Faculty Promotions and Appointments Announced—Fowler, Yeager Become Institute’s Newest Full Professors—

By Mika Ono

Faculty promotions and appointments were announced at a recent meeting of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Board of Directors.

Promotions include:

  • Velia Fowler, full professor in the Department of Cell Biology. A member of TSRI's faculty since 1987, Fowler (A.B., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard University) investigates the molecular basis of cell architecture and movement; actin filament assembly and dynamics; and the roles of tropomyosin, tropomodulin, and associated proteins. Her research interests focus on the regulation of actin dynamics in muscle cell contraction, cell crawling, red blood cell shape and the development of the eye lens.

  • Mark Yeager, full professor in the Department of Cell Biology. A member of TSRI’s faculty since 1994, Yeager (B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University; M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University; M.D., Yale University School of Medicine) studies the structure and function of cardiac gap junction membrane channels. This work is essential for understanding the molecular basis of current flow in the heart and may provide novel strategies for treating cardiac arrhythmias.

  • Howard Fox, associate professor with tenure in the Department of Neuropharmacology. A member of TSRI since 1990, Fox (B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., M.D. University of California, San Francisco) investigates the effects of HIV on the brain and therapeutic strategies that might treat the resulting neurological symptoms. In another line of research, he studies the sexual dimorphism of autoimmunity, wherein women suffer disproportionately from autoimmune diseases.

  • Klaus Hahn, associate professor without tenure in the Department of Cell Biology. Hahn (B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Virginia) came to TSRI in 1992 as a senior research associate. He is currently developing new approaches to examining protein structural changes and interactions within living cells in real time. He is currently studying proteins that control both apoptosis and motility, focusing on how spatial–temporal dynamics are used to regulate each protein’s participation in these very different cell behaviors.

  • Anne Hanneken, associate professor without tenure in the Department of Cell Biology. A member of TSRI since 1994, Hanneken’s (B.S., Marquette University; M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin) research interests include: regulation of growth factor activity in vivo by soluble receptors, structural characterization and biological activity of the soluble FGF receptors, regulation of soluble FGF receptor shedding by metalloproteases, and inhibition of FGF-2 induced angiogenesis.

  • Anette Schneemann, associate professor without tenure in the Department of Molecular Biology. A member of TSRI since 1995, the work of Schneemann (Diplom, University of Freiburg, Germany; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison) focuses on viruses, most recently on the role of nucleic acid in structure and assembly of RNA viruses and new methods of virus inactivation.

  • Ana Angulo, assistant professor in the Department of Immunology. Angulo (Ph.D., Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) has been at TSRI since 1993. She studies the molecular pathways and viral determinants that modulate cytomegalovirus gene expression, growth and pathogenesis.

  • Amanda Roberts, assistant professor in the Department of Neuropharmacology. Roberts (B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon Health Sciences University) came to TSRI in 1995 as a postdoctoral research associate. She is currently developing models of alcohol drinking in dependent animals and applying neuropharmacological techniques to determining the mechanisms underlying craving and relapse. She also is involved in feeding, drug self-administration and stress studies and performs behavioral testing of knockout and transgenic mice in relation to neuroAIDS and other central nervous system disease states.

  • Gary Siuzdak, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. Director of TSRI's Center for Mass Spectrometry since 1990, Siuzdak (B.S., B.A., Rhode Island College; Ph.D., Dartmouth College), conducts research on viruses, work which has implications for the design and screening of anti-viral drugs as well as diagnosing viral infections. Siuzdak has also developed new bioanalytical techniques such as desorption/ionization on silicon mass spectrometry, which is facilitating work in such diverse areas as protein characterization, drug discovery and forensics.

  • Robert Russo, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. Russo (B.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.D. University of California, Irvine) utilizes intravascular ultrasound, an invasive cardiovascular technology, for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and to guide coronary interventions (such as angioplasty and stent placement).

New appointments include:

  • Zhen Chai, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neuropharmacology. Chai (B.S., Peking University; Ph.D., Stockholm University) investigates cytokine production as a fever response regulator and studies its effects on the brain.

  • Edward Korzus, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology. Korzus (Ph.D., University of Georgia) investigates mechanisms regulating learning and memory consolidation at molecular, cellular, and cognitive levels using genetically modified mice as a model.



Velia Fowler, top, and Mark Yeager, bottom, have been promoted to the rank of full professor.