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Tim Bhattacharyya, M.D.
Head, Clinical and Investigative Orthopedics Surgery Unit, NIAMS
Clinical Faculty
Email: timothy.bhattacharyya@nih.gov

Education:
Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship; Mass. General Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency; Boston University Medical Center
M.D.; Washington University School of Medicine

Interests:
- Atypical Femur Fractures
- Nonunions
- Hip and Knee Replacement


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Rafael Casellas, Ph.D.
Chief, Genomics and Immunity Section, NIAMS
Adjunct Investigator, NCI
Research Faculty
Email: rafael.casellas@nih.gov

Education:
Post-doctoral training; California Institute of Technology
Ph.D.; Rockefeller University

Interests:
- Genetic and molecular regulation in immune cells processes


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Robert Colbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Clinical Director, NIAMS
Chief, Pediatric Translational Research Branch, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: robert.colbert@nih.gov

Education:
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Duke University Medical Center
M.D., Ph.D.; University of Rochester School of Medicine

Interests:
- The role of HLAB27 in inflammation
- Molecular mechanismas of abnormal bone formation in spondlyarhtropathies


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Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, M.D., M.H.S.
Acting Chief, Translational Autoinflammatory Disease Section, NIAMS;
Adjunct Investigator, NHGRI
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: goldbacr@mail.nih.gov

Education:
Rheumatology Fellowship; NIAMS
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency; Case Western University
M.D.; University Witten-Herdecke, Germany

Interests:
- Pathogenesis of the IL-1 mediated diseases (like NOMID and DIRA)
- Clinical responses to cytokine-blockade therapies
- Pathogenesis of CANDLE and other autoinflammatory childhood diseases


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Peter Grayson, M.D.
Head, Vasculitis Translational Research Program, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: graysonp@mail.nih.gov
LabTV Profile: Peter Grayson, M.D.

Education:
M.D.; Medical University of South Carolina
M.Sc.; Boston University Medical Center

Interests:
- clinical and translational research initiatives across many types of systemic vasculitis
- characterization of novel aspects of neutrophil biology in ANCA-associated vasculitis
- novel biomarkers in peripheral blood and tissue through whole-genome gene expression profiling and other high-throughput techniques
- clinical trials of novel therapeutics in small, medium, and large vessel vasculitis


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Eric Hanson, M.D.
Head, Immunodeficiency and Inflammation Unit, NIAMS
Clinical Faculty
Email: hansonep@mail.nih.gov

Education:
M.D.; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Interests:
- mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune cell-signaling defects
- human NEMO (NF-κB essential modulator) mutations
- WASp and PSTPIP1 in NF-κB activation pathways


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Safaraz Hasni, M.D.
Staff Clinician, Office of the Clinical Director, NIAMS
Clinical Faculty
Email: safaraz.hasni@nih.gov

Education:
L. Shulman Clinical Research Scholar; NIAMS, NIH
Rheumatology Fellowship: State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY
M.D.; Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Interests:
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-pathogenesis and treatment
- Sjögren’s Syndrome


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Mariana Kaplan, M.D.
Chief, Systemic Autoimmunity Branch, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: mariana.kaplan@nih.gov

Education:
Rheumatology Fellowship and postdoctoral training; University of Michigan
Internal Medicine Residency; National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Mexico City, Mexico
M.D.; National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Interests:
- Identifying mechanisms of organ damage and premature vascular disease in systemic autoimmunity
- Identifying novel therapeutic targets to prevent premature vascular damage in SLE


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Daniel Kastner, M.D., Ph.D. (Lab website)
Scientific Director, NHGRI; Adjunct Investigator, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: dan.kastner@nih.gov

Education:
Rheumatology Fellowship; NIH
M.D., Ph.D.; Baylor College of Medicine

Interests:
- Genetic basis of diseases such as of Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF), TNF-receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS), Neonatal Onset Multisystem Disorder (NOMID), and DIRA (Deficiency of IL-1 Receptor)
- Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) in SLE and RA


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James Katz, M.D.
Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, NIAMS
Email: james.katz@nih.gov

Education:
Rheumatology Fellowship; University of Connecticut Health Center
Internal Medicine Internship and Residency; Western Pennsylvania Hospital 
M.D.; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio  

Interests:
- Myositis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Graduate medical education
- Medical taxonomy


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Gina Montealegre, M.D.
Staff Clinician, Pediatric Translational Research Branch, NIAMS
Clinical Faculty
Email: montealegrega@mail.nih.gov

Education:
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Pediatric Residency; Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
M.S. in Clinical Research; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
M.D.; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Interests:
- Pediatric autoinflammatory diseases.
- Spondyloarthritis.
- Health disparities in pediatric rheumatology.


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Amanda Ombrello, M.D.
Staff Clinician, NHGRI
Clinical Faculty
Email: amanda.ombrello@nih.gov
LabTV Profile: Amanda Ombrello, M.D., and Michael Ombrello, M.D.

Education:
Rheumatology Fellowship; Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship; Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency; Saint Louis University School of Medicine
M.D.; Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Interests:
- Autoinflammatory disease
- Novel therapeutics in autoinflammatory disease
- Pediatric Rheumatology


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Michael Ombrello, M.D.
Head, Translational Genetics and Genomics Unit, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: ombrellomj@nih.gov
LabTV Profile: Amanda Ombrello, M.D., and Michael Ombrello, M.D.

Education:
Post-doctoral training; Inflammatory Disease Section, NHGRI, NIH
Henry Metzger Scholar in Translational Research; NIAMS, NIH
Combined Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology Fellowship; Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency; Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
M.D.; Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Interests:
- severe forms of childhood arthritis
- genomic studies of genetically-complex autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases
- translational investigations of Still’s disease, adult-onset Still’s disease, and related autoinflammatory phenotypes
- elucidation of the role of HLA molecules in autoinflammatory disease


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John O’Shea, M.D.
Scientific Director, NIAMS, and Chief, Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch, NIAMS
Research Faculty
Email: john.oshea@nih.gov

Education:
Internal Medicine Internship and Residency; State University of New York Upstate Medical University
M.D.; University of Cincinnati

Interests:
- JAK/STAT Biology
- Regulation of T cell subset differentiation by Jak/STAT activating cytokines
- Genome-wide analysis of target sequences and chromatin modification by JAK/STAT cytokines


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Paul Plotz, M.D.
Scientist Emeritus, NIAMS
Research Faculty
Email: plotzp@mail.nih.gov

Education:
Medicine Internship and Residency; Beth Israel Hospital at Boston
M.D.; Harvard Medical School

Interests:
- inflammatory muscle disease, Pompe Syndrome


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Vittorio Sartorelli, M.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Muscle Stem Cells and Gene Regulation, NIAMS
Research Faculty
Email: vittorio.sartorelli@nih.gov

Education:
Oncology Residency; University of Milan, Italy
M.D.; University of Brescia, Italy

Interests:
- Transcriptional Regulation of Skeletal Muscle
- Metabolic Role of Skeletal Muscle Cells
- Regeneration of Adult Skeletal Muscle including role of muscle stem cells


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Richard Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director, NIAMS, and Chief, Immunoregulation Section, NIAMS
Clinical and Research Faculty
Email: richard.siegel@nih.gov

Education:
Post-doctoral Training; Laboratory of Immunology, NIAID, NIH
Rheumatology Fellowship; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Internal Medicine Residency; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
M.D., Ph.D. (Immunology); University of Pennsylvania

Interests:
- TNF-family cytokines in normal and pathological immunity
- TRAPS and autoinflammatory diseases
- Immune deficiency and autoimmunity


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Michael Ward, M.D.
Chief, Clinical Trials and Outcome Branch, NIAMS
Clinical Faculty
Email: michael.ward@nih.gov

Education:
Internal Medicine Residency; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Rheumatology Fellowship; Duke University
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar; Stanford University
M.D.; University of Illinois, Chicago

Interests:
- Patient outcomes, health services research and health disparities


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