By Wendy Sarubbi | January 7, 2011 1:55 pm

The College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences has hired three new professors who have research expertise in a variety of subjects, from Parkinson’s disease to cancer.

Associate Professor Alvaro G. Estévez received his Ph.D. in Cellular Neurobiology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Free Radical Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph S. Beckman. Dr. Estévez is interested in the mechanisms and pathways of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species-induced neuronal death. He is also a recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and has published more than 40 articles in journals such as Journal of Biological Chemistry, Neuron, Journal of Neurosciences, Science and PNAS.

Assistant Professor Yoon-Seong Kim earned his M.D. from Kyung-Hee University Medical College in Seoul, Korea and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Science. Dr. Kim’s research on mechanism of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, is funded by the NIH and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Associate Professor Jihe Zhao received his M.D. from China Medical University and his Ph.D. from the Tohoku University School of Medicine, Japan. After completing his postdoctoral research at the Cornell University Cancer Biology Program, he started his own laboratory at Albany Medical College. Dr. Zhao’s research is focused on breast and ovarian cancer progression with emphasis on malignant transformation, cancer stem cells and metastasis. His research is supported by a variety of organizations, including the NIH and the American Cancer Society.

“With our state-of-the-art research facilities, and our growing academic programs, we have embarked on an aggressive process to recruit faculty members who are conducting research at the cutting edge in cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic, neurodegenerative and infectious disease,” said Dr. Pappachan Kolattukudy, director of the Burnett school.

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