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Marc L. Melcher
Associate Professor of Surgery (Abdominal Transplantation) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My goal is to extend the benefits of organ transplant to greater numbers of patients while maintaining Stanford's excellent outcomes. We have set up a protocol to treat morbidly obese patients, who normally would not qualify for kidney transplant, with bariatric surgery prior to kidney transplantation. We are also developing the "paired-organ exchange" program at Stanford to increase the chances that patients with willing but incompatible living donors can still receive a living donor kidney.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Radiation Physics
Bio Stav is a Physicist in training (B.Sc. in Physics with Medical Applications) with expertise in radiation detection (M.Sc. in Radiometrics: Instrumentation and Modelling) and radiation biology (M.Sc. in Radiation Biology). He joined the Graves lab after completing his Ph.D. in Radiation Biology at the University of Oxford, at the Experimental Neuroimaging Group. During his work at Oxford he focused on the development of novel molecular contrast agents for in vivo imaging methods, aiming to monitor angiogenesis in solid tumours or early detection of pulmonary micrometastasis. During his research at Stanford, Stav aims to expand his expertise in Radiation Therapy and more specifically on the effect of radiation on the tumour microenvironment and tumour cell migration.
Associate Professor of Surgery (Vascular Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Mell's research interest focus on comparative effectiveness of health care delivery for complex surgical diseases, including optimizing outcomes and cost effectiveness.
Dr. Mell's clinical interests include all aspects of vascular surgery, with a special emphasis on surgery for complex aortic disease, including endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Professor of Pediatrics (Human Gene Therapy) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Molecular mechanisms and intracellular pathways of antigen processing and presentation; structure/function of HLA-DR,-DM, -DO; mechanisms underlying HLA allele association with disease; disease mechanisms in systemic idiopathic juveile arthritis, recently found to be an HLA-linked disease.
Professor of Law and of Health Research and Policy
Bio Michelle Mello is a leading empirical health law scholar whose research is focused on understanding the effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes. She is the author of more than 150 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, research ethics, regulation of pharmaceuticals, legal interventions to combat obesity and noncommunicable disease, and other topics. Her investigations into the dynamics of medical malpractice litigation, the effects of medical liability reforms, the ability of hospitals to shift costs of medical errors to others, and allocating responsibility for medical errors between hospital systems and individual physicians have been particularly important and impactful.
In 2013, Mello was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, in recognition of outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Mello’s work has also garnered the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, the leading professional organization for health services and health policy research in the U.S.; a Greenwall Faculty Scholars Award in Bioethics; and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
Mello, who holds a PhD in Health Policy and Administration as well as a JD, has a joint appointment at Stanford Law School and the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Health Research and Policy. She teaches torts and public health law. Prior to joining Stanford in 2014, she was a Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the School’s Program in Law and Public Health, as well as a Lab Fellow at Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Photon Science
Bio Melosh's research is focused on developing methods to detect and control chemical processes on the nanoscale, to create materials that are responsive to their local environment. The research goal incorporates many of the hallmarks of biological adaptability, based on feedback control between cellular receptors and protein expression. Similar artificial networks may be achieved by fabricating arrays of nanoscale devices that can detect and influence their local surroundings through ionic potential, temperature, mechanical motion, capacitance, or electrochemistry. These devices are particularly suited as smart biomaterials, where multiple surface-cell interactions must be monitored and adjusted simultaneously for optimal cell adhesion and growth. Other interests include precise control over self-assembled materials, and potential methods to monitor the diagnostics of complicated chemical systems, such as the effect of drug treatments within patients.
Molecular materials at interfaces
Directed dynamic self-assembly
Controlling molecular or biomolecular assembly and behavior
Influence of local electronic, optical or thermal stimuli