PACR Faculty

The PACR supports collaborative research projects, outreach initiatives and education programs between scientists and educators in Seattle, Washington and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Faculty at each institution conduct collaborative research projects, and contribute to outreach and education initiatives in NM and WA.

The PACR Team in Seattle, Washington

Principal Investigator

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Julian Simon, Ph.D.

Julian Simon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division
Associate Professor, Human Biology Division

Dr. Simon researches the development of small molecules as mechanistic probes for cellular processes and as potential lead compounds for the development of therapeutic agents.

Co-investigators

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Rachel M. Ceballos, Ph.D.

Rachel M. Ceballos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences

Project & Core Lead

Heather Greenlee, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Heather Greenlee, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention Program, Public Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Clinical Research

Project Lead

Jaimee Heffner, Ph.D.

Jaimee Heffner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences

Project Lead

David Hockenbery, M.D.

David Hockenbery, M.D.

Professor, Clinical Research
Professor, Human Biology
Professor, Public Health Sciences

Project lead

Johanna Lampe, Ph.D., R.D.

Johanna Lampe, Ph.D., R.D.

Professor and Associate Director, Public Health Sciences

Project Co-Investigator

Harmit Malik, Ph.D.

Harmit Malik, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Director, Basic Sciences

Project Lead

Karen Peterson, Ph.D.

Karen Peterson, Ph.D.

Sci Ombuds & Director, Scientific Career Development, Human Biology

Core Lead

Lucas Sullivan, Ph.D.

Lucas Sullivan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Human Biology
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences

Project Lead

Program Staff

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Marilyn Drennan

Marilyn Drennan

Program Manager
Megan Shippen

Megan Shippen

Program Assistant

The PACR Team in Las Cruces, New Mexico

As the state’s land grant institution, New Mexico State University has a presence in every county in the state through its branch campuses and Extension Service, allowing much of New Mexico’s population access to educational opportunities. NMSU’s main campus is located in Dona Ana County, which has a 65% Hispanic population.

With 62% minority enrollment, the NMSU undergraduate program is a minority-majority institution. Further, NMSU is the only Doctoral/Research University-Extensive ranked by the National Science Foundation with significant representation of both Hispanic and Native American students.

Principal Investigator

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Graciela Unguez, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Dr. Unguez’s research interests focus on the mechanisms responsible for the formation, plasticity, and regeneration of different components of neuromuscular and other electromotor circuits in adult vertebrates. Her lab uses electric fishes to study how the skeletal muscle program is modified to become the electric organ, that is, a non-contractile tissue specialized to generate electricity, and determine the role played by the nervous system in the differentiation of electrogenic cell types.

Co-investigators

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Rachel Boren, Ph.D.

Assessment Program Manager

Core Co-Investigator

 

Samantha Carlisle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry

Project Lead

Ivette Guzman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Project Lead

Sang-Rok Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Project Lead

Teri Orr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biology

Project Lead

Michèle Shuster, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Core Lead

Lois Stanford, Ph.D.

Professor, Anthropology

Project Co-Investigator

Tamara Stimatze, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

Project & Core Lead

Patrick Trainor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Project Co-Investigator

Program Staff

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Kaitlin Englund

Communications Specialist

Helena “Lene” Loest

Program Manager