Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor
Research Assistant Professor
His work focuses on the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of lupus nephritis
Her research focuses on utilizing novel proteomic technologies including ITRAQ and NRM assays to quantitate biomarkers in human body fluids. Other research interests include detecting novel biomarkers in human body fluids using Somalogic’s SomaScan Assay.
Briony is the technical director of Houston Omics Collaborative. Her varied background includes forensics, microfluidics, and blood component processing. She now focuses on microarray screening platforms and confirmatory platforms/assays, e.g., Mesoscale, Luminex, and ELISA’s
Rajalakshmy Ayilam Ramachandran
Raja’s current research is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind
lupus nephritis, inflammatory bowel disease, neuroinflammation, and Sjögren’s syndrome.
Clinical Research Fellow
Ting’s, a rheumatologist in China, research focuses on the discovery of novel biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis and primary Sjogren Syndrome to improve the early diagnosis and subsequent evaluation.
Hao is a visiting scholar from China, focusing on the stool protein biomarkers of colorectal cancer.
Her research focuses IL1B signaling pathway and neutrophilic activity on the using transgenic zebrafish models. She also explores the potential to enhance immune cell viability and functionality by using advanced 3D artificial scaffolds derived from decellularized organs and natural polymers.
His research focuses on the discovery of novel antigen probes and high throughput detection techniques. He also investigates the role of the endocannabinoid system in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
She currently has two projects, one is Lupus self-diagnosis: development of a lateral flow assay for active LN and the other is microrobots target cancer cell under electromagnets to fulfil drug delivery task.
His research focuses on the application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques in the field of medicine. Currently, he’s working on a deep learning algorithm which aims to accurately diagnose SLE from IHC/IF data collected from various healthcare institutions.
Her research focuses on testing of suitable 3D environments for the growth of immune cells.
Ferial is working on designing a rheumatic diseases biomarker panel for early diagnostic testing. She is also working on another early diagnostic method for chronic myeloid leukemia using ELISA and electro-chemiluminescent platforms.
His research focuses on creating Bayesian Networks, building predictive models, and understanding upregulated signaling pathways for Lupus Nephritis. He also works for Houston Omics Collaborative.
Volunteer Research Assistant
Ramya’s work mainly focuses on validating biomarkers associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in stool samples and disease groups within the lupus nephritis population.
Omar’s research focuses on immunohistochemistry for staining various antibodies on mice kidneys, as well as optimizing IHC protocol. With collaborators, Omar’s project focuses on imaging various immune cells using IR microscopy.
Malikah Al Alshaikh
Her research focuses on developing IBD diagnostic kits that are tailored to look for biomarkers in the stool. Also, she’s working on optimizing protein extraction from the stool.
Her research focuses on ELISA-based approach to finding novel biomarkers that predict cardiovascular outcomes in lupus nephritis patients. She also creates mouse models of autoimmune diseases.
I am a junior, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
My research focuses on studying urinary biomarker using near-infrared spectroscopy.
Malavika is a biomedical engineering student whose research focuses on the validation of biomarkers identified in microarray and elevated in IBD stool samples in order to make treatment more efficient for this disease. Her other focuses are testing buffers for stool extraction and ELISA validation for microarray urine samples.
Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms behind lupus nephritis. She also helps model autoimmune diseases in both mouse and zebrafish models.
His research focuses on working with RNA-sequencing, microarrays, and bioinformatics. He performs RNA-seq and miRNA array protocols to find genes that are highly expressed in patients with the lupus disease.
His research focuses on testing stochastic electrotransport technology on the full and rapid immunostaining of lupus mice kidneys.
Mallika’s research focuses on understanding the use of aptamers and their binding patterns on live and dead cells through flow cytometry.
Luyue’s research focuses on doing statistical tests and regression analysis.
Rose Ann Huynh
Visiting Research Scholars
Aurélie De Groof
Eric Zhiyan Liang
High School Students/Interns
Sai Harish Dharmavaram
Jae Won Joh