Ganes C. Sen  PhD
Ganes C. Sen PhD
Staff
Interim Chair
seng@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-0636
Angela  Steitz  M.B.A.
Angela Steitz M.B.A.
Administrative Director
steitza@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 636-5427



Jean-Paul  Achkar  M.D.
Jean-Paul Achkar M.D.
Staff
achkarj@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-6513

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Mark A. Aronica  M.D.
Mark A. Aronica M.D.
Staff
aronicm@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-3080

Research Interests:
Asthma, extracellular matrix

Kewal  Asosingh  PhD, SCYM(ASCP)
Kewal Asosingh PhD, SCYM(ASCP)
Staff Scientist
Scientific Director of Flow Cytometry
asosink@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-0891

Research Interests:
Asthma; Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension; Mouse Models; Flow Cytometry; Vascular Biology; Bone Marrow Stem Cells; Pro-angiogenic Hematopoietic Progenitors; Endothelium; Extracellular Vesicles

William  M. Baldwin  M.D., Ph.D.
William M. Baldwin M.D., Ph.D.
Staff
baldwiw@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-2384

Research Interests:
Cardiac and renal allograft rejection, vascular inflammation

Leslie  Bruggeman  Ph.D.
Leslie Bruggeman Ph.D.
Staff
bruggel@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 442-8516

Research Interests:
Kidney disease; HIV-associated nephropathy; APOL1 biology; Podocyte biology and kidney development; Basement membranes and extracellular matrix biology; Eukaryotic gene regulation

Suzy  Comhair  Ph.D.
Suzy Comhair Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
comhais@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6686

Research Interests:
Asthma, Pulmonary Hypertension, Biomarker development, Biorepository, Primary cell culture

Gail A.M. Cresci  Ph.D.
Gail A.M. Cresci Ph.D.
Staff
crescig@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-8317

Research Interests:
Nutrition; gut microbiota; gut dysbiosis; butyrate; short-chain fatty acids; intestine; liver; prebiotics; probiotics; synbiotics; liver; pathogens; antibiotics

Srinivasan  Dasarathy  M.D.
Srinivasan Dasarathy M.D.
Staff
dasaras@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-2980

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Carol  de la Motte  Ph.D.
Carol de la Motte Ph.D.
Associate Staff
Interim Vice Chair
delamoc@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-5374

Research Interests:
Inflammatory bowel disease; inflammation; leukocyte adhesion; platelet hyaluronidase; Human milk glycans; hyaluronan; intestinal protection; beta defensins; Salmonella infection;

Raed A. Dweik  M.D.
Raed A. Dweik M.D.
Staff
Director, Pulmonary Vascular Program
dweikr@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6542

Research Interests:
Nitric oxid; pulmonary hypertension; asthma

Serpil C. Erzurum  M.D.
Serpil C. Erzurum M.D.
Chair, Lerner Research Institute
Staff
erzurus@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-1222

Research Interests:
asthma; pulmonary vascular disease; hypoxia; metabolism

Robert L. Fairchild  Ph.D.
Robert L. Fairchild Ph.D.
Staff
fairchr@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-3146

Research Interests:
Skin disease, Skin and cardiac allograft rejection, T cell recruitment to inflammation in peripheral tissues

Samar  Farha  M.D.
Samar Farha M.D.
Staff

Research Interests:
asthma; pulmonary vascular disease; hypoxia; metabolism

Claudio  Fiocchi  M.D.
Claudio Fiocchi M.D.
Staff
fiocchc@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-0895

Research Interests:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis; animal models of IBD; mucosal T-cell death and survival; tolerance to gut microbiota; interactions between immune and non-immune cells; immune-driven angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis; intestinal fibrosis; intestinal myofibroblasts, extracellular matrix; systems biology; complex diseases

Brian  Gastman  M.D.
Brian Gastman M.D.
Staff
gastmab@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-2103

Research Interests:
tumor immunology; suppressor cells; immune evasion; oncogenes; chemotherapy resistance

Neetu  Gupta  Ph.D.
Neetu Gupta Ph.D.
Associate Staff
Director, Center of Excellence in Lymphoid Malignancies Research
guptan@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-7455

Research Interests:
Lymphocyte activation; Signal transduction; Membrane-cytoskeletal dynamics; Lymphoma; Autoimmunity; Inflammation; Cancer immunotherapy

Thomas A. Hamilton  Ph.D.
Thomas A. Hamilton Ph.D.
Staff
Interim Chair
hamiltt@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-6246

Research Interests:
inflammation; cellular stress; mRNA decay; gene transcription; cytokines

Koji  Hashimoto  M.D.
Koji Hashimoto M.D.
Staff
hashimk@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-4669
 

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Gustavo A Heresi  M.D.
Gustavo A Heresi M.D.
Associate Staff
heresig@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 636-5327

Research Interests:
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Duncan  Hite  MD
Duncan Hite MD
Staff
hited@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 636-2890

Research Interests:
Surfactant deficiency and replacement strategies in ARDS and asthma

Andrei  Ivanov  Ph.D.
Andrei Ivanov Ph.D.
Staff
ivanova2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-5620

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Trine N. Jorgensen  Ph.D.
Trine N. Jorgensen Ph.D.
Assistant Staff
jorgent@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-7454

Research Interests:
Autoimmunity; Systemic lupus erythematosus; The role of type I interferon in autoimmunity; Gender differences

Satish C Kalhan  M.D.
Satish C Kalhan M.D.
Staff
kalhans2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-4225

Research Interests:
asthma; pulmonary vascular disease; hypoxia; metabolism

Zizhen  Kang  Ph.D.
Zizhen Kang Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
kangz@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-8707
 

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Sumita  Khatri  M.D.
Sumita Khatri M.D.
khatris@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6625

Research Interests:
asthma; pulmonary vascular disease; hypoxia; metabolism

Jennifer  Ko  M.D., Ph.D.
Jennifer Ko M.D., Ph.D.
Staff
koj2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-5589
 

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Feng  Lin  Ph.D.
Feng Lin Ph.D.
Staff
linf2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6637

Research Interests:
Complement ; Innate immunity; Autoimmune diseases; transplant rejection; Stem cells; multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, posterior uveitis

Xiaoxia  Li  Ph.D.
Xiaoxia Li Ph.D.
Staff
lix@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-8706

Research Interests:
TSignal transduction in innate and adaptive immunity

Michelle S. Longworth  Ph.D.
Michelle S. Longworth Ph.D.
Associate Staff
longwom@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-8082

Research Interests:
Condensins; CAP-D3; genome organization; transcription; genome stability; enteric infection; inflammatory bowel disease; innate immune response

Kenneth  McCurry  M.D.
Kenneth McCurry M.D.
Staff
mccurrk@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-9303

Research Interests:
Heart surgery, heart transplant, lung transplant, heart-lung transplantation, aortic valve surgery, coronary artery surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery, removal of cardiac tumors, reoperation valve surgery

Christine  McDonald  Ph.D.
Christine McDonald Ph.D.
Associate Staff
mcdonac2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-7058

Research Interests:
Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Crohn's disease; Anti-Bacterial Defenses; Skin Infection; NOD2; Innate Immunity; Autoinflammatory Disease; Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria; Diet; Microbes; Genetics

Jeannette  Messer  DVM, PhD
Jeannette Messer DVM, PhD
Assistant Staff
messerj3@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-7521

Research Interests:

Booki  Min  D.V.M., Ph.D.
Booki Min D.V.M., Ph.D.
Staff
minb@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-3126

Research Interests:
Foxp3+ regulatory T cells, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity

Laura  Nagy  Ph.D.
Laura Nagy Ph.D.
Staff
nagyl3@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-4021

Research Interests:
alcoholic liver disease; macrophages; C1q; apoptosis; fibrosis; liver disease; alcohol; Heme-oxygenase-1; inflammation; necroptosis; high-fat diet; liver injury; fatty liver disease; complement; hepatocytes; alcoholic hepatitis; hepatic stellate cell; adiponectin; MIF; carbon tetrachloride

Mitchell Alan Olman  M.A., M.D.
Mitchell Alan Olman M.A., M.D.
Staff
olmanm@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6025

Research Interests:
fibrosis; pulmonary; fibroblast; TRP ion channel; coagulation; myofibroblast

John  O‘Toole  M.D.
John O‘Toole M.D.
Staff
otoolej@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-9076

Research Interests:
Kidney disease; Chronic glomerular diseases; APOL1 biology; Genetics; Transcriptomics; Precision medicine

Giovanni  Piedimonte  M.D.
Giovanni Piedimonte M.D.
Institute Chair, Children's Hospital and Pediatrics
piedimg@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-2344

Research Interests:
asthma; airway inflammation; lung neurodevelopment; neurotrophic factors; neurogenic inflammation; respiratory viruses, respiratory syncytial virus; obesity; environmetal diseases

Eugene  Podrez  M.D., Ph.D.
Eugene Podrez M.D., Ph.D.
Staff
podreze@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-1019

Research Interests:
Atherosclerosis; Thrombosis; Atherothrombosis; Platelets; Macrophage; Scavenger Receptors; LDL; HDL; Cholesterol; Phospholipids; Oxidative Stress; Lipid Peroxidation.

Fariba  Rezaee  MD
Fariba Rezaee MD
Staff
Joint Appointment in Center for Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
rezaeef@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-3152
 

Research Interests:
RSV infection, airway epithelial structure and function, airway inflammation, allergen sensitization

Florian  Rieder  M.D.
Florian Rieder M.D.
Staff
riederf@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-4916

Research Interests:
Fibrosis; Stricture; Crohn's disease; Ulcerative Colitis

Kurt W. Runge  Ph.D.
Kurt W. Runge Ph.D.
Staff
rungek@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-9771

Research Interests:
telomere, DNA damage, histone modification, aging, autophagy, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Takuya  Sakaguchi  Ph.D.
Takuya Sakaguchi Ph.D.
Associate Staff
sakagut2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-9280

Research Interests:
liver development; organogenesis; regeneration; microenvironment; zebrafish; endothelial cell signaling; cholangiocyte; branching morphogenesis; ROS

Rachel   Scheraga  MD
Rachel Scheraga MD
Associate Staff
scherar@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-8785
 

Research Interests:
Acute respiratory distress syndrome, macrophages, TRPV4, lung injury and infection

John  Sedor  M.D.
John Sedor M.D.
Staff
sedorj@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 442-8859

Research Interests:
Kidney disease; APOL1 biology; Podocyte cell signaling; Precision medicine; Multicenter clinical trials; Kidney health policy

Ganes C. Sen  Ph.D.
Ganes C. Sen Ph.D.
Staff
Interim Chair
seng@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-0636

Research Interests:
Innate Immunity, Host Response, Virus infection, Interferon, TLRs, IRFs

Brian  Southern  M.D.
Brian Southern M.D.
Associate Staff
southeb@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-7207
 

Research Interests:
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, NMM2

Dennis J. Stuehr  Ph.D.
Dennis J. Stuehr Ph.D.
Staff
stuehrd@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-6950

Research Interests:
Inflammation; Nitric oxide; Heme transport; Soluble guanylate cyclase; Electron transfer

Charles S. Tannenbaum  Ph.D.
Charles S. Tannenbaum Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
tannenc@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-0575
 

Research Interests:
coming soon.

Adriano  Tonelli  M.D.
Adriano Tonelli M.D.
Staff
tonella@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-0812

Research Interests:
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Vincent K. Tuohy  Ph.D.
Vincent K. Tuohy Ph.D.
Staff
tuohyv@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-9684

Research Interests:
Autoimmunity; Cancer Vaccines; Cancer Immunoprevention; Cancer Immunotherapy

Anna  Valujskikh  Ph.D.
Anna Valujskikh Ph.D.
Staff
valuysa@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 445-5452

Research Interests:
Immunologic memory; memory T-cells; allograft rejection; transplantation; therapies for transplant recipients

Jijun  Xu  M.D., Ph.D.
Jijun Xu M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Staff
xuj3@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-4080
 

Research Interests:
coming soon.