• Research Faculty

  • A photo of Samantha Brugmann.

    Samantha A. Brugmann, PhD

    is a developmental biologist who aims to understand craniofacial development and elucidate the molecular basis for diseases that affect the craniofacial complex. Furthermore, Dr. Brugmann attempts to understand the forces that help pattern the face during normal and abnormal development she utilizes various model systems with unique facial morphologies.

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    Haithem M. Elhadi Babiker, MD, DMD

    Haithem M. Elhadi Babiker, MD, DMD

    works in the upper airway center to develop protocols for management of pediatric sleep apnea syndrome. His other interests include reconstruction of critical mandibular defects using stem cells and cadaveric bone.


    A photo of Rulang Jiang.

    Rulang Jiang, PhD

    is a developmental biologist directing research programs in craniofacial biology. His lab generates and uses mutant mouse models to investigate the genetic and developmental basis of craniofacial birth defects, including cleft lip, cleft palate, tooth defects, and other craniofacial deformities. His lab also studies development of joints, including long bone joints in the limb and the temporomandibular joint of the jaw.

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    A photo of Donna Jones.

    Donna C. Jones, PhD

    investigates questions regarding the determinants of bone development, function and shape. In particular, she focuses on the influences of ontogeny, function and evolution on craniofacial morphology. The goal of her research is to assist clinicians treating children with craniofacial abnormalities, either congenital or acquired, through translational and laboratory-based research endeavors.


    A photo of Yu Lan.

    Yu Lan, PhD

    is interested in understanding the genetic basis and developmental mechanisms of structural birth defects. Specifically, Dr. Lan investigates the molecular pathways governing normal palate development in laboratory mice. Her ongoing investigations focus on delineating the molecular pathways involving these factors in palate development using a combination of genetic, embryological, and biochemical approaches.

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    A photo of Thomas Sitzman.

    Thomas J. Sitzman, MD

    Thomas Sitzman, MD, is a pediatric plastic surgeon with interests in clinical outcomes research and health sciences research. His work includes the development of quality outcomes measures and decision instruments for surgical patients. He works within the Surgery Department and Anderson Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.


    A photo of John van Aalst.

    John A. van Aalst, MD Director, Division of Plastic Surgery


    A photo of Marty Visscher.

    Marty O. Visscher, PhD

    studies the development and adaptation of the skin barrier in premature and full term infants, the biology of vernix caseosa, skin barrier repair, the effect of topical emollient therapy to reduce infant mortality, and irritant contact dermatitis in health care.  She uses color, three dimensional thermal skin imaging and skin biomarker analysis to quantify treatment response in infantile hemangiomas, wounds and scars.