Faculty

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Leadership & Administration

Susan Mulroney, PhD

Director of Special Master’s Program

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Amy Richards

Assistant Director of Special Master’s Program

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Team Leaders

Special Master’s Program has six team leaders and each student is assigned to one of the team leaders. The team leader will be the student’s source of advice on the medical school application process and will write his or her letter of recommendation.

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Susan Mulroney, PhD

Professor                    
The Director of the Special Master’s Program, Dr Mulroney is director of the new medical Physiology course, and past director of the most recent medical Gastrointestinal Biology course, and the old Medical Physiology course. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Her research interests are on the impact of gonadal sex on the development of diabetic renal and cardiovascular diseases, and the effects of acupuncture on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis in chronic stress. She is co-author (with Dr Adam Myers) of the Netter’s Essential Physiology textbook, and has received multiple Golden Apple awards for her teaching from the medical and SMP classes. She was inducted into the Magis Society of Master Teachers in 2013, the Golden Orchard in 2014, and the American Physiological Society named her the Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year in 2015. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE409.

Jennifer Whitney

Jennifer (Rogers) Whitney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Dr Whitney is the Associate Director of the SMP and serves as a Team Leader. Dr Whitney is also Director of the Regular Physiology MS program. She has taught and worked with the Physios since 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Georgetown University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. She teaches the non-cadaveric Gross Anatomy lectures for the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology, Medical GI Biology, and Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology, Foundations in Physiology courses, and is also Course Director for the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology graduate course. Dr Whitney also is director of the summer Medical Physiology course for GSMI. Her research interests are on growth homone-mediated sex differences in diabetic renal disease. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE411.

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Thomas Sherman, Ph.D.

Professor
Dr. Sherman is Team Leader and teaches in the Medical Moecular Biology & Metabolism course, Foundations of Physiology course, and Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology course. He received his Ph.D. from University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, and is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. He has been nominated for the Golden Apple teaching award by medical and SMP students, receiving several from the SMP class. His research interests include: neuroendocrine regulation of hypothalamic vasopressin and oxytoxin gene expression; molecular mechanisms of steroid hormone receptor expression and of steroid hormone feedback on neuropeptide genes. Office location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE407.

Ryan Downey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dr Downey is an SMP Team Leader, and Assoc. Director of the Regular Physiology MS program. He received his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Dr Downey directs and teaches in the Principles of Physiology course, and teaches in the Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology course. His research interests are in the sympathic control of cardiovascular function. He has a passion for exercise physiology and you’ll probably find him cooking up student bike trips with Dr Sherman. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE412.

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Adam Myers, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean and Assistant Vice President for Special Programs
Dr Myers is a Team Leader, and an Associate Dean and Assistant Vice President at the Medical Center, developing and implementing new biomedical graduate programs. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Biomedical Graduate Education, as well as Director of the Special Master’s Program, and continues to contribute to the Program as a Team Leader. He is a perennial Golden Apple nominee, and has received awards from the SMP class, as well as the Kaiser Permanente Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Myers teaches the cardiovascular portion of the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology course, and has spearheaded the development and implementation of the biomedical graduate programs at the Georgetown/George Mason partnership (GeorgeSquared). He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and is a tenured Professor of Physiology in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. His research interests are: cellular mechanisms of platelet and vascular function; mechanisms and mediators of shock, ischemia, and thrombosis; alcohol and platelet function. He is co-author (with Dr Susan Mulroney) of the Netter’s Essential Physiology textbook, and author of the Crash Course Respiratory System textbook. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE405.

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Marina Castilla, MD

Assistant Professor
Dr. Marina Castilla graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2011. She has taught undergraduate and graduate anatomy and physiology courses at George Mason University as part of the GeorgeSquared Biomedical Sciences Programs. Dr. Castilla is an SMP Team Leader for the GTDT campus, and provides daily oversight of the GTDT SMP campus. She teaches in the Foundations of Physiology and Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology courses as well as the non-cadaveric gross anatomy lectures for the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology, Medical GI Biology, and Medical Endocrine & Reproductive Biology courses at the GTDT campus. Office Location: Med-Dent Building, Room NE411.


Faculty Letter Writers

These faculty members will be teaching you in one or more of your courses and will be writing your recommendation letter. Your assigned letter writer will be posted on the Google SMP Group page. A meeting with your letter writer will be scheduled after you start classes.

Dr. Gerad Ahern, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Marina Castilla, Assistant Professor
Lectures in IBMS 504 – Med Intro to Pathology & Pharmacology

Dr. Ryan Downey, Assistant Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Carolyn Ecelbarger, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Joseph Garman, Assistant Professor
Lectures in PBIO 568 – Adv Physiology & Pathophysiology

Dr. Jagmeet Kanwal, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Susan Mulroney, Professor                 
Lectures in IBMS 508 – Med Gastrointestinal Biology

Dr. Adam Myers, Professor
Lectures in IBMS 506 – Med Cardiovascular Biology

Dr. Daniel Pak, Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. John Partridge, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Thomas Sherman, Professor
Lectures in IBMS 501 – Med Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Dr. Jason Tilan, Associate Professor
Lectures in PBIO 568 – Adv Physiology & Pathophysiology

Dr. Stefano Vicini, Professor               
Lectures in IBMS 501 – Med Med Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Dr. Jennifer Whitney, Associate Professor              
Lectures in IBMS 507 – Med Respiratory & Renal Biology

Dr. Philip Witorsch, Professor
Lectures in PBIO 574 – Principles of Physiology

Dr. Robert Yasuda, Assistant Professor
Lectures in PHAR 586 – Graduate Pharmacology