University of Arizona, 1984 (Ph.D.)
Honors & Awards:
Louis J. Kettel Faculty Mentor Award, Clinical Sciences Mentor, Medical Student Research Program, 1996
Vernon and Virginia Furrow Award, Excellence in Graduate
Student Education, 2009
Major Areas of Research Interest:
Immunological role of the endothelium
Heart and lung transplantation
Sponsored Research Through MSRP:
David Rigberg (MSRP 1991): "Temporal relationship of MHC expression to the time of rejection in lung allografts."
Pei Hsuan Tsau (MSRP 1991): "Expression of MHC-II as a marker of rejection in rats."
Robert Berger (MSRP 1992): "Orthotopic transplantation of the pig heart after 24 hours storage in the Arizona heart preservation system."
Susan Bond (MSRP 1993): "Cyclosporin A as a cardioplegia in transplanted rabbit hearts."
Wendi Carns (MSRP 1996): "Effects of immunotherapy on MDR1 efflux function."
Michael Levin (MSRP 1996): "A comparison of multidrug resistance protein expression in peripheral lymphocytes to heart allograft infiltrated lymphocytes."
James Ridgeway (MSRP 2000): "Comparison of RATG to thymogobulin in the human transplant patient."
Jyoti Bollmann (MSRP 2001): "Phospholamban expression and function in heart failure."
Tara Kelley (MSRP 2001): "SERCA2a function and expression in heart failure."
Kathyrn Bradley (MSRP 2005): "T-Lymphocytes of the immune system play a role in cardiac remodeling contributing to diastolic heart failure."
José Anaya (MSRP 2006): "Immunomodulation: Cardiovascular structure and function."
Vanessa Tang (MSRP 2009): "The role of toll-like receptor-9 (TLR-9) in the pathogenesis of primary hypertension."
Pablo Sanchez (MSRP 2011): "Qualification of Th 17 and Treg Lymphocyte-mediated Pathway of Hypertension on Extracellular Remodeling of Collagen-elastin Cross-linking Through Lysyl Oxidase Ensyme"
NIH Undergraduate Diversity Program:
Odelia Francisco, 2011
Advanced Research - Research Distinction Track (RDT):
José Anaya (Class of 2009): "Immunomodulation: Cardiovascular structure and function."
NIH High School Student Research Program:
Mariel Velez, Salpointe Catholic High School, 1993
Amber Tiffany (Peart-) Dickerson, Chaparral High School (Scottsdale), 1994
Jorge Salazar, Pueblo High School, 1995
Kay Yeung, Sahuaro High School, 1995
Jorge Alberto Salazar, Pueblo High School, 1995 and 1996
Lucinda Cabrera Cubillas, Yuma High School, 1997
Viviana M. Hurtado, Pueblo High School, 1999
Joseph Charles Johnston, Canyon del Oro High School, 2000
David Dino Necoechea, Rincon High School, 2004
Reymundo Galvez, Nogales High School, 2005
Gildardo F. Galaviz, San Luis High School, 2008
Okongo Majok, Catalina Magnet High School, 2009
Odelia Francisco, Baboquivari High School, 2011
Angela Johnson, Baboquivari High School, 2011
Devin A. Noriega, Pima Partnership High School,2012
NIH K-12 Science Teacher Program:
Valerie S. Yellen, Yuma High School, 2000
Immunopharmacology: pharmacology and design of selective immunosuppressive therapies for solid organ transplantation and auto-immune diseases.