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Leadership, faculty and staff

Chair

David Averill, PhD 
Chair of Basic Sciences  
Professor of Physiology 
570-207-3680 
daverill@som.geisinger.edu

Staff

Carmella DeBiasi 
Administrative Assistant 
570-504-9617 
cdebiasi@som.geisinger.edu  

Faculty

John A. Arnott, PhD 
Associate Professor of Cell Biology 

David B. Averill, PhD 
Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences 
Professor of Physiology 

Jennifer M. Boardman, PhD 
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Graduate Studies 
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology 

Michael Bordonaro, PhD 
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology 

Patrick M. Boyd, PhD 
Professor of Biochemistry 

Christian Carbe, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Immunology 

Carmine Cerra, MD 
Associate Professor of Pathology 

Youngjin Cho, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH 
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Assistant Professor, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute 
Director of Public Health, Hepatitis B Foundation 

Jess Cunnick, PhD 
Associate Professor of Cell Biology 

Kathleen Doane, PhD 
Professor of Anatomy 

Catherine Freeland, MPH 
Clinical Instructor in Public Health, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Public Health Program Manager, Hepatitis B Foundation 

William A. Kinney, PhD 
Adjunct Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Director, Natural Products Discovery Institute 
CEO, IteraMed 

John Kulp, PhD 
Regional Assistant Dean, Doylestown Campus, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Associate Professor and Director of Academic Affairs, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute 
CEO, Conifer Point Pharmaceuticals 

Raj Kumar, PhD 
Director of Research 
Professor of Biochemistry 

Darina Lazarova, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology 

Jun Ling, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology 

Pamela Lucchesi, PhD, FAHA 
Professor of Physiology 

William McLaughlin, PhD 
Associate Professor of Computational Biology 

Chris Moore, PhD 
Adjunct Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute 
Director of Immunology, Arbutus Biopharma 

Sung Ryeol Park, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Assistant Professor, Department of Translational Medicine, Natural Products Discovery Institute (NDPI) 

Brian J. Piper, PhD, MS 
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 

Sonia Lobo Planey, PhD 
Interim Associate Dean for Research 
Associate Professor of Biochemistry 

Aejaz Sayeed, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor Biochemistry, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 
Assistant Professor, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute 

Gregory A. Shanower, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology 

Ying-Ju Sung, PhD 
Director of Anatomical Services 
Professor of Anatomy 

John L. Szarek, PhD, CHSE 
Professor and Director of Clinical Pharmacology 
Education Director for Simulation 

Gabi N. Waite, PhD 
Professor of Physiology and Immunology 

Cathy Wilcox, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology 

Abhishek Yadav, MBBS, MSc
Associate Professor of Anatomy 

William Zehring, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry