating genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) to identify abnormally regulated regions of the genome and explore how they contribute to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Using advanced technologies such as cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to investigate eukaryotic DNA replication, the bacterial proteasome system and regulation and modification of the Notch receptor.
Ras/MAPK and PI3K/mTOR pathways, mathematical modeling of signaling pathways, non–small cell lung cancer and breast cancer, kinase and phosphorylase effects on cell survival.
Technical (substantive) editing of science and engineering documents; technical writing; levels of editing; oral presentations and posters.
VAIGS Associate Dean working with curriculum, faculty development, and student affairs; laboratory focus on cell biology of hematopoietic differentiation, including cell-cell interactions, tumor immunology, and immunophenotyping cellular responses.