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Robert Alaniz

College of Medicine

  • Research Assistant Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  • Director, College of Medicine Cell Analysis Facility
Immunology

Expertise

Dr. Alaniz's research focuses on understanding important host and microbial mechanisms that instruct the development of pathogen-specific effector, memory and protective T-cell immunity after infection with intracellular bacteria.

Mark Benden

School of Public Health

  • Department Head and Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Director, Ergonomics Center
Preventable Diseases

Expertise

Dr. Benden's research interests are office worker obesity, classroom ergonomics and childhood obesity, medical device development and sedentary behavior intervention.

Steven Bender

College of Dentistry

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Director, Center for Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine
Sleep

Expertise

Dr. Bender's research and teaching interests include anatomy of the head and neck, headache disorders, neuropathic facial pain, sleep related bruxism and other sleep disorders.

Jane Bolin

School of Public Health

  • Professor, Public Health
  • Director, Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Cancer
Health Policy
Preventable Diseases

Expertise

Dr. Bolin's research focus is diabetes and chronic diseases, cancer prevention and screening, rural health disparities and health law, regulation and ethics.

Craig Borchardt

College of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor, Humanities in Medicine
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospice Brazos Valley
Infectious Diseases
Innovation
Medical Education
Palliative Care

Expertise

Dr. Borchardt teaches palliative and end-of-life care, spirituality and faith in medicine, and medical ethics and serves Co-Director of Practice of Medicine 3, a course for second year medical students.

Steven Brown

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Chief Clinical Officer
Infectious Diseases
Innovation
Medical Education
Palliative Care

Expertise

Dr. Brown is the chief clinical officer and associate vice president of clinical strategy for the Health Science Center and chief clinical officer and professor with the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Carrie L. Byington

College of Medicine

  • The Jean and Thomas McMullin Professor and Dean of Medicine
  • Senior Vice President, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • Vice Chancellor for Health Services, Texas A&M University System
Infectious Disease
Innovation
Medical Education
Pediatrics

Expertise

Dr. Byington's research spans the translational spectrum from basic laboratory science to health services research and has focused primarily on bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens in children.

Timothy Callaghan, PhD

School of Public Health

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Health Policy

Expertise

Dr. Callaghan's research interests are health politics, the Affordable Care Act, autism policy, opioid policy, rural health policy, state politics, and public opinion about heath topics.

Carolyn Cannon

College of Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  • Associate Director, Texas A&M University MD/PhD Program
Immunology
Infectious Disease

Expertise

Dr. Cannon is a physician-scientist with over 15 years of experience caring for children with lung disease, specifically relating to cystic fibrosis.

Mahua Choudhury

College of Pharmacy

  • Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Infectious Disease

Expertise

Dr. Choudhury's research interests are diabetes, obesity, epigenetics and pregnancy complications.

Jeff Cirillo

College of Medicine

  • Regents' Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
  • Director of the Center for Airborne Pathogen Research and Tuberculosis (CAPRI)
Infectious Disease

Expertise

Dr. Cirillo's research interests are in the pathogenesis of bacterial lung infections including tuberculosis, Legionnaires' disease and other pneumonia agents, and he has been a tuberculosis researcher for more than 30 years.

Christie Columbus, MD

College of Medicine

  • Associate Dean, College of Medicine
Infectious Disease

Expertise

Dr. Columbus's research interests include medical education, infection control and prevention and hospital epidemiology.

Roderick Dashwood, PhD

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

  • Professor and Director
  • John S. Dunn Chair in Disease Prevention
  • Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention
Preventable Diseases
Cancer

Expertise

Dr. Dashwood's research focuses on genetics and epigenetic mechanisms in cancer development.

Peter Davies, MD, PhD

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

  • Director, Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  • Professor, Department of Center for Translational Cancer Research
Cancer Prevention

Expertise

Dr. Davies' scientific interests include studies on the molecular basis of hormone and drug action with a particular emphasis on the biology and pharmacology of retinoids.

Nancy Dickey, MD

College of Medicine

  • President Emeritus, Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Executive Director, A&M Rural and Community Health Institute
  • Professor and Department Head, Primary Care Medicine
Primary Care

Expertise

Dr. Dickey serves as executive director of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute which serves in a consultative role with hospitals and communities across the state of Texas to facilitate best practices in patient safety, enhanced quality of care, and physician excellence.

Nancy R. Downing, PhD, RN, SANE-A, CP-SANE

College of Nursing

  • Assistant Professor, Forensic Nursing
Forensics

Expertise

Dr. Downing conducts research focused on improving forensic health care, including Co-Investigator on a National Institute of Justice study on alternate light sources in improving bruise visibility, and two Texas A&M internally funded grants examining factors associated with PTSD after sexual assault.

David Earnest, PhD

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Biology
  • Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Neuroscience
Sleep

Expertise

Dr. Earnest's research uses multidisciplinary approaches to study how pathologies and environmental disturbances in the regulation of circadian rhythms are linked to variety of human health disorders including obesity and diabetes, increased cancer risk, cardiovascular disease and stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), sleep-wake cycle disturbances and depression.

John Erwin, MD, FAAC, FAHA

College of Medicine

  • Clinical Professor and Department Chair, Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine

Expertise

Dr. Erwin has an international reputation as an expert in the fields of clinical cardiology, valvular heart disease and quality improvement.

Amy Fairchild, PhD

School of Public Health

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Health Policy and Management

Expertise

Dr. Fairchild's research interests are immigrant health inspection, disease control, disease surveillance and privacy, public health issues and tobacco control.

Alva Ferdinand, PhD, JD

School of Public Health

  • Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Health Policy

Expertise

Dr. Ferdinand's research interests are health laws and ethics, disparities in health outcomes, research integrity, state and federal regulation in health care delivery and effectiveness at laws aimed at improving public health.

Robin Fuchs-Young, PhD

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  • Institute for Biosciences and Technology
Cancer

Expertise

Dr. Fuchs-Young's research studies the basic mechanisms of breast carcinogenesis, including the interaction (cross-talk) between the estrogen receptor alpha (ERa), IGF-1 and p53 signaling cascades.

Eric Grayson, PharmD

College of Pharmacy

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Medication Safety

Expertise

Dr. Grayson's research interests are clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy informatics and medication safety.

Paul Hicks, MD, PhD

College of Medicine

  • Associate Dean
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Psychiatry

Expertise

Dr. Hicks's research interests are psychiatry and behavioral pharmacology.

Matt Hoffman, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

College of Nursing

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Primary Care

Expertise

Dr. Hoffman's research interests include neurology, stroke prevention and post-stroke care, neuroscience of mental disorders, nursing informatics, LGBTQ health needs and inequities and health care policy, law and advocacy.

Benny Holand, PhD

  • Director, Clinical Learning Resource Center

Expertise

Dr. Holland's research interests include utilizing clinical simulation technology to improve health care systems, processes, and outcomes. This includes: patient safety, medical errors, medication errors, and utilizing clinical simulation for skills competency evaluations.

Brian Holland, PhD, RN

College of Nursing

  • Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies
  • Assistant Professor

Expertise

Dr. Holland's research interests include the use of innovative pedagogy in nursing simulations and the use of advance technologies to improve student learning outcomes in nursing simulations.

Magnus Höök, PhD

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

  • Regents and distinguished professor, Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospice Brazos Valley
Infectious Disease

Expertise

Dr. Höök's research is focused on determining the molecular pathogenesis of infections and inflammatory diseases.

Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, CPH

School of Public Health

  • Associate Professor and Department Head, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Disaster

Expertise

Dr. Horney's research focuses on measuring the health impacts of disasters, as well as the linkages between disaster planning and household actions related to preparedness, response, and recovery.

Bita A. Kash, PhD, MBA, FACHE

School of Public Health, College of Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
  • Joint Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Director, NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)
Health Care Delivery

Expertise

Dr. Kash conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based strategies within healthcare organizations. Her research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders to guide academic research.

Mansoor A. Khan, RPh, PhD

College of Pharmacy

  • Vice Dean
  • Professor and Department Head, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Director, Formulations and Drug Delivery Core Laboratory
Pharmaceuticals
Opioids

Expertise

Dr. Khan's research focus is primarily in the area of biopharmaceutics and formulations design and development.

Elias Kontogiorgos, DDS, PhD

College of Dentistry

  • Director of Implant Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences
Dentistry
Implant Dentistry

Expertise

Dr. Kontogiorgos's research focuses on bone response to trauma, surgery and biomaterials. He also researches the field of prosthodontics and tissue regeneration via distraction osteogenesis and its effects on the craniofacial skeleton.

Phillip Kramer, PhD

College of Dentistry

  • Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Pain Management

Expertise

Dr. Kramer's research interests include biochemistry, physiology and cellular and molecular biology.

Jerry Livingston, PhD, RN

College of Medicine

  • Director of Clinical Skills, Assistant Professor
Medical Education

Expertise

Dr. Livingston developed the Practice of Medicine courses along with Dr. Patricia Watson and a team from the Clinical Learning Resource Center. He co-directs PoM1 and PoM2 and is a member of the Academic and Clinical Success Committee, providing support to struggling students as they progress through the clinical skills curriculum.

Dai Lu, PhD

College of Pharmacy

  • Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceuticals

Expertise

Dr. Lu's research interests include entry-level and advanced medicinal and organic chemistry, pharmacology of drugs for oncology, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases.

Jay Maddock

School of Public Health

  • Assistant Professor, Humanities in Medicine
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospice Brazos Valley
Preventable Diseases

Expertise

Lisa F. Mallonee, BSDH, MPH, RD, LD

College of Dentistry

  • Professor, Graduate Program Director, Caruth School of Dental Hygiene
Dentistry
Preventable Diseases

Expertise

Mallonee is a published author in dental textbooks and peer reviewed journals on multiple topics pertaining to diet, nutrition and oral health and the practical application to whole body health for dietetic and dental professionals.

Carly McCord, PhD

School of Public Health

  • Research Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
  • Director of Clinical Services, Telehealth Counseling Clinic

Expertise

Dr. McCord systematically studies the mental health needs of clients of the TCC and the communities in which they reside, develops and refines intervention approaches, investigates the effectiveness of interventions, and evaluates satisfaction with services.

Rajesh Miranda, PhD

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (TAMU/TAMHSC)
Neuroscience

Expertise

Dr. Miranda's research focuses on developmental neurobiology, neural stem cells, epigenetics, and drug abuse, with a specific emphasis on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Brett Mitchell, PhD, FAHA

College of Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Medical Physiology
  • Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Immunity

Expertise

Dr. Mitchell's research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the development of endothelial dysfunction and hypertension caused by various immune system activators such as salt, angiotensin II, viruses, and bacteria.

Stacey Mitchell, DNP, MBA

College of Nursing

  • Clinical Associate Professor
Forensics

Expertise

Dr. Mitchell's teaching interests including forensic health care issues and patient safety.

Nora Montalvo-Liendo, RN, PhD, FAAN

College of Nursing

  • Assistant Professor
Forensics

Expertise

Dr. Montalvo-Liendo's research interests are minority populations, interpersonal violence, sexual violence and childhood adverse events.

Michael Morrissey, PhD

School of Public Health

  • Professor and Department Head, Health Policy and Management
Health Policy

Expertise

Dr. Morrisey's research interests have largely focused on employer-sponsored health insurance, the effects of legislation and regulation in health and health care, and hospital economics.

Lynne A. Opperman, PhD

College of Dentistry

  • Regents Professor and Head, Biomedical Sciences
  • Director of Technology Development, Research and Graduate Studies
Innovation

Expertise

Dr. Opperman has experience in understanding the developmental mechanisms regulating craniofacial bone development and growth and in developing bone substitutes and bone distraction devices.

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH

School of Public Health

  • Associate Dean of Research
  • Regents and Distinguished Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
Population Health

Expertise

Dr. Ory is the founding director of the university-wide Center for Population Health and Aging, chair of the SPH Health and Wellness Committee and academic partner for the Community Research Center for Senior Health with Baylor Scott and White Health. She also chairs the Opioid Task Force.

Katie Jo Pekarek, DO

College of Medicine

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Obstetrics

Expertise

Dr. Pekarek's teaching interests are international medicine, high-risk and surgical obstetrics and critical care medicine.

Alison Pittman, MSN, CPN, RN

College of Nursing

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Pediatrics

Expertise

Dr. Pittman's research interests include pediatric obesity, sibling visitation in pediatric critical care, innovative teaching strategies in nursing and nursing student health.

David Potter, PhD

College of Pharmacy

  • Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceuticals

Expertise

Dr. Potter's teaching and research interests are neuroendocrinology and ocular pharmacology.

Indra K. Reddy, PhD

College of Pharmacy

  • Professor and Founding Dean
Pharmaceuticals

Expertise

Dr. Reddy's teaching and research interests include ocular and targeted drug delivery, drug design and development, pharmaceutical care and rheumatology and autoimmune diseases.

D. Samba Reddy, PhD, RPh, FAAPS, FAAAS

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Neurosciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Neuroscience

Expertise

Dr. Reddy is a highly trained pharmacist-pharmacologist developing new therapeutics for epilepsy and chemical neurotoxicity.

Brooke Russell, PhD

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

  • Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
Innovation
Neuroscience

Expertise

Dr. Russell's research focuses on harnessing bacterial-derived materials for novel medical device development.

Virender Sharma, PhD

School of Public Health

  • Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

Expertise

Dr. Sharma's research focuses on the chemistry and application of ferrates and the inactivation of viruses, bacteria and toxins in water and air, as well as the removal of emerging contaminants such as antibiotics, estrogens and toxic metals in water.

Ashok Shetty, PhD

College of Medicine

  • Professor, Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  • Associate Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Research Career Scientist, Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center
Military Health
Neuroscience

Expertise

Dr. Shetty's laboratory is interested in developing clinically applicable strategies that are efficacious for enhancing brain function using a variety of stem cells, stem-cell derived exosomes, and drugs. The model systems include brain aging, traumatic brain injury, temporal lobe epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and Gulf War illness.

Farida Sohrabji

College of Medicine

  • Professor and Associate Department Chair, Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (TAMU/TAMHSC)
Neuroscience

Expertise

Dr. Sohrabji's research interests focuses on brain-immune interactions regulated by estrogen and its implications for neuro-inflammatory diseases such as stroke in women.

David Threadgill, PhD

College of Medicine

  • University Distinguished Professor, Molecular and Cellular Medicine
  • The Tom and Jean McMullin Chair of Genetics
  • Director, Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society
Genetics

Expertise

Dr. Threadgill's research interests focus on cancer genetics, epidermal growth factor receptor, genetics to environmental response including environmental contaminants and diet, and systems genetics resources.

William F. Wathen, BS, DMD

College of Dentistry

  • Adjunct Professor, General Dentistry
Dental Health

Expertise

William F. Wathen, BS, DMD, is an adjunct professor in the Department of General Dentistry at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. He teaches a web-based course about the psychosocial aspects of dental practice called Dental Crossroads - Secrets of Success in practice.

Cynthia Weston, DNP, RN

College of Nursing

  • Assistant Professor
Cardiology
Primary Care

Expertise

Dr. Weston's research interests include congenital heart disease, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, health promotion and wellness, innovative pedagogy in family nurse practitioner curriculum, improving access to health care in vulnerable populations, patient safety and interprofessional education.

Shelley White-Corey, MSN, RNC, WHNP, CNE

College of Nursing

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
Prenatal

Expertise

Dr. White-Corey's research interests include obesity in pregnancy, preeclampsia and alternative therapies in health care.

Yubin Zhou, MB, PhD

Institute of Biosciences and Technology

  • Associate Professor, Center for Transitional Cancer Research
Innovation

Expertise

Dr. Zhou's research interests focus on elucidating the role of calcium signaling and epigenetic modifications in health and disease, and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics and optogenetic platforms for disease intervention.