Robert Allen Cox, Ph.D.

Robert Allen Cox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,
Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1220

Co-Director, Morphology and Pathology Core Laboratory
Shriners Burns Hospital
815 Market St.
Galveston, TX 77550

Office: (409) 770-6655
Fax: (409) 770-6973
rocox@utmb.edu

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Robert Allen Cox, Ph.D.

Professional Education

Degree Institution Field of Study Graduation Year
B.A. University of Texas at Austin, Texas Biology 1978
M.S.

University of Houston at Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

Environmental Science 1994
Ph.D. Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas Environmental Toxicology 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • American Thoracic Society
  • Texas Society of Microscopy
  • Microscopy Society of America
  • American Burn Association
  • Shock Society

Research Interests

  • Airway obstruction following smoke inhalation and burn trauma and critical care.
  • Pro-inflammatory properties of airway submucosal glands
  • Modulation of airway mucous gland secretion
  • Mechanisms of epithelial cell exfoliation following smoke inhalation injury
  • Airway epithelial/mesenchymal cell interactions following smoke inhalation injury
  • Bronchial transport velocity and airway surface layer dynamics in critical care

Selected Publications

  1. Cox RA, Burke AS, Traber DL, Hawkins HK. Production of pro-inflammatory polypeptides by airway mucus glands and its potential significance. Pulm Pharmacol Therap. 20(2), 172-7, 2007.
  2. Murakami K, Enkhbaatar P, Yu YM, Traber LD, Cox RA, Hawkins HK, Tompkins RG, Herndon D, Traber DL. L-arginine attenuates acute lung injury after smoke inhalation and burn injury. Shock 28(4)2007.
  3. Traber DL, Hawkins HK, Enkhbaatar P, Cox RA, Schmalstieg FC, Zwishenberger JB, Traber LD. The role of the bronchial circulation in acute lung injury resulting from burn and smoke inhalation. Pulm Pharmacol Ther 20(2) 163-6, 2007.
  4. Schmalstieg, FC, Keeney SE, Rudloff HE, Palkowetz KH, Cevallos M, Xianoquin Z, Cox RA, Hawkins HK, traber DL, Zwishenberger JB. Arteriovenous CO2 removal improves survival compared to high frequency percussive and low tidal volume ventilation in a smoke burn sheep acute respiratory distress syndrome model. Ann Surgery. 246 (3), 2007.
  5. Zhang Q, Chang, Q, Cox RA, Gong X and Gould LJ. J.Hyperbaric oxygen attenuates apoptosis and decreases inflammation in an ischemic wound model. Invest Dermatol., 128 (8), 2102-12, 2008.
  6. Cox RA, Mlcak R, Chinkes DL, Jacob S, Enkhbaatar E, Jaso J, Parish LP, Traber DL, Jeschke M, Herndon DL, Hawkins HK. Upper airway mucus deposition in lung tissue of burn trauma victims. Shock
    Vol. 29, No3, pp356-361, 2008.
  7. Lange M, Hamahata A, Enkhbaatar P, Esechie A, Connelly R, Nakano Y, Jonkam C, Cox RA, Traber LD, Herndon DN, Traber DL. Assessment of vascular permeability in an ovine model of acute lung injury and pneumonia-induced Pseudomonas aeruginosa sepsis. Crit Care Med. 2008 Apr;36(4):1284-9
  8. Lange M, Connelly R, Traber DL, Hamahata A, Cox RA, Nakano Y, Bansal K, Esechie A, von Borzyskowski S, Jonkam C, et al. Combined neuronal and inducible nitric oxide synthase inhibition in ovine acute lung injury. Crit Care Med 2008.
  9. Hamahata A, Enkhbaatar P, Kraft ER, Lange M, Leonard SW, Traber MG, Cox RA, Schmalstieg FC, Hawkins HK, Whorton EB, Horvath EM, Szabo C, Traber LD, Herndon DN, Traber DL. gamma-Tocopherol nebulization by a lipid aerosolization device improves pulmonary function in sheep with burn and smoke inhalation injury. Free Radic Biol Med. 2008 Aug 15;45(4):425-33. Epub 2008 May 3.
  10. Jacob S, Deyo DJ, Cox RA, Traber DL, Hawkins, HK.Assessment of Lung inflammation in a Mouse Model of Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury: Strain-specific Differences. Toxicol. Mech. Methods 18: 1-9, 2008.
  11. Mizutani A, Enkhbaatar P, Esechie A, Traber LD, Cox RA, Hawkins HK, Deyo DJ, Murakami K, Noguchi T, Traber DL. Pulmonary changes in a mouse model of combined burn and smoke inhalation-induced injury. J Appl Physiol. 2008 Aug;105(2):678-84. Epub 2008 Apr 24.
  12. Cox RA, Jacob S, Oliveras G, Murakami K, Enkhbaatar P, Traber L, Schmalstieg FC, Herndon DN., Traber DL, Hawkins HK. Pulmonary Expression of Nitric Oxide Synthase Isoforms in Sheep with Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury. Exp. Lung Res. 35:1-18, 2009.
  13. Jacob S, Deyo DJ, Cox RA, Traber DL, and Hawkins HK. Mechanisms of Toxic Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury: Role of Neutral Endopeptidase and Vascular Leakage in Mice. Toxicol.Mech.Meth. 19 (3): 191-196. 2009.
  14. Cox RA, Burke AS, Jacob S, Oliveras G, Murakami K, Shimoda K, Enkhbaatar P, Traber LD, Herndon DN, Traber DL, Hawkins HK. Activated Nuclear Factor Kappa B and Airway Inflammation After Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury in Sheep. J. Burn Care and Res. 30: (3), 489-498. 2009.
  15. Jeschke M. G, Gauglitz G. G, Song J, Kulp G. A, Finnerty C. C, Cox RA, Barral J. M, Herndon D.N, Boehning D. Calcium and E. R stress mediate hepatic apoptosis after burn injury. J Cell Mol Med. J Cell Mol Med. 2009 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print].
  16. Lange M, Connelly R, Traber DL, Hamahata A, Cox RA, Nakano Y, Bansal K, Esechie A, von Borzyskowski S, Jonkam C, Traber LD, Hawkins HK, Herndon DN, Enkhbaatar P. Combined neuronal and inducible nitric oxide synthase inhibition in ovine acute lung injury. Crit Care Med. 2009 Jan;37(1):223-229.
  17. Jonkam C. C, Bansal K, Traber D. L, Hamahata A, Maybauer M. O, Maybauer D. M, Cox RA,
    Lange M, Connelly R. L, Traber L. D, Djukom C. D, Salsbury R. D, Herndon D. N and Enkhbaatar P. Pulmonary vascular permeability changes in an ovine model of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sepsis. Crit Care. Crit Care. 2009 Feb 17;13(1):R19.
  18. Lange M, Enkhbaatar P, Traber DL, Cox RA, Jacob S, Mathew BP, Hamahata A, Traber LD, Herndon DN, Hawkins HK. Role of Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) in Ovine Burn and Smoke Inhalation Injury. J Appl Physiol. 107 (1), 2009.
  19. Cox RA, Jacob S, Oliveras G, Murakami K, Enkhbaatar P, Traber L, Schmalstieg FC, Herndon DN., Traber DL, Hawkins HK. Pulmonary Expression of Nitric Oxide Synthase Isoforms in Sheep with Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury. Exp. Lung Res. 35:1-18, 2009.
  20. Cox RA, Burke AS, Jacob S, Oliveras G, Murakami K, Shimoda K, Enkhbaatar P, Traber LD, Herndon DN, Traber DL, Hawkins HK. Activated Nuclear Factor Kappa B and Airway Inflammation After Smoke Inhalation and Burn Injury in Sheep. J. Burn Care and Res. 30: (3), 489-498. 2009

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