Rajesh C. Rao, MD

Rajesh C. Rao, MD Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Assistant Professor, Pathology Leslie and Abigail Wexner Emerging Scholar Dr. Rajesh Rao is an ophthalmologist and his long-term goal is to use stem cell biology and epigenetics to decipher the pathogenesis of retinal disease. He is developing a stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration and also…


Parag Patil, MD, PhD

Parag Patil, MD, PhD Young Friends of the Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar Assistant Professor Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Engineering Co-Director, Movement Disorders Program and Psychiatric Neuromodulation Program Dr. Patil is a neurosurgeon with clinical expertise in deep brain stimulation therapies for movement disorders and depression and surgical therapies for neurological conditions. In the laboratory, he is…


Erika A. Newman, MD

Erika A. Newman, MD Edith Briskin Emerging Scholar Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery Dr. Newman’s clinical interest in pediatric oncology led her study neuroblastoma, the most common extra cranial solid cancer in children. Through research aimed at understanding the developmental pathways in the cells that underlie this disease, she is enhancing our understanding of neuroblastoma pathogenesis and supporting…


Todd Morgan, MD

Todd Morgan, MD Assistant Professor, Urology Taubman Institute Emerging Scholar Dr. Morgan is a urological surgeon specializing in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies, and his research focuses on understanding the early spread of prostate cancer cells in the blood. His aim is to identify patients with the most aggressive tumors and develop appropriate therapeutic strategies for these…


J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD

J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine (Rheumatology)

  • Parfet Emerging Scholar

Dr. Kahlenberg research focuses on how the innate immune system, specifically the inflammasome, impacts the development of autoimmune diseases and their subsequent complications. Currently, she is investigating how the inflammasome contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease in lupus.

Alon Kahana, MD, PhD

Alon Kahana, MD, PhD Mrs. William Davidson Emerging Scholar Assistant Professor and Helmut F. Stern Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Dr. Kahana is a surgeon with a clinical interest in disorders affecting the eye, such as tumors, cancers, thyroid disease,and other inherited eye diseases. In the laboratory, he is harnessing the power of zebrafish…

Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD

Johann Gudjonsson, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Dermatology

  • Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar

Dr. Gudjonsson has a clinical practice in dermatology, and in the laboratory, studies psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases at the genetic level. He has initiated several human clinical trials of new therapies, including one that studies the use of Vitamin B12 in treating psoriasis.

Katherine Gallagher, MD

Katherine Gallagher, MD Friends of Judy and Alfred Taubman Emerging Scholar Assistant Professor of Surgery Dr. Gallagher is a vascular surgeon with expertise in the management and treatment of peripheral arterial disease,particularly in patients with diabetes. Her research focuses on understanding how inflammation, immune cell function, and bone marrow stem cells influence wound healing in diabetes…

Sung Won Choi, MD

Sung Won Choi, MD Edith S. Briskin and Shirley K. Schlafer Foundation Research Professor Associate Professor, Pediatrics Dr. Choi’s research is on the prevention and treatment of graft versus host disease (GVHD), the major complication of bone transplantation treatment for hematologic cancers. With her collaborator, Dr. Pavan Reddy,she has taken laboratory insights into a novel…

Benjamin Segal, M.D.

The immunopathology of multiple sclerosis Holtom-Garrett Professor of Neurology Director, University of Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Center Director, Holtom-Garrett Program in Neuroimmunology Dr. Segal’s clinical and research interests involve understanding the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis, aninflammatory disease of the nervous system. By understanding how immune factors and/or cells contribute to the disease, he expects to be able to predict…