Research Committee

Charges and Responsibilities

McGovern Medical School Research Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean and Administrative Council on matters pertaining to research activities at the Medical School and makes recommendations for infrastructural improvements.  The Committee also screens and selects applicants for intramural and extramural grants/awards, provides oversight and management for the Dean’s Lecture Series, the Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture, the Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture, Interim Grant Assistance and Supplement Programs, and the Annual Medical School Research Retreat.


Member List

Executive Leadership

  • Michael Blackburn, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Ex officio
  • John H. Byrne, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean for Research – Chair Research Committee
  • John Hancock, M.B., B.Chir., Ph.D., Sc.D., Vice Dean for Basic Research, Executive Director, Institute of Molecular Medicine – Ex officio
  • Jon Tyson, M.D., Vice Dean, Clinical Research and Healthcare Quality – Ex officio

Term Expires 2022

  • Catherine Ambrose, Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgery
  • Guangwei Du, Ph.D., Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
  • Anthony R. Flores, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Absalon D. Gutierrez, Internal Medicine
  • Holly Holmes, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Thomas Northrup, Ph.D., Family and Community Medicine
  • Songlin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Jun Wang, Ph.D., Pediatrics

Term Expires 2023

  • Rodrigo F. Morales Loyola, Ph.D., Neurology
  • Kyoji Tsuchikama, Ph.D., Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Minji Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., Internal Medicine
  • Eunhee Kim, Ph.D., Neurosurgery
  • Tina Findley, M.D., Pediatrics
  • Kristin Mahan, Ph.D., Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Sonia Robazetti, M.D., Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Funlola Are, Ph.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Term Expires 2024

  • Mark Burish, M.D., Ph.D., Neurosurgery
  • Jason Burnett, Ph.D., Internal Medicine
  • Shuo-Hsiu (James) Chang, Ph.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Nicholas Patniyot, M.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Jose Christian Perez, Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Nicola Riccardo Polizzotto, M.D., Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Sandra Pritzkow, Ph.D., Neurology
  • Hongxia Sun, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine