Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine

Anatomy Cell Biology Faculty

Meet our department’s dedicated faculty and staff.

Anatomy Cell Biology Research

Learn more about our department’s research.

Anatomy Cell Biology Education

Learn more about educational training in the biomedical sciences.

Human Anatomy Lab

A community of educators who teach the anatomical sciences.

Anatomy Cell Biology Seminars

Check here for a listing of upcoming seminars and presentations.

 

The Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine is committed to fulfilling our threefold mission of education, research, and service through innovation, collaboration and teaching excellence. CMM is the home department for the Joint Health NIH T32 training grant.

We have a strong devotion to educating the physicians, researchers and health professionals of tomorrow. Our faculty are responsible for overseeing and delivering curricula in the anatomical sciences, which includes gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroscience. The human anatomy laboratory is a hallmark of the department that offers hands-on experiential learning ― a timeless mode of instruction fundamental to the training of the health professions.

Our award-winning faculty conduct basic biomedical research primarily in the areas of bone and cartilage biology, regenerative medicine, orthopedics, bone cancer, biomechanics and osteoarthritis. Our laboratories support a variety of projects ranging in scope from cell and tissue culture work to experimental surgery and studies on biomechanics and gait. Interdisciplinary research is an integral component of the institutional culture as evidenced by close ties between our department and faculty in orthopedics, biochemistry and rheumatology.

We also participates in a variety of institutional and community service projects, including promoting science education throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine in the News

Ahmad Othman
Trainees Accomplishments

The spotlight seminar series was introduced to allow ASBMR members to share their research with other members and encourage discussion and collaboration between members at all career levels.

Ahmad Othman, PhD student in Dr. Pratap’s lab, will be presenting his recent work on the role of Runx2 in promoting microtubule stability and autophagy in bone metastatic breast cancer cells on November 5th at 3pm EST. He did want to make one comment though, the bone field has several diverse specialties (development, disease, cancer) within it and these types of events help gain valuable insight from people with very different research backgrounds than your own. The feedback he has received from the ASBMR conferences has been very helpful in moving their project forward. Here is the link for those who would like to register for this upcoming session along with future sessions.

Frank Ko, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Congratulations to Frank Ko, PhD of this year’s ORS Collaborative Exchange Grant recipient!
Faculty News
Faculty in the News

Welcome to Dr. Amy Beresheim who joined the department in August.  Dr. Beresheim will be teaching anatomy to students in Rush Medical College, the Graduate College and the College of Health Sciences.  She has research interests in bone biology.

Faculty News

Congratulations on their promotions!
Frank Ko, PhD to Assistant Professor
Carl Maki, PhD to Professor
Jitesh Pratap, PhD to Associate Professor

 Kelsey Carpenter
Trainees Accomplishments
Kelsey Carpenter, PhD student in the Ross Lab, recently received one of the 2020 ASBMR Young Investigator Awards for the ECTS Digital Ph.D. Trainee Course. The course promoted general knowledge of bone research to young investigators featuring workshops, mentoring sessions, and presentation opportunities with feedback. There were 26 recipients from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Argentina, United Kingdom, and Russia.
Department PPE Donation
Department News
Our Department PPE Donation
A couple of the labs in the department have gotten together to make a donation of our stocks of PPE for the fight against COVID-19.  Big Kudos to Jim Williams, Rylan Martin, and Meghan Moran for getting this organized.  The donation included exam gloves, surgical gloves, masks, shoe covers, procedural gowns, surgical caps, surgery drapes, isolation gowns, and some other miscellaneous supplies.

Faculty News

Faculty in the News

Frank Ko, PhD, is a FY2021 Cohn Fellowship recipient.

Adam Wilson, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Adam Wilson, PhD named Rush Medical College class of 2020 Daniel Brainard Award winner
Each year, the Daniel Brainard Award is presented to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated outstanding ability, dedicated service, and teaching in the basic and behavioral sciences. This is one of four awards made by the graduating class to residents and faculty that have made a positive impact on their education experience at Rush.  The Brainard Award is one of the most prestigious honors that a Rush Medical College faculty member can earn.  Congratulations to our colleague, Dr. Wilson!
Trainees News
Trainees in the News
  • Kyle Anderson, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Ryan Ross, was a co-author on a paper that was recently published in JMBRPlus entitled “Osteoporosis Treatments Affect Bone Matrix Maturation in a Rat Model of Induced Cortical Remodeling”. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbm4.10344
  • Kelsey Carpenter, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Ryan Ross, authored a poster entitled ““Flip or Flop: Do Students Thrive in a Flipped Classroom?” Kelsey A. Carpenter, James M. Williams, Christopher Ferrigno to be presented at the American Association for Anatomy at the Experimental Biology Meeting April 4-7 in San Diego, CA. Kelsey’s abstract was also selected as a poster award finalist for the student/postdoc education research poster award.
  • Nicolette Purcell, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Joanne O’Keefe, was first author on a paper that was recently published in PLOS One entitled “The effects of dual-task cognitive interference on gait and turning in Huntington’s disease” PLoS ONE 15(1): e0226827. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226827
  • Elizabeth Paris, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Animesh Barua received travel award to attend scientific conference.
Trainees News
Trainees in the News
  • Kelsey Carpenter, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Ryan Ross - poster award finalist for a Student/Postdoc Education Research Poster at the annual meeting of the American Association for Anatomy, which will be held as part of Experimental Biology 2020 in April.  Kelsey was also honored with a travel award and the right to compete for an additional prize.
  • Brittany Wilson, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Rick Sumner - platform award finalist for a Postdoc Platform Presentation Award at the annual meeting of the American Association for Anatomy, which will be  held as part of Experimental Biology 2020.  Dr. Wilson was also honored with a travel award and the right to compete for an additional prize.
James Williams, PhD
Faculty News
James Williams, PhD once again emceed a successful Rushapalooza talent show held on January 22, 2020.
Ryan Ross, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)/OREF grant recipient Ryan D. Ross, PhD searches for osteolysis biomarkers.
Drug Discovery and Development, Third Edition
Faculty Accomplishments
James O’Donnell’s book, Drug Discovery and Development, was recently released.  The book is co-edited by James J. O’Donnell with John Somberg, Vincent Idemyor and James T. O’Donnell. This is a CRC Press Book.
D. Rick Sumner, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Department chair and endowed professor honored for research on joint replacements and their failure. Read More.
Drs. Christopher Ferrigno and James Williams
Faculty Accomplishments
2019 Rush Awards
Congratulations to Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, MPT for ranking amongst the Top 15% nationally on his Spring and Summer 2019 IDEA Survey Scores and comments!  He is receiving this honor for his “outstanding work” based upon the aspect and assessments of teaching.
Congratulations to James Williams, PhD as the newest recipient of Physician Assistant Advocate Award from The Rush University Physician Assistant Program Class of 2019!  Dr. Williams is one of the few, if not the only, nonclinical faculty member to receive this award.
Meghan Moran, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments

Halo Cures named Meghan Moran, PhD, assistant professor, cell and molecular medicine, Rush Medical College, to its 40 Under 40 Chicago Scientists list. Moran is researching molecular interactions between the gut, gut microbiome and bone as a mechanistic pathway to delaying or mitigating arthroplasty failure due to peri-implant particle-induced osteolysis. Moran hopes her research could decrease the need for revision surgeries by offering a non-invasive treatment for failed implants.

Tamir Ardon
Former Trainees News
Tamir Ardon, who graduated with a MS from our department in 2004, is now a Hollywood film producer.  His latest project is a movie called “Framing John DeLorean”, starring Alec Baldwin.  He is pictured here at a recent showing of the film in the Chicagoland area with Professors Rick Sumner, Jim Williams (his MS thesis advisor) and Larry Thomas (in whose lab he volunteered as an undergraduate).
Adam Wilson, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Adam Wilson, PhD received the “Clinical Anatomy Education Research Award” at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists for his work on the anatomy educator shortage.  This work was also recently highlighted by the American Association of Anatomists.
Joan O'Keefe, PT, PhD
Faculty News
Dr. Joanne O’Keefe’s lab is assessing the balance and gait outcomes for this trial on using karate to help patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
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Markus Wimmer
Faculty Accomplishments
Kristin Al-Ghoul, PhD, associate professor of the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine, recently received a Rush Faculty Excellence in Education Award.
Markus A Wimmer, PhD, professor of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and conjoint faculty of the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine, recently received a Rush Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award.
Faculty Recognition Reception celebrating winners to be held on June 25, 2019.
2019 Faculty Excellence Award Winners and Recognition Reception Video.
Ryan Ross, PhD and Shruti Shakthivel
Faculty News
Shruti Shakthivel is an IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) high school student volunteering in the laboratory of Ryan Ross, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine. Shruti recently attended the “Singapore International Science Challenge - International Student Science Fair”.
- The theme was Science for Society.
- It took place at National Junior College in Singapore which is a boarding school.
- Shruti won the individual award for “Best Young Research Scientist”.
- The students attending were also divided into groups from different schools and countries. Her group won the “Ideator Award” for their solution to the problem of water wastage.
D. Rick Sumner, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
D. Rick Sumner, PhD, professor and chair, is currently the President of the American Association of Anatomists (2019-2021).
Meghan Moran, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Meghan Moran, PhD of the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine is one of the 3 Rush faculty members, and among the 10 finalists for the Institute of Translational Medicine’s 2018 Pilot Awards, which provide $60,000 in funding for research projects, plus support services.  Read More.
Ryan Ross, PhD
Faculty News
The study of Ryan Ross. PhD and his colleagues “Biomarkers associated with osteolysis could aid in total hip replacement efficacy” is the lead story in AAOS Headline News Now.  Read more…  Read the abstract…
D. Rick Sumner, PhD
Faculty News
D. Rick Sumner, PhD, chairperson of the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine in Rush Medical College and the Mary Lou Bell McGrew Presidential Professor for Medical Research.
James Williams, PhD
Faculty News
James M. Williams, PhD, the director of Rush University’s Human Anatomy Laboratory, comments about the possible discovery of a “new” organ in a recent New York Times article.
James Williams, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
James Williams, PhD, professor, recently received a PA Program Academic Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD
Faculty News

With help from a new NIH grant, Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD is trying to develop a blood test that can detect lung cancer in its early, more treatable stage.

James Williams, PhD
Faculty News
James Williams, PhD serves as master of ceremonies (again) for Rushapalooza, a celebration of performance art in the Rush community (held on Nov 1, 2017).
Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, MPT
Faculty News
This research team (Christopher Ferrigno, PhD, MPT, Markus Wimmer, PhD and Najia Shakoor, MD) at Rush University Medical Center is studying whether a pressure-detecting shoe insole linked to a smartphone can help people with knee arthritis learn to walk in a way that preserves their joints.
D. Rick Sumner, PhD
Faculty Accomplishments
Staff Accomplishments
Anthony Serici, manager of the Human Anatomy Laboratory, was being selected by the Rush Chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) to receive the Leonidas H. Berry Faculty Award – one of the Rush University Faculty Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Awards, as someone who actively promotes inclusive excellence at Rush. Serici has been recognized for his contributions to enhancing the environment of Rush University through his sustained commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for our community and beyond.
Joan O'Keefe, PT, PhD
Faculty News
Joanne O’Keefe, PhD, PT, is collaborating with Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, MD, PhD, in HP-ß-CD clinical trials in NPC by tracking motor function in children and young adults utilizing sensitive measures of gait, balance, functional mobility and fine motor coordination.  She is featured in this People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) video on “The Andrews Family” performing some of the gait testing measures in two girls with NPC.

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