Marcia Abbott, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Dr Marcia Abbott completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA in the Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program. Dr Abbott’s research focused on the role of exercise and skeletal muscle contraction on fatty acid metabolism. Following graduation Dr Abbott joined the Sul Lab at the University of California (UC), Berkeley in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, as a post doctoral fellow. While at UC Berkeley, she carried out studies aimed at examining to role of lipases in regulation of obesity and insulin secretion. Following her time as at UC Berkeley, Dr Abbott accepted a position as a Research Scholar in the Endocrine Research Unit, VA Medical Center, UC San Francisco. Her work at UCSF focused on the examination of potential regulators of mesenchymal stem cell commitment towards adipocyte lineages. In 2013, she joined the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University.
In 2014, Dr Abbott joined Chapman University in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as an Assistant Professor. She is pursuing studies aimed at examining the role of skeletal muscle and its relation to obesity. Overall, Dr Abbott hopes to contribute to the growing body of research aimed at preventing and/or treating obesity.
Molecular regulators of obesity and related metabolic disorders
Understanding the role of exercise in regulating secretion of hormones originating in the skeletal muscle (myokines)
Discovering novel activators of brown adipose tissue
American Physiological Society
The Obesity Society
The American College of Sports Medicine
Marco Bisoffi, PhD
Associate Professor Biological Sciences
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Dr. Marco Bisoffi joined Chapman University in September 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Schmid College of Science and Technology, and as of June 1, 2014, will have a joint appointment with Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CUSP. He also recently joined the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California at Irvine. He was an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, with which he remains connected as an Adjunct Faculty. He received his Ph.D. (1995) in Biochemical and Molecular Parasitology at the Swiss Tropical Institute. Dr. Bisoffi's areas of research include molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer development and progression and natural product based experimental therapeutics. Dr. Bisoffi’s has authored 49 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, 1 patent, and many meeting abstracts.
Michael T. Griffin, PhD
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Dr. Griffin received his Ph.D. (1983) in Pharmacology from UC San Francisco and did postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Yale University. In 1987, he joined the Division of Natural Science at Chapman University where he is now a tenured full Professor in the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences and Director of the B.S degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Griffin joined the Department of Pharmacology at UCI in 1993 where he does neurochemistry research, currently holding the rank of Researcher, Step V.
Hillard Kaplan, PhD
Argyros School of Business and Economics
Dr. Hillard Kaplan completed his doctoral work at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in the Anthropology program. His research focused on the economy of hunter-gatherers with a focus on diet, food sharing, and intergenerational resource transfers. He taught and conducted research at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Anthropology before moving to Chapman University. His research has focused on the evolution of the human life course, population demography, fertility decisions, and mortality. Dr. Kaplan currently directs the Tsimane Health and Life History Project with Michael Gurven (UC Santa Barbara). This research is biomedical. Topics of investigation include metabolic disorders, immune function, and cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease. Important findings from this research are that heart disease and diabetes are much less prevalent among subsistence peoples who live physically active lives and consume little in the way of processed foods. Dr. Kaplan is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging to study brain aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as a member of Committee on Population at the National Academies of Sciences and Medicine.
Erik Linstead, PhD
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Mathematics and Computer Science The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Lisa Sparks, PhD
Professor, Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences, Director, Health and Strategic Communications Program
Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Lisa Sparks is Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University in Orange, California where she serves as Head/Director of the Master of Science graduate program in Health and Strategic Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. As of June 1, 2014, she will have a joint appointment with Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at CUSP. Dr. Sparks also serves as Full Member of the Chao Family/NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Medicine, Division of Population Sciences; and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, Program in Public Health. Prior to joining Chapman in 2006, Dr. Sparks occupied faculty positions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. from University of Oklahoma in 1998. Dr. Sparks has published more than 100 research articles and scholarly book chapters, and is the author and editor of more than ten books in the areas of communication, health, and aging with a distinct focus on intersections of provider-patient interaction and family decision-making as related to cancer communication science. Dr. Sparks has served as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on a number of research grants. Dr. Sparks’ research goal is to understand and create evidence based health messages that effectively change health behavior resulting in better health outcomes by applying social science theory and methods to the continuum of cancer care surrounding issues of health promotion, disease prevention, survivorship, and health disparities.
Gennady Verkhivker, PhD
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Physics, Computational Science, and Engineering
Dr. Verkhivker’s research activities are in the areas of computational cancer biology, translational bioinformatics, and computational pharmacology. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Moscow University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in computational biophysics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2000-2005, Dr. Verkhivker has held various research and management positions at Pfizer Global Research and Development, San Diego. Since 2002, he has been Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC San Diego. In 2006, he joined School of Pharmacy and Center for Bioinformatics, The University of Kansas as a Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Bioinformatics. Dr. Verkhivker returned to California in 2011 and joined Chapman University in August 2011 as a Full Professor of Computational Biology. Upon arrival to Chapman, Dr. Verkhivker has established a dynamic research group engaged in translational research that attracted a large cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. He has been involved in various global University initiatives and collaborations. Dr. Verkhivker has served on a number of important committees including Search Committee for new Found Dean of BioPharmacy School. He is also chairing the Doctoral Steering Committee of the newly approved Ph.D. Graduate Program in Computational Sciences.