Dr. Carl Schmidt
Dr. Vicky Funanage
Dr. Funanage is a molecular geneticist who joined Nemours in July 1981. She holds faculty positions at Jefferson Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Delaware. Dr. Funanage was appointed to the position of Operational Vice President in 2014, having served as Director of Biomedical Research for Nemours since June 2000 and Director of Medical Research in the Delaware Valley since December 1998. She also serves as the Director of the CLIA-certified Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Head of the Musculoskeletal Inherited Disease Laboratory, and PI of the NIH COBRE Delaware Comprehensive Sickle Cell Research Center at Nemours/AIDHC, as well as one of the strategic leads for the Precision Medicine Program at Nemours.
Recent committee service includes the Delaware Health Science Alliance Advisory Council, the DE-INBRE Steering Committee, the UD External Advisory Committee for the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Chair of the Internal Advisory Committee for the Delaware Clinical and Translational Research Program, the Delaware INBRE and CTR Coordinating Council, and the University of Delaware Research Foundation Board of Trustees.
Dr. Funanage has received external funding for her research work in understanding the genomic basis of pediatric musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, and her publications include research on several neuromuscular diseases including myotonic dystrophy, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, fibrous dysplasia, and spinal muscular atrophy.
Dr. Funanage received her M.S. in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977, and her Ph.D in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware in 1981. Her undergraduate degree is from The Pennsylvania State University (1975). She has received numerous honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, the Bleyer Family Humanitarian Award from the Huntington’s Disease Society, and the Academic Research Award from the Delaware Bioscience Association. Dr. Funanage also holds six U.S. patents and one international patent for her research work.
Dr. Parth Patel
Dr. Mia Papas
Dr. Papas’ expertise is the design and conduct of research that utilizes real-world evidence to understand disease, evaluate treatments, and demonstrate the impact of healthcare innovations and interventions. She is actively engaged in research that leverages data from electronic health records, administrative claims, registries, and government databases to answer critical questions about disease epidemiology, burden, and costs. Through a focus on real world evidence, she works toward bridging the gap between clinical and translational research, advancements in the quality of care, and improved population health outcomes.
Dr. Papas received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, her Masters of Science in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fairfield University. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles, obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and presented her research at over 120 national and international conferences. Dr. Papas has analytic expertise in experimental and observational study designs, the assessment of validity and reliability of screening tools, generalized and hierarchical linear modeling, and the use of geographical information systems in understanding the effect of place on health and health behaviors. She has been an active member of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Epidemiology for over 15 years and is a Founding Board Member for the Delaware Public Health Association. She has taught the principles of epidemiology throughout the world and is committed to developing good scientific practice in medical research. She is a native Delawarean and lives in Newark with her husband and two daughters.