Graduate School Faculty

Our faculty is primarily made up of Van Andel Institute (VAI) investigators, each of whom have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent academic degree and a distinguished record of scholarship and contributions to the scientific community.

Adjunct faculty members may supplement the permanent faculty. These may include visiting scientists from other research institutes, faculty members from local colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows at VAI or practicing professionals.

Meet the Faculty

José Brás, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Genomic Sciences and Neurodegeneration

Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Behavioral Medicine

Nick Burton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Environmental Impacts on Health and Epigenetics

Hong-Yuan Chu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Neural Circuits and Neurodegeneration

Gerhard (Gerry) Coetzee, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Post-GWAS Functionality

Juan Du, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Structural Biology and Electrophysiology

Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Wnt Signaling in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development and Cancer

Carrie Graveel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

MET signaling, RTK signaling in breast cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, mouse models, targeted therapeutic approaches to breast cancer

Rita Guerreiro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Genomic Sciences and Neurodegeneration

Brian Haab, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Assistant Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

Cancer Immunodiagnostics

Michael Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Protein Pathologies and Genetic Risk in Neurodegeneration

Galen Hostetter, M.D.

Associate Core Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Peter A. Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon)

Chief Scientific Officer

Epigenetic Therapies

Russell Jones, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Cancer and Immunometabolism

Connie Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Immunology, Epigenetics and Metabolism

Peter W. Laird, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Cancer Epigenetics

Huilin Li, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Cryo-EM, Structural Biology, DNA Replication and Epigenetics

Wei Lü, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Cryo-EM and Structural Biology

Darren Moore, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science; Director, MiND Program

Molecular Neurodegeneration

Sara Nowinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Mitochondria and Metabolism

Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic and Genetic Pathways in Human Disease

J. Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic Origins of Heterogeneity and Disease

Scott Rothbart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Chromatin and Epigenetic Regulation

Hui Shen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenomics Analysis in Human Disease

Xiaobing Shi, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Histone Modifications and Chromatin Regulation

Matt Steensma, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Musculoskeletal Oncology

Piroska Szabó, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Developmental Programming

Tim Triche, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Translational Biological Informatics

Steven J. Triezenberg, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon)

President and Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

Hong Wen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetics and Transcription

Bart Williams, Ph.D.

Director, Core Technologies and Services; Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Cell Signaling and Carcinogenesis

Mary Winn, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Core Technologies and Services

Evan Worden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Structural Biology of Epigenetic Complexes

Ning Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Signaling and Metabolism

Tao Yang, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Skeletal Biology

Qiang Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Genetics, Epigenetics and Therapeutic Innovation in Neurodegenerative Diseases