PSOM - New Hires

Nduka M Amankulor, MD

Nduka M Amankulor, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
 Nduka.Amankulor@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 800-789-7366

RESEARCH

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Amankulor is a cancer biologist and immunologist engaged in developing new therapeutic strategies for primary (diffuse gliomas and GBM) and metastatic brain tumors.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Kahlilia Blanco, PhD

Kahlilia Blanco, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

RESEARCH

Dr. Blanco is interested in the role of epigenetics, non-coding RNAs and molecular mechanisms in neuroprotection after stroke.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

RESEARCH

Dr. Lorenzo uses mouse genetics, live cell imaging, and a wide range of molecular biology and biochemical approaches to understand the roles of cytoskeletal proteins in cellular homeostasis and in human disease. Another major interest of her lab is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms through which cytoskeleton-associated proteins regulate cellular dynamics and bioenergetics in metabolically active tissues, and how their deficits contribute to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Tim Machado, PhD

Tim Machado, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

RESEARCH

Dr. Machado studies how the neural circuits controlling movement combine sensory information, memories of past experiences, and internal state to generate plans for specific actions.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

Stanford University Schools of Engineering & Medicine

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Natalí Chanaday Ricagni, PhD

Natalí Chanaday Ricagni, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physiology
 Natali.Chanaday@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-898-8725

RESEARCH

Dr. Chanaday uses molecular and pharmacological tools combined with live fluorescence imaging (microscopy) and electrophysiology of cultured neurons to investigate how neurotransmitter release is modulated and how synaptic vesicles are recycled. She is particularly interested in trafficking mechanisms of synaptic vesicle molecules and atypical calcium sources that have the potential to set basal neuron properties and shape the type of information neurons can transfer, as well as investigating novel forms of neuronal communication.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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J. Deanna Wilson, MD, MPH

J. Deanna Wilson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health

RESEARCH

Dr. Wilson's research interests include reducing substance use-related health disparities, with an emphasis on innovative strategies to treat opioid use disorders in adolescent and adult populations. Her work includes integrating harm reduction into primary care settings, developing low threshold models of care to improve engagement and retention of vulnerable populations, and improving engagement and retention of adolescents and young adults in OUD treatment.

PREVIOUS INSTITUTION

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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