Faculty: A Fresh Look

Get a fresh perspective on some of your favorite faculty. Find out what makes the faculty here at Georgetown University Medical Center so special. Hint: It has something to do with you!

Our faculty are prominent leaders in their fields with a wealth of research experience in both academia and industry. As a student of Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University, our faculty’s experiences become your experience as they support you in your aspirations. Our faculty are dedicated to pursuing cutting-edge discoveries as well as teaching and fostering the next generation in their scientific pursuits. They have a motto of “Research. Teach. Service.”


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Kathy Maguire-Zeiss
Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Director, Master’s in Integrative Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Neuroscience

“The truth is, if you love something it doesn’t really feel like work, it’s just who you are, and life and work will meld together pretty easily.”

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Richard Calderone

Richard Calderone
Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Masters Degree Program in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy

“Teaching gives you new ideas for research; that’s an old adage but it’s true.”

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Robert Clarke
Dean for Research, Georgetown University Medical Center

“You have to embrace risk and failure if you do research. If it was already known, then why would you be doing it?”

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Barbara Bayer
Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience Senior Associate Dean, Biomedical Graduate Education

“Advice from others can be transformational for your career, so you just have to go and talk to people. It is so important.”

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Sona Vasudevan
Director, Systems Medicine MD/MS and Master’s in Systems Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Success is who you are and how all of these experiences have shaped you into a person. Everyone can achieve their highest if they are in the right place at the right time with the right opportunities.”

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Susan Mulroney
Director, Special Master’s Program
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

“In my favorite students, who often may have lower undergraduate GPAs, I see an incredible amount of passion and spark. You give them the chance to be a part of the [SMP Program] and they’re stars.”

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Valeriy Korostyshevskiy
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics
Director, Graduate Studies

“You have to learn that there is nothing that should stop you from learning.”

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Jeffrey Toretsky
Professor, Departments of Oncology
Pediatrics Division Chief, Pediatric Adolescent and Young Adult Hematology/Oncology

“It is not enough just to provide care. You have to think about how we can care for the next generation.”

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Jennifer Whitney
Director, Regular Physiology Master’s Program Associate
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

“In physiology, you learn how the body works and I don’t think there’s anything more interesting or more applicable than that.”

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Mark Danielsen
Director, Master’s in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics
Track Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

“I would like students to say that I’ve changed the way they think.”

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Rebecca Riggins
Associate Professor, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Georgetown University School of Medicine

“This career path tends to select for driven, talented people and sometimes they may not have encountered a lot of frustration or failure until now.”

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Joanna Kitlinska
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

“With every rejection – no matter how much it hurts – you improve your work or your proposals, and it is very beneficial in the long run.”

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Ayesha Shajahan-Haq
Assistant Professor Department of Tumor Biology Director, Masters Program in Tumor Biology

“To be in research, you want to be hungry for knowledge, you want to work hard, and you want to accept the fact that you don’t know enough.”

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Maximilian Riesenhuber
Professor, Department of Neuroscience

“Georgetown is an incredibly rich environment where the attitude is: ‘We’re not going to rule out anything, let’s see where the evidence leads us.”

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Ruzong Fan
Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics

“Biostatistics is so much more than math.”

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Erin Sorrell
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Microbiology
Immunology Member, Center for Global Health Science and Security

“I think Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia showed us that Ebola in an urban setting can go from a few cases to a massive outbreak in a matter of weeks.”

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Bill Rebeck
Professor, Department of Neuroscience

“It’s fun to actually walk people through the basics and be able to look back and say ‘Yeah there was a time I didn’t know any of this stuff’.”

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Partha Banerjee
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

“If you have patience and you want to work hard, you can achieve your goal. But nothing can replace hard work, there are no shortcuts.”

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Additional Faculty Profiles

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Julie Fischer
Associate Research Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

“I define success as having the opportunity to do work that you are passionate about, makes the world better, and is intellectually, spiritually, and professionally satisfying.”