Faculty and staff

Faculty Leaders

Stephen A. Duncan

Stephen A. Duncan, DPhil

Professor and Chair

Liver Development and Disease

Andy Wessels

Andy Wessels, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair

Cardiac development and the Pathogenesis of Congenital Heart Defects

Active Faculty in alphabetical order

Thierry R. Bacro

Thierry R. Bacro, Ph.D., P.T.


Director of the Center for Anatomical Studies and Education

Jeremy L. Barth

Jeremy L. Barth, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Microarray Facility, Bioinformatics

David H. Bernanke

David H. Bernanke, Ph.D.


Associate Chair for Education
Director, MUSC Anatomical Gift Program

Thomas K. Borg

Thomas K. Borg, Ph.D.


Development, structure and function of the heart and the physiological response to injury

Samar M. Hammad

Samar M. Hammad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Sphingolipid signaling mechanisms in inflammation and accelerated cardiovascular disease

Christi Kern

Christine B. Kern, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Formation and homeostasis of the extracellular matrix architecture

Mike Kern

Michael J. Kern, Ph.D.


Cofactors that interact with the Prrx proteins; biomechanical engineering of the temporal mandibular joint

Antonis Kourtidis

Antonis Kourtidis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Interaction of the Adherens Junctions with RNA complexes in cell behavior and disease

Ed Krug

Edward L. Krug, Ph.D.


Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs

Steve Kubalak

Steven W. Kubalak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Center for Anatomical Studies & Education
Lecturer, Human Anatomy and Embryology
Interprofessional Studies for Graduate Students

Roger R. Markwald

Roger R. Markwald, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor

Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center
Heart Development and Regenerative Medicine

Corey H. Mjaatvedt

Corey H. Mjaatvedt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Functional role of the Extracellular Matrix (ECM) during development

Robin C. Muise-Helmericks

Robin C. Muise-Helmericks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis and wound repair

Russell A. Norris

Russell A. Norris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Formation of the cardiac valves and pathological processes that result in valve disease

Titus A. Reaves

Titus A. Reaves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Epithelial cell biology and neutrophil (PMN) migration

Yukiko Sugi

Yukiko Sugi, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Tissue interaction and determination in early heart development; Cardiac valve formation; Growth Factors

Ge Tao

Ge Tao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying myocardial homeostasis, injury, and repair

Thomas C. Trusk

Thomas C. Trusk, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Confocal microscopy; Image Analysis; 3D Reconstruction; Bioengineering

Richard P. Visconti

Richard P. Visconti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Naohiro Yamaguchi

Naohiro Yamaguchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Regulation mechanism of Ca2+ signaling in cardiac muscle cells

Administrative Staff

Debbi Burdell

Debbi Burdell

BSB 601

Evelyn Fabunan

Evelyn Fabunan

Business Manager - BSB 601

Sabrina Green

Sabrina Green

Grants Coordinator - BSB 601

Cindy Gruenbaum

Cindy Gruenbaum

BSB 601

Technical Staff

Ray Deepe

Ray Deepe

Wessels Lab - BSB 648

Jeanette Huber

jeanette huber

C.Kern Lab - BSB 647

Joyce Nair-Menon

Joyce Nair-Menon

Kourtidis Lab - BSB 650

Lauren B. Tolliver

Duncan Lab - BSB 653

Last updated on 17-May-2018

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