Novel Translational Methodologies

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Kristina Thiagarajan, PhD, MN, RNDirector : Kristina Thiagarajan, PhD, MN, RN

Kristina Thiagarajan, PhD, MN, RN serves the GHUCCTS CTSA acting as an inter-program liaison for ORNL and has served as the NIH Program Manager for ORNL since 2005.  Her primary responsibility for ORNL has been to develop team science within the lab and with other medical schools where the synergy of the team science strategy can provide muscle in tacking and accomplishing grant challenges. The portfolio she manages is as diverse as the nation's largest multipurpose national laboratory, including; physical chemistry, biochemistry, material science, nanotoxicology, nanotechnology, structural biology, computational biology, environmental remediation, nanomaterial science, rational drug target development, imaging, instrumentation development and systems biology in a reference population using population animal model. She manages all aspects with relationships that pertain or deal with the NIH for ORNL. In the last ten years at ORNL, Dr. Thiagarajan has facilitated significant growth in the NIH portfolio. During that time, ORNL has developed several more significant partnerships with medical schools. In addition, she has been internationally recognized for her work in immunosuppresant agents and lactation, her earlier work was focused on diabetes self-management theoretical models using structural equation modeling to attribute variance in the relevant factors. She has served as the point of contact for the last several years during the partnership between Georgetown University and ORNL. As the inter-program liaison, her efforts are to manage the administrative relationships among ORNL, NIH an all parties involved with this CTSA.

Joseph G. Verbalis, MDCo-Director : Joseph G. Verbalis, MD

Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Chief of the Division on Endocrinology and Metabolism at Georgetown University. He was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh from 1980-1995 until he was recruited to GU. From 2004 to 2007 he served as interim chair of the Department of Medicine, and relinquished this position to direct Georgetown’s CTSA effort.

He was one of the founding PIs of the GU GCRC in 1999, served as Chair of the GAC from 1999 to 2002, and has been the Program Director of the GCRC since 2002. He has been continuously funded as a PI on NIH research grants since 1988, and is currently the PI of 2 NIH R01s focusing on mechanistic studies of kidney and bone complications of hyponatremia, and the GU/MedStar CTSA Planning grant, and is a co-PI of a R01 studying hormonal effects on cognition in post-menopausal women. The multidisciplinary nature of his research is illustrated by the fact that he authors the chapters on water metabolism in major textbooks of nephrology (Brenner & Rector’s The Kidney; Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary Tract), endocrinology (Williams Textbook of EndocrinologyPrinciples and Practice of Endocrinology and Metabolism) and neuroscience (Fundamental Neuroscience). In 2007 he was the awarded the Berthold Medal by the German Endocrine Society for outstanding scientific achievement in endocrinology by individuals who have excelled in combining both basic and clinical research. He has trained students, fellows, and junior faculty members at all levels of translation from laboratory to clinical research through directorship of the endocrinology fellowship training programs at both the University of Pittsburgh and GU, and is also a member of the faculty of GU’s T32 training programs in Nephrology and Neuroscience.

Jerome Baudry

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Chongle Pan

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Jeremy Smith

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Timothy McKnight

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Georgia Tourassi

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