Our Research

Our different schools and campuses focus on different areas of research, each bringing their strength and their talents to our collective hive. Our labs and centers are active and our faculty (and students) publish regularly, as you can see from the listings at Touro Scholar. Our own Touro University Press publishes scholarly works in the liberal arts and sciences, with a focus on Jewish history and literature, and you can see the varied expertise of our faculty, who speak regularly with the media on topics in their field.

Many of our students participate in research projects, collaborate with faculty, and have an opportunity to showcase their research at: Touro College New York Research Day, NYMC’s School of Medicine Medical Student Research Forum, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Student Research Forum, and School of Health Sciences and Practice Research Day, Touro University Nevada Research Day and Touro University California Research Day.

Our core competencies are in basic biomedical and health sciences research and clinical research.

Primary Research Topics

Cardiovascular Disease

New York Medical College

Salomon Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D. - Inflammation

Julio Panza, M.D. - Cardiological Research

Nicholas Ferreri, Ph.D. - Cardiovascular Inflammation

Nader G. Abraham, Ph.D., Dr. H.C., FAHA - Stem Cells Treat Heart Failure

Sachin Gupte, M.D., Ph.D. - Cardiovascular Research

Julian Stewart, M.D., Ph.D. - Cardiovascular Research

Marvin S. Medow, Ph.D. - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Touro University California

Alexandra Hernandez, Ph.D. - Cervical Cancer

New York Medical College

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D. - Pediatric Cancer

Karen Seiter, M.D. - Leukemia

Anitha Srinivasan, M.D. - Breast Cancer

Austin Meng Guo, Ph.D. - Pathological Angiogenesis

Delong Liu, M.D., Ph.D. - Hematology

Raj K. Tiwari, Ph.D. - Immunological Aspects of Cancer

Jen Wei Chiao, Ph.D. - Immunology and Cancer

Muhammad Choudhury, M.D. - Prostate Cancer

Leonard J. Newman, M.D. - Pediatric Cancer

Jessica Hochberg, M.D. - Children's Cancer


Touro University California

Alejandro Gugliucci, M.D., Ph.D. - Glycation Oxidation Disease

Jay Shubrook, D.O. - Diabetes Mellitus

Avi Loewy, Ph.D. - Diabetes Diagnosis


Touro University California

Jean-Marc Schwarz, Ph.D. - Impact of Fructose

Alexander Gugliucci, M.D., Ph.D. - Metabolic Syndrome


Touro University California

Jean-Marc Schwarz, Ph.D. - Pediatric Obesity

New York Medical College

Michal Laniado Schwartzman, Ph.D. - Obesity Induced Diseases

Salomon Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D. - Obesity and Infection

Infectious Disease

New York Medical College

Gary Wormser, M.D. - Lyme Disease

William Frishman, M.D. - Infectious Diseases

Salomon Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D. - Obesity and Periodontal Disease

Seah Lim, M.D., Ph.D. - Sickle Cell Disease

Touro University Nevada

Karen Duus, Ph.D. - Tularemia

Secondary Research Topics


Touro University Nevada

Patrick Leytham, Ph.D., RBT - Reading Comprehension and Autism

New York Medical College

Susan L. Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., PCS - Behavior of Children with Autism


New York Medical College

Sangmi Chung, Ph.D. - Stem Cells Treat Epilepsy

Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D. - Epilepsy

Disaster Medicine

New York Medical College

David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A. - Bioterrorism

Drug Development for HIV

Touro University California

Miriam Cochin, Ph.D. - Inhibition of HIV

Touro University Nevada

Lee Adams, R.N. - Nursing

New York Medical College

Catherine Small, M.D. - Maraviroc

Jewish Studies

Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Michael A. Shmidman, Ph.D. - Medieval Jewish History

Natlia Aleksiun, Ph.D. - Modern Jewish History

Graduate School of Social Work

Steven Pirutinsky, Ph.D. - Mental Health and Religion

Business Principles in Social Work

Graduate School of Social Work

Jennifer Zelnick, MSW, ScD

School-based Occupation Therapy

School of Health Sciences

Meira Orentlicher, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA - Training for Young Adults with Disabilities


Lander College for Men

Leib Litman, Ph.D. - Conscious and Subconscious Thought

Renal Disease

New York Medical College

Michael S. Goligorsky, M.D., Ph.D. - Nephrology

Brian B. Ratliff, Ph.D. - Nephrology

Wenhui Wang, M.D. - Regulation of Sodium and Potassium