Eight scholar-physicians are part of the Disease-Oriented Clinical Scholars (DOCS) Program at UT Southwestern. Learn about them:
- Jeffrey Browning, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Advanced Imaging Research Center
Research interest: Understanding metabolic derangements that lead to fatty liver disease, through the application of advanced imaging and metabolic techniques.
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- Ezra Burstein, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology
Research interest: Understanding the regulation of the inflammatory response at a molecular level, and elucidating how these events may participate in human disease. We are particularly interested in pathways that regulate inflammation in the gastrointestinal mucosa and their potential role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease.
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- Lu Le, M.D., Ph.D.
Research interest: Focusing on identification of the tumor cells of origin and elucidating the roles of tumor microenvironment in cancer development.
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- Nikhil Munshi, M.D., Ph.D.
Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development,
Research interest: Elucidating the transcriptional mechanisms that dictate formation of the cardiac conduction system and its impact on the establishment of normal cardiac rhythm.
- Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.
Internal Medicine and Microbiology
Research interest: Characterizing the role of heme oxygenase (HO1) and carbon monoxide (CO) in Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis, with a focus on the immunologic consequences of HO1 induction and mycobacterial resistance to host-derived CO. Also, identifying and characterizing novel mycobacterial virulence mechanisms using genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry.
- Rafael Ufret-Vincenty, M.D.
Research interest: Improving our understanding of the mechanisms of disease in early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by looking at the role of the immune system and complement factor H, and developing new therapeutic strategies for AMD.
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- Richard Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Research interest: Studying whether the induction of autophagy, a cellular recycling process, can prevent the development of skin cancer.