Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center brings together some of the brightest minds in science and medicine. It is home to experts in leading areas of research, including drug addiction, aging & Alzheimer’s, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases and cancer research. Through Wake Forest Innovations, you can access the expertise of these leading researchers to advance your medical technologies or grow your product pipeline.
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Alexander-Miller leads an established preclinical neonatal nursery dedicated to translations sciences, develops neonatal vaccines and investigates immune regulation.
Scientific director of the Diet Laboratory, Appt investigates the influences of diet and reproductive hormones on chronic diseases affecting postmenopausal women.
Associate dean of women’s health research and vice president for women’s health, Berga promotes research into women’s health, sex differences, individualized medicine and translational science.
Leader of the Radiation Physics and Dosimetry Core, Bourland researches radiation physics and devises irradiation techniques and procedures for preclinical studies and clinical trials.
Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Carroll researches alternative energy solutions, focusing primarily on quantum matrix composites.
Chilton investigates the emerging field of precision nutrition and develops products and therapies that use precision-based dietary approaches to optimize human health.
Constantinidis explores the role of the prefrontal cortex in working memory, visual perception and selective attention and studies the neurophysiological effects of training nonhuman primates.
Director of the Brain Tumor Center of Excellence, Debinski pioneers novel approaches to drug development and delivery to target malignant brain tumor cells.
Associate surgical research veterinarian in Preclinical Translational Services, DeLoid performs preclinical surgical services for medical device and diagnostics companies.
Deora’s breakthroughs in Bordetella research have identified factors to include in vaccines that can be used to improve Bordetella vaccines for animals and humans.
Director of the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, Diz investigates neural and renal systems and blood pressure regulation and encourages research in cardiovascular disease.
Senior policy advisor for innovations and transitional outcomes, Duncan develops assessments to improve post-acute management and patient outcomes, particularly for stroke recovery.
Director of the Center for Dermatology Research, Feldman researches medical adherence and develops products for health care professionals to improve patient care and satisfaction.
Fernandez specializes in laparoscopic weight loss procedures and evaluates medical devices, surgical techniques and therapeutics that improve health and outcomes for obese patients.
Files conducts preclinical and clinical research in critical care, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, aging and muscle function.
Freedman studies genetic factors in kidney disease and other complex diseases and developed a diagnostic for the APOL1 gene for making decisions in patient care and kidney transplantation.
Gayzik creates and validates human body computational models that evaluate injury potential, vehicle design and safety, medical devices and other novel model validation approaches.
Gmeiner creates novel compounds and drug delivery systems to treat cancer that are more effective and have less side effects that common chemotherapy drugs.
Specializing in basic and applied nanobiotechnology, Hall develops nanotechnology-based medical applications to improve disease identification, prevention and treatment.
Deadwyler and Hampson develop animal models and neural prosthetics to study memory, behavior and cognition in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.
Howard specializes in minimally invasive spinal procedures and develops radiologic interventions and stent technologies to improve the efficacy and safety of surgical procedures.
Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center, Jordan executes cardiovascular-related translational studies and develops cardiovascular solutions for immediate clinical needs.
Kavanagh conducts translational research in comparative and molecular medicine, specializing in aging, diabetes, obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NASH) and nutrition.
Ko develops nonhuman primate models to study pain and itch sensations, as well as evaluate the efficacy of various therapeutics and characterize side effect profiles therapeutics.
Director and co-founder of the Program for Medical Ultrasound, Kremkau leads both industry-specific and student and professional continuing medical educational programs worldwide.
Director of the Tumor Tissue Core, Kucera researches lipid metabolism and develops therapeutics for the treatment of cancers, as well as assessing anticancer and antiviral therapeutics.
Levi-Polyachenko develops electrically conductive polymer nanoparticles and other polymer materials to treat cancer and other diseases, as well as for device applications.
Li invents extremity fixation devices, improves instrumentation design and researches alternative approaches to enhance upper extremity functional recovery.
Lowther develops therapeutic agents to prevent and treat disease, with a primary focus on hyperoxaluria and kidney stone formation, as well as prostate cancer and mesothelioma.
Co-director of the Cancer Genomics Core, Miller specializes in cancer research and functional genomics of cancer, focusing primarily on aggressive forms of breast cancer.
Mirzazadeh researches urinary tract infections, device development and regenerative medicine, focusing on female incontinence, pelvic reconstruction surgeries and bladder and kidney cancer.
Director of the Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Core Lab, Molina develops assays to measure bioenergetic capacity and healthy aging in order to advance personalized medicine for older adults.
Director of the Nonhuman Primate Imaging of Behavior Program, Nader investigates drug addiction in self-administering nonhuman primates, focusing on cocaine abuse.
Assistant residency director for simulation, Nitsche practices maternal-fetal medicine and develops innovative training devices for ultrasound guidance and other high-risk pregnancy procedures.
Director of leukemia translational research, Pardee partners with industry to conduct preclinical research and clinical trials in hematology and oncology, specializing in leukemia.
Solingapuram Sai develops and evaluates preclinical and clinical radioactive tracers and positron-based radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and disease treatment.
Leader of the joint Virginia Tech – Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics, Stitzel researches computational modeling, injury biomechanics and automotive safety.
Wadas creates radiopharmaceuticals for use in diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy, including a unique approach for producing radiolabeled contrast agents for positron emission tomography.
Weaver uses computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and finite element modeling to develop anatomical models that predict injury and evaluate and develop medical devices.
Whitlow uses innovative imaging approaches to study the longitudinal effects of aging, trauma and disease on brain mechanics, development and cognition.
Chief of cardiovascular medicine, Zhao is a pioneer in cardiovascular translational research focused on hybrid coronary revascularization, valve repair and stem cell cardiac therapy.