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Meet Our Scientists

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is dedicated to exceptional research and to positively impacting human health. Through cutting-edge science and extensive collaboration, VARI’s investigators are working to find new diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and other conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis and depression. 

VARI’s laboratories are divided into three centers and a core services team, which allows for efficiency and cross-center collaboration.

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Alberts_Art_255x187Art Alberts, Ph.D.

In Memoriam
Professor, Program in Molecular Oncology and Pre-Clinical Therapeutics, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Cell structure and signal integration

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Baylin_Stephen_255x187Stephen Baylin, M.D.
Professor, Center for Epigenetics
CSO’s Scholar
Co-leader, VARI-SU2C Epigenetics Dream Team
Primary appointment: Johns Hopkins University

Focus area
: Van Andel Research Institute-Stand Up to Cancer (VARI-SU2C) Epigenetics Dream Team
Brundin_Lena_255x187Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area
: Behavioral medicine

Brundin_Patrik_255x187Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.
VARI Associate Director of Research
Professor and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science
Jay Van Andel Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Research

Focus area
: Translational Parkinson’s disease research

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Coetzee_Gerry_255x187Gerhard (Gerry) Coetzee, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area
: Post-GWAS functionality

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Grohar_Patrick_255x187Patrick Grohar, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area: Translational sarcoma therapeutics

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Haab_Brian_255x187Brian Haab, Ph.D.

Professor, Innovation and Integration Program, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Cancer immunodiagnostics

 

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Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc.
VARI Chief Scientific Officer
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Epigenetic therapies
 

Jovinge_Stefan_255x187Stefan Jovinge, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, DeVos Cardiovascular Research Program (a joint effort between VARI and Spectrum Health)
Professor, Center for Epigenetics , VARI
Medical Director of Research, Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute, Spectrum Health

Focus area
: Cardiovascular research

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Kordower_Jeffrey_255x187Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science
CSO’s Scholar
Primary appointment: Rush University Medical Center

Focus area
: Parkinson’s disease: Pathogenesis and experimental therapeutics

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Labrie_Viviane_255x187_newViviane Labrie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area: Epigenetics in neurodegenerative diseases

Laird_Peter_255x187Peter W. Laird, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Cancer epigenetics

 

Li_Xiaohong_255x187Xiaohong Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area: Tumor microenvironment and metastasis

Li_Huilin_temp_255x187Huilin Li, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area: Cryo-EM, Structural Biology, DNA Replication and Epigenetics

 

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Ma_Jiyan_255x187Jiyan Ma, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area
: Prion mechanisms in neurodegeneration

MacKeigan_Jeff_255x187Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Innovation and Integration Program, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Systems biology

Karsten Melcher, Ph.D.

Karsten Melcher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Innovation and Integration Program, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Structural biology and biochemistry

Miranti_Cindy_255x187Cindy Miranti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area: Integrin signaling and tumorigenesis

Moore_Darren_255x187Darren Moore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area
: Molecular neurodegeneration

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Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Epigenetic pathways in disease

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Rothbart_Scott_255x187Scott Rothbart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Chromatin and epigenetic regulation

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Sempere_Lorenzo_255x187Lorenzo Sempere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: microRNA diagnostics and therapeutics

Shen_Hui_255x187Hui Shen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Epigenomic analysis in human disease

Steensma_Matt_255x187Matt Steensma, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Musculoskeletal oncology

Szabo_Piroska_255x187Piroska Szabó, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Developmental reprogramming

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Triezenberg_Steve_255x187_newSteven Triezenberg, Ph.D.
President and Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School
Professor, Center for Epigenetics

Focus area
: Transcriptional regulation

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Van Raamsdonk_Jeremy_255x187Jeremy Van Raamsdonk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Neurodegenerative Science

Focus area
: Aging and neurodegenerative disease

Vande Woude_George_255x187George Vande Woude, Ph.D.

Distinguished Scientific Fellow
Professor, Program in Molecular Oncology and Pre-Clinical Therapeutics, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area: Molecular oncology

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Williams_Bart_255x187Bart Williams, Ph.D. 
Director, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology
Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment
 
 
Focus area: Cell signaling and carcinogenesis

Wu_Ning_255x187Ning Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Innovation and Integration Program, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology

Focus area
: Cancer signaling and metabolism

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Xu_Eric_255x187Eric Xu, Ph.D.
Professor, Innovation and Integration Program, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology
Distinguished Director, VARI-SIMM Research Center

Focus area
: Structural sciences

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Yang_Tao_255x187Tao Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program in Skeletal Disease and Tumor Microenvironment, Center for Cancer and Cell Biology


Focus area
: Skeletal biology