Judith F. Aronson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Pathology

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology;
Member, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases;
Director, Autopsy Division

Phone: (409) 772-6547

Judith F. Aronson, MD

  • I have a long-standing interest in the study of pathogenesis of infectious diseases, particularly experimental animal models of acute viral diseases including viral hemorrhagic fevers and arbovirus encephalitides. Because of my training as a pathologist, I am most interested in disease mechanisms and tissue-based studies of infectious agent localization and host responses.
  • BS Yale University, New Haven,CT Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (cum laude) 1980
    MD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC MD 1985
    McLaughlin Post-Doctoral Fellow Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX Post-Doctoral 1991
    Post-Doctoral Fellow Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Post-Doctoral 1994
  • 2007 American Medical Women’s Association, Women in Medicine Pre-clinical award
    2007 Member (elected), UTMB Academy of Master Teachers
    2006 L. Clarke Stout Professorship in Anatomic Pathology
    2006 American Medical Women’s Association, Women in Medicine Pre-clinical award
    2004 Elected Member, John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, UTMB
    2004 UTMB nominee, Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award
    2003 American Medical Women’s Association Women in Medicine Award
    2003 UTMB, Experimental Pathology Graduate Student Organization Award for Teaching and Mentoring
    2002 UTMB School of Medicine, Class of 1947 Excellence in Education Award
    2000 UTMB School of Medicine, Class of 1947 Excellence in Education Award
    1999 Best Anatomic Pathology Faculty Award, UTMB Pathology
    1998 Distinguished Faculty Award, Interactive Learning Track, School of Medicine, UTMB
    1985 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of North Car
    1985 Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, American Medical Women's Association, University of North Carolina
    • American Society for Virology
    • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    • American Society for Investigative Pathology
    • College of American Pathologists
    • Group for Research in Pathology Education
    1. Zhang L, Marriott K, ARONSON JF. Sequence analysis of the small RNA segment of guinea-pig passaged Pichinde virus variants. Am J Trop Med Hyg 61: 220-225, 1999.
    2. ARONSON JF, Grieder FB, Davis NL, Charles PC, Knott T, Brown K, Johnston RE. A single-site mutant and revertants arising in vivo define early steps in the pathogenesis of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus. Virology 270:111-123, 2000.
    3. Zhang L, Marriott KA, Harnish DG, ARONSON JF. Reassortant analysis of guinea pig virulence of Pichinde virus variants. Virology, 290(1): 30-38 (2001)
    4. Fennewald SM, ARONSON JF, Zhang L, Herzog NK. Alterations in NF-kB and RBP-Jk by arenavirus infection of macrophages in vitro and in vivo. J Virol, 76(3):1154-1162 (2002).
    5. Lele SM, Milazzo ML, Graves K, ARONSON JF, West AB, Fulhorst CF. Pathology of Whitewater Arroyo viral infection in Neotoma albigula (white-throated woodrat). Journal of Comparative Pathology, 128(4): 289-92 (2002.)
    6. Gonzalez-Salazar D, Estrada-Franco JG, ARONSON JF, Weaver SC. Equine Amplification And Virulence Of Subtype IE Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Viruses Isolated During The 1993 And 1996 Mexican Epizootics. Emerging Infectious Diseases 9(2): 161-8 (2003)
    7. Walling DM, Andritsos LA, Etienne W, Payne DA, ARONSON JF, Flaitz CM, Nichols CM: Molecular markers of clonality and identity in Epstein-Barr virus-associated B-cell lymphoproliferative disease. Journal of Medical Virology 74(1):94-101 (2004).
    8. Holbrook, MR, ARONSON JF, Campbell GA, Jones S, Feldmann H, and Barrett ADT. An animal model for the tick-borne Flavivirus Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 191 (1): 100-8 (2005).
    9. Ramirez-Alcatara V, Castaneda-Hernandez G, Rampy BA, ARONSON JF, Treinen-Moslen, M. Attenuated gastropathy but not enteropathy of cholestyramine complex with diclofenac in rats. In Press, Drug Development Research, 2005.
    10. Bowick G, Fennewald SM, Elsom BL, ARONSON JF, Luxon BA, Gorenstein DG, Herzog, NK. Differential signaling networks induced by mild and lethal hemorrhagic fever virus infections, J Virol 80(20):10248-10252 (2006)
    11. Fennewald SM, Scott EP, Zhang L, Yang X, ARONSON JF, Gorenstein DG, Luxon BA, Shope RE, Beasley DWC, Barrett ADT, Herzog NK. Thioaptamer decoy targeting of AP-1 proteins influences cytokine expression and the outcome of arenavirus infection. Journal of General Virology, 88:981-90 (2007).
    12. Bowick, GC, Fennewald SM, Scott EP, Zhang L, Elsom BL, ARONSON JF, Spratt HM, Luxon BA, Gorenstein DG, Herzog NK. Identification of differentially activated cell-signaling networks associated with hemorrhagic fever virus pathogenesis using systems kinomics. J Virol 81(4):1923-33 (2007)
    13. Schnadig VJ, Molina CP, ARONSON JF. Cytodiagnosis in the autopsy suite: A tool for improving quality and education. Archives Pathol Lab Med 131(7):1056-62 (2007).
    14. Vela EM, Zhang L, Colpitts, TM, Davey RA, ARONSON JF. Arenavirus entry occurs through a cholesterol-dependent, non-caveolar, clathrin-mediated endocytic mechanism. Virology 369(1):1-11 (2007).
    15. Vela EM, Bowick GC, Herzog NK, ARONSON JF. Genistein treatment of cells inhibits arenavirus infection. Antiviral Research 77:153-6 (2008).
    16. Vela EM, Colpitts TM, Zhang L, Davey RA, ARONSON JF. Pichinde virus is trafficked through a dynamin-2 endocytic pathway that is dependent on cellular Rab5- and Rab7-mediated endosomes. Arch Virol. 153(7):1391-6 (2008).
    17. Yun NE, Linde NS, Dzubia N, Zacks MA, Smith JN, Smith JK, ARONSON JF, Chumakova OV, Lander HJ, Peters CJ, Paessler S. Pathogenesis of XJ and Romero strains of Junin virus in two strains of guinea pigs. Am J Trop Med Hyg Aug 79(2):275-82 (2008).
    18. Adams AP, ARONSON JF, Tardif SD, Patterson JF, Brasky KM, Geiger R, de la Garza M, Carrion R Jr, Weaver SC. Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) as a nonhuman primate model to assess the virulence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus strains. J Virol 82(18):9035-41 (2008).
    19. Scott EP, ARONSON JF. Cytokine patterns in a comparative model of arenavirus hemorrhagic fever in guinea pigs. J Gen Virol 89(Pt 10):2569-79 (2008).
    20. Lan S., McLay L, ARONSON J, Ly Hinh, Liang Y. Genome comparison of virulent and avirulent strains of the arenavirus Pichinde. Archives of Virology, 153(7):1241-50 (2008)

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