Primary Faculty

Abel, Peter PhD
Professor and Chair  

Dr. Abel’s laboratory focuses on peripheral nerve regulation of tissue functions as drug targets for treatment of disease. Currently, the role of G protein coupled receptors and their signaling mechanisms controlling airway and vascular function are being studied in asthma, pulmonary hypertension and other conditions. Learn more about Dr. Abel’s research.

Bockman, Charles PhD
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Bockman’s laboratory focuses on the role of extrinsic stimuli in regulating sensitivity to drugs of abuse.  We study the  brain’s neuroplastic response to environmental enrichment in an effort to discover more efficacious treatments for drug addiction.

Dravid, Shashank PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Dravid’s laboratory focuses on studies of NMDA and other glutamate receptors using electrophysiological and genetic tools to improve our understanding of neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.

Gelineau-vanWaes, Janee DVM PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Gelineau-van Waes’ laboratory focuses on the study of pharmaceutical and environmental exposures during pregnancy that can cause birth defects, and gene-environment interactions that contribute to increased risk; biochemical, genomic, proteomic, and molecular tools are used to identify biomarkers of susceptibility and determine underlying mechanisms.

JeeYeonHwang [at] creighton [dot] edu (Hwang, Jee-Yeon PhD)
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Hwang’s laboratory focuses on the role of epigenetic regulation, microRNAs and protein regulation and degradation such as ubiquitination and autophagy in neurodegeneration and cognitive deficits.

Jadhav, Gopal PhD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jadhav’s laboratory focuses on the synthesis of novel chemical molecule entities and their application to a wide arena of biological and pharmacological problems.Of his current major areas of research employ molecular docking, synthetic chemistry and pharmacological methodologies; The first centering on develop novel small chemical molecules as TREM1 inhibitors to exploit their applications in the inflammatory and immunoinflammatory disorders. The second centering on the design and synthesis of small molecule inhibitors of pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing regulator MvfR and their applications in the management of antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacterial infections and related conditions.

Murray, Thomas PhD

Dr. Murray’s laboratory focuses on neuroplasticity and drug discovery research using molecular and high-throughput screening tools to improve our understanding of brain repair and recovery.

Simeone, Kristina PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Kristina Simeone’s laboratory focuses on sleep, epilepsy and sudden death in epilepsy using in vitro and in vivo molecular biology, pharmacology and neurophysiology techniques to identify novel mechanisms and therapeutic targets that will ultimately improve the quality of life in people with epilepsy. Learn more about Dr. Simeone’s research.

Simeone, Timothy PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Timothy Simeone’s laboratory focuses on the interrelationship of metabolism and cellular, synaptic and network excitability in health and disease using in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, molecular biology and pharmacology techniques to identify novel, potential therapeutic targets. Learn more about Dr. Simeone’s research.

Stessman, Holly PhD
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Stessman’s laboratory focuses on understanding the functional relevance of genetic mutations in autism spectrum disorder using human cell line models combined with next-generation sequencing, genome engineering, and neuronal differentiation in a cell culture dish to improve early detection and the treatment of people with autism. Learn more about Dr. Stessman’s research.

Teitz, Tal PhD
Assistant Professor Dr. Teitz’s laboratory focuses on identifying and testing drugs for preventing hearing loss. We utilize a wide range of techniques including high-throughput cell-based screenings, ex-vivo cochlear explant cultures, molecular assays and animal models. We strive to develop drugs that will prevent hearing loss caused by cisplatin chemotherapy, noise and aging and in the process, improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing cell death in the inner ear cells. Learn more about Dr. Teitz’s research


Tu, Yaping PhD

Dr. Tu’s laboratory focuses on understanding the role of dysregulation of G protein-coupled receptor signal transduction in human diseases including cancer and asthma using various cellular and murine models. Learn more about Dr. Tu’s research.

Emeritus Faculty

Dowd, Frank D.D.S., Ph.D. 
Scofield, Margaret Ph.D.