Staff Directory

  • Yoji Shimizu, PhD

    Dr. Shimizu is a Distinguished University Teaching Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and holds the Harry Kay Chair in Biomedical Research. He is also the Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in the Medical School and Immunology program leader in the Masonic Cancer Center. His laboratory focuses on understanding how immune cells respond to environmental cues that modulate cell-cell interactions and cell migration, and the functional significance of these molecular mechanisms of cell adhesion and migration on the ability of the immune system to respond efficiently and specifically to pathogens and tumors.

  • Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
    Associate Director

    Dr. Binstadt is an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program. His laboratory in the Center for Immunology is broadly interested in autoimmune disease pathogenesis, including investigating mechanisms of cardiovascular tissue damage in chronic rheumatic diseases.

  • Peter B. Bitterman, MD
    Associate Director

    Dr. Bitterman is a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care in the Department of Medicine. He is also Director of Research at the Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. His laboratory focuses on mechanisms of cell-population control, proliferation and apoptosis in tissue repair and cancer biology and seeks to understand how the activity state of the protein synthesis apparatus regulates the life and death of a cell.

  • Elizabeth Seaquist, MD
    Associate Director

    Dr. Seaquist is a Professor in and Director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and holds the Pennock Family Chair in Diabetes Research. As a clinical investigator, Dr. Seaquist is interested in hypoglycemia and the complications of diabetes. Her research focuses on the effect of diabetes on brain metabolism, structure, and function. She directs the University of Minnesota sites for the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study (GRADE) study and the Researching Cardiovascular Events with a Weekly Incretin in Diabetes (REWIND) study.

  • Susan Shurson, MPA
    Assistant Director

    Susan has been with the MSTP Program since January 1997. She enjoys working directly with our students and feels that the primary purpose of her position is to be an advocate during their training. She works with students directly to assist in each step of the process of completing the Program, helping them graduate with as much ease as possible. One of Susan’s interests is Alternative and Complementary Medicine. She is a trained human and canine massage therapist and in her free time is studying acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

  • Nicholas Berg
    Program Associate