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Marjan Afrouzian, M.D. Marjan Afrouzian, M.D.
Diabetic nephropathy; podocyte injury and proteinuria; mechanisms of rejection in organ transplantation (kidney, liver, lung, heart, pancreas)
Patricia V. Aguilar, Ph.D. Patricia V. Aguilar, Ph.D.
My main research interest is to better understand the mechanisms that enable emerging viruses to evade host immune responses and cause disease, and to identify cellular factors that contribute to viral infection.
Shakeel Ansari, Ph.D. Shakeel Ansari, Ph.D.
Xenobiotic metabolism, conjugation, and toxicity; biomonitoring.
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Judith F. Aronson, M.D. Judith F. Aronson, M.D.
Pathogenesis of arenavirus disease.
Erin Barnhart, M.D. Erin Barnhart, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner, Galveston County
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Alan Barrett, Ph.D. Alan Barrett, Ph.D.
Molecular basis of attenuation, virulence, and immunogenicity of flaviviruses
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Paul J. Boor, M.D. Paul J. Boor, M.D.
I am interested in how the larger blood vessels of the body are injured by toxic chemicals in our environment.
Donald H. Bouyer, Ph.D. Donald H. Bouyer, Ph.D.
Pathogenesis and host response mechanisms of rickettsial diseases
Barbara Jean Bryant, MD, FCAP, FASCP Barbara Jean Bryant, MD, FCAP, FASCP
Alexander A. Bukreyev, Ph.D. Alexander A. Bukreyev, Ph.D.
Filoviruses Ebola and Marburg, the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, vectored vaccines, mucosal immunization, immuno-pathogenesis, immune response, reverse genetics.
Gerald A. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D. Gerald A. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathologic mechanisms of blood-brain barrier injury in systemic and central nervous system diseases.
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Cecilia G. Clement, M.D. Cecilia G. Clement, M.D.
Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology.
Yingzi Cong, Ph.D. Yingzi Cong, Ph.D.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two major disease entities of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Robert Allen Cox, Ph.D. Robert Allen Cox, Ph.D.
Airway structure and function, airway inflammation and disease.
Jianli Dong, M.D., Ph.D. Jianli Dong, M.D., Ph.D.
(1) BRAF/MEK/ERK and p16/CDK/RB pathways in cancer biology. (2) Molecular diagnostics and translation research. Research and development of molecular biomarkers in clinical application.
Eduardo Eyzaguirre, M.D. Eduardo Eyzaguirre, M.D.
Viral Determinants of Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease in the Hamster.
Rong Fang, M.D., Ph.D. Rong Fang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Fang’s research interests focus on understanding of the immune regulatory mechanisms involved in the inability of the host defense system to control systemic infection with intracellular bacteria, such as rickettsiae.
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Naomi Forrester, Ph.D. Naomi L. Forrester, Ph.D.
Virus evolution using both experimental infections and phylogenetics.
Alexander N. Freiberg, Ph.D. Alexander N. Freiberg, Ph.D.
One main research interest is in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which emerging RNA viruses cause encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever diseases.
Nisha Jain Garg, Ph.D. Nisha Jain Garg, Ph.D.
Molecular mechanisms essential for maintaining the host-parasite interactions of the development of Trypanosoma cruzi.
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Benjamin B. Gelman, M.D., Ph.D. Benjamin B. Gelman, M.D., Ph.D.
Mechanisms of HIV- and AIDS-associated neurocognitive, neuropathic, and myelopathic changes.
Bin Gong, M.D., Ph.D. Bin Gong, M.D., Ph.D.
My research focus is to develop post-transcriptional or translational regulation strategies to protect endothelial cells during infection with intracellular pathogens.
Dr. Hawkins Hal K. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Acute inflammatory reaction to tissue injury; wound healing and smoke inhalation injury.
Cheng Huang, Ph.D. Cheng Huang, Ph.D.
Virus-host interaction and the pathogenesis of highly pathogenic arenavirus viruses. Development of vaccines and therapeutics against pathogenic arenavirus infection.
Dr. Hughes Grant L. Hughes, Ph.D.
Dissecting the tripartite interaction between mosquitoes, their microbes and the pathogens they transmit.
Dr. Ikegami Tetsuro Ikegami, Ph.D.
Our lab uses a well-established reverse genetics system of RVFV MP-12, and currently studies on the immunological significance of MP-12 NSs as a vaccine, as well as the detailed mechanisms of RVFV NSs multifunctions.
Dr. Kaphalia Bhupendra Singh Kaphalia, Ph.D.
Lipid conjugation of xenobiotic alcohols and mechanisms of their toxicity.
Dr. Kahn M. Firoze Khan, Ph.D.
Oxidative stress and autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Loeffelholz Mike Loeffelholz, Ph.D., ABMM
Diagnostic virology and microbiology.
Dr. McBride Jere W. McBride, Ph.D.
Obligate intracellular bacteria pathobiology, host response, diagnostics, and vaccine development.
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Dr. Mambo Nobby C. Mambo, M.D.
Medical student and post-graduate medical education.
Dr. Motin Vladimir L. Motin, Ph.D.
Currently, my major research interest is the pathogenesis of Yersinia pestis, the etiological agent of plague.
Dr. Nawgiri Ranjana S. Nawgiri, M.D.
Fine needle aspiration cytology.
Dr. Okorodudu Anthony O. Okorodudu, Ph.D., MBA, SC (ASCP), NRCC (TOXI), DABCC, FACB
Intracellular cations with respect to cell membrane changes in aging.
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Dr. Olano Juan P. Olano, M.D.
Pathogenesis of rickettsial and ehrlichial infections.
Dr. Paessler Slobodan Paessler, D.V.M., Ph.D.
My research has focused on viral pathogenesis and vaccine/diagnostics/antivirals development.
Dr. Petersen John R. Petersen, Ph.D.
My research focuses on development of new clinical methodologies and the analytical validation of these methods.
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Dr. Popov Vsevolod Leonidovich Popov, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Ultrastructure of viruses and intracellular bacteria and their interactions with host cells.
Dr. Qian You-Wen Qian, M.D., Ph.D.
Diagnosis of benign and malignant hematopoietic diseases using various approaches including flow cytometry immunophenotyping; Pathology Informatics, especially in laboratory information handling and clinical decision support.
Dr. Qiu Suimmin Qiu, M.D., Ph.D.
My research interests are focused on cancer molecular biology and cancer pathogenesis.
Dr. Ren Ping Ren, Ph.D.
Diagnostic mycology and antifungal drug combination
Dr. A. Sahni Abha Sahni, M.S., Ph.D.
My research interests include, 1. Pathogenesis and immune mechanisms for rickettsial infection 2. Vascular biology and signaling mechanisms governing interaction of fibrinogen and growth factors with endothelium.
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Dr. Sahni Sanjeev K. Sahni, Ph.D.
The obligate intracellular bacteria belonging to Rickettsia species are etiological agents of the spotted fever and typhus groups (SFG and TG) of rickettsial diseases in almost all geographic locations worldwide.
Vanessa V. Sarathy, Ph.D. Vanessa V. Sarathy, Ph.D.
A major area of study is the development and characterization of animal models of flavivirus infection.
Elena Sbrana, M.S., Ph.D. Elena Sbrana, M.S., Ph.D.
Autopsy pathology, infectious diseases pathology, pulmonary pathology.
Dr. Soong Lynn Soong, M.D., Ph.D.
Protective immunity and pathogenesis of intracellular pathogens; Dendritic cell-pathogen interactions; T cell priming; Cytokines/Chemokines; Vaccine development
Dr. Stevenson Heather Stevenson-Lerner, M.D., Ph.D.
Liver pathology (Native and Allograft) Certified in Transplantation pathology (heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, small intestine)
Dr. Stout L. Clarke Stout, M.D.
Studies of diabetic renal glomerular disease in humans.
Dr. Thangamani 	Saravanan Thangamani, Ph.D. Saravanan Thangamani, Ph.D.
My research interests are focused on to elucidate the Pathogen-Vector(ticks and mosquitoes)-Host Interface.
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Dr. Torres Alfredo G. Torres, Ph.D.
Shiga toxin-producing strains of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) are a class of pathogenic E. coli responsible for numerous food- and water-borne outbreaks causing a range of illness in humans, from non-bloody diarrhea to hemorrhagic colitis or hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Dr. Vaidya Smita Vaidya, Ph.D.
Recognition of HLA epitopes by HLA antibodies.
Dr. Vasilakis Nikos Vasilakis, Ph.D.
Basic research on evolution and pathogenesis of arthropod-borne viruses, virus — mosquito, virus — host interactions and vaccine development.
Dr. Walker David H. Walker, M.D.
Pathobiology of obligate intracellular pathogens.
Dr. Wang Gangduo Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Experimental models and mechanisms of chemical-induced autoimmunity.
Dr. Wang Tian Wang, Ph.D.
My research focuses on understanding of immune response to West Nile virus infection in protection and pathogenesis.
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Dr. Weaver Scott C. Weaver, Ph.D.
Pathogenesis, epidemiology, and evolution of arboviruses; arbovirus-vector interactions.
Dr. Williams-Bouyer Natalie Williams-Bouyer, Ph.D.
Antimicrobial resistance trends.
Dr. Yu Xue-jie Yu, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathogenesis of obligately intercellular bacteria and the mechanism of persistent ehrlichial infection.