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Cancer institute scientist, emergency med specialist join UMMC faculty

Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Published on January 19, 2017

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff.

Sibali Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.


Dr. Sibali Bandyopadhyay, a scientist at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in pathology.

After receiving her B.S. in chemistry in 1997 and her M.S. in chemistry in 1999 from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, Bandyopadhyay had a chemical engineering research fellowship there from 2000-02. She then became a graduate research assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, Athens, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2007. She had a postdoctoral fellowship from 2008-09 in the Department of Biochemistry at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, and from 2009-12 in the Department of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. She joined the UMMC Cancer Institute as a scientist in 2012.

Bandyopadhyay is the author or coauthor of 11 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed professional journals, such as Nature Medicine, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, PNAS, EMBO J, and JACS. She has made nine presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

At the UMMC Cancer Institute, she has been responsible for the overall management of the Flow Cytometry Core, sample analysis and cell sorting for several immunology, biochemistry and cancer biology groups. Her postdoctoral work was focused on a category of lipids, termed sphingolipids, using tandem mass spectrometry in combination with liquid chromatography for “lipidomic” analysis. Sphingolipids have critical roles in cell structure, cell-cell communication and signal transduction.

Along with her responsibility of the Flow Cytometry Core, she plans to continue her research at UMMC on sphingolipids and their involvement in various health disorders, such as obesity and cancer. Bandyopadhyay is open to collaborations with clinical and basic science faculty at the Medical Center.


John D. Wofford III, M.D.

Wofford III
Wofford III

Dr. John D. Wofford III, an emergency medicine practitioner in North Carolina and affiliate faculty member at Wake Forest University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving his B.A. from Emory University, Atlanta, in 2005, Wofford had post-baccalaureate coursework at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and earned his M.D. in 2011 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had an emergency medicine residency from 2011-14. He has since served on the medical staff of Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina; Annie Penn Hospital, Reidsville, North Carolina; and MedCenter High Point, High Point, North Carolina.

An active member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians, Wofford has coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.