Medical center people
Clare Twist, MD, has been promoted to associate professor of pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, as of Nov. 1. Her primary research interest is in the study and treatment of neuroblastoma. Twist's clinical interests also include Wilms tumor, hepatoblastoma, post-transplant lympho-proliferative disorders and phase-1 therapies for hematologic malignancies, as well as palliative and end-of-life care.
Niaz Banaei, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of pathology and of medicine, as of Dec. 1. His research involves the development and implementation of rapid diagnostic assays for the detection, identification and susceptibility testing of clinically important mycobacteria. He is also interested in understanding the role of M. tuberculosis lipoproteins and lipoprotein processing in tuberculosis pathogenesis.
Antonio Hardan, MD, has been promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, as of Dec. 1. Much of his research focuses on autism: the neurobiology of the disorder; neuroimaging in individuals with autism; and the psychopharmacological treatment of children with autism and/or intellectual disabilities. He also is examining the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of schizophrenia and early onset psychotic disorders. In addition to his research, he serves as the director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic.
Kim Rhoads, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of surgery, as of Dec. 1. She is studying disparities in surgical outcomes in cancer and examining institutional factors affecting these disparities, with particular emphasis on hospital quality and performance. She is also interested in pay-for-performance programs.
Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of bioengineering, as of Jan. 1. His lab focuses on developing molecular and cellular tools to observe, perturb and re-engineer brain circuits using such techniques as neural stem cell and tissue engineering, electrophysiology, molecular biology, neural activity imaging, animal behavior and computational neural network modeling. He also employs novel electromagnetic brain stimulation techniques in patients for therapeutic purposes.
Thomas Wandless, PhD, has been appointed associate professor of chemical and systems biology and, by courtesy, of chemistry, as of Jan. 1. His lab is interested in the interface of chemistry and biology and is focused on the design and synthesis of molecules that allow us to learn about and control specific cellular processes. The underlying basis for his research is an understanding of the factors that govern the strength and specificity of molecular interactions.