Research & Graduate Education


Mariana Gerschenson, PhD

Mariana Gerschenson, PhD,
Director of Research & Graduate Education

Dr. Gerschenson is the Director of Research and Graduate Education at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is responsible for the strategic planning and development of research at JABSOM, research administration activities, and the five graduate (MS and PhD) programs.

Dr. Gerschenson completed her doctoral training at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Experimental Pathology. She pursued her postdoctoral work in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She then worked at the NCI and NHLBI for six-years in Bethesda, Maryland and joined the University of Hawaiʻi in 2002. Dr. Gerschenson is a tenured Professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. She leads a federally-funded translational research program to understand the mitochondrial mechanisms of cardiovascular and metabolic disease (including lipoatrophy, insulin resistance, diabetes, and hepatic steatosis) and neurological diseases, e.g. peripheral neuropathy and dementia.