Yama Akbari, MD, PhD - Neurology
Phone: (949) 824-5334
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5924
Dr. Yama Akbari earned his medical degree and PhD from UCI’s Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed a residency in neurology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care at Johns Hopkins University. He is the principal investigator of a basic science and translational research laboratory focusing on coma recovery, consciousness, and cardiac arrest/resuscitation. He splits his time between the research laboratory, clinical setting, and teaching students, residents, and fellows.
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD - Anatomy & Neurobiology
Phone: (949) 824-1063 / (949) 824-6478
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4479
Dr. Baram received her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and her MD in the PhD to MD program at the University of Miami, FLA. Baram, a child neurologist and a Neurobiologist is focusing her research on the programming of the developing brain by early-life experience, in two broad contexts: a). how early-life experiences including stress and maternal care influence resilience and vulnerability to cognitive and emotional disorders; b). how early life seizures, especially those associated with fever, can convert a normal brain into an epileptic one. Using rodent models and cutting-edge molecular, cellular epigenetic and imaging methods, Baram’s group is making major contributions to our understanding of the effects of early-life experience on normal brain function and the contributions of early-life adversity and seizures to neuropsychiatric disorders.
Daniela Bota, MD, PhD - Neurology
Phone: (877) 824-9111
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5555
Dr. Daniela Bota is a UC Irvine Health neuro-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as in the neurological complications of cancers. Bota is co-director of the UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program and is a lead investigator on several clinical trials, including novel treatments using brain tumor vaccines and the use of electrical fields to inhibit the growth of gliomas.
Robert Edwards, MD, PhD - Pathology & Laboratory
Phone: (949) 824-8576
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4909
Dr. Edwards received his MD,PhD from Baylor College of Medicine where he also completed a residency in Combined Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Edwards completed a Post-Doctoral fellow in Dr. Steven L Kunkel's lab at the University of Michigan. His lab is interested in the relationship between chronic inflammation and colorectal carcinogenesis in human and animal models. Other areas of interest involves include translational research projects performed in collaboration with several clinical investigators at UCI and other institutions . One ongoing project involves a proteomics approach to the serologic diagnosis of IBD and responses to biologic therapies, using patient samples collected at UCIMC.
Anand K. Ganesan, MD, PhD - Dermatology
Phone: (949) 824-2926
faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5705
Anand Ganesan, MD, PhD., a physician-scientist, is an Associate Professor of Dermatology with a joint appointment in Biological Chemistry, and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Dermatology. His clinical and research work focuses on the pathogenesis and treatment of pigment cell diseases, including nevi, melanoma and vitiligo. His NIH funded research lab utilizes a combination of genetic, biochemical, and systems biology approaches in cell culture models, mouse models, and human skin to understand how moles form on the skin and how the melanocyte niche is maintained during normal skin homeostasis.
Claire Henchcliffe, MD, DPhil - Neurology
Phone: (714) 456-7352
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=6921
Dr. Claire Henchcliffe completed undergraduate studies and her DPhil graduate thesis at the University of Oxford in the UK. Following post-doctoral research in genetics and cell biology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and UC Berkeley she went back to school, studying medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City. She completed neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at the same institution prior to joining Weill Cornell Medical College-New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York as faculty. During that time she served as Vice Chair for Clinical Research, and Chief of the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders. She is the current Chair and Stanley van den Noort Professor of Neurology, at UCI. Her research focus has been on developing new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and she has a particular interest in cell-based therapies.
Autmn Ivy, MD, PhD - Pediatrics
Phone: (949) 824-0570
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=6398
Dr. Autumn Ivy is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCI. She is an alumnus of the UCI MSTP program and completed her training here in 2012, and continued her residency studies at Stanford university. She is a Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP-K12) awardee and her research investigates genomic and epigenetic regulation of neuronal development and function with early-life exercise. Additionally Autumn is a Diplomate on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special qualifications in Child Neurology and participates as a faculty member to the Program in Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC).
Frithjof Kruggel, MD, PhD - Biomedical Engineering
Phone: (949) 824-3729
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5319
Dr. Kruggel received his M.S. degree in Chemistry and M.D. from Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany, 1983 resp. 1987), and Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (Germany, 1989). He completed a residence in Neurology and Clinical Neuropsychology at Klinikum rechts der Isar (Munich), after which he joined the Max-Planck-Institute on Cognitive Neuroscience in Leipzig (Germany) as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2005, he joined UCI's Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he studies the relation between structures and functions of the human brain. He is developing and applying new signal and image processing algorithms to the data analysis of neurofunctional methods (anatomical and functional MRI, emission tomography, event-related fields and potentials).
Ulrike Luderer, MD, PhD, MPH - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Phone: (949) 824-8641
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4535
Dr. Luderer received her MD and PhD from Northwestern University and completed a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern-affiliated Evanston Hospital. She did her fellowship in occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Washington, where she also earned her MPH. Dr Luderer's research aims to elucidate the mechanisms by which toxicants disrupt reproductive function and the protective mechanisms that prevent toxicant-induced reproductive dysfunction. The laboratory's ongoing work is investigating the interactions between genetic deficiencies in antioxidant capacity and developmental toxicant exposure on ovarian aging and ovarian cancer.
Sabee Molloi, PhD - Radiological Sciences
Phone: (949) 824-5904
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=3212
Dr. Molloi received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UCI, Dr. Molloi leads the Imaging Physics Laboratory. The lab focuses on the quantitative aspects of medical imaging and its applications for cardiovascular disease and breast cancer diagnosis.
Juliet McMullin, PhD - Family Medicine
Phone: (949) 824-1141
Faculty Profile: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=7081
Juliet McMullin is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Endowed Chair and Director for Medical Humanities and Arts. Trained as a cultural and medical anthropologist, she graduated with her PhD from UCI, and held a two-year UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA. For the past seventeen year’s she was a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and in UCR’s School of Medicine. During her time at UCR she led the development and approval of the Medical and Health Humanities minor for undergraduates and the Designated Emphasis Certificate in Medical and Health Humanities for Medical Students. She also served as the co-Director and co-PI for the NIH funded Health Disparities Research Center at UCR. Her interests include, health equity research, community engaged research, health humanities, medical narrative, and graphic medicine. As you can tell, she loves being in the UC system and supporting public education. Creating opportunities for diverse voices in research and education motivate all of her projects. Outside of the academy, she enjoys learning jewelry making and metal smithing, going for long walks, and traveling.
Haik Mkhikian, MD, PhD - Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Haik Mkhikian is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is a lifelong anteater, having completed all of his training at UCI. He graduated from the UCI MSTP in 2016 and stayed on as the inaugural research-track clinical pathology resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, before joining the department's faculty in 2022. Haik's research interests are in glycobiology. His lab investigates how glycosylation regulates the turnover of cell-surface receptors and how this in turn impacts immune function and immune aging. In addition, Haik is a UC Irvine Health clinical chemist and serves as the director of the special chemistry laboratory at UCIMC.