Faculty Directory

Meet Our Scientists

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is dedicated to exceptional research and to positively impacting human health. Through cutting-edge science and extensive collaboration, VAI’s investigators are working to find new diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and other conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis and depression.

Van Andel Institute’s laboratories are divided into five departments and a core services team, which allows for efficiency and cross-center collaboration.

Research Leadership

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

VAI Chief Scientific Officer

Epigenetic Therapies

Department of Epigenetics

J. Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic Origins of Heterogeneity and Disease

Stephen Baylin, M.D.

Co-leader, Van Andel Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team

VAI–SU2C Epigenetics Dream Team

Nick Burton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Environmental Impacts on Health and Epigenetics

Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic Regulation and Environmental Impacts

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

VAI Chief Scientific Officer

Epigenetic Therapies

Peter W. Laird, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Cancer Epigenetics

Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetic Pathways in 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

Piroska Szabó, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Developmental Programming

Tim Triche, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Translational Biological Informatics

Hong Wen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Epigenetics and Transcription

Neurodegenerative Science

Darren Moore, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Molecular Neurodegeneration

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

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

Rita Guerreiro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Genomic Sciences and Neurodegeneration

Michael Henderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Protein Pathologies and Genetic Risk in Neurodegeneration

Qiang Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurodegenerative Science

Genetics, Epigenetics and Therapeutic Innovation in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cell Biology

Tao Yang, Ph.D.

Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Skeletal Biology

Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Wnt Signaling in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development and Cancer

Brian Haab, Ph.D.

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

Cancer Immunodiagnostics

Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Director, Pathology and Biorepository Core

Core Technologies and Services

Matt Steensma, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Musculoskeletal Oncology

Bart Williams, Ph.D.

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

Cell Signaling and Carcinogenesis

Structural Biology

Huilin Li, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Cryo-EM, Structural Biology, DNA Replication and Epigenetics

Juan Du, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Structural Biology and Electrophysiology

Wei Lü, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Cryo-EM and Structural Biology

Evan Worden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Biology

Structural Biology of Epigenetic Complexes

Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

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

Adelheid (Heidi) Lempradl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Intergenerational Inheritance of Nutritional States

Sara Nowinski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Mitochondria and Metabolism

Ning Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming

Signaling and Metabolism