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For more information please contact Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe
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Texas Southern University Summer Scholars Academy 2022

TSU Summer Scholar Academy participants with President, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young.

Texas Southern University hosted the Summer Scholars Academy, July 1 – August 1, 2022 housed in the Department of Biology, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (COSET). The academy was devoted to changing the lives of future leaders of tomorrow. Scholars were exposed to a dynamic curriculum in mathematics, science, coding, and forensics to expand their daily horizons. As an outreach program richly rooted in the heart of Third-Ward, Houston, Texas, educators and students spent their summer learning and creating tools to help them be more successful for the upcoming school year. Our goal at TSU is to provide an experience for students to be a part of the higher education spectrum with professors and community leaders to guide them. Our one-month program each year reaches over 150 students. This free community-based program works with surrounding organizations such as Houston Food Bank, HISD and Fort Bend ISD to provide high quality enrichment through instruction and nutrition.

TSU Summer Scholars Academy under the leadership of Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, offered teachers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the role that science plays in our lives. The curriculum included essential principles and fundamental concepts of math and science. Instructors used an interactive framework that let students explore how science and math are used daily.

Front row: Summer Scholar participants; back row: Dr. Aladdin Sleem, Interim Dean, COSET, Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, TSU Lead Professor and Ms. Charlotte Whaley, College Business Administrator.

Every week the University offered opportunities for all scholars to experience hands-on science learning with field trips. Students enjoyed a combination of science displays, group activities, and hands-on experiments. Activities were matched to the Texas Essential Skills also known as the TEKS. With certified educators and handpicked interns, students’ safety and knowledge were the key to success. With the help of President Crumpton-Young, our program was able to continue to support our students’ ambitions of being doctors, scientist, engineers, and teachers. TSU Summer Scholars program is committed to be the most respected STEM outreach program within the historic third-ward area. We are devoted to change, and foundational building that will lead our students to pursue a college on our campus.

Molecular Biology Research Lab

Supervisor: Desire Jackson     SB 306

Dr. Jackson’s research focus is on the effects of heavy metal exposure on fetuses. The hypothesis behind this interest is: prenatal exposure to arsenic alters gene expression during development . In the laboratory, graduate students have examined the effect of arsenic at low levels on gene expression in rat pups during gestation and within two weeks of birth to determine the effects of gene expression. This work is important because the effects of arsenic exposure on gene expression in these developmental stages have not been well studied. The thought behind these studies is that prenatal exposure to Arsenic alters gene expression during development which may eventually lead to various tumor types in the adult organism. The prediction is that an alteration in gene expression will be seen when a comparison is made between the control and the arsenic -treated groups. Alteration of expression of genes associated with cell proliferation and DNA damage could be in the study group and could be linked to the potential for tumor formations in the adult.

Graduate students in her lab have used RNA isolation, RT-PCR and Quantitative Real Time PCR to study the effects of Arsenic exposure on the expression of specific genes associated with cell cycle regulation and oxidative stress. Students have studied the effects of pre- and peri-natal exposure to Arsenic on gene expression in fetal rat liver, in fetal rat kidney, and in fetal rat lung. Her students have also studies the effects of pre-natal exposure to Arsenic on gene expression in fetal rat kidney and in fetal rat brain.

Autophagy Lab

Supervisor: Mario Hollomon     SB 304

Dr. Mario Hollomon’s laboratory investigates the effect of autophagy on cancer development and metastasis. Specifically, the laboratory investigates the effect of autophagy modulation on the sensitivity of cancer cells to anticancer therapy. Using lenitvirus, we have generated several stable knockdown cancer cell lines that have enabled the laboratory to investigate the effect of autophagy proteins on the response of cancer cells to anticancer drug treatment. We have shown that autophagy inhibition, through knockdown of ATG5, can have an opposing effect on osteosarcoma cells treated with camptothecin. We are currently investigating the mechanisms responsible for this opposing effect. We are also investigating the effect of other autophagy-related proteins on the response of cancer cells to anticancer drug treatment.

The laboratory also investigates cell death signaling pathways in cancer cells. Here, we also use lentivirus to knockdown the expression of select cell death pathway-associated proteins to better understand their role in the cell death pathway. In addition, the laboratory also investigates the role of endogenous antioxidants in protecting cancer cells against anticancer drug-induced cytotoxicity.

TSU-MAPS at AMEC in San Francisco

COSET students attended a banquet at the Annual Medical Education Conference where medical students were congratulated to their matching to a residency program.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) was founded in 1964 as a sub-division of the (NMA) after recognizing the need to give active support to medical students and encourage them in their pursuit of careers as physicians. The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) represent the undergraduate and post-bac student-run chapters that extend the mission of SNMA and NMA: increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing health professional schools. Texas Southern University chapter of SNMA-MAPS attended AMEC for the third time. SNMA 54thAnnual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) took place on March-28 to April 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Our MAPS chapter was able to take 20 students fully funded including travel, registration and hotel costs thanks to the support of Texas Southern University’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology (COSET). This event allowed us to be exposed to diverse career opportunities, network with medical representatives, and build professional and academic skills. This event included many schools such as University of Chicago, Vanderbilt Medical School, Meharry Medical School, Howard Medical School, Harvard Medical School just to name a few.

 

Dr. A. Sodipe (Biology) and 20 students of the TSU-MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Health Students) participated at the Annual Medical Education Conference

Contributed by: Dr. A. Sodipe and K.Kalifa

Dr. Marian Hillar invited to Oxford University

Biology professor Dr. Marian Hillar has been invited to present a seminar at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University in England. The conference, to be held July 19-22, was organized in collaboration with the International Society for Science and Religion. The conference theme is Religion, Society, and the Science of Life. Dr. Hillar’s seminar, Natural Moral Law: From the Stoics to Kant, Darwin and Modern Evolutionary Science will detail that modern science provides a biological basis for human moral behavior and validates philosophical speculation. The presentation is based on his book, Historical Development toward Non-Theistic, Humanist Ethics: Essays from the Ancient Stoics to Modern Science.

 

Source: TSU E-newsJune 19-25,2017

TSU has been awarded a NSF
Targeted Infusion Grant

From Left to right: Dr.Saydam (CO-I), Dr.Sapp (CO-I), Dr.Sundaresan (PI), Dr.Harvey (CO-PI), Dr.Peltier-Glaze (CO-I)

TSU was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Targeted Infusion Grant under PI, Dr. Alamelu Sundaresan, with Co-PI Dr. Mark Harvey and CO-Is Drs. John Sapp, Azime Saydam and Bernnell Peltier-Glaze. This project combines structured peer-mentor infused curricula coupled with faculty mentored summer research for the following courses within COSET:  MATH 136, CHEM 131, PHYS 237 and BIOL 131. The main objective of the proposal is to increase STEM retention of underrepresented students by offering dedicated peer mentoring and supervised faculty research opportunities. We are excited about this first full-fledged project of its kind at TSU consisting of an active learning concept and associated peer-mentoring, which will benefit both TSU students and the above four departments from June 2017 – May 2020. Peer mentors will be selected from upperclassmen in each of the departments and will be directly supervised by the PI, Co-PI and CO-Is. More to follow…

Center for Philosophy, Religious, and Socinian Studies

Mission and goals

The Center for Philosophy, Religious, and Socinian Studies conducts research and outreach on behalf of the largely unrecognized Socinian movement, its forefather Michael Servetus, and their profound influence on the development of the Enlightenment and beyond, including the foundation of American government. Over time, the Center has grown to encompass more than the Socinian movement to address relevant subjects in the fields of philosophy, ethics, humanism, and religion. The Center has produced dozens of publications (articles and books) and serves as an internationally recognized authoritative resource in these areas. The major work of Michael Servetus, forefather of freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience, was translated for the first time in the Center from original Latin into English (five volumes).

Director

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Contact Information

Prof. Marian Hillar, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Department of Biology
Texas Southern University

Projects

  1. Current project involves preparation of a monograph on the development of the Socinian movement in Europe and the United States and its effect of the formation of the American Constitution.
  2. Evaluation of commonalities in major world religions in order to build a consensus in public morals in a pluralistic society.

Investigators

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Mrs. Clare Allen (Stettler), M.A.
Research Assistant

Research and Services

The Center conducts historical research in the areas of history of ideas, philosophy, and religions and attempts to build a consensus to provide an intellectual guidance to modern times. Research and publications of the Center are internationally recognized as being in the forefront of the scholarly efforts in the subject.

Recently the Center developed a new course offered at the Department of Biology entitled : History and Philosophy of Science, BIO 435

Labs and Equipment

The Center requires access to library sources and use of modern and classical languages. Modern Internet is an invaluable tool for access to such resources, as well as access to Fondren Library in Houston. Also several library resources in foreign countries at major universities were utilized for research.

Short Introduction

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Mausoleum of Faustus Socinus

Socinians were members of the specific radical Reformation international religious group that was formed originally in Poland and in Transylvania in the XVIth century and went beyond the limited scope of the reform initiated by Luther or Calvin. At the roots of their religious doctrines was the Antitrinitarianism developed by Michael Servetus (1511-1553) and transplanted by Italian Humanists, as well as the social ideas borrowed initially from the Anabaptists and Moravian Brethren. About the middle of the XVIth century a variety of Antitrinitarian sects emerged. They called themselves Christians or Brethren, hence Polish Brethren, also Minor Reformed Church. Their opponents labeled them after the old heresies as Sabellians, Samosatinians, Ebionites, Unitarians, and finally Arians. They were also known abroad as Socinians, after the Italian Faustus Socinus (1539-1604) (Fausto Sozzini, nephew of Lelio Sozzini) who at the end of the XVIth century became a prominent figure in the Raków Unitarian congregation for systematizing the doctrines of the Polish Brethren. Although the spirit of religious liberty was one of the elements of the Socinian doctrine, the persecution and coercion they met as a result of the Counter Reformation led them to formulate the most advanced ideas in the realm of human freedom and church-state relations.The intellectual ferment Socinian ideas produced in all of Europe determined the future philosophical trends and led directly to the development of Enlightenment. The precursor ideas of the Polish Brethren on religious freedom were later expanded, perfected and popularized by John Locke (1632-1704) in England , Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) in France and Holland, and Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) in Holland. The ideas of John Locke were transplanted directly to the American continent by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who implemented them for the first time in the American legislation.

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Figure 1

The Polish Brethren were forerunners of the later thinkers who developed the ideas of the Enlightenment and introduced modern humanistic ideals. Their achievements are the highest in Europe of their times and originated all modern trends in political, social and moral sciences, in biblical and religious studies, and in concepts of the absolute freedom of intellectual inquiry, liberty of conscience and complete nonantagonistic separation of church and state. They put to practice the highest ethical ideals.The doctrines of the Polish Brethren represented a humanistic reaction to a medieval theology based on submission to the Church’s totalitarian authority. Though they retained the scripture as something supra rationem, they analyzed it rationally and believed that nothing should be accepted contra rationem. Their social and political thought underwent a significant evolutionary process from the very utopian trend condemning participation in war and holding public and judicial office to a moderate and realistic stand based on mutual love, support of the secular power of the state, active participation in social and political life, and defense of social equality. They spoke out against the enserfment of peasants, a recurring issue in Poland not solved until the XXth century.

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Figure 2

They were the first to postulate the complete separation of church and state, an idea never before discussed in Christian societies. Their spirit of absolute religious freedom expressed in their practice and writings, “determined, more or less immediately, all the subsequent revolutions in favor of religious liberty.” Their rationality set the trend for the philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment and determined future development of all modern intellectual endeavors. After expulsion they were forced into oblivion for three centuries, forgotten in a country that continued to be dominated by the Catholic Church.

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Raphael – School of Athens

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Statue of Michael Servetus in Villanueva de Sijena

The intellectual ferment Socinian ideas produced in all of Europe determined the future philosophical trends and led directly to the development of Enlightenment. The precursor ideas of the Polish Brethren on religious freedom were later expanded, perfected and popularized by John Locke (1632-1704) in England and Pierre Bayle (1647-1706) in France and Holland. The ideas of John Locke were transplanted directly to the American continent by Thomas Payne, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and others and were implemented them for the first time in the American legislation.
The project of studies involves: 1. Translation of the original works written by Michael Servetus from Latin into English; 2. Recovery of writings of the Socinians and spreading the information about their ideas; 3. Tracing the development of ideas which eventually led to the formation of American society and its Constitution with all its ideals and freedoms.

Books written and edited, published during the last ten years

  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 14, pp. 90. American Humanist Association, 2006.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 15, pp. 160. American Humanist Association, 2007.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 16 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 96. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 16 (2) Fall-Winter, pp. 120. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 17 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 112. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “The Restoration of Christianity. An English Translation of Christianismi restitutio, 1553, by Michael Servetus (1511-1553). Translated by
  • Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar,” (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2007). Pp. 409+xxix
  • Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “Treatise on Faith and Justice of Christ’s Kingdom by Michael Servetus. Selected and Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar,” (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). Pp. 95 +xlv
  • Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “Treatise Concerning the Supernatural Regeneration and the Kingdom of the Antichrist by Michael Servetus. Selected and Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar,” (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). Pp. 302+l
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 16 (2) Fall Winter, pp. 120. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 17 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 114. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 17 (2) Fall-Winter, pp. 130. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 18 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 96. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 18 (2) Fall-Winter pp. 108. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “Thirty Letters to Calvin & Sixty Signs of the Antichrist by Michael Servetus.” Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Christopher A. Hoffman and Marian Hillar (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010). Pp. 175 + lxxxvi.
  • Juan Naya and Marian Hillar, eds., “Michael Servetus, Heartfelt: Proceedings of the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2006,” (Lanham, MD and Plymouth UK: University Press of America, 2011). 430 pp.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 19 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 106. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2011.
  • Marian Hillar, Robert D. Finch, editors “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 19 (2) Fall-Winter, pp. 116. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2011.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor, “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 20 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 106. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 20 (2) Fall-Winter pp. 126. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Marian Hillar, Major study: From Logos to Trinity. The Evolution of Religious Beliefs from Pythagoras to Tertullian (Cambridge, UK, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 320 pp. + xi.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor, “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 21 (1) Spring-Summer, pp. 120. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC; Equinox Sheffield, UK, 2013.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 21 (2) Fall-Winter pp. 126. American Humanist Association, Washington DC; Equinox, Sheffield, UK, 2013.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 22 (1) pp. 118. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC; Equinox, Sheffield, UK, 2014.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 22 (2) pp. 120. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC; Equinox, Sheffield, UK, 2014.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 23 (1) pp. 132. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC; Equinox, Sheffield, UK, 2015.
  • Marian Hillar, founding editor “Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism,” Vol. 23 (2) pp. 128. American Humanist Association, Washington, DC; Equinox, Sheffield, UK, 2015.
  • Marian Hillar, and Christopher A. Hoffman, translators: “Regarding the Mystery of the Trinity and the Teaching of the Ancients to Philip Melanchthon and His Colleagues”
    by Michael Servetus. Translated from Christianismi restitutio by Marian Hillar and Christopher A. Hoffman (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2015), 103 pp + lii.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Historical Development Toward a Non-Theistic Humanistic Ethics: Essays from the Ancient Stoics to Modern Science.” (Lewiston, NY; Queenston, Ont., Canada; Lampeter, Wales, UK: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2015), 278 pp + lxii.

Journal publications in the last ten years

  • Marian Hillar,.”Socinian Precursors of the American Constitutional Separation of Church and State. Part II : Socinian Ideas on the Separation of State and Religion.” In The American Unitarian, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2006, pp. 60-74.
  • Marian Hillar and Claire S. Stelter, translation from Polish of an article by Stanisław Cieniawa, “Let’s Learn Religion from … Flowers.” Published in Essays in thePhilosophy of Humanism, American humanist Association, Washington, D.C., Vol. 14, 2006, pp. 69-77.
  • Marian Hillar, “Christianismi restitutio (Restitución del Cristianismo): el programa religioso de Miguel Servet,” in Miguel Servet. Luz entre tinieblas, ed. Sergio Baches Opi, (Huesca: Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses, 2006), pp. 45-68.
  • Marian Hillar, “Christianismi restitutio (Restoration of Christianity): the religious program of Michael Servetus,” in Miguel Servet. Luz entre tinieblas, (Huesca: Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses, 2006), pp. 69-92.
  • Marian Hillar, “El legado de Servet. El camino del reconocimiento de la libertad de conciencia como derecho natural y cambio de paradigma social: de Servet a Thomas Jefferson,” in Miguel Servet. Luz entre tinieblas, ed. Sergio Baches Opi, (Huesca: Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses, 2006), pp. 93-108.
  • Marian Hillar, “The legacy of Servetus: Humanism and the beginning of change in the social paradigm: From Servetus to Thomas Jefferson, in Miguel Servet. Luz entre tinieblas, ed. Sergio Baches Opi, (Huesca: Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses, 2006), pp. 109-124.
  • Marian Hillar, “Numenius and Greek Philosophical Sources of Christian Doctrine.” In Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy, Istanbul. August 10- 17, 2003, (Turkish Philosophical Society, Ankara, 2006), Vol. 8, pp. 55-60.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Religious program of Michael Servetus in His major Work, Christianismi restitutio (The Rstoration of Christianity).” Journal from the Radical Reformation. Testimony to Biblical Unitarianism, Vol. 13, No. 2. Fall, 2006. pp. 2-19.
  • Marian Hillar, “Servetus and the Switch to the Humanistic Social Paradigm. An Historical Perspective on How the Social Paradigm Changes.” In Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, eds. Robert D. Finch, Marian Hillar, American Humanist Association, Houston, Vol. 15, 2007, pp. 91-116.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: The Genealogy of Morals. The First Essay. ‘Good and Evil,’ ‘Good and Bad’ and the Critique of the Christian Ethics.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 92, July 2007, pp. 3-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “Numenius and the Hellenistic Sources of the Central Christian Doctrine” in A Journal from the Radical Reformation. A testimony to Biblical Unitarianism. Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 3-31.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: The Genealogy of Morals. The Second Essay. ‘Guilt,’ ‘Bad Conscience,’ and Related Matters.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 94, August 2007, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: The Genealogy of Morals. The Third Essay: ‘What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?’ (1) The Ascetic Ideal in Art. (2) The Philosopher’s Ascetic Ideal.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 95, September 2007, pp. 5-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: The Genealogy of Morals. The Third Essay: “What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?” (3) The Priest and His Ascetic Ideal (4) The Human Condition and the Function of Ascetic Priests. In Houston Forethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 96, October 2007, p. 5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: The Genealogy of Morals. The Third Essay: “What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?” (5) Mechanisms of Alleviating Depression and Corruption of Mental health (6) What Does the Ascetic Ideal Signify? Its Implications for Atheism. In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 97, November 2007, pp. 4-6.
  • Marian Hillar, “Process Theology and Process thought in the Writings of Michael Servetus” in A Journal from the Radical Reformation. A testimony to Biblical Unitarianism. Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 2007, pp. 31-38.
  • Marian Hillar, book review of “Socinianism and Arminianism. Antitrinitarians, Calvinists and Cultural Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Europe” Martin Mulsow and Jan Rohls, eds. (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2005, ix + 306 pp.). In Houston Forethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 98, December, 2008, pp. 6-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “Moral Philosophy and Modern Science. Modern Science provides a Biological basis for Human Behavior and Validates Philosophical Speculation.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 99, January, 2008, pp. 5-6.
  • Marian Hillar, “Humanist Ethics. A Global Ethics.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 100, February 2008, pp. 5-6.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility.” (1) Myth and Philosophy. In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 101, February 2008, pp. 5-6.
  • Marian Hillar, “Friedrich Nietzsche: Social Origin of Morals, Christian Ethics, and Implications for Atheism in His The Genealogy of Morals,” published in the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 16 (1), 2008, pp. 71-96.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility. (2) Fundamentals of Stoic Ethics.” In Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, Issue 102, March, 2008, pp. 5-6.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility. (3) Development of the Concept of Values.” Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 103, May 2008, pp. 6-8.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility. (4) Development of Virtue, the Paradigm of the Sage, and Philosophical determinism.” Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 104, June 2008, pp. 5-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility. (5) Moral Responsibility.” Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 105, July, 2008, pp. 6-9.
  • Marian Hillar, “The Stoic Ethics: Natural Development, Rationality, and Responsibility. (6) Rational Assent. Impact of the Stoic Ethical Theory. Similarity with the Indian Thought. Confirmation by Modern Science.” Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 106, August, 2008, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical perspective. Kant’s Moral Philosophy and its Reinterpretation. A Quintessential Humanistic Doctrine” (1). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 107, September, 2008, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical perspective. Kant’s Moral Philosophy and its Reinterpretation. A Quintessential Humanistic Doctrine” (2). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 108, October, 2008, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical perspective. Kant’s Moral Philosophy and its Reinterpretation. A Quintessential Humanistic Doctrine” (3). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 109, November, 2008, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical perspective. Kant’s Moral Philosophy and its Reinterpretation. A Quintessential Humanistic Doctrine” (4). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 110, December, 2008, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (1). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 111, January 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (2). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 112, February 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (3). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 113, March 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (4). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 114, April 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (5). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 115, May 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (6). Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 116, June 2009, pp. 3-5.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell (7). Published in theHouston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 117, July 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, Foundation of Kant’s Moral Philosophy and its Reinterpretation: A Quintessentail Humanisstic Doctrine, published in the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 17 (1), Spring-Summer 2009, pp. 71-90.
  • Marian Hillar, Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Benedict Spinoza and His Revival of Naturalistic Ethics (1). Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 119, October 2009, pp. 3-4.
  • Marian Hillar, “Discovery of a New Species of Human Ancestors: Ardipithicus Ramidus,” Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 120, November 2009, pp. 4-5.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Benedict Spinoza and His Revival of Naturalistic Ethics “(2). Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 121, November 2009, pp. 4-5
  • Marian Hillar, “The Polish Socinians: Contribution to Freedom of Conscience and the American Constitution,” in Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XIX, No. 3-5, 2009.
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Benedict Spinoza and His Revival of Naturalistic Ethics” (3). Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 122, January 2010, pp. 6-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Religion?” Published in the Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 123, February 2010, pp. 4-8
  • Marian Hillar, “Roots of Humanist Ethics: A Historical Perspective. Benedict Spinoza and His Revival of Naturalistic Ethics” (4). Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 125, April 2010, pp. 6-7.
  • Marian Hillar, book review of Rodrigue Tremblay, The Code for Global Ethics. Ten Humanist Principles. Preface by Paul Kurtz (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2010). Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 126, May 2010, pp. 10-12.
  • Marian Hillar, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Cooperation? Science Confirms Philosophy.” Published in Houston Freethought Alliance Newsletter, issue 127, June 2010, pp. 3-7.
  • Marian Hillar, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Cooperation? Science Confirms Philosophy.” Published in the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 18 (2), Fall – Winter 2010, pp. 43-52.
  • Marian Hillar, “Why the Memory of Servetus Should be Kept Alive: A Historical Perspective,” a chapter in the book: Juan Naya and Marian Hillar, eds., “MichaelServetus, Heartfelt: Proceedings of the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2006,” (Lanham, MD and Plymouth UK: University Press of America, 2011). pp. 267-298.
  • Marian Hillar, ”Jürgen Habermas: A Practical Sense Sociologist and a Kantian Moralist in a Nutshell.” Published in the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 19 (2), Fall –Winter 2011, pp. 1-26.
  • Marian Hillar, “Lelio et Faust Socin: fondateurs du socinianisme, leurs vies et théologie,” traduit en français par Christian Callas. Published in Cahiers Michel Servet, No. 16, février 2012, pp. 1-26.
  • Marian Hillar, “Dziedzictwo Braci Polskich. Rozdział Religii od Państwa i Wolność Sumnienia.” (“The Legacy of the Polish Brethren. Separation of Religion and State and Freedom of Conscience.”) Published in Gazeta AMG, a monthly of the Medical University of Gdańsk, Vol. 22, July, 2012, No. 7 (259), pp. 34-38.
  • Marian Hillar, “Philo’s Logos Doctrine. Bridging the two Cultures and Creating the Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Christianity,” in Dialogue and Universalism Vol. XXI, (4) 2012, pp. 59-90.
  • Marian Hillar, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Religion?” in in Dialogue and Universalism Vol. Vol. XXII (4) 2012, pp. 111-120.
  • Marian Hillar, “Creationism and Evolution. Misconceptions about Religion and Science.” in Dialogue and Universalism Vol. XXII (4) 2012, pp. 133-160.
  • Marian Hillar, “Servet y el nuevo paradigma histórico” Chapter in a book :“Miguel Servet. Los valores de un hereje,” Heraldo de Aragón, 2013, pp. 100-102.
  • Marian Hillar, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Cooperation? Science Confirms Philosophy” in Dialogue and Universalism, Vol. XXIII (3) 2013, pp. 23-34.
  • Marian Hillar, “Dziedzictwo Serveta” (“Legacy of Servetus”), published in Pistis, wrzesień (September) 2011, pp. 27-31. This is a translation (by Rafał Sajna) into Polish of “The Legacy of Servetus: Humanism and the Beginning of Change in the Social Paradigm. On the Occasion of the 450th Anniversary of His Martyrdom.” In A Journal from the Radical Reformation. A Testimony to Biblical Unitarianism. Vo. 11, No. 2, Winter 2003, pp. 34-41.
  • Marian Hillar, “Philo on Evil.” An article for the Encyclopedia of Evil. Scheduled for publication in June 2016.

Conference papers and presentations during the last ten years

  • “Hellenistic Sources of Post-Nicene Christianity.” Paper read at the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11 – 14, 2006.
  • “Jesus after 2000 Years – Question of Historicity of Jesus.” Seminar of the Ideas Club, Humanists of Houston, February 26, 2006.
  • “Freedom of Conscience and Michael Servetus: The beginning of change of the Social Paradigm.” Paper read at the meeting of the South-Central Renaissance Conference, St. Thomas University, Houston, TX, March 9-11, 2006.
  • “The Existence of God and Atheism.” Seminar for the Humanists of Houston, July 15, 2006.
  • “¿Porqué hay que mantener viva la memoria de Servet?” Seminar presented at the International Servetus Congress, Barcelona, Spain, October 20-21, 2006.
  • Review of the book by Richard Dawkins “The God Delusion,” Ideas Club. Houston, January 21, 2007.
  • Review of the book by Richard Dawkins “The God Delusion,” Science and Religion Discussion, Melanchthon Institute, Houston, Texas, February 16, 2007.
  • Seminar “The First Translation into English of the First Part of Christianismi restitutio of Michael Servetus and Evaluation of its Theology.” South-Central Renaissance Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 8-10, 2007.
  • Paper read at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, “The First Translation of the First Part of Christianismi restitutio of Michael Servetus and the Evaluation of its Biblical Theology.” Vienna, July 22-27, 2007, pp. 25-33.
  • Seminar for the Ideas Club, Humanists of Houston, “Does Modern Science Invalidate Philosophy? Modern Science and Ethics.” Ideas Club of Humanists of Houston, September 23, 2007.
  • Seminar for Religion, Ethics, and Society Club, “Psychology of Atheism According to Nietzsche’s Third Essay in Genealogy of Morals,” Houston, November 24, 2007.
  • Seminar for Science and Religion Discussion Group, “Habermas on Society and Religion,” Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX January 18, 2008.
  • Seminar presented for Science and Religion Discussion Group, “Modern Science and Ethics. Part I, Philosophical Ethical Inquiry,” Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX November 14, 2008.
  • Paper “Natural Moral Law and the Modern Evolutionary Science. Reinterpretation of the Natural Law and Moral PHILOSOPHY.” Presented at the 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 9 – 12, 2009.
  • Seminar presented at the Texas Academy of Sciences meeting, “Radiation and Radiation Safety,” Texas Tech University, Junction, TX, March 5-7, 2009
  • Seminar for Research Week, Texas Southern University, “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Human Morality?” Houston, TX April 3, 2009.
  • Seminar presented for Science and Religion Discussion Group: “How a Religious Belief Led to the Discovery of the Pulmonary Blood Circulation.” Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, April 17, 2009.
  • Seminar presented for the Humanists of Houston: “Michael Servetus (1511-1553): Theologian, Philosopher, Scientist, and Humanist.” Houston, May 15, 2009.
  • Seminar presented for the Science and Religion Discussion Group: “Conflict between Science and Religion.” Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, October 16, 2009.
  • Seminar for Ideas Club, “The Last professors,” review of the book by Donoghug “The last professors.” Houston, October 24, 2009
  • Seminar for Religion, Ethics and Society Club, “Review of the Book by Sanford Rives, ‘Did Calvin Murder Servetus?,’” Houston, November 28, 2009.
  • Seminar for the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism Symposium, “Moral Philosophy and Religion Facing Science. Humanistic Synthesis.” Presented at 69th Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association, San Jose CA, June 4-6, 2010.
  • Conference with the Editors and Contributors to Dialogue and Universalism, an international philosophical Journal published in Warsaw, “Polish Brethren (Socinians) and Their Role in the European History,” Warsaw July 22, 2010.
  • Lecture: “Michael Servetus: Intellectual Giant, Humanist, and Martyr,” lecture for the Thoreau Woods Unitarian Universalist Church, Huntsville, TX, September 19, 2010.
  • Seminar for Science and Religion Discussion Group: “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Cooperation?” Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston Texas, October 15, 2010.
  • Seminar for TSU Interdisciplinary Research Conference: “Regulation and Control in Biological Systems and Beyond …” Texas Southern University, November 4, 2010.
  • Paper “Natural Foundation of Moral Philosophy,” Presented at the 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 9 – 12, 2011.
  • Seminar for Open House, Physics Department at Texas Southern University, “Biological Effects of Radiation,” Houston, March 30, 2011.
  • Seminar “Natural Moral law and Modern Evolutionary Science. Reinterpretation of the Natural Law,” presented for Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism Symposium, American Humanist Association, Cambridge, MA, April 7-10, 2011.
  • Seminar “What Unitarian Universalists Should Know about Socinians?” Presented for the Emerson Unitarian Church, Houston, June 26, 2011.
  • Seminar for the Ideas Club, Humanists of Houston, “From the Polish Brethren or Socinians to Liberal Religion or How the Modernity was Introduced into the Western World?” August, 28, 2011.
  • Seminar: “The Legacy of Michael Servetus: the Radical Change in the Thought Pattern, Freedom of Conscience and a Switch to the Humanistic Moral Social Paradigm.”
  • The Keynote speaker at the Conference “The Western Heritage of Humanism, Skepticisn, and Freethought. Toward a Reasonable World.” Organized by the Department of Religious Studies at the San Diego University and the Institute for the Study of American Religion. San Diego, September 16-18, 2011.
  • Seminar for Science, Religion Discussion Group, Christ the King Lutheran Church, “Evolution of the Messianic Expectations in the Hebrew Culture: Hebrew Bible, the Writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Pseudoepigrapha,” Houston, November 18, 2011.
  • Seminar for Radiation Safety Training Workshop, “Biological Effects of Radiation,” Texas Southern University, Houston, November 18, 2011.
  • Seminar for the Science and Religion Discussion Group, Christ the King Lutheran Church, “Philo of Alexandria: Bridging the Hebrew Religion with the Greek Philosophy and Religion,” Houston, May 18, 2012.
  • Seminar for Polish Philosophical Society, Editorial Board of “Dialogue and Universalism,” and Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, “Rozwój Hellenistyczno-Judeo-Chrześcijańskich Wierzeń Religijnych od Pitagorasa do Tertuliana,” (“Evolution of the Hellenistic, Judaic, and Christian religious Beliefs from Pythagoras to Tertullian”) Warsaw, May 29, 2012.
  • Seminar for the Editorial Board of “Dialogue and Universalism,” “Dziedzictwo Braci Polskich: Rozdział Religii od Państwa i Wolność Sumienia,” (“The Legacy of the Polish Brethren: Separation of Religion from State and Freedom of Conscience”) Warsaw, June 2, 2012.
  • Seminar for Religion, Ethics and Society Club, “Naturalistic Spirituality: Beauty of Our Earth and Wisdom of Sages Houston, August 25, 2012.
  • Seminar for Radiation Safety Training Workshop, “Biological Effects of Radiation,” Texas Southern University, Houston, October 26, 2012.
  • Seminar for Religion, Ethics and Society Club, “Does Archaeology Prove the Existence of Jesus? An Alternative Explanation.” Houston, October 27, 2012.
  • Seminar for College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University, Houston: “Creationism and Evolution: Misconceptions about Science and Religion.” Houston, December 3, 2012.
  • Seminar for the Science and Religion Discussion Group, Christ the King Lutheran Church, /> “From the Polish Socinians to the American Constitution. A Study in Freedom of /> Conscience.” Houston, January 18, 2013.
  • Paper, “The Stoic logic and Egyptian divine metaphysics as the sources of the />Tertullian doctrine of the Trinity.” Presented at the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, August 4-10, 2013.
  • Seminar for Science and religion Discussion Group, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, September 20, 2013.
  • “Does Archaeology Prove the Existence of Jesus? An Alternative Explanation.” Houston, September 20, 2013.
  • Presentation : “Turkish Language School at the Fatih University, Istanbul,” for the Raindrop Turkish Center, Houston, August 19, 2013.
  • Presentation : “Reading Poetry for the World Poetry Day,” poems by Pablo Neruda, Charles Baudelaire, Haether Dolohau, and Orhan Veli Kanik. For the Raindrop Turkish Center, Houston, April 10, 2014.
  • Presentation : “Photosynthesis: Its Discovery and How Does it Work?” Presentation for the Science and Religion Discussion Group, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, April, 21, 2014.
  • Seminar : “How to Think about Religion, Science and Ethics. From Antiquity to Modernity.” Presented for Ideas Club, Houston, July 27, 2014.
  • Seminar : “What Does Modern Science Say about the Origin of Human Moral Behavior? Science Confirms Philosophy.” Research Week, Texas Southern University, Houston, April 2, 2015.
  • Seminar for Humanists of Houston: “How the Struggle for Freedom of Conscience and Separation of State and Religion was Won in the West. A Study in the History of Freedom of Conscience.” Houston, September 18, 2015.
  • Seminar for Ideas Club, Humanists of Houston: “Science and Morality”, Houston, November 14, 2015.
  • Paper “Modern Science Explains Natural Moral Law Postulated by Philosophers.” Presented at the 14th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 9 – 12, 2016.
  • Presentation “The Role of the Polish Socinians for the Development of American Constitution and Democracy” given for The Polish Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, February 22, 2016.

Research

The Center offers opportunity for students in Humanities at Texas Southern University to engage in research leading to their M.A. and /or Ph.D. thesis/dissertation.

We solicit participation of interested students for research in the areas of interest to the Center as well as we invite other faculties at Texas Southern University for a collaborative work.

Dale, Zuri

Education and Training

  • B.S. Texas Southern University Biology May 2011-Cum Laude
  • Texas A&M University MWM Water Mgmt. &Hydrological Sciences August 2014

Biography

Research Interests

Funding

  • Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment Fellow, Texas A&M University
    • Bridge to Doctorate Fellow, Texas A&M University 2011-2013: 30,000/year and 9,000/year tuition assistance

Williams, Warren

Education and Training

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology – Ph.D. University of Illinois ; 1975 Urbana, Illinois
  • Developmental Biology M.S. – Texas Southern University; 1969
  • Biology B.S. – Texas Southern University; 1967

Biography

Research Interests

Research/Scholarly Activities

Recent Publications

Williams , W.E. and J.W. Drake; Mutagenesis in Bacteriophage T4. American Society for Microbiology 104:218.

Williams, Warren E. and John W. Drake. Mutator Mutations in Bacteriophage T4 Gene 42 (dHMC Hydroxymethylase)

Funding

  1. Studies into the Mechanism of Action of the Bacteriophage T4 Gene 42 Protein Product. TSU; 1975 1976; $4,000.00
  2. The Mechanism of Action of the Bacteriophage T4 Gene 42 Product. Division of Research Resources, National Institutes of Health; 1976 1992. $579,400.00.

Sundaresan, Alamelu

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Molecular Pathology, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
  • M.Sc. in Medical Entomology, Vector Control research Center (WHO), Pondicherry, India.
  • B.S. in Zoology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India.

Research Interests

  • Expression of key immune changes under immune suppressed conditions such as microgravity and cancer,
  • Development of three-dimensional human tissue engineering models using no scaffolds.
  • Signaling mechanisms involving the gut-brain axis in inflammation, nano-formulation, nanotechnology and mathematical radiation tissue modeling of heavy ion effects.
  • Nutritional immunomodulation

Research Grants (since 2007)

  • “Center for Biomedical and Minority Institutions Program”, NIH/NIMHD-Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program (RCMI), U54MD007605, $8,632,113, 2020-2025, Role: Faculty Expert
  • Somatic hypermutation of B cells in Microgravity-NASA Space Biology program, $180603.00, 2020-2023, Role PI
  • NSF Targeted Infusion Program 1929976                               Sundaresan, (PI)                      06/01/2019-05/31/2021                          $66414
  • PI: Gene expression and transcriptomics of ETAS Effects in an APP murine model. Funded by Amino Up Chemical, Jan 1-Dec 31, 2018-Dec 31, 2020. $30,316.00
  • PI: NSF “Targeted Infusion Project: Establishment of an Undergraduate Peer-Mentor Project-Based Program in STEM at Texas Southern University,” June 1, 2017 -May 31, 2021, $393,985.00.
  • PI: Studies of marker and chemo-microcapsules in normal and breast tumor cells”. Nu Vue Therapeutics, Feb 1, 2015-March 31, 2016 ($55,000.00+$50000.00). December 31, 2016-2018.
  • PI: Subcontract agreement between SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation NASA and TSU. May 18, 2015-September 30, 2016 ($25,691.20).
  • PI: Mickey Leland Faculty led -Study Abroad grant from Texas Southern University-Awarded January 2015,2016 – ($ 5000.00).
  • PI: NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) International Space Station (ISS) University Research Project. The effect of benzofuran 2-carboxylic acid derivatives in the augmentation of the immune system (UR-1)- 2013-2015 (1.67 million). TSU lead over five other HBCUs.
  • PI: Effects of AHCC in human lymphocytes in modeled microgravity. Pilot grant from Amino Up Chemical Company, Japan March 2013-August 2015($25,000.00), Second award-$10000.00. Contract (March 1 2016-April 30, 2018)
  • PI: The effect of UV radiation on skin fibroblasts in parabolic flight and microgravity: National Space Grant Foundation, 2013 ($5000.00).
  • PI-Development and elucidation of technologies to mitigate bone loss in microgravity: UNCSFP-NASA grant awarded 2011. Grant period 2011-2014 ($600,000.00).
  • PI: Toxicological studies of Lunar dust in three-dimensional lung tissue models; NASA grant, awarded, 2010-2011($50,000.00)
  • Co-Principal Investigator:D.Das/Dr.Alamelu Sundaresan. Modelling ‘in vitro’ cell culture under microgravity conditions using NASA’s rotating bioreactor. Travel Grant to invite scientists from abroad, the Royal Society, UK. 2010 (15000.00 pounds sterling).
  • PI: NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program (NAFP) FAR research endeavor: Awarded July, 2008-2010 with matching NASA funds ($75,000.00).
  • Principal Investigator: NASA administrator’s Grant: Awarded from 2007-2009 ($200,000)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • European Low Gravity Research Association-Life Sciences “Collaboration with Europe “Lifetime achievement award, September, 2019 in Granada Spain.
  • Scholarly Research and Creative activities award at Texas Southern University –May 2019, Dr. Sundaresan.
  • Dr. Sundaresan. Deutsche Welle radio interview on the Spectrum program in honor of Women’s day (March 8th 2018). Topic: Where are all the women in science? SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/deutsche-welle-in-english/spectrum-where-are-all- the-women-in-science

DW      Media  Center: http://www.dw.com/en/spectrum-where-are-all-the-women-in- science/av-42846358

  • Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR) on NASA’s WB-57 High Altitude Aircraft. (PI: Dr. Sundaresan, CO PI: Vivek Mann, Elvis Okoro)
  • https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/student-experiments-soar-on-nasa-s-wb-57-high- altitude-aircraft.
  • Women in Scientific Excellence Award in Texas, July 2015:
  • Johnson Space Center- NASA University Research 1 project Group Achievement Award- January 2015(Principal Investigator)
  • Speaker at DLR: https://www.dlr.de/me/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-1752/2384_read- 46684/
  • Speaker-University of Oslo.https://www.odont.uio.no/forskning/aktuelt/arrangementer/gjesteforelesninger/alamelu_o pt.html
  • Best Research Award: July 2014, 2016 for The International Congress on Nutrition and Integrative Medicine (ICNIM) for the project “AHCC Triggers Immune Proliferation and Activation of Human Lymphocytes via Targeted Phenotypic and Genotypic Transformation”.-July, 2014.
  • Deans leadership Award-June 2011

COURSES: Head professor for Anatomy and Physiology

Biol 135: Human Anatomy and Physiology Pre-Nursing Part 1(3 credit hours)

Biol 136: Human Anatomy and Physiology Pre-Nursing Part 2(3 credit hours)

Biol 620: Graduate Course-Neurobiology (3 credit hours)

Biol 447: Human Physiology (3 credit hours)

Biol 245: Comprehensive Human Anatomy and Physiology-One semester course (3 credit hours)

Publications

  1. TT Le, A Ropars, A Sundaresan, B Crucian, A Choukér, JP Frippiat.Pharmacological Countermeasures to Spaceflight-Induced Alterations of the Immune System. Stress Challenges and Immunity in Space, 637-657, 2020.
  2. Vivek Mann, Alamelu Sundaresan, Satish Mehta, Brian Crucian, Sundar Devakottai. Effects of microgravity and other space stressors in immunosuppression and viral reactivation with potential nervous system involvement. Neurology India, 67 (8), 198.May 2019.
  3. V Mann, A Sundaresan, M Chaganti.Cellular changes in the nervous system when exposed to gravitational variation.Neurology India 67 (3), 684, August 2019.
  4. Z Peng, A Sundaresan, D Bick, S Umar, MF Doursout. Role of the Microbiome on the Modulation of the Intestinal Barrier in LPS Rats. The FASEB Journal 33 (1_supplement), lb65-lb65, 2019.
  5. Vivek Mann , Daniela Grimm , Thomas J Corydon , Marcus Krüger, Markus Wehland, Stefan Riwaldt , Jayashree Sahana, Sascha Kopp, Johann Bauer, Janne E. Reseland, Manfred Infanger, Aina Mari Lian , Elvis Okoro and Alamelu Sundaresan 1, . Changes in Human Foetal Osteoblasts Exposed to the Random Positioning Machine and Bone Construct Tissue Engineering. J. Mol. Sci.2019, 20(6), 1357; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20061357 (registering DOI)
  6. Vivek Mann, Elvis Okoro, Ayodotun Sodipe, Courtney Williams, Patricia Ngantcha and Alamelu Sundaresan. Lymphocyte Signaling and Function in Altered Physiological Environments. Published: December 17th 2018. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.81171
  7. Anil D Kulkarni, Marie-Francoise Doursout, Asmita Kulkarni, Alamelu Sundaresan, Takehito Miura, Koji Wakame and Hajime Fujii. Spaceflight: Immune Effects and Nutritional Countermeasure. Published: May 30th 2018.DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.74709
  8. Sigrid Haugen,1 Jianying He,2 Alamelu Sundaresan,3 Astrid Kamilla Stunes,4,5 Kristin Matre Aasarød,4,5 Hanna Tiainen,1 Unni Syversen,4,6 Bjørn Skallerud,2 and Janne Elin Reseland1,* Adiponectin Reduces Bone Stiffness: Verified in a Three-Dimensional Artificial Human Bone Model In Vitro. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2018; 9: 236.
  9. Okoro E, Mann V, Ellis I, Mansoor E, Olamigoke L, Marriott KC, Denkins P, Williams W, Sundaresan A. Immune modulation in normal human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) (Lymphocytes) in response to benzofuran-2- carboxylic acid derivative KMEG during spaceflight. Microgravity Science and Technology. 2017 August; 29(4): 331-336. DOI: 10.1007/s12217-017-9551-z.
  10. Sundaresan A, Mehta S.K, Schlegel T.T., Russomano T, Pierson D.L, Mann V, Olamigoke L, Mansoor E, Okoro E. Placental Growth Factor Levels in Populations with High Versus Low Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Stressful Physiological Environments such as Microgravity: A Pilot Study: Placental growth factor levels in cardiac disease. Microgravity science and technology. 2017 February 02; 1-5.
  11. Doursout MF, Liang Y, Sundaresan A, Wakame K, Fujii H, Takanari J, Devakottai S, Kulkarni A. Active hexose correlated compound modulates LPS- induced hypotension and gut injury in rats. Int Immunopharmacol. 2016 Aug 5;39:280-286. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2016.07.023. [Epub ahead of print]
  12. Neal R. Pellis · Alexander Chouker · B. Yic · Svantje Tauber · Oliver Ullrich · Sundaresan. Overview and Translational Impact of Space Cell Biology Research. Chapter · December 2015.DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3277-1_1 In book: Effect of Spaceflight and Spaceflight Analogue Culture on Human and Microbial Cells, pp.3-37. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781493932764
  13. Grimm, J,Grosse, V.Mann, J.E.Reseland, A.Sundaresan and T.Corydon, The impact of microgravity on bone. Bone. Vol 87, pages 44-56, June 2016.
  14. Thomas J. Corydona Vivek Mann, Lasse Slumstrup, Sascha Kopp,Jayashree Sahana, Anne Louise Askou, Nils E. Magnusson David Echegoyen, Toke Bek Alamelu Sundaresan, Stefan Riwaldta, Johann Bauerf, Manfred Infangerand Daniela Grimm. .Reduced Expression of Cytoskeletal and Extracellular Matrix Genes in Human Adult Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells Exposed to Simulated Microgravity. Cell Physiol Biochem 2016;40:1-17.
  15. Olamigoke L, Mansoor E, Mann V, Ellis I, Okoro E, Wakame K, Fuji H, Kulkarni A, Francoise Doursout M, Sundaresan A.AHCC Activation and Selection of Human Lymphocytes via Genotypic and Phenotypic Changes to an Adherent Cell Type: A Possible Novel Mechanism of T Cell Activation. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:508746. doi: 10.1155/2015/508746. Epub 2015 Dec 15.PMID: 26788109 Free PMC Article.
  16. Kogiso M, Wakame K, Sakai T, Yamamoto S, Sundaresan A, Kulkarni AD*Active Hexose Correlated Compound and T cell Response in Hind – Limb – Unloaded BALB/c Mice. International Journal of Surgery and Research (IJSR) / IJSR-2379-156X-02-501 9Dec 2015) .
  17. Sundaresan, K. Marriott, J. Mao, S. Bhuiyan, and P. Denkins. The effects of benzofuran-2-carboxylic acid derivatives as countermeasures in immune modulation and cancer cell inhibition.. Microgravity Sci. Technol. (2015) 27:129– 140.

Sodipe, Ayodotun

Education and Training

  • B.S. Biology – Texas Southern University, Houston, TX 1990
  • Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology – Texas Southern Univ., Houston, TX 2008

Research Interests

Mycology and forensic biology

Field 1, Field 2, Field 3

Research/Scholarly Activities

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Recent Publications

Georgette Rolle, Sarah Munyi, Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Ayodotun O Sodipe, and Shishir Shishodia. High energy radiation induced activation of Cox-2 and MMP-9 is mediated by NF-Kappa B. Astrobiology science Conference. 2010.

M Akram Tariq, Shishir Shishodia, Govindarajan T Ramesh, Ayodotun O Sodipe,Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Nader Pourmand. DNA Repair Genes Expression Analysis Of Acute Dose Charge Particle Radiation. Astrobiology Science Conference 2010

Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Nader Pourmand, Govindarajan Ramesh, Ayodotun O Sodipe, Honglu Wu and Shishir Shishodia. Biological effects of high radiation on mice .

Baluchamy S, Zhang Y, Ravichandran P, Sodipe A, Hall J, Jejelowo O, Gridley D, Wu H, Ramesh GT. Expression Profile of DNA damage signaling Genes in Proton Exposed Mouse Brain. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 2010

BaluchamyS,ZhangY,RavichandranP,SodipeA,HallJ,JejelowoO,GridleyD,WuH,andRameshGT. Differential Expression Pattern of Oxidative Stress in Mouse Brain after Exposure to 2GY Proton Radiation. Genomics , Proteomics, and Bioinformatics 2010.

Shishodia, Shishir

Education and Training

  • BS Biology (Zoology Honors), 1991, St. Xaviers College, Ranchi University, Ranchi, India
  • MS Zoology (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), 1993, Center for Advanced Studies in Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • Ph. D Biotechnology, 1997, School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  • Dissertation Title: In Vitro Activation of Murine Bone Marrow-Derived Macrophages: Role of Signal Transduction
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2005, Department of Bio-immunotherapy/Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Biography

Shishir Shishodia, PhD is a Professor of Biology at Texas Southern University. He earned his PhD in Biotechnology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. His research interests include cytokine signaling, the role of transcription factors in tumorigenesis, and modulation of transcription by natural products. He has identified several natural compounds that exhibit anticancer properties and has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, 10 book chapters, and co-edited the books “Resveratrol in Health and Disease” and “The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease“. Dr. Shishodia is a recipient of the BHU Medal for securing highest grades in MS Zoology Program at Banaras Hindu University, India. He received the Theodore N. Law Odyssey Special Fellow Award for outstanding scientific achievements at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and the Texas Southern University Scholarly Research/Creative Activities Excellence Award. At The College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University, he was awarded the Distinguished Research Award, Distinguished Service Award and multiple Deans Leadership Awards.

Research Interests

Signal Transduction, Cancer Biology, Transcription Factors, Inflammation, Chemoprevention, Natural Products, Microgravity and Radiation Exposure, Dust Exposure

Employment

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, TSU, Sep 2012-onwards

Interim Chair, Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, TSU, July 2015-onwards

Professor, Department of Biology, Texas Southern University, Sep 2016-onwards

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Texas Southern University, Sep 2011- Aug 2016

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Department of Biology, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, USA, Sep 2005- Aug 2011

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cytokine Research Section, Dept. of Bio-immunotherapy/ Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA, Jul 2001 to Aug 2005

Assistant Professor (Tenured), Department of Zoology, Patna University, Patna, India, Nov 1996 to Jun 2001

Senior Research Fellow (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India), School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, Sep 1996 to Nov 1996

Junior Research Fellow (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India), School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, Sep 1994 to Aug 1996

ORGANIZATIONS: MEMBERSHIPS AND OFFICES HELD, DATES

American Association of Cancer Research, Associate Member, 2004
Texas Academy of Science, Member, 2009
Texas Association of Advisors of Health Professions, 2011

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS: DATES

2007 – Summer Research Fellowship, Texas Southern University and University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Collaborative Training Program in Prostate Cancer Research sponsored by the Department of Defense, USA.

2005 – The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Odyssey Special Fellow Award sponsored by the Theodore N. Law Award for Scientific Achievement.

1996 – Senior Research Fellowship Award, Joint University Grants Commission and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India.

1994 – Junior Research Fellowship Award, Joint University Grants Commission and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, India.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS: DATES

2015 – Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology, The Worlds Most Influential Scientific Minds, Thomson Reuters, Web of Science, highlycited.com

2014 – Distinguished Advisement Award, College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University

2014 – Dean’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University

2012 – Distinguished Service Award, College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University 2011 – Dean’s Leadership Award for Developing the College of Science and Technology Annual Report,Texas Southern University

2010 – Certificate of Exceptional Merit in recognition of being awarded the Scholarly Research/CreativeActivities Award, Texas Southern University

2010 – Distinguished Research Award, College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University 2010 – Dean’s Leadership Award for Developing the College of Science and Technology Newsletter, Texas Southern University

2008 – 1 st place in Faculty Oral Presentation, Texas Southern University Research Week.

1993 – BHU Medal for highest grades in M.S. (Zoology) program, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

1993 – Ramakrishna Reddy Award for highest grade in Biochemistry special paper in the M. S. (Zoology) program, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

1993 – AB Mishra Memorial Endowment Award, first in the order of merit in the M.S. (Zoology) program,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

1993 – Book Award from Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund for Academic Distinction in M.S. (Zoology) program at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.

GRANTS:

1. National Science Foundation Excellence in Research (BCS 1831205)

Title: Analyzing the Impact of Landscape Change on the Watershed Dynamics of a Flood-Prone Urban Region
Role in project: PI
Dates and costs of entire project: 09/01/18-02/28/23, $500,000 (Total)
Major goals: This project will analyze the relationship between land-use/land-cover change, urban flooding, and water pollution. Investigators will consider how increasing population growth, extensive urban development, and related landscape changes have altered natural watershed ecosystems, stressing natural resources and processes, thereby contributing to water pollution.

2. National Science Foundation Research Infrastructure in Science and Engineering (HRD 1829184)
Title: Characterization, Dynamics, and Biological Impact Indoor Airborne Dust Exposure
Role in project: Co-PI (PI: Dr. Daniel Vrinceanu)
Dates and costs of entire project: 10/01/18-09/30/23, $1M (Total)
Major goals: Conduct basic science research that leads to improved understanding of the general biological principles guiding eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular responses to indoor airborne dust.

3. Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP Council, State of Texas Government Agency)
Role in project: TSU JAMP Faculty Director (2010-2023), $13000/year
Major goals: Assist with recruitment and provide mentorship to JAMP students

4. National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 2130317)
Title: Collaborative Research Improving Access to Career and Educational Development for Talented, Low-Income Students through the Flexible Internships-Research-Education Model
Role in project: Senior Personnel (PI: Dr. Azime Saydam)
Dates and costs of entire project: 10/15/21-09/30/27, $954,605.00 (Total)
Major goals: The project will contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of highachieving, low income students with demonstrated financial need at Rice University, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and Jackson State University.

5. National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (HRD 1915995)
Title: The AGEP Data Engineering and Science Alliance Model: Training and Resources to Advance Minority Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers into Faculty Careers
Role in project: Evidence Team Member (PI: Dr. Wei Li)
Dates and costs of entire project: 09/01/19-08/31/24, $311,429.00 (Total)
Major goals: This collaborative research project brings together Rice University, Texas Southern University and the University of Houston, with the goal to develop, implement, study, evaluate, disseminate, sustain and potentially reproduce an AGEP Alliance Model to support and advance historically underrepresented minority (URM) STEM doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions in data engineering and science (DES) fields.

6. National Science Foundation HSI Institutional Transformation Project (HRD 2122825)
Title: Unified Community of Support – Building Capacity for STEM Transfer Students’ Success (UCSSTSS)
Role in project: Texas Southern University STEM Faculty Liaison (PI: Dr. Ana Sanchez, Galveston College)
Dates and costs of entire project: 09/01/2021-08/31/26, $2,887,873.00 (Total)
Major goals: With support from the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program, this Track 3 ITP project aims to (1) build intra-institutional capacity through a Unified Community of Support; (2) create systemic and sustained institutional change that supports STEM Mentors in implementing evidence-based practices that enhance equitable student outcomes in STEM; (3) build inter-institutional capacity across a Regional Transfer Alliance to enhance STEM student transfer rates and transfer success; and (4) implement a theory-guided iterative research design focused on improving the understanding of how actors and institutions in higher education work within a systemic context to build capacity and on how to increase equitable participation and success in STEM using an intersectionality framework.

COMPLETED GRANTS:

1. National Science Foundation Research Infrastructure in Science and Engineering (HRD 1345173)
Title: Characterization of Bio-molecular Response to Environmental Stress
Role in project: PI
Dates and costs of entire project: 03/15/14-02/28/20, $1M (Total)
Major goals: Conduct basic science research that leads to improved understanding of the general biological principles guiding eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular responses to environmental stress.

2. National Science Foundation Targeted Infusion Project (HRD 1622993)
Title: Infusion of Geospatial Informatics to Enhance an Undergraduate Biological Science Program.
Role in project: Co-PI (PI: Dr. Maruthi Sridhar Balaji Bhaskar)
Dates and costs of entire project: 09/01/16-08/31/19, $399,999.00 (Total)
Major goals: 1) promote student interest in geospatial informatics thereby addressing the global need for an increasingly diversified geospatial workforce, 2) foster critical thinking and enhance problem solving skills to better prepare students for future careers demanding geospatial skills in a range of fields, 3) equip students with cutting edge geospatial technology skills to collect field data, create and interpret geospatial maps, and 4) increase the number of underrepresented students applying for graduate programs and internships in geospatial-related STEM-fields.

3. HCOP Grant (Sub-Award from UTMB, Galveston)(HCOP/MSMP; 1DH18HP23032-01-00)
Title: TSU and UTMB Medical School Matriculation Progra
Role in project: TSU Project Director (PI: Dr. Lisa Cain)- 2011- 2015.
Major goals: Provide academic enrichment, motivation, and clinical exposure to rising undergraduate pre-medical students

4. NASA Group 4 URC – NNX10AQ16A (Old: NNX08BA47A)
Title: Center for Bio-nanotechnology and Environmental Research
Role in project: Project Principal investigator (PI/PD: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo)
Percent Effort: 25%
Dates and costs of entire project: 10/01/08-09/30/14, $5M (Total)
Major goals: To identify the effect of microgravity and radiation on carcinogenesis and develop countermeasures. Training and development of students in STEM area

5. DOD-CDMRP PCRP – W81XWH-09-1-0271 01 Sub Award 24712/98040255
Title: Texas Southern University (TSU) and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Undergraduate Collaborative Training Program in Prostate Cancer
Role in project: TSU Project Director (PI: Dr. Timothy J McDonnell, MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Percent Effort: 25%
Dates and costs of entire project: 2008-2011, $173,217 (Total)
Major goals: Provide comprehensive training in prostate cancer to aspiring young scientists from Texas Southern University

6. TSU Seed Grant
Title: Role of TNF Signaling in Proliferation, Invasion and Metastasis of Melanoma
Role in project: Principal investigator
Dates and costs of entire project: 01/09/08-08/31/08, $15,000 (Total)
Dates and costs of current year: $15,000 (Total)
Major goals: The major goals of these studies are to identify the role of TNF signaling in melanoma

7. TSU Seed Grant
Title: Targeting FOXO Transcription Factors by Natural Dietary Agents
Role in project: Principal investigator
Dates and costs of entire project: 01/14/08-08/31/08, $30,000 (Total)
Dates and costs of current year: $30,000 (Total)
Major goals: The major goals of these studies are to identify distinct roles for dietary agents on FOXO signaling.

8. TSU Graduate School Supplemental Grant
Title: Curcumin inhibits the proliferation of SPEC-2 cells, a uterine papillary serous carcinoma cell line.
Role in project: Principal Investigator
Dates and costs of entire project: 01/14/08-08/31/08, $2,000 (Total)
Dates and costs of current year: $2,000 (Total)

9. TSU Seed Grant
Title: Suppression of Cigarette Smoke-Induced Carcinogenesis by Dietary Phytochemicals
Role in project: Principal Investigator
Dates and costs of entire project: 01/26/06-08/31/06, $9,000 (Total)
Dates and costs of current year: $9,000 (Total)
Major goals: The major goals of these studies are to identify distinct and/or synergistic roles for dietary agents on cigarette smoke-induced activation of NF-κB.

10. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Odyssey Special Fellow Award.
Title: Mechanism of cigarette smoke-induced carcinogenesis and its suppression by celecoxib and phytochemicals.
Role in project: Odyssey Special Fellow (Mentor: Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D.)
Dates and costs of completed project: 01/01/05-08/31/05, $20,000
Major goals: The major objective of this project was to investigate the effects of celecoxib in combination with dietary agents on smoking-induced carcinogenesis.

Books

  1. Aggarwal BB, Surh Y-J, Shishodia S (Editors) The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease, Springer Science, New York. 2007
  2. Aggarwal BB and Shishodia S (Editors) Resveratrol in Health and Disease. CRC Press, New York 2005

Book Chapters

  1. Aggarwal BB, Bharti AC and Shishodia S. (2009) Tumor Necrosis Factor and its Family Members. In Protein Discovery. (Eds. Wadih Arap, Ph.D., Renata Pasqualini, Ph.D., Guy Salvesen, Ph.D and Vishwa Mohan Dixit, Ph. D.) Marcel Dekker. Pp 15-54.
  2. Shishodia S, Misra K, and Aggarwal BB. (2008) Turmeric as Cure(cumin): Promises, Problems, and Solutions, In Dietary Modulation of Cell Signaling, (Eds. Young-Joon Surh, Ph. D. and Lester Packer Ph. D.) CRC Press, USA.
  3. Shishodia S, Singh T, Chaturved MM. (2007) Modulation of Transcription Factors by Curcumin, In The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease (Eds. BB Aggarwal, Y-J Surh, S Shishodia (Editors), Springer Publishing Company, New York. (Adv Exp Med Biol. 2007; 595:127-48).
  4. Shishodia S, Chaturvedi MM, and Aggarwal BB. (2007) Curcumin in Cancer Therapy, In Current Problems in Cancer (Ed. Peter AS Johnstone), Elsevier, USA.
  5. Aggarwal BB, Bhatt ID, Ichikawa H, Ahn KS, Sethi G, Sandur SK, Natarajan C, Navindra Seeram N, and Shishodia S. (2007) Curcumin: Biological and Medicinal Properties, In Turmeric (Ed. P.N. Ravindran), CRC Press, New York, USA
  6. Shishodia S, Adams L, Bhatt ID, and Aggarwal BB (2006) Anticancer Potential of the Pomegranate and Its Components. In Pomegranate (Ed: Seeram N, Schulman R), CRC Press, New York, USA
  7. Shishodia S and Aggarwal BB (2005) Resveratrol: a polyphenol for all seasons. In Resveratrol in Health and Disease. (Ed. Bharat B. Aggarwal and Shishir Shishodia), CRC Press, New York, USA.
  8. Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Takada Y, Jackson-Bernitsas D, Ahn KS, Sethi G, and Ichikawa H (2005) TNF-Blockade: An Inflammatory Issue (Eds. Numerof R., Asadullah K., and Dinorello CA. Proceedings of the “Cytokines as Potential Therapeutic Targets for Inflammatory Skin Diseases”
  9. Seeram NP, Ichikawa H, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB. (2005) Preventive and therapeutic effects of plant polyphenols through suppression of Nuclear Factor-Kappa B. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Free Radicals and Health: Molecular Intervention and Protection of Lifestyle-Related Diseases (ed. By Midori Hiramatsu, Ph.D); Marcel-Dekker Publication
  10. Aggarwal BB, Kumar A, Aggarwal MS and Shishodia S. (2004) Curcumin Derived From Turmeric (Curcuma longa): A Spice for All Seasons. In Phytochemicals in Cancer Chemoprevention.(Eds. Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., and Harry G. Preuss, M.D.) CRC Press.

ARTICLES (Peer-reviewed full-length research articles)

  1. Keita D, Shishodia S, Sridhar BBM (2021) Cytotoxicity analysis of pre- and post-hurricane Harvey soil samples collected from greater Houston bayous. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 223:112600.
  2. Ali HH, Rosenzweig JA, Shishodia S, Vrinceanu D, Sridhar BBM (2021) Assessment of soil and water characteristics and land cover changes along the Tigris River in Baghdad. International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Vol. 13(1), pp. 57-63.
  3. Bado M, Azu N, Keita D, Shishodia S, Rosenzweig JA (2018) Mixed Bacterial Responses to Dust Exposure in an A549 Eukaryotic Co-culture. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Accepted AMAB-D-18-00367R1.
  4. Sridhar BBM, Rosenzweig JA, Shishodia S (2018) Investigating Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Ecologies Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology – Volume 13, March 2018.
  5. Rosenzweig JA, Balaji Bhaskar MS and Shishodia S (2018) The Impact of Using Geographic Information Systems Technology on Students’ Understanding of Epidemiology. The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 80, No 3, pages. 191–197.
  6. Bado M, Kwende S, Shishodia S, Rosenzweig JA (2017). Impact of dust exposure on mixed bacterial cultures and during eukaryotic cell co-culture infections. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2017 Sep;101(18):7027-7039.
  7. Rosenzweig JA, Vrinceanu D, Hwang H-M and Shishodia S (2016) Vertical Alignment of Educational Opportunities for STEM Learners: Evaluating the Effects of Road Dust on Biological Systems, The American Biology Teacher 78(9):710-716.
  8. Shishodia S, Azu N, Rosenzweig JA, Jackson DA (2015) Guggulsterone for chemoprevention of cancer. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2016;22(3):294-306.
  9. Suraju MO, Lalinde-Barnes S, Sanamvenkata S, Esmaeili M, Shishodia S, Rosenzweig JA (2015) The effects of indoor and outdoor dust exposure on the growth, sensitivity to oxidative stress, and biofilm production of three opportunistic bacterial pathogens. Science of the Total Environment, 10; 538: 949-958.
  10. Shishodia S (2013) Molecular mechanisms of curcumin action: Gene expression. Biofactors, 2013 Jan; 39(1):37-55.
  11. Lewis A, Jejelowo OA, Shishodia S (2011) Role of curcumin against modeled microgravity-induced inflammatory pathways, Proceedings of the 62 nd International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, IAC-11, A1, 7, 14, x11568.
  12. Tariq MA, Sodipe A, Ramesh G, Wu H, Zhang Y, Shishodia S, Pourmand N, Jejelowo O. (2011) The effect of acute dose charge particle radiation on expression of DNA repair genes in mice. Mol Cell Biochem. 349(1-2):213-8.
  13. Shishodia S, Harikumar KB, Dass S, Ramawat KG, Aggarwal BB (2008).The guggul for chronic diseases: ancient medicine, modern targets. Anticancer Res. 28:3647-64.
  14. Aggarwal BB, Sethi G, Baladandayuthapani V, Krishnan S, Shishodia S. (2007) Targeting cell signaling pathways for drug discovery: An old lock needs a new key. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 102(3):580-92
  15. Shishodia S, Chaturvedi MM, Aggarwal BB. (2007) Role of curcumin in cancer therapy. Current Problems in Cancer. 31(4):243-305.
  16. Shishodia S, Singh T, Chaturvedi MM. 2007. Modulation of transcription factors by curcumin. Adv Exp Med Biol. 595:127-48.
  17. Sandur SK, Ahn KS, Ichikawa H, Sethi G, Shishodia S, Newman RA, Aggarwal BB. (2007) Zyflamend, a polyherbal preparation, inhibits invasion, suppresses osteoclastogenesis, and potentiates apoptosis through down-regulation of NF-kappa B activation and NF-kappa B-regulated gene products. Nutrition and Cancer. 57(1):78-87.
  18. Shishodia S, Sethi G, Ahn KS, and Aggarwal BB. (2007) Guggulsterone Inhibits Tumor Cell Proliferation, Induces S-Phase Arrest, and Promotes Apoptosis Through Activation of c-Jun NTerminal Kinase, Suppression of Akt, and Downregulation of Antiapoptotic Gene Products in Human Leukemia Cells. Biochemical Pharmacology 2007 Jun 30;74(1):118-30. Epub 2007 Mar 30.
  19. Shirisha K, Patole J, Padhye S, Sinn E, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB. (2007) Copper complexes of Henna-sulforaphane conjugates as potent antiproliferative agents against human myeloma KBM-5 cells through blockade of transcription factor NF-κB. Letters in Drug Design & Discovery . 4(4): 257-262.
  20. Sawhney M, Rohatgi N, Kaur J, Shishodia S, Sethi G, Gupta SD, Deo SV, Shukla, NK, Aggarwal BB, Ralhan R.(2007) Expression of NF-kappaB parallels COX-2 expression in oral precancer and cancer: Association with smokeless tobacco. International Journal of Cancer. 120(12):2545-56.
  21. Aggarwal BB, Banerjee S, Bharadwaj U, Sung B, Shishodia S, Sethi G. (2007) Curcumin induces the degradation of cyclin E expression through ubiquitin-dependent pathway and up-regulates cyclindependent kinase inhibitors p21 and p27 in multiple human tumor cell lines. Biochemical Pharmacology. 73(7):1024-32.
  22. Koul D, Shen R, Shishodia S, Takada Y, Bhat KP, Reddy SA, Aggarwal BB, Yung WK. (2007) PTEN down regulates AP-1 and targets c-fos in human glioma cells Via PI3-kinase/Akt pathway.Molecular Cellular Biochemistry. 300(1-2):77-87.
  23. Bhardwaj A, Sethi G, Vadhan-Raj S, Bueso-Ramos C, Takada Y, Gaur U, Nair AS, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB. (2007) Resveratrol inhibits proliferation, induces apoptosis, and overcomes chemoresistance through down-regulation of STAT3 and nuclear factor-kappaB-regulated antiapoptotic and cell survival gene products in human multiple myeloma cells. Blood. 109(6):2293-302.
  24. Tang X, Liu D, Shishodia S, Ozburn N, Behrens C, Lee JJ, Hong WK, Aggarwal BB, Wistuba II.(2006) Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) is frequently expressed in lung cancer and preneoplastic lesions. Cancer. 107(11):2637-46.
  25. Nair AS, Shishodia S, Ahn KS, Kunnumakkara AB, Sethi G, Aggarwal BB.(2006) Deguelin, an Akt Inhibitor, Suppresses I{kappa}B{alpha} Kinase Activation Leading to Suppression of NF-{kappa}BRegulated Gene Expression, Potentiation of Apoptosis, and Inhibition of Cellular Invasion. Journal of Immunology. 177(8):5612-22.
  26. Sharma C, Kaur J, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB, Ralhan R.(2006) Curcumin down regulates smokeless tobacco-induced NF-kappaB activation and COX-2 expression in human oral premalignant and cancer cells.Toxicology. 228(1):1-15.
  27. Ahn KS, Sethi G, Shishodia S, Sung B, Arbiser JL, Aggarwal BB.(2006) Honokiol potentiates apoptosis, suppresses osteoclastogenesis, and inhibits invasion through modulation of nuclear factor-kappaB activation pathway. Molecular Cancer Research. 4(9):621-33.
  28. 28. Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Sandur SK, Pandey MK, Sethi G.(2006) Inflammation and cancer: How hot is the link? Biochemical Pharmacology. 72(11):1605-21.
  29. Ichikawa H, Takada Y, Shishodia S, Bolleddula Jayaprakasam B, Nair MG, and Aggarwal BB (2006) Diacetylwithaferin A Potentiates Apoptosis, Inhibits Invasion, and Abolishes Osteoclastogenesis through Suppression of Nuclear Factor NF-κB Activation and NF-κB-Regulated Gene Expression. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. 5(6):1434-45.
  30. Manna SK, Rangasamy T, Wise K, Sarkar S, Shishodia S, Biswal S, Ramesh GT (2005) Long Term Cigarette Smoke Activates Nuclear Transcription Factor kappa B, Activator Protein-1, and Stress Responsive Kinases in Mouse Brain. Biochemical Pharmacology. 71(11):1602-9
  31. Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S. Molecular targets of dietary agents for prevention and therapy of cancer. Biochemical Pharmacology. 71(10):1397-421.
  32. Koul D, Shen R, Bergh S, Sheng X, Shishodia S, Lafortune TA, Lu Y, de GrootJF, Mills GB, Yung WK. (2006) Inhibition of Akt survival pathway by a small-molecule inhibitor in human glioblastoma. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. 5(3):637-44.
  33. Shishodia S, Konopleva M, Andreeff M, and Aggarwal BB. (2006)A Synthetic Triterpenoid Methyl-2cyano-3,12-dioxooleana-1,9-dien-28-oate (CDDO-Me) Inhibits IκBα Kinase And Enhances Apoptosis Induced by TNF and Chemotherapeputic Agents Through Downregulation of Expression of NF-κBRegulated Gene Products in Human Leukemic Cells. Clinical Cancer Research. 12(6):1828-1838.
  34. 34. Aggarwal BB, Ichikawa H, Garodia P, Weerasinghe P, Sethi G, Bhatt I, Pandey MK, Shishodia S, and Nair MG (2006) From Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine to Modern Medicine: Identification of Therapeutic Targets For Suppression of Inflammation and Cancer. Expert Opinions on Therapeutic Targets. 10(1):87-118.
  35. Shishodia S and Aggarwal BB (2006) Diosgenin Inhibits Osteoclastogenesis, Invasion, And Proliferation Through The Downregulation of Akt, IκB Kinase Activation And NF-κB-Regulated Gene Expression. Oncogene. 25(10):1463-73.
  36. Aggarwal S, Ichikawa H, Takada Y, Sandur SK, Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB (2006) Curcumin (Diferuloylmethane) Downregulates Expression of Cell Proliferation, Antiapoptotic and Metastatic Gene Products Through Suppression of IκBα Kinase and AKT Activation. Molecular Pharmacology. 69(1):195-206.
  37. Shishodia S, Sethi G, and Aggarwal BB (2005) Curcumin: getting back to the roots. Proceedings of the “First International Conference on Natural Products and Molecular Targets” to be published in The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1056:206-17.
  38. Shishodia S, Gutierrez AM, Lotan R, and Aggarwal BB. (2005) Inhibition of IκBα kinase by N-(4hydroxyphenyl) retinamide downregulates NF-κB-regulated angiogenic and antiapoptotic gene products; and enhances apoptosis. Cancer Research, 65:9555-65.
  39. Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Takada Y, Banerjee S, Newman R, Bueso-Ramos CE, and Price JE (2005) Curcumin Suppresses the Paclitaxel-induced NF-κB Pathway in Breast Cancer Cells and Inhibits Lung Metastasis of Human Breast Cancer in Nude Mice. Cinical Cancer Research, 11(20):7490-8.
  40. Shishodia S, Amin HM, Lai R, and Aggarwal BB. (2005) Curcumin (Diferuloylmethane) Inhibits Constitutive NF-κB Activation, Induces G1/S Arrest, Suppresses Proliferation and Induces Apoptosis in Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Biochemical Pharmacology. 70:700-713.Siwak DR, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB, and Kurzrock R (2005) Curcumin-induced antiproliferative and proapoptotic effect in melanoma cells is associated with suppression of IKK and NF-κB activity, and is independent of the B-Raf/MEK/ERK and Akt pathways. Cancer. 104:879-890.
  41. Amit-Vazina M, Shishodia S, Harris D, Van Q, Weber D, Alexanian R, Talpaz M, Aggarwal BB and Estrov Z. (2005) Atiprimod blocks STAT3 phosphorylation and induces apoptosis in multiple myeloma cells. British Journal of Cancer. 93:70-80.
  42. Shishodia S, Takada Y, and Aggarwal BB. (2005) Therapeutic Implications of Gene Deletion of Ligands and Receptors of Members of TNF Superfamily. Medicinal Chemistry Reviews – Online. 2(2):163-175.
  43. Aggarwal BB and Shishodia S. (2004) Suppression of Nuclear Factor-κB activation pathway by spice-derived phytochemicals:reasoning for seasoning. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1030: 434-441.
  44. Aggarwal BB, Bhardwaj A, Aggarwal RS, Seeram NP, Shishodia S, and Takada Y (2004) Role of Resveratrol in Prevention and Therapy of Cancer: Preclinical and Clinical Studies. Anticancer Research. 24(5A):2783-840.
  45. Li L, Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Abbruzzese J, and Kurzrock R. (2004). Nuclear Factor-κB and IκB Kinase are Constitutively Active in Human Pancreatic Cells and their Down-regulation by Curcumin (diferuloyl methane) is Associated with Suppression of Proliferation and Induction of Apoptosis. Cancer. 101(10): 2351-62.
  46. Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) Guggulsterone Inhibits NF-κB and IκBα Kinase Activation, Suppresses Expression of Antiapoptotic Gene Products and Enhances Apoptosis. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 279(45): 47148-47158.
  47. Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB. (2004). Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 Inhibitor Celecoxib Abrogates Cigarette Smoke-Induced NF-κB Activation Through Inhibition of Activation of IκBα Kinase Human Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma: Correlation with Suppression of Cyclin D1, COX-2, and Matrix Metalloproteinase-9. Cancer Research 64: 5004-5012.
  48. Shishodia S, Koul D and Aggarwal BB. (2004)) Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 Inhibitor Celecoxib Abrogates Tumor Necrosis Factor-Induced NF-κB Activation Through Inhibition of Activation of IκBα Kinase and Akt in Human Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma:Correlation with suppression of COX2 synthesis Journal of Immunology. 173(3):2011-22.
  49. Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB (2004) Nuclear Factor-κB: A Friend or a Foe in Cancer? Biochemical Pharmacology. 68(6), 1071-1080.
  50. Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) Nuclear factor-kappaB activation mediates cellular transformation, proliferation, invasion angiogenesis and metastasis of cancer. Cancer Treat. Res.119:139-73.
  51. Bharti AC, Shishodia S, Reuben JM, Weber D, Alexanian R, Raj-Vadhan S, Estrov Z, Talpaz M, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) Nuclear Factor-κB and STAT3 are Constitutively Active in CD138+ Cells Derived from Multiple Myeloma Patients and Their Suppression Leads to Apoptosis. Blood 103(8): 3175-3184.
  52. Bueso-Ramos CE, Rocha FC, Shishodia S, Kantarjian HM, Medeiros LJ, Vadhan-Raj S, Estrov Z, Smith TL, Nguyen MH, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) High Expression of Constitutively Active NuclearkB relA Transcription Factor is Present in Blasts of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Human Pathology, 35(2): 246-53
  53. Bharti AC, Takada Y, Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) Evidence that RANK Ligand can suppress cell proliferation and induce apoptosis through activation of a Nuclear Factor-κBindependent and TRAF6-dependent mechanism. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 279, 6065-6076.
  54. Donato NJ, Wu JY, Stapley J, Lin H, Arlinghaus R, Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Albitar M, Hayes K, Kantarjian H, and Talpaz M. (2004) Imatinib Mesylate Resistance Through BCR-ABL Independence in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Cancer Research, 64(2): 672-7.
  55. Ashikawa K, Shishodia S, Fokt I, Priebe W, and Aggarwal BB. (2004) Evidence That Activation of Nuclear Factor-κB Is Essential for Doxorubicin-Induced Cell Death in Myeloid and Lymphoid Cells. Biochemical Pharmacology, 67, 353-364.
  56. Aggarwal BB, Takada Y, Shishodia S, Gutierrez AM, Oommen OV, Ichikawa H, Baba Y, and Kumar A. (2004) Nuclear transcription Factor NF-κB: Role in Biology and Medicine. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology. 42, 341-353.
  57. Thompson MP, Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Estrov Z, and Kurzrock R. (2003) Autocrine lymphotoxin production in Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-immortalized B-cells: induction via NF-κB activation mediated by EBV-derived Latent Membrane Protein 1. Leukemia, 17:2196-2201.
  58. Shishodia S, Majumdar S and Aggarwal BB. (2003) Ursolic Acid Inhibits Nuclear Factor-κB Activation Induced by Carcinogenic Agents Through Suppression of IκBα Kinase and p65 Phosphorylation: Correlation with Downregulation of COX2, MMP-9 and CyclinD1. Cancer Research 63, 4375-4383.
  59. Shishodia S, Potdar P, Gairola GC and Aggarwal BB (2003) Curcumin downregulates cigarette smoke condensate-induced NF-kappa B activation through inhibition of IκBα kinase in human lung cancer cells: correlation with suppression of COX2 and MMP-9. Carcinogenesis 24(7), 1269-1279.
  60. Estrov Z, Shishodia S, Faderl S, Harris D, Van Q, Kantarjian HM, Talpaz M. and Aggarwal BB (2003) Resveratrol blocks interleukin-1β-induced activation of the nuclear transcription factor NF-κB, inhibits proliferation, causes S-phase arrest, and induces apoptosis of acute myeloid leukemia cells. Blood, 102(3), 987-995.
  61. Ashikawa K, Majumdar S, Banerjee S, Bharti AC, Shishodia S and Aggarwal BB. (2002). Trans3,4,3’,5’-tetrahydroxystilbene (piceatannol) inhibits TNF-induced nuclear Factor-κB activation through suppression of IκBαkinase and p65 phosphorylation. Journal of Immunology.169 (11) 64906497.
  62. Anto RJ, Mukhopadhyay A, Shishodia S, Gairola CG, and Aggarwal BB. (2002) Cigarette smoke condensate activates nuclear transcription factor-kappa B through phosphorylation and degradation of IkappaB(alpha): correlation with induction of cyclooxygenase-2. Carcinogenesis.23(9):1511-1518.
  63. Mukhopadhyay A, Shishodia S, Suttles J, Brittingham K, Lamothe B, Nimmanapalli R, Bhalla KN, Aggarwal BB. (2002) Ectopic expression of protein-tyrosine kinase Bcr-Abl suppresses tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-induced NF-kappa B activation and IkappaBalpha phosphorylation. Relationship with down-regulation of TNF receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 277(34):30622-30628.
  64. Mukhopadhyay A, Shishodia S, Fu XY, Aggarwal BB. (2002) Lack of requirement of STAT1 for activation of nuclear factor-kappaB, c-Jun NH2-terminal protein kinase, and apoptosis by tumor necrosis factor-alpha. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. 84(4): 803-815.
  65. Aggarwal BB, Shishodia S, Ashikawa K, and Bharti AC. (2002). The Role of TNF and its family members in inflammation and cancer: lessons from gene deletion. Current Drug Targets: Inflammation and Allergy, 1:327-341.
  66. Shishodia S, and Aggarwal BB. (2002) Nuclear factor-kappa B activation: A question of life and death. Journal of Biochemistry Molecular Biology. 35: 28-40.
  67. Shrivastava A, Shishodia S, and Sodhi A. (1998) Expression of LFA-1 adhesion molecules on cisplatin treated macrophages. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1402(3): 269-276.
  68. Shishodia S, Shrivastava A, and Sodhi A. (1998) Involvement of Ras and MAP kinase (ERK-1) in cisplatin-induced activation of bone marrow derived macrophages. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International. 45(3): 527-534.
  69. Shishodia S, Shrivastava A, and Sodhi A. (1998) Protein Kinase C: a potential pathway of macrophage activation with cisplatin. Immunology Letters. 61:179-186.
  70. Shishodia S, Sodhi A, and Shrivastava A. (1998) Cisplatin stimulated murine bone marrow derived macrophages require Ca ions. Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition. 24:1-12.
  71. Shishodia S, Shrivastava A, and Sodhi A. (1997) Cisplatin stimulated murine bone marrow-derived macrophages require protein tyrosine phosphorylation. International Journal of Immunopharmacology. 19: 683-690
  72. Sodhi A, Shishodia S, and Shrivastava A. (1997) Cisplatin – stimulated murine bone marrow-derived macrophages secrete oncostatin M. Immunology and Cell Biology. 75: 492-496.
  73. Shrivastava A, Shishodia S, and Sodhi A. (1997) Activation of murine peritoneal macrophages and macrophage cell lines P388D-1 and IC-21 with cisplatin. International Journal of Immunopathology and Immunopharmacology. 10: 13-21.

Abstracts in Conference Proceedings

1. Ayat Ali and Shishir Shishodia. Characterization of House Dust Impact on Human Lung Cells. 2020 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 6-8, 2020.

2. Dayana Abdullah Smoot and Shishir Shishodia. Seasonal Cytotoxic Effects of Urban Watersheds.2020 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 6-8, 2020.

3. Djene Keita and Shishir Shishodia. Exposure to Triclosan Activated MAPK Signal Transduction Pathway in Human Lung and Colon Cells. 2020 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 6-8, 2020.

4. Dayana Abdullah Smoot and Shishir Shishodia. Cytotoxic Effect of Harris County Watersheds on HT29 Colon Cells. 2019 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 21-23, 2019.

5. Sarah Sejoro and Shishir Shishodia. Effect of Environmental Metal Concentrations on Tolerance and Survival of Human Gut Cells. 2019 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 21-23, 2019.

6. Djene Keita and Shishir Shishodia. Cytotoxicity Analysis of Pre- and Post-Hurricane Harvey Soil Samples collected from Greater Houston Bayous. 2019 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 21-23, 2019.

7. Dayana Abdullah Smoot, Nkem Azu, and Shishir Shishodia. Assessment of DNA Damage response gene expression in normal lung cells post exposure to Road Dust. 2018 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 22-24, 2018.

8. Djene Keita and Shishir Shishodia. The Effect of Triclosan on Signaling Pathways Involved in Inflammation, 2017 AAAS Emerging Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC, March 0204, 2017.

9. Nkem Azu, Djene Keita, Shishir Shishodia, Identification of hypoxic genes induced in non-cancer lung cells after exposure to Platinum Group Metal Salts, 2017 AAAS Emerging Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC, March 02-04, 2017.

10. Djene Keita, Nkem Azu, Shishir Shishodia. House Dust and Triclosan Activated MAP Kinase Pathways in Lung Epithelial Cells, 2016 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, Washington, DC, February 25-27, 2016.

11. Nkem Azu, Selina Hernandez, Amrutha Immadi, Sachindra Sanamvenkata, Shishir Shishodia, Road Dust Containing Platinum Group Elements Activated, MAPK-JNK Pathway in Lung Epithelial Cells in vitro, 2015 AAAS Emerging Researchers Network Conference, Washington, DC, February 19-21, 2015. (Nkem was place second for graduate students oral presentation)

12. Nkem Azu and Shishir Shishodia, Road Dust Activated ERK in Lung Epithelial Cells in vitro, 118th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, University of Incarnate Word at San Antonio, Texas, March 6-8, 2015

13. Toluwani Adebayo and Shishir Shishodia, Effect of Platinum Group Elements from Road Dust on P38 Protein Expression, 2014 Texas Southern University Summer Research Program Closing Ceremonies, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, August 1st, 2014.

14. Anita Ofori, Jelili Adebisi, and Shishir Shishodia, Platinum Group Metals found in Road Dust activate p42/44 MAP Kinase Pathway, 2014 Texas Southern University Summer Research Program Closing Ceremonies, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, August 1st, 2014.

15. Selina Hernandez and Shishir Shishodia, Road dust activated Nuclear Factor kappa B in Lung Epithelial Cells, 2014 Texas Southern University Summer Research Program Closing Ceremonies, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, August 1st, 2014.

16. Amrutha Immadi and Shishir Shishodia, JNK Expression in Lung Epithelial Cells after Exposure to Platinum Group Elements found in Road Dust, 2014 Texas Southern University Summer Research Program Closing Ceremonies, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, August 1st, 2014.

17. Nkem Azu, Noella Ibekwe, Shishir Shishodia, Simulated Microgravity Induces Epigenetic Changes by Depleting DNMT1 in Murine Monocytes, 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada, September 29-October 3, 2014.

18. Nkem Azu, Noella Ibekwe, Shishir Shishodia. Simulated Microgravity Induces Epigenetic Changes by Depleting DNMT1 in Mouse Monocytes. TSU Research Week, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, March 31-April 4, 2014.

19. Nkem Azu, Noella Ibekwe, Shishir Shishodia. Simulated Microgravity Induces Epigenetic Changes. 117th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Galveston, Texas, March 7, 2014.

20. Noella Ibekwe, Melissa Greene, Nkem Azu, Shishir Shishodia. Simulated Microgravity Induces Epigenetic Changes, UNT Research Symposium, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, November 2, 2013.

21. Linda Noukeu, Noella Ibekwe, Shishir Shishodia. Simulated Microgravity Induced Apoptosis In Human T- Lymphocytes. TSU Research Week, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX, April, 2013.

22. Linda Noukeu, Noella Ibekwe, Shishir Shishodia. Simulated Microgravity Induced Apoptosis In Human T- Lymphocytes. North Texas Research Symposium, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, November 3, 2012.

23. Anita Lewis, Sarah Munyu, Olufisayo A. Jejelowo, Ayodotun Sodipe, and Shishir Shishodia. Activation of Pro-inflammatory Transcription Factor by Modeled Microgravity and High-Energy Particle Radiation, 114th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, March 3-5, 2011.

24. Sarah Munyu, Anita Lewis, Emmanuel Obi, Tuan Phan, Olufisayo A. Jejelowo, and Shishir Shishodia. Structure, mechanism, and anticancer potential of the isothiocyanate diruthenium complex (3,1) Ru2(F3ap)4(NCS) 1, 114th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, March 3-5, 2011.

25. Jejelowo AO, Sodipe AO, Wu H, Zhang Y, Jejelowo OA, Shishodia S. High Energy Particle Radiation Activates Inflammatory Pathways, 18 th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Houston, TX, April 11-15, 2011.

26. Anita Lewis, Philys Johnson, Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Ayodotun Sodipe, and Shishir Shishodia. “The Prospective Function of Curcumin Against the Negative Effects of Microgravity” Astrobiology Science Conference, Houston, Texas, April 26, 2010.

27. Georgette Rolle, Sarah Munyu, Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Ayodotun Sodipe, and Shishir Shishodia.High Energy Radiation Induced Activation of COX-2 and MMP-9 is Mediated by NF-kappaB” Astrobiology Science Conference, Houston, Texas, April 26, 2010.

28. Muhammad Akram Tariq, Shishir Shishodia, Govindarajan Ramesh, Ayodotun Sodipe, Olufisayo Jejelowo, Nader Pourmand (2010). DNA Repair Genes Expression Analysis of Acute Dose charge Particle Radiation, Astrobiology Science Conference, Houston, Texas, April 26, 2010.

29. Anita Lewis, Philys Johnson, Olufisayo A Jejelowo, Ayodotun Sodipe, and Shishir Shishodia “Natural Products Against The Negative Effects Of Microgravity” 113th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, March 4-6, 2010.

30. Rolle, Georgette, Jejelowo, Olufisayo A, Sodipe, Ayodotun and Shishodia, Shishir. “High Energy Radiation and Microgravity- Induced Epigenetic Changes : Reversal and Suppression By Natural Agents”. 112th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Texas Tech University, Junction, Texas, March 5-7, 2009.

31. Johnson, Philys, Jejelowo, Olufisayo A., Sodipe, Ayodotun and Shishodia, Shishir. “Potential role of natural products against High Energy Radiation”. 112th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Texas Tech University, Junction, Texas, March 5-7, 2009.

32. Olufisayo Jejelowo, Osiyemi T, Shishodia S. Identification Of Novel Phytochemical For Suppression Of Breast Cancer. Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, New Orleans, Louisiana. March 19-22, 2008 (presenter number 42)

33. Tang X, Soch E, Shishodia S, Ozburn N, Liu D, Lee JJ, Hong WK, Aggarwal BB, Wistuba II.Immunohistochemical Analysis Indicates that Nuclear Factor-κB (NF-κB) is Frequently Activated in Lung Cancer. American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. April 16-20, 2005.

34. Siwak DR, Shishodia S, Aggarwal BB, and Kurzrock, R. Curcumin-Induced Antiproliferative and Proapoptotic Effect in Melanoma Cells is Associated with Suppression of IKK and NF-κB Activity, and is Independent of the B-Raf/MEK/ERK and Akt Pathways. American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. April 16-20, 2005.

35. Shishodia S, Ichikawa H, Takada Y, Ahn KS, Wu TT, Izzo JJ, Ajani JA, and Aggarwal BB. Targeting Transcription Factor NF-κB for Treatment of Esophageal Cancer. American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California. April 16-20, 2005.

36. Shishodia S, Potdar PD, and Aggarwal BB. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) downregulates cigarette smoke condensate-induced NF-κB activation through inhibition of IκBα kinase in human bronchial epithelial cells.Trainee Recognition Day, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. May 2003.

37. Aggarwal BB, Bharti AC, Banerjee S, Aggarwal S, Ashikawa K, Shishodia S. Nuclear Factor- kappa B as a therapeutic target for chemoprevention and chemosensitization. 22 nd Annual Convention of the IACR and International Symposium on Recent Advances in Cancer Causes and Control, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. January 10-12th , 2002

38. Shrivastava, A, Shishodia, S. and Sodhi, A. Activation of peritoneal macrophages with fMLP: Role of PKC and PTK. XXII Annual conference of Indian Immunology Society. Dec. 15-17, 1995 at JNU, New Delhi, pp113.

39. Singh, RAK., Sodhi, A., Shishodia, S. and Shrivastava, A. Tyrosine phosphatase are downstream to Serine/Threonine phosphatases in the signal transduction pathways of murine peritoneal macrophages. Indo-French Symposium on Immunomodulation. Dec. 10-13, 1995 at National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, pp37.

Invited Lectures

12/22/2021: Impact of Platinum Group Metals Exposure on Human Health, International Conference On Emerging Bioscience Research For Rural And Urban Development (ICEBRUD-2021), Patna University, Patna, India, December 21-22, 2022.

06/17/2014: Critical Issues in STEM Education: A Cache in the Brain or How to Study STEM, TSU Annual Conference on International Trends in Evidence Based Research on Teaching, Learning, and STEM Education, Marriott Westchase Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, Texas, June 16-19, 2014.

04/07/2014: Therapeutic Plants, TSU Research Week, Awards Function Lecture, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.

01/22/2014: Medicinal Plants, Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences Seminar Series, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.

02/27/2012: Natural Products Against Prevention and Therapy of Cancer, CBER Seminar Series, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.

04/13/2011: High Energy Particle Radiation Activates Inflammatory Pathways, 18 th IAA Humans in Space Symposium, Houston, Texas.

08/17/2010: Round Table on the Professoriate: Strategies for Success in the Academy, 2010 Fall Opening Faculty Meetings, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas.

03/05/2010: Mechanism Of High Energy Radiation Induced Inflammation, 113th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, March 4-6, 2010.

03/06/2009: Natural products countermeasures against the adverse effects of radiation and microgravity. 112th Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Texas Tech University, Junction, Texas, March 5-7, 2009.

08/10/2007: FGF9 in Prostate Cancer Bone Metastases, Texas Southern University and University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Collaborative Training Program in Prostate Cancer Research, UTGSBS, Houston, Texas 77030.

11/13/2006: Curcuminoids, Sabinsa on Wheels Trade Show, Frankfurt, Germany.

09/19/2006: Curcuminoids in Health and Disease, Sabinsa on Wheels Trade Show, Sydney, Australia. 11/10/2005: Curcumin: The Indian Solid Gold, Supply Side West Show, (Sabinsa Corporation), The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV.

06/17/2005: Mechanism of cigarette smoke-induced carcinogenesis and its suppression, Odyssey Mini Symposium, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030. 11/14/2004: Curcumin derived from turmeric (Curcuma longa): a spice for all seasons. Third International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals, November 12-14, 2004, Haywood County, North Carolina.

01/16/2004: Targeting Transcriptional Factors by Plant Polyphenols: Role in Prevention and Therapy of Cancer, Institutional Grand Rounds, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030.

11/25/2003: Identification of Novel Triterpenoids as Suppressor of Transcription Factor: Potential Role in Chemoprevention. Bioimmunotherapy Lecture Series, Department of Bioimmunotherapy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030.

03/25/2003: NF-κB as a Target for Cigarette Smoke-Induced Carcinogenesis of the Lung and Head and Neck Cancers, Bioimmunotherapy Lecture Series, Department of Bioimmunotherapy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030.

Patents

Guggulsterone: an inhibitor of nuclear factor – kappaB and IkappaBalpha kinase activation and uses thereof. (01/26/06; #20060019907) The present invention provides an inhibitor of NF-κB, guggulsterone and its analogs. Guggulsterone suppresses NF-κB activation induced by TNF, phorbol ester, okadaic acid, cigarette smoke, H2O2 and IL-1β, as well as constitutive NF-κB activation expressed in most tumor cells. One mechanism by which guggulsterone inhibits activation of NF-κB is through suppression of IκBα phosphorylation and IκBα degradation. NF-κB-dependent gene transcription is modulated by guggulsterone and its analogs. In particular, induction by TNF, TNFR1, TRADD, TRAF2, NIK and IKK, is modulated by guggulsterone and its analogs. In addition, guggulsterone decreased the expression of genes involved in anti-apoptosis (IAP1, XIAP, Bfl-1/A1, bcl-2, cFLIP, survivin), proliferation (cyclin D1, c-myc) and metastasis (MMP-9, COX2 and VEGF).

Reviewing of papers submitted for publication to professional journals

Cancer Gene Therapy, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, Carcinogenesis, Cancer Letters, Arthritis Research and Therapy, FEBS Letters, Cancer, European Journal of Cancer, Acta Biomaterialia, PLoS ONE, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, International Wound Journal, Biochemical Pharmacology

Reviewing of grants proposals

National Science Foundation NASA EPSCoR NASA MUREP NASA EONS Israel Science Foundation Fanconi Anemia Foundation Raine Medical Research Foundation, Australia

TEACHING (CLASSROOM, GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL)

BIOL 241: Cell Biology BIOL 401: Undergraduate Research BIOL 441: Histology Lecture and Lab BIOL 648: Experimental Biology Lecture and Lab BIOL 725: Biochemical Ecology BIOL 861: Research Problems ES 724: Environmental Science Thesis ES 925: Environmental Science Dissertation

Ph.D. Supervisor

1. Ayat Ali (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Characterization of indoor dust-derived trace elements and organic contaminants impact on human lung cells. Ph.D. Dissertation, 05/05/2021.

2. Dayana Abdullah-Smoot (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Seasonal cytotoxic effects of urban watersheds in the greater Houston area. Ph.D. Dissertation, 10/13/2020.

3. Djene Keita (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) The effect of triclosan on signaling pathways involved in inflammation. Ph.D. Dissertation, 03/24/2020.

4. Nkem Azu (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) The Mechanistic Impact of Platinum Group Metal Exposure On Lung Epithelia Cells. Ph.D. Dissertation, 03/23/2017.

Ph.D. Advisory Committee Member

1. Felica Davis (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Assessment of soil, water contamination and land cover changes in urban and sub-urban watersheds of Houston. Ph.D. Dissertation, 03/29/22.

2. Hanan Ali (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Microbial assessment of water samples in Houston, Texas. Ph.D. Dissertation, 04/27/2021.

3. Adedamola Olatoregun (Supervisor: Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe) Investigating the detoxification of cadmium by the tardigrade Hypsibuis exemplaris. Ph.D. Dissertation, 06/17/2021

4. Shaunte Heulett-Abdin (Supervisor: Dr. Hector Miranda) Metagenomic sequencing to explore phylogenetic and functional diversity of fungal communities in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey residential flooding. Ph.D. Dissertation, 07/24/19.

5. Mariam Bado (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Evaluation of Bacterial Responses to Dust in A Eukaryotic Co-Culture Systems. Ph.D. Dissertation, 10/03/2017

6. Abidat Lawal (Supervisor: Dr. Jason A. Rosenzweig) The Impact Of Low-Shear Modelled Microgravity On Proliferation And Virulence Potential Of Yersinia Pestis, Ph.D. Dissertation, 10/16/2012.

7. Sharika S. Lewis (Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Hayes) The Effects Of PPAR alpha ligands on inflammatory pathways in cellular models of endometrial and prostate cancer, Ph.D. Dissertation, 10/08/2012.

8. Yasmeen Rizwi (Supervisor: Dr. Adebayo Oyekan) Interaction of PPARα and adenosine receptors in hypoxia-induced angiogenesis, Ph.D. Dissertation, 10/24/2011.

9. Gloria Wade (Supervisor: Dr. James W DuMond), Increased Mutation Rates As a model For Sporadic Fluxes in Evolution, Ph.D. Dissertation, 02/22/2008.

M.S. Supervisor

1. Noura Abdulrahman (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) The Toxicity of Indoor Dust Derived Trace Elements and Organic Contaminants on Normal Colon Epithelium Cells. MS Research Thesis, 10/26/2021.

2. Sarah Sejoro (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Investigating the Effects of Environmental Heavy Metals on the Tolerance and Survival of Human Gut Cells. MS Research Thesis, 04/15/2020.

3. Brittany Hudson (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) DNA Methyltransferase Expression in Lung Epithelial Cells Exposed to Road Dust. M.S. Research Thesis, May 2016.

4. Kimberly Gilkes (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia), Apoptotic Effects Of A Novel Diruthenium Compound. MS Research Thesis, 04/12/2014

5. Nkem Azu (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Simulated Microgravity Induces Epigenetic Changes. MS Research Thesis, 03/03/2014

6. Melissa Greene (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Curcumin Suppresses Simulated MicrogravityInduced Epigenetic Changes, MS Research Thesis, 06/25/2013.

7. Linda Noukeu (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia) Simulated Microgravity Induces Apoptosis In Human T-Lymphocytes. 04/23/2013.

8. Anita Lewis (Supervisor: Shishir Shishodia) Modulation of Transcription Factors in Space Related Stress. M.S. Research Thesis, 03/23/2011.

9. Ayodeji Jejelowo (Supervisor: Shishir Shishodia) The Effects of High Energy Particles on Protein Expression in Mice Intestinal Tissue, M.S. Research Thesis, 12/17/2010

10. Philys Johnson (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia), Countermeasures against the negative effects of microgravity. M.S. Research Thesis, 04/06/2010.

11. Georgette Rolle (Supervisor: Dr. Shishir Shishodia), High Energy Radiation Activates Nuclear FactorKappa B In Mice. M.S. Research Thesis, 11/24/2009.

M.S. Advisory Committee Member

1. Olujimi Olowokere (Supervisor: Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe) An overview of the exreacellular polysaccharide of probiotic lactic acid bacteria. M.S. Research Thesis, 06/27/2022.

2. Eresa Washington (Supervisor: Dr. Hyun-Min Hwang) Environmental and health impact of excess air pollutants released from industrial facilities. MS Non-Thesis Capstone Paper, 3/30/2022.

3. Ali Aleisawi (Supervisor: Dr. Hyun-Min Hwang) Effects of environmental arsenic exposure on the human body. MS Non-Thesis Capstone Paper, 11/30/2021.

4. Zeest Hanif (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Analysis of bacterial loads in Houston indoor air. MS Research Thesis, 06/23/2021.

5. Sadith Mosquera (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Identification. Isolation, and characterization of bacteria isolates from Houston, Texas wathershed. M.S. Research Thesis, 03/18/2021.

6. Jianbang Du (Supervisor: Dr. Fengxiang Qiao) Temporal Characteristics of Particulate Matter 2.5 Concentration and Their Correlations With Weather Condition And Traffic Volume, MS Research Thesis, June 28, 2018

7. Kimyattia L. Smith (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Evaluation of Local Environmental Isolates and their Response to Dust. MS Research Thesis, May 1, 2017.

8. Shari Galvin (Supervisor: Ayodotun Sodipe) Radiation Tolerance in the Tardigrade Milnesium tardigradum, MS Research Thesis 03/27/2015

9. Sandeel Ahmad (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) The Role of Ribonucleases in Various Yersiniae Shear Response, MS Research Thesis, 03/26/2015

10. Mohammed Suraju (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig) Evaluation Of The Impact Of Dust Containing Platinum Group Elements On Bacterial Growth, Oxidative Stress Sensitivity And Biofilm Formation. MS Research Thesis 03/27/2015

11. Jing Fang (Supervisor: Dr. Yuanjian Deng) Syntheses And Characterization Of Advanced NanoComposites And Platinum Complexes, MS Research Thesis, 09/26/2013.

12. Amanda Henry (Supervisor: Dr. Jason A. Rosenzweig) Characterization of Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis Abiotic Stress Responses. MS Research Thesis, 05/05/2013

13. Jyothi Mallepally (Supervisor: Dr. Yuanjian Deng) Synthetic and Chemical Studies on Platinum(II) Complexes with 4-Aminomethyl Benzene Sulphonamide, 03/29/2012.

14. Tashaineyea Merrell (Supervisor: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo) Comparison Of Aspergillus Nidulans Following Exposure To Microgravity, 12/06/2011.

15. Nellen Nwaobasi (Supervisor: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo) The Effect of Simultaneous Exposure of both Microgravity and Radiation to the Candida albicans Fungi: Cytoskeleton and Membrane Proteins,12/03/2011.

16. Anu Mathew (Supervisor: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo) Effects of radiation on Candida albicans, 12/03/2011.

17. Sharlene Law (Supervisor: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo) Comparative Study of Aspergillus nidulans Growth Under Normal Gravity and Simulated Gravity Using High Aspect to Ratio Vessel and Slow Turning Lateral Vessel, 12/1/2011

18. Nene Abogunde (Supervisor: Dr. Jason Rosenzweig), Evaluation of Escherichia coli and Bacillus Subtilis after Space Flight On Board Atlantis STS-129, 11/17/2011.

19. Tiarra Spencer (Supervisor: Dr. Hector Miranda) Molecular Phylogeny Of Aspergillus Species Based On The Internal Transcribed Spacer Region, 03/25/2011.

20. Stephen Hayes (Supervisor: Dr. Hector Miranda), Phylogenetics of Asian Hornbill Based on Mitochondrial Cytochrome b DNA Sequences, 08/01/2010.

21. Leighann Pollard (Supervisor: Dr. Hector Miranda), Molecular Phylogeny of Asian Passerine Birds (Order Passeriformes) using Mitochondrial Cytochrome Oxidase (CO1) DNA sequences, 11/13/2009.

22. Lyndon Lyons (Supervisor: Dr. Olufisayo Jejelowo), Molecular Targets of Dietary Agents in Prostate Cancer, 04/30/08.

Ph.D. Dissertation External Examiner

1. Shaha Chaitali Manojkumar (Supervisor: Dr. Pandit Radhakrishna Sitaram, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India) Putative effects of xenobiotics on esterases of bacterial flora from Chironomus circumdatus. Ph.D. Dissertation, 02/15/2022

2. Rama Mandar Phadke (Supervisor: Dr. Kalpana Pai, University of Pune, India) Evaluation of cytotoxic potential of curcin protein from Jatropha curcas L. Ph.D. Dissertation, 05/18/2020.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH MENTOR/ADVISOR

1. Donyeil Hoy (2014), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

2. Jay Saynonh (2014), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

3. Tan Nguyen (2014), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University J

4. Jeleli Adebisi (2014), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

5. Kelvin Obimah (2014), Undergraduate, University of Texas, Austin

6. Anita Ofori (2014), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

7. Toluwani Adebayo (2015), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

8. Ashley Burhama (2015), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

9. Kristina Curry (2015), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

10. John Eunson (2015), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

11. Jacklyn Huynh (2015), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

12. Rachel Obimah (2015), Undergraduate, University of Texas, Austin

13. John Eunson (2016), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

14. Andre Obimah (2016), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

15. Adriana Rodriguez (2018), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

16. Esther Sey (2018), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

17. Oruare Ovbiagele (2019), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

18. Lenty Tran (2019), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

19. Aubry Ford (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

20. Germyah Heart (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

21. Simisola Ogundare (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

22. Alexander Cruz San Miguel (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

23. Torye Smith (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

24. Sterling Wilson (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

25. Ebony Wiltz (2020), Undergraduate, Texas Southern University

HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCH MENTOR/ADVISOR

1. Selina Hernandez (2014), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

2. Amrutha Immadi (2014), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

3. Sloan Lalinde-Barnes (2014), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

4. Laura Lay (2014), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

5. Sachindra Sanamvenkata (2014), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

6. Chintal Patel (2015), Dulles High School, Sugarland, TX

7. Meagan Perkins (2015), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

8. Jessica Rollinson (2015), Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX

9. Anna Subonj (2015), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

10. Tiffani Weir (2015), Elkins High School, Misourie City, TX

11. Angelina Ossimetha (2016), Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX

12. Brandon Shepherd (2016), Glenda Dawson High School, Houston, TX

13. Aminata Sylla (2016), Elkins High School, Misourie City, TX

14. Isaiah Ware (2016), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

15. Sri Devulapali (2019), Seven Lakes High School, Katy, TX

16. Jack Lee (2019), Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston, TX

17. Amanda Deepipat (2020), High Tower High School, Houston, TX

18. Abhinav Krothapalli (2020), Michael Debakey High School, Houston, TX

19. Ashrita Sanghi (2020), William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land TX

20. Abhinav Vadaserry (2020), William P. Clements High School, Sugar Land TX

SERVICE

1. Departmental Committees Research and Graduate Studies Curriculum Development EIS Assessment Committee

2. College committees and Special Assignments Research Committee (Ex-Officio) Newsletter and Annual Report Committee COSET Strategic Plan Assessment Committee (Ex-Officio)

3. University Committees/Thesis/dissertation Animal Care and Use Committee Faculty Workload Committee University Catalog Committee

4. Joint Admissions Medical Program: TSU Faculty Director

5. NSF RISE Summer Undergraduate Research Program for rising high school seniors and undergraduate students.

Rosenzweig, Jason

Education and Training

  • FloridaAtlanticUniversity B.S. 1998 Microbiology
  • University of South Florida Ph.D. student 1999-2000 Microbiology
  • University of Miami Ph.D. 2006 Microbiology

(MillerSchoolof Medicine)

Biography

Seminars given

2005 Stanford University Department of Genetics

2005 The Scripps Research InstitutePalm Beach,FLDepartment of Infectology

2007 University degli studi di Milano Department of Biomolecular Science and Biotechnology (Milan,Italy)

2009 TexasAcademyof Science General Meeting March 6^th, 2009

2009 Universityof Houston Downtowncampus Houston, TexasMarch 26^th, 2009

2009 TexasSouthern University Research Week March, 30^th 2009

2010Texas Southern University College of Sciecne and Technology Open House

2010 Delivered a guest lecture on the history of microbiology for the Laurentian University Partnership Center at Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario Canada 7/2010 after invitation from Professor Robert Killam

2010 Delivered a research seminar entitled /Yersina Pestis/Pathogenesis: a pathogen’s perpective in December (12/13/10) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology by Dr. Harlan Jones.

2011 University of Houston (main campus) /Yerisnia pestis/ pathogenesis hosted by Dr. James Briggs 2/16/11

2011 Invited speaker at the 10th International Symposium on Aeromonas and Plesiomonas Gaveston Tx May 19-21, 2011. Seminar Title: /Aeromonas/hydrophila, a possible model organism for low shear modeled microgravity/(LSMMG) studies: Unexpected modulation of other enteric pathogens and/Yersinia pestis virulence following exposure to LSMMG.

Research Interests

Microbiology

Recent Publications (5 out of a total of 30)

  • Rosenzweig JA, Vrinceanu D, Hwang HM, and Shishodia S (2016) Vertical Alignment of Educational Opportunities for STEM Learners: Evaluating the Effects of Road Dust on Biological Systems. The American Biology Teacher November/December 78 (9): 710-716.
  • Andersson JA, Fitts EC, Kirtley ML, Ponnusamy D, Peniche AG, Dann SM, Motin VL, Chauhan S, Rosenzweig JA, Sha J, Chopra AK. (2016) New Role for FDA-Approved Drugs in Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 May 23;60(6):3717-29.
  • Shishodia S, Azu N, Rosenzweig JA, Jackson DA (2016) Guggulsterone for Chemoprevention of Cancer.Curr Pharm Des. 2016;22(3):294-306.
  • Suraju MO, Lalinde-Barnes S, Sanamvenkata S, Esmaeili M, Shishodia S, Rosenzweig JA. (2015) The effects of indoor and outdoor dust exposure on the growth, sensitivity to oxidative-stress, and biofilm production of three opportunistic bacterial pathogens. Sci Total Environ. 2015 Dec 15;538:949-58
  • Losh JS, King AK, Bakelar J, Taylor L, Loomis J, Rosenzweig JA, Johnson SJ, van Hoof A (2015) Interaction between the RNA-dependent ATPase and poly(A) polymerase subunits of the TRAMP complex is mediated by short peptides and important for snoRNA processing. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Feb 18;43(3):1848-58.

Funding

  • 08/2007 Awarded competitive research startup funding my NSU Division of Math Science and Technology in the amount of $3000: Funded.
  • 12/2007 Research consultancy fee awarded ($5,500) to characterize a C-8 surfactant based antimicrobial hand foam for a venture capitalist company Third Stream Bioscience Inc: Funded
  • 09/08 Co-investigator on a NASA funded 5 year $5.5 million cooperativeagreement (NNX08B4A47A) focused on the study of space microbiology and the effects of microgravity and space-like irradiation on bacterial pathogenesis: Funded
  • 02/09 Awarded a competitive id=mce_marker5,000 Texas Southern University seed grant (Sg0609) to support the study of two bacterial stress responses: cold growth and immunological host cell challenge of both Gram positive and negative pathogens: Funded
  • 09/09 Submitted a Department of Defense grant proposal to the Army Research Office (ARO) entitled Characterization of /Yersinia pestis/ stress responses and Virulence (3 years @ $360,000): currently under review
  • 11/09 Submitted a TSU seed grant entitled Evaluation of the Role Played by Ribonucleases in Bacterial Virulence for $20,000: denied funding based on a disqualification for possessing external funding support through NASA Not Funded
  • 02/10Submitted proposal/application for the Department of Homeland SecuritySummer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions: Not Funded
  • 02/10 Co-investigator NIH R01 entitled/: Identification of new antigens for a plague/vaccine/ Period: 12/01/2010-11/30/2015 Total amount: id=mce_marker,923,068: Funded.
  • 05/10 Primary Investigator: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston summer salary proposal entitled: Salary Reimbursement Agreement between The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Texas Southern University Co-investigator Ambro van Hoof $9,333.33. Funded.
  • 02/11 Senior personnel on an NSF Research Opportunity Award (ROA) Antiviral Mechanisms of the Yeast RNA Decay Machinery and Viral Countermeasures 23,643 for 2 months (June and July 2011). Funded.
  • 1/12  Senior personnel on an NSF Research Opportunity Award (ROA) Antiviral Mechanisms of the Yeast RNA Decay Machinery and Viral Countermeasures, $6377.78 for 1 month (June 2012). Funded.
  • 07/12 Primary Investigator: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas, summer salary proposal entitled: Salary Reimbursement Agreement between The University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas SouthernUniversity. Co-investigator Ashok Chopra. $12,755.56 (for 2 months salary July and August 2012). Funded
  • 05/13 Primary Investigator: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas summer salary proposal entitled: Salary Reimbursement Agreement between The University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas SouthernUniversity. Co-investigator Ashok Chopra. $13,588.50 (for 2 months salary June and July 2013). Funded
  • 03/14 Co-Principal Investigator NSF RISE proposal (HRD-1345173) entitled “Characterization of Biomolecular Stress Responses” Funded $991,206 from 3/15/14-2/28/17.
  • 09/16 Co-Principal Investigator NSF HBCU UP Targeted Infusion project proposal (HRD 1622993) entitled “Infusion of Geospatial Informatics to Enhance an Undergraduate Biological Science Program.” Funded $399,999.00 (09/01/2016-8/31/2019).

Pittman, Helen

Research Interests