Texas Tech University

Faculty Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Research Focuses

Investigator Topic Involvement
Prasanth Chelikani Pathophysiological mechanisms of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension Obesity Society; American Society for Nutrition
Klementina Fon Tacer Mechanisms of mammalian germ cells adaptation to stress; How and why are stress protective pathways coopted in cancer; The role of cancer-testis antigens in stress adaptation; Comparative cancer analysis; The role of melanoma antigens in neurodevelopmental diseases Society for the Study of Reproduction; American Society for Andrology; American Association for Cancer Research; European Association for Cancer Research; AAAS; TAVMA
Jason Fritzler Molecular and biochemical evaluation and elucidation of novel chemotherapeutic agents against several drug resistant pathogens American Society for Microbiology, American Association for Veterinary Parasitologists, and AAAS
Stephanie Myers Tumorigenesis and cancer metabolism; Drug repurposing as chemotherapeutics; Comparative cancer pathology American College of Veterinary Pathologists; Society of Toxicologic Pathology; TVMA; American Association for Cancer Research
Annelise Nguyen Tumorigenesis; Anticancer drug development Society of Toxicology, American Association for Cancer Research
Fernanda Rosa Explore the relationship between diet and the host-microbiota using in vitro approaches and animal models; Identify diet-associated molecular markers such as microRNAs involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of inflammatory response Evaluate bovine milk oligosaccharides present in neonatal diet and the impact on the immune cell repertoire and inflammatory cytokine response Conference for Research Workers in Animal Disease, (CRWAD), American Association of Immunologists (AAI), The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-USDA
Devendra Shah Investigating the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis with a focus on nutritional virulence and antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens within food-animal systems through a One Health lens. Conference for Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD), American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Poultry Science Association (PSA)
Smriti Shringi Development of novel point of care (POC) and high throughput surveillance, detection and diagnostic tools for bacterial and viral infectious diseases that impact animal health and public health.; Unraveling evolutionary mechanisms underlying emergence, persistence, and loss of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and its impact on pathogen fitness.; Study pathogenesis, virulence, and molecular epidemiology of bacterial and viral infectious diseases with the focus on identifying molecular biomarkers for diagnostics and surveillance. American Society for Microbiology (ASM); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Ebenezer Tumban Viral infectious diseases, molecular virology, virus-like particles bioengineering, vaccines & correlates of immune protection, immunizations American Society for Virology, Virus-like particle & nano-particle vaccines