Program Director and Core Director

Charles O’Brien, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-686-5607

Email: ObrienCharlesA@uams.edu

Charles O’Brien, Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine in the UAMS Division of Endocrinology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a CAVHS Research Scientist. He is Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Disease Research and Director of the Genetic Models CORE that serves UAMS, ACRI, and the CAVHS.  Dr. O’Brien’s research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control bone remodeling in health and disease.

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Associate Director of Administrative Core and Mentor

Maria Schuller Almeida, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-686 7856

Email: SchullerMaria@uams.edu

Maria Schuller Almeida, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with a background in marine biology. She received her degree from the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel Salazar, Portugal. Prior to joining UAMS seven years ago, she conducted research in the mineralization of oysters, in her native Portugal and the National History Museum in Paris, France. Her current research focus is on the effects of anti-oxidant defense mechanisms on bone health and disease.

Program Manager

Dhivya Suresh, M.A.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-686-5130 Ext 8980

E-mail: DSuresh@uams.edu