CIRWH Fellows
Directory of Expertise in Women's Health


This list of faculty personnel summarizes the breadth of work being conducted in women's health at UTMB Health. If you are interested in becoming a CIRWH fellow and would like to request a listing in this directory, please contact Abbey B. Berenson, MD, PhD.


Click on the (+) below for a short summary of each investigator's area of research interest and expertise:
  • CIRWH Fellows A-C

    • Mahmoud S. Ahmed, PhD
      Mahmoud Ahmed

      Mahmoud S. Ahmed, PhD

      Professor, Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Biodevelopment Laboratories
      Director, Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Biodevelopment Research

      Research Interests: Fetal exposure to medications used during pregnancy in two therapeutic domains namely, opiate agonists used for treatment of the opiate addict; hypoglycemic drugs used in treatment of gestational diabetes; and developing new drugs for the treatment of HIV infections and antibodies for treatment of nicotine addiction during pregnancy.

      RESEARCH

    • Jack Alperin, MD
      Jack Alperin

      Jack Alperin, MD

      Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

      Research Interests: Disorders of blood clotting and transfusion medicine.

    • Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
      Soham Al Snih

      Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD

      Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
      Director, Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program
      Director, Master of Science in Health Professions
      Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism
      Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

      Research Interests: Obesity, muscle strength, health outcomes, and disability among older Mexican Americans

      RESEARCH

    • Beth A. Auslander, PhD
      Beth Auslander

      Beth A. Auslander, PhD, MS

      Director, Mental Health for School-Based Clinics
      Professor, Pediatrics, Adolescent and Behavioral Health

      Research Interests: Adolescent sexual health issues and eating disorders.

      RESEARCH

    • Alan Barrett, MD
      Alan Barrett

      Alan Barrett, MD

      Director, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences
      Professor, Pathology
      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
      Professor, Pediatric Vaccinology Research

      Research Interests: The molecular basis of pathogenesis and vaccine development focusing on tick-borne encephalitis, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and yellow fever.

      RESEARCH

    • Abbey B. Berenson, MD, PhD
      Abbey Berenson

      Abbey Berenson MD, PhD

      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division
      Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health

      Research Interests: Women's health; human papillomavirus (HPV), birth control efficacy and side effects; and physiology and sexual abuse.

      RESEARCH

    • Paul Boor, MD
      Paul Boor

      Paul Boor, MD

      Clinical Professor, Pathology

      Research Interests: Oxidative stress in early atherosclerosis; fetal basis of dissecting aortic aneurysm; and the role of the connective tissue enzyme, SSAO, in human burn wound healing.

    • Nigel Bourne, PhD
      Nigel Bourne

      Nigel Bourne, PhD

      Professor, Pediatric Vaccinology Research
      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
      Senior Scientist, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences

      Research Interests: Herpes simplex; and vaccine and other preventive measures against genital infection.

      RESEARCH

    • Egle Bytautiene Prewit, MD, PhD
      Egle Bytautiene Prewit

      Egle Bytautiene Prewit, MD, PhD

      Adjunct Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

      Research Interests: The effects of maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and preeclampsia on long-term maternal and offspring health and obesity during pregnancy and postpartum.

    • Tonya Callender, DNP, FNP
      Tonya Callender

      Tonya Callender, DNP, FNP

      Women's Healthcare Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Research Interests: The impact of routine HbA1c testing on patients with a BMI of 30 or greater or early recognition of diabetes or pre-diabetes.

    • Celia Chao, MD, FACS
      Celia Chao

      Celia Chao, MD, FACS

      Professor, Surgery

      Research Interests: The study of signal transduction of gut peptide hormones as it relates to breast cancer and colon cancer.

    • Shannon Clark, MD, MMS
      Shannon Clark

      Shannon Clark, MD, MMS

      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
      Associate Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

      Research Interests: Medical complication of pregnancy and morning sickness.

      RESEARCH

    • Maged M. Costantine, MD
      Maged Costantine

      Maged M. Costantine, MD

      Adjunct Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine

      Research Interests: The role of fetal programming and adverse pregnancy complications in children neurodevelopmental disorders, and the role of statins in preventing pregnancy complications.

    • Sharon Croisant, MS, PhD
      Sharon Croisant

      Sharon Croisant, MS, PhD

      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

      Research Interests: Translational or integrative research, i.e., building interfaces between and among environmental research, education, and community health.

      RESEARCH

    • Kathryn Cunningham, PhD
      Kathryn Cunningham

      Kathryn Cunningham, PhD

      Director, Center for Addiction Research
      Professor and Vice Chairman, Pharmacology and Toxicology
      Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

      Research Interests: Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of abused drugs; serotonin; etiology of psychotic (e.g., schizophrenia) and affective disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression); behavioral neuropharmacology of cocaine and MDMA ("ecstasy"); and modulation of stimulant-induced behaviors by female sex hormones.

      RESEARCH

  • CIRWH Fellows D-K

    • Jianli Dong, MD, PhD, MMS
      Jianli Dong

      Jianli Dong, MD, PhD, MMS

      Director, Molecular Diagnostics Division, Pathology
      Professor, Pathology
      Adjunct Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences

      Research Interests: Research and development of molecular assays as diagnostic, predictive, and prognostic markers for various diseases.

      RESEARCH

    • Lisa A. Elferink, PhD
      Lisa Elferink

      Lisa A. Elferink, PhD

      Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
      Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs, School of Medicine
      Director, Instruction Management Office

      Research Interests: Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genomic analyses, and mechanisms of disease.

      RESEARCH

    • Lorraine Evangelista, PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN
      Lorraine Evangelista

      Lorraine Evangelista, PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN

      Professor, School of Nursing
      Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, School of Nursing

      Research Interests: Biobehavioral, psychosocial, and biological aspects that impact psychological well-being, functional health, symptom clusters, self-care behaviors, quality of life, and clinical outcomes in patients suffering from chronic heart failure.

    • Miriam Falzon, PhD
      Miriam Falzon

      Miriam Falzon, PhD

      Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

      Research Interests: Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP); human cancers, including breast, prostate, lung, and renal carcinomas; and Vitamin D.

      RESEARCH

    • Roberto Garofalo, MD

      Roberto Garofalo

      Roberto Garofalo, MD

      Director, Clinical and Experimental Immunology and Infectious Diseases (CEIID)
      Vice Chair for Research, Pediatrics
      Professor, Pediatrics
      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

      Research Interests: Dr. Garofalo’s lab is generally focused on the macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP-1a), a chemokine produced by virally infected lungs. MIP-1a has potent activities on natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) that may function as a bridge between innate and adaptive immune responses to RSV infection. His lab seeks to 1) understand the contribution of MIP-1a in RSV-induced lung infection, 2) the role of MIP-1a in the migration and activation of NK cell-driven CTL responses in RSV infection, 3) to identify candidate proteins associated with the virus-induced airway pathology controlled by MIP-1, and 4) to determine with the use of high resolution proteomics whether and how mucosal protein patterns discriminate infants with different forms of illness.

      RESEARCH

    • Cara Geary, MD, PhD
      Cara Geary

      Cara Geary, MD, PhD

      Professor, Pediatric Neonatology
      Director, Perinatal Hospice

      Research Interests: Investigating the role of gentle ventilation on neonatal outcomes; updating current Neonatology Clinical Database with an interface to the upcoming electronic medical record; and investigating approaches to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

      RESEARCH

    • Maria Giraldo Giraldo, BSc, MSc, PhD
      Maria Giraldo Giraldo

      Maria Giraldo Giraldo, BSc, MSc, PhD

      Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

      Research Interests: Immunity to virus infection; pattern recognition receptor signaling; mechanisms of viral infection and replication; role of Ubiquitin and E3- ubiquitin ligases replication of different viruses (ZIKV, DENV, WNV, Influenza, SARS-CoV-2); role of ubiquitination of ZIKV on reproductive biology (reproductive tissues tropism).

      RESEARCH

    • Bin Gong, MD, PhD
      Bin Gong

      Bin Gong, MD, PhD

      Associate Professor, Pathology

      Research Interests: Fetal basis of dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm; hyperthermia-induced upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor in cardiac tissue; and cardiac preconditioning with infrared laser irradiation heating.

      RESEARCH

    • James Goodwin, MD
      James Goodwin

      James Goodwin, MD

      Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing PhD Program
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism
      George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine

      Research Interests: Patterns of cancer care in the elderly; barriers to health care delivery in the elderly; and predictors of physical functioning and health in older populations.

      RESEARCH

    • Fangjian Guo, MD, PhD
      Fangjian Guo

      Fangjian Guo, MD, PhD

      Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Research Interests: Cancer screening, cancer prevention, HPV epidemiology, HPV vaccination, nutrition, obesity and related comorbidities, and racial and socioeconomic health disparities.

      RESEARCH

    • Gary Hankins, MD
      Gary Hankins

      Gary Hankins, MD

      Chair Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Research Interests: Clinical outcome studies; multiple facets of operative obstetrics; large animal physiology; acute effects of amniotic fluid embolism; uteroplacental blood flow dynamics; pathophysiology and genesis of amniotic fluid embolism; maternal/fetal pharmacology and pharmaco dynamics; placental perfusion.

    • Rakez Kayed, PhD
      Rakez Kayed

      Rakez Kayed, PhD

      Professor, Neurology
      Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy

      Research Interests: Neurodegenerative disease pathology and mechanisms [Alzheimer's (AD), Parkinson's (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and other tauopathies); mechanisms of protein folding and aggregation; molecular mechanisms behind tau oligomer toxicity, propagation, and role in neurodegeneration; immunotherapeutic approaches targeting amyloid and tau oligomers; diagnostics and biomarkers using CSF and other biological samples; amyloid oligomers in amyloidosis, cancer, and diabetes; and tau aggregation in traumatic brain injury (TBI).

      RESEARCH

    • Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
      Yong-Fang Kuo

      Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD

      Director, Office of Biostatistics
      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
      Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing PhD Program

      Research Interests: Cancer surveillance and screening with Medicare claims data; ethnic differences in use of health care; patterns and outcomes of hospitalist care; and effectiveness of nurse practitioner care.

      RESEARCH

  • CIRWH Fellows L-O

    • Emily Lantz, PhD
      Emily Lantz

      Emily Lantz, PhD

      Research Scientist, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: The sex-specific change in skeletal muscle in response to disuse and rehabilitation that may occur as well as addressing specific nutritional needs of women as they age.

    • Lyuba Levine, MD
      Lyuba Levine

      Lyuba Levine, MD

      Adjunct Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology

      Research Interests: Pain management; cancer cachexia and anabolic interventions; cervical carcinogenesis; and cervical dysplasia/neoplasia.

    • Ruth Levine, MD
      Ruth Levine

      Ruth Levine, MD

      Associate Dean, Admission and Student Affairs, School of Medicine
      Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

      Research Interests: Identification and management of anxiety disorders and major depression; prevalence of major depressive symptoms in medical students; anxiety disorders in women who are pregnant and postpartum; efficacy of various medications in patients with panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and dysthymia; educational program evaluation; and methods of assessment and remediation in psychiatry clerkships.

      RESEARCH

    • Leejane Lu, PhD
      Leejane Lu

      LeeJane Lu, PhD

      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: Phytoestrogens, estrogen receptors, and breast cancer.

      RESEARCH

    • Elizabeth Lyons, PhD
      Elizabeth Lyons

      Elizabeth Lyons, PhD

      Associate Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism
      Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

      Research Interests: Use of technology for health promotion and cancer control.

      RESEARCH

    • Kyriakos Markides, PhD
      Kyriakos Markides

      Kyriakos Markides, PhD

      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Professor, Internal Medicine, Administration
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: Longitudinal studies of Mexican-American elderly health care; depression; aging; social epidemiology; medical sociology; behavioral/social factors; demography; and Hispanics.

      RESEARCH

    • Ramkumar Menon, PhD
      Ramkumar Menon

      Ramkumar Menon, PhD

      Division Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Basic and Clinical Translational Research
      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perinatal Research

      Research Interests: Preterm birth.

      RESEARCH

    • Maria Micci, PhD
      Maria Micci

      Maria Micci, PhD

      Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

      Research Interests: Development of stem cell therapy for the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by loss or malfunction of enteric neurons.

      RESEARCH

    • Terumi Midoro-Horiuti, MD, PhD
      Terumi Midoro-Horiuti

      Terumi Midoro-Horiuti, MD, PhD

      Associate Professor, Pediatrics

      Research Interests: Structural basis for allergenicity and environmental induction of plant allergens.

      RESEARCH

    • Sadaf Milani, PhD, MPH
      Sadaf Milani

      Sadaf Milani, PhD, MPH

      Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

      Research Interests: Epidemiology of aging; cognition and dementia; health disparities, minority health, and gender disparities; pain and prescription opioid use.

      RESEARCH

    • Gregg Milligan, PhD, MS
      Gregg Milligan

      Gregg Milligan, PhD, MS

      Professor, Pediatric Vaccinology Research
      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
      Senior Scientist, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences

      Research Interests: Herpes simplex; and vaccine and other preventive measures against genital infection.

      RESEARCH

    • Tatiana Nanovskaya, DDS, PhD
      Tatiana Nanovskaya

      Tatiana Nanovskaya, DDS, PhD

      Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Biodevelopment Laboratories

      Research Interests: Pharmacokinetics of medications during pregnancy; identification and characterization of placental metabolizing enzymes and transporters; development of an animal model to study drug disposition during pregnancy; development of an in vitro model of trophoblast cultures to study the barrier and protective functions of human placenta; and development of LC-MS methods for separation and extraction of drugs from biological fluids and tissue.

      RESEARCH

    • Gayle Olson, MD

      Gayle Olson

      Gayle Olson, MD

      Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship
      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

      Research Interests: Maternal fetal medicine.

      RESEARCH

    • Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
      Kenneth Ottenbacher

      Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

      Professor Emeritus, Rehabilitation Sciences

      Research Interests: Research methods, functional assessment, and rehabilitation outcomes.

  • CIRWH Fellows P-R2

    • Luis Pacheco, MD
      Luis Pacheco

      Luis Pacheco, MD

      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
      Professor, Anesthesiology

      Research Interests: Maternal-fetal medicine, maternal hypo/hypertension, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes mellitus.

      RESEARCH

    • Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS
      Pooja Patel

      Pooja Patel, MD

      Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Research Interests: Adolescent contraception, cervical dysplasia, and DNA damage and mutagenesis in gynecologic cancers.

      RESEARCH

    • M. Kristen Peek, PhD
      Kristen Peek

      M. Kristen Peek, PhD

      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Chair ad interim, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Dean ad interim, School of Public and Population Health
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: Aging and health disparities; mental and physical health in late life; and marriage and health in late life.

      RESEARCH

    • Carolyn Phillips, RN, PhD
      Carolyn Phillips

      Carolyn Phillips, RN, PhD

      Associate Professor, School of Nursing

      Research Interests: Feminine/maternal adaptation, family development, female body image, maternal depression; maternal identity development; maternal role change; and adoptive mothers.

      RESEARCH

    • Richard Pyles, PhD
      Richard Pyles

      Richard Pyles, PhD

      Professor, Pediatric Vaccinology Research
      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
      Scientist, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences

      Research Interests: Evaluation of toll-like receptor responses against sexually-transmitted diseases and utilization of TLR agonists as potential microbicides to protect against STDs. For this work my lab focuses on study of the interaction of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and 2) and Chlamydia trachomatis with the genital tract of the human host.

      RESEARCH

    • Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD
      Ricardo Rajsbaum

      Ricardo Rajsbaum, PhD

      Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

      Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions and innate immune responses to viruses, with a focus on the host ubiquitin system; Zika-related pregnancy issues, specifically the role of the host ubiquitin system in Zika virus tissue tropism and how it manipulates the host ubiquitin system to preferentially target placenta and reproductive tissues.

      RESEARCH

    • Blake Rasmussen, PhD
      Blake Rasmussen

      Blake Rasmussen, PhD

      Professor and Chair, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: Muscle biology, exercise physiology, nutrition, sarcopenia, amino acid, and protein metabolism.

      RESEARCH

    • Vincente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
      Vincente Resto

      Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS

      Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology
      Professor, Neurosurgery
      Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Chief Physician Executive, ad interim

      Research Interests: Facial plastics, reconstructive surgery, skull base surgery, and molecular mechanisms important for lymphatic metastasis and tumor tolerance.

      RESEARCH

    • Gwyn Richardson, MD
      Gwyn Richardson

      Gwyn Richardson, MD

      Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Assistant Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

      Research Interests: Gynecologic oncology.

      RESEARCH

    • Richard Rupp, MD
      Richard Rupp

      Richard Rupp, MD

      Professor, Pediatrics
      Director, Adolescent Medicine
      Director, Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences Clinical Trials Program

      Research Interests: Adolescent medicine and mental health, improving immunization rates, and vaccine clinical trials.

      RESEARCH

    • Erik Rytting, PhD
      Erik Rytting

      Erik Rytting, PhD

      Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Pharmacology and Biodevelopment Laboratories
      Associate Professor, Pharmacology

      Research Interests: Maternal-fetal pharmacology, placental drug transport and permeation, and nanoparticle surface modifications to improve drug targeting.

      RESEARCH

  • CIRWH Fellows S-Z

    • George Saade, MD
      George Saade

      George Saade, MD

      Division Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
      Director, Perinatal Research
      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine

      Research Interests: Pre-eclampsia and labor.

      RESEARCH

    • Stacy Sell, PhD
      Stacy Sell

      Stacy Sell, PhD

      Physician, Anesthesiology
      Research Scientist, Neurology

      Research Interests: Ovarian hormone actions in the brain, specifically their interactions with the molecular, cellular and behavioral responses to psychoactive drugs; and developing and employing animal models to study the role of steroid hormones and the reproductive cycle in the etiology of addiction and affective disorders such as anxiety and depression.

    • Pei-Yong Shi, PhD
      Pei-Yong Shi

      Pei-Yong Shi, PhD

      Director, Institute for Drug Discovery
      Vice President for Research Innovation
      Associate Chief Research Officer
      Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

      Research Interests: Viruses that cause significant human diseases, such as dengue, Zika, West Nile, and SARS-CoV-2.

      RESEARCH

    • Victor Sierpina, MD
      Victor Sierpina

      Victor Sierpina, MD

      Professor, Family Medicine
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism
      Adjunct Professor, Physical Therapy

      Research Interests: Procedures training; acupuncture; mind-body medicine; herbal therapies; dietary supplements and nutritional therapies; the therapeutic relationship; and spirituality in healthcare.

      RESEARCH

    • Pomila Singh, PhD
      Pomila Singh

      Pomila Singh, PhD

      Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
      Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Professor, Internal Medicine

      Research Interests: Growth factors (progastrins, IGF-II, IGF-BPs) and signaling pathways in colon carcinogenesis and chemoprevention of colon cancers.

    • Lawrence Sowers, PhD
      Lawrence Sowers

      Lawrence Sowers, PhD

      Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Toxicology
      Director, Cancer Center Research Programs
      Professor, Internal Medicine

      Research Interests: The chemistry and biology of aberrant DNA; the role of DNA damage in human disease; and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of breast cancer.

      RESEARCH

    • Randall Urban, MD
      Randall Urban

      Randall Urban, MD

      Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Academic Enterprise
      Vice Dean, Clinical Research, School of Medicine
      Professor, Internal Medicine
      Director, Institute for Translational Sciences

      Research Interests: Effects of growth factors on steroidogenesis; the physiological and molecular benefits of androgen therapy in older men and women; effects of thiazolidinediones on reproductive function and growth of cancer cells; neuroendocrine dysfunction in people after closed-head injury; reproductive endocrinology; diabetes; and thyroid disease.

      RESEARCH

    • Kathleen Vincent, MD
      Kathleen Vincent

      Kathleen Vincent, MD

      Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Research Interests: Applying biomedical technologies to women’s health research; medications to prevent HIV and STD; and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics studies of vaginally applied drugs.

      RESEARCH

    • Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
      Elena Volpi

      Elena Volpi, MD, PhD

      Director, Sealy Center on Aging
      Director, UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
      Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences
      Professor, Internal Medicine
      Professor, Neurology
      Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy
      Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Metabolism

      Research Interests: Physical functioning and sarcopenia in older adults; protein metabolism; muscle metabolism in type 2 diabetes; exercise and nutritional regulation of muscle growth; sex/gender disparities in metabolism; and ethnic/racial disparities in metabolism.

      RESEARCH

    • Karen Wagner, MD, PhD
      Karen Wagner

      Karen Wagner, MD, PhD

      Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
      Professor, Pediatrics

      Research Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology.

      RESEARCH

    • Tian Wang, PhD
      Tian Wang

      Tian Wang, PhD

      Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
      Professor, Pathology

      Research Interests: My laboratory research has mainly focused on vaccine development and understanding of the disease mechanisms of emerging and re-emerging RNA viruses, such as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Powassan virus, Chikungunya virus, and Sars-COV-2.

      RESEARCH

    • Scott Weaver, PhD, MS
      Scott Weaver

      Scott Weaver, PhD, MS

      Professor and Chair, Microbiology and Immunology
      Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
      Scientific Director, Galveston National Laboratory, Institute for Human Infections
      Professor, Pathology

      Research Interests: Genetics, ecology, evolution, and pathogenesis of arboviruses, virus-mosquito interactions, and vaccine development.

      RESEARCH

    • Susan Weller, PhD
      Susan Weller

      Susan Weller, PhD

      Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Director, Family Medicine, Research Program

      Research Interests: Cross-cultural health service research; and cognition and methodology.

      RESEARCH

    • Rebeca Wong, PhD
      Rebeca Wong

      Rebeca Wong, PhD

      Professor and Vice Chair, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
      Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging
      Professor, Internal Medicine

      Research Interests: Health and lifestyle transitions; use of preventive and curative health care; and migration and old age well-being, including wealth, disability, and health behaviors.

      RESEARCH

    • Xiaoying Yu, MD, PhD
      Xiaoying Yu

      Xiaoying Yu, MD, PhD

      Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health

      Research Interests: Longitudinal data analysis; epidemiology studies and outcome research; HIV.

      RESEARCH

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