Meet the Scientists of OHSU
Rising star structural biologistIsabelle Baconguis, Ph.D. '13, is a fellow in the Vollum Institute and graduate of the School of Medicine. Her lab is unraveling the molecular underpinnings of whole-body salt balance to better understand diseases such as hypertension. Learn more at the lab page.
A builder of better eye care
Michael F. Chiang, M.D., is a professor of ophthalmology and biomedical informatics and clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine. His research uses tools such as telemedicine, electronic health record systems and computer-based image analysis to better understand, diagnose and treat eye diseases. Learn more at the lab page.
Clinician-scientist on the trail of evidenceRoger Chou, M.D. R '98, is director of the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center and professor of medicine in the School of Medicine. His center conducts systematic reviews of clinical outcomes, which inform national guidelines and policy to improve the practice of medicine. For further information, go to the EPC website.
Analyzing populations to improve health care for individuals
Jennifer DeVoe, M.D. R ’04, MCR ’10, D.Phil., is an associate professor of family medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. Her team of researchers studies the health of communities and disparities in health care. Their research is particularly interested in access to insurance and the effects of practice and policy interventions on vulnerable populations, including children and families. Learn more about Dr. DeVoe.
A founder of precision medicine
Brian Druker, M.D., is director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. His goal for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is to advance the understanding of the biological precursors of cancer to better detect lethal forms of the disease at its earliest stages and develop precision medicines to treat it. Learn about what motivates this clinician-scientist, how he got into research and more. For further information, visit Dr. Druker's website.
Brain scientist devoted to mentoringDamien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry in the OHSU School of Medicine. His team maps the developing brain while helping the next generation say YES to science. For further information, go to the Fair Lab website or to the YES! website.
Answering questions, finding treatments for genetic disorders
Markus Grompe, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics and molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine. Using advanced gene transfer and cell therapy techniques, his lab is researching the biological underpinnings of genetic disorders in children to lay the groundwork for better treatments of metabolic liver diseases, Fanconi anemia and others. Learn more about Dr. Grompe's work.
Looking for clues to arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death
Beth Habecker, Ph.D. is a professor of physiology and pharmacology in the OHSU School of Medicine. Her team is working to understand the body’s remodeling of nerves following a heart attack in order to develop better treatments and prevention methods for those with heart disease. In this video, learn about her research, her thoughts on science and more. Learn more on the lab page.
Inventor of microbubble magic
Sanjiv Kaul, M.D., is co-director of the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and professor of medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. His lab developed the microbubble-based myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) technique, a new way of using ultrasound technology to create images of the heart in order to provide earlier diagnoses and better treatment of those with heart conditions. Learn more about Dr. Kaul.
Opening up a new frontier
Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., is director of the OHSU Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy and professor of biomedical engineering, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and molecular and medical genetics in the OHSU School of Medicine. He’s using breakthrough gene therapy techniques to cure disease. Learn more about Dr. Mitalipov.
Investigating the biology of sleep for better health
Steven Shea, Ph.D., is director of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. His lab is unearthing the biological basis of circadian rhythms and sleep disorders to better understand their effects on human disease. Learn more at the lab page.