Mentor Profiles

Mentor Profiles

Name: Saurabh Aggarwal, MD, PhD
Institution/Company: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Educational Background: PhD in Vascular Biology
Field of Expertise: Grant Applications, Academia (RO1 Institution)
Bio: I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, UAB. My interests include identifying the mechanisms and therapeutic targets of HIV-associated comorbidities like chronic pain and pulmonary artery hypertension.


Name: Yasmin Ahmad, PhD
Institution/Company: DIPAS
Educational Background: PhD in Chemistry
Field of Expertise: Research and Development 
Bio: Currently working as a Scientist in the field of high altitude induced redox proteomics. 


Name: Adam Case, PhD
Institution/Company: Texas A&M University
Educational Background: PhD in Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Physiology, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Field of Expertise: Grant Applications, Academia (PUI Institution), Academia (RO1 Institution), Mentoring, Scientific Communication
Bio: The best part about academia is mentoring. I aspire to help every mentee that I work with achieve their personal and professional goals. You tell me what you need help with, and I will do my best to help in any way I can. 


Name: Michael Davies, BSc, PhD
Institution/Company: University of Copenhagen
Educational Background: BSc and PhD in Chemistry, Post-doc work in Biochemistry, University Lecturer, Group Leader, Deputy Director, Director; Current: Professor of Protein Oxidation
Field of Expertise: Grant Applications, Academia (RO1 Institution)
Bio: Post-doc in London, then University lecturer in York, then emigrated to Sydney, Australia where I was a group leader, Deputy Director, then Director of the Heart Research Institute. Moved back to Europe in 2014 to work in the Dept. of Biomedical Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously President of SFRR-Australasia, President SFRR-International and currently President SFRR-Europe.


Name: Henry Forman, PhD
Institution/Company: University of Southern California
Educational Background: BA in Chemistry & PhD in Biochemistry
Field of Expertise: Grant Applications, Academia (RO1 Institution)
Bio: Henry Jay Forman, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Founding Faculty, University of California, Merced and Research Professor Emeritus of Gerontology, University of Southern California. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Receiving Editor for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. His research interests are in redox signaling, antioxidant defenses, and air pollution. He is a former President of SFRBM and winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award and winner of the SFRR-International Lifetime Achievement and Service Award.


Name: Eric Gumpricht, PhD
Institution/Company: Isagenix International
Educational Background: PhD in Nutrition, Dissertation was in Biochemical Toxicology and Enzymology (Glutathione Transferases), Post-doc training was in Cell Biology, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Cell Death & Oxidative Stress
Field of Expertise: Industry
Bio: I performed academic research for 25 years prior to transitioning into the private sector; first, at a nutrigenomics company and now 10 years with a health and wellbeing dietary supplement company specializing in weight loss via intermittent fasting and caloric restriction regimens.


Name: Cathryn Haigh, PhD
Institution/Company: NIH
Educational Background: Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Dementia
Field of Expertise: Government Career, Academia (Overseas Institution)
Bio: Dr. Haigh received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Bath (UK). Her thesis focused on the cellular function of the prion protein and genetic control of its expression. In July 2006, she relocated to The University of Melbourne (Australia) to continue working on the cellular function and post-translational modifications of the prion protein as a senior research officer. Following securing further Australian funding, Dr. Haigh’s research branched into several new areas; redox imbalance throughout the course of prion infection, the development of stem cell models of prion disease and the role of the prion protein in controlling stem cell functions. In 2017, Dr. Haigh accepted a tenure track position at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories to further her research into redox homeostasis and prion biology.


Name: Peng Huang, MD, PhD
Institution/Company: Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center
Educational Background: Medical training at Sun Yat-sen University School of Medicine; research training (PhD) in cancer biology and pharmacology at University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Field of Expertise: Academia (Overseas Institution, cancer research)
Bio: Dr. Huang is currently a professor and director of Center for Cancer Metabolism and Intervention Research, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center. His research focuses on cancer metabolism, redox signaling, the role of mitochondrial alterations in malignant transformation and potential therapeutic implications. He has over 200 publications in his research areas. Dr. Huang has trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Trainees in his lab will have the opportunities to have hand-on experience in laboratory research, gain skills in both basic research technique and state-of-the-art technology, and participate in various academic functions.


Name: Marcos Lopez, PhD
Institution/Company: Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust and University of Puerto Rico
Educational Background: BS in Chemistry, PhD in Biochemistry, Postdoc - NCI/NIH Doctoral Fellowship
Scientific Focus: Grant Applications, Academia (RO1 Institution), Academia (PUI Institution)
Bio: I am a professor of chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. Also, I am the Research Manager of the Puerto Rico Public Health Trust from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. My research interests are focused on the early metabolic perturbations that govern disease progression, free radicals in biology and medicine and cancer biology.


Name: Maria Monsalve, PhD
Institution/Company: Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols
Educational Background: BS in Biologycal Sciences, MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Field of Expertise: Academia, Research Institution
Bio: During my PhD I started investigating transcriptional regulatory mechanisms in bacteria, then I continued studing transcription but in mammals, investigating the activity of (at that time)recently described transcriptional coactivator. My first grant as IP allowed me to identify the link between mitochondrial activity and ROS homeostasis. From that point on we worked on the role of mitochondrial ROS control in metabolic diseases, from basic mechanisms to applications.


Name: Shazib Pervaiz, MBBS, PhD
Institution/Company: National University of Singapore
Educational Background: Medicine and PhD in Redox and Cancer Biology
Field of Expertise: Academia (PUI Institution)
Bio: Medical training followed by doctorate in cancer biology and post doc fellowship at the Cancer Center at Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA in cancer immunology. Currently a full professor in the NUS Centre for Cancer Research and Department of Physiology, National University of Singapore. Have trained more than 60 PhD students and post-doc fellows over the past two decades. Expertise in redox biology of cancer, in particular the dichotomy of redox signaling in cell fate determination. More than 150 papers and H-Index of 55.


Name: Prasanth Puthanveetil, PhD
Institution/Company: Midwestern University
Educational Background: MSc and PhD in Pharmacology
Field of Expertise: Academia (PUI Institution), Teaching jobs and maintaining active research programs in R15 institutes
Bio: I am Dr. Prasanth Puthanveetil, and background training is in the area of Cardiovascular pharmacology and metabolism. I completed my MSc and PhD in Pharmacology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Currently doing teaching in the area of cardiovascular, immuno and endocrine pharmacology. Also maintaining an active research program in the area of natural product research and cardiac metabolism.


Name: Archit Rastogi, PhD
Institution/Company: Gradient Corporation
Field of Expertise: Industry, Science Consulting
Bio: Dr. Rastogi is a toxicologist with expertise in mechanistic and developmental toxicology. At Gradient, his primary responsibilities include performing toxicological risk assessments for pharmaceuticals and related products based on available scientific literature. He earned his doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focused on identifying the mechanisms by which PFAS, PCBs, phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals exert toxicity in the developing embryo. He has won over 15 awards from the Society of Toxicology, Society for Redox Biology and Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences for his research. Dr. Rastogi has authored several peer-reviewed research articles and presented his work to diverse scientific and non-scientific audiences, including US legislators.


Name: Dario Vitturi, PhD
Institution/Company: University of Pittsburgh - University of the Republic
Educational Background: BS - Biochemistry, PhD - Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Post-doc - Dr. Bruce Freeman, Mentor; Current: Assistant Professor
Field of Expertise: Academia (RO1 Institution), International Scholars
Bio: Dr. Vitturi's research focuses on the mechanisms by which biological systems harness the generation of free radicals and other reactive species to modulate cell signaling and maintain physiological homeostasis. He is particularly interested in nitrite as a physiologically relevant nitic oxide precursor that is activated under conditions of acidosis or through metalloprotein-dependent reduction in hypoxic environments. Importantly, NO generation is just one aspect of the biological reactivity of nitrite, with this molecule also acting as a precursor for the formation of secondary species such as S-nitrosothiols, N-nitrosamines, and nitrated fatty acids. He is also interested in elucidating pathways of formation and signaling actions of endogenous electrophilic molecules. Electrophiles react covalently with nucleophilic residues such as cysteines, thus modulating enzyme activity and eliciting cell signaling responses. These mechanisms have the potential to modulate antioxidant responses, inflammation and tissue injury under physiological and pathological conditions.


Name: Jianhua Zhang, PhD
Institution/Company: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Expertise: Academia (RO1 Institution)