Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor
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.
Her research focuses on working with animal models and mouse colony management.
Anto Sam Crosslee
Post Doctoral Fellow
Crosslee’s research focuses on understanding the molecular pathways involved in autoimmunity and is working on creating an in-vitro model of glomerulus.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Yaxi joined the lab as a Post Doctoral Researcher. Her research focuses on the discovery of novel biomarkers and drug targets for autoimmune diseases and cancers to improve the early diagnosis and facilitate better therapeutics. She also works for the Houston Omics Collaborative as Associate Director.
She joined the lab as a Fulbright Doctoral Researcher. Her research focuses on exploring the biomedical scope of 2D nanomaterials especially layered double hydroxides.
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 that aims to accurately diagnose SLE from IHC/IF data collected from various healthcare institutions.
Her research focuses on engineering bioartificial spleens for immunological studies and therapeutic applications, and exploring the effect of Mushrooms and Mesenchymal Stem Cells on different disease models.
Her projects focus on engineering point of care tests based on lateral flow assay (LFA) or vertical flow assay (VFA) for rapid diagnostics of autoimmune diseases or cancer.
Omar’s research focuses on biomedical imaging for disease diagnosis. He works with Dr. Mayerich from ECE in a project for advancing 3D imaging by serial ablation of paraffin-embedded biological samples. Omar is working in developing an imaging modality that facilitates 3D imaging by image processing and acquisition, in which it could leverage efficient SLE diagnosis.
Phuongthy T Tran
Phuongthy was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for Summer 2020. Her project was a literature review of the top ten themes of systemic lupus erythematosus with a focus on environmental and genetic factors. She is also helping to develop a lupus tracking app that can be used in future clinical research.
Rani’s research focuses on ALCAM (CD166), a protein biomarker, and the mechanism by which it promotes the development of lupus nephritis. She also explores the molecular mechanisms of BANK1, the disease gene for SLE, to determine how the gene promotes autoimmunity.
Nhi is currently working on immunohistochemistry to identify specific genes on specific tissues of the mouse’s kidney such as CD31 in order to compare the difference in tissue structure and gene expression between the healthy mouse and the lupus mouse.
Mallika’s research focuses on manipulating the interaction between Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH), an integral membrane protein high in cancer cells, and naturally-produced endocannabinoids to induce apoptosis as a possible therapeutic alternative to chemotherapy. Mallika was awarded the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) for Spring 2020.
Maliha’s research focuses on exploring appropriate conditions for growth of immune cells. She is currently investigating the viability of splenocytes using splenoid culture and flow cytometry analysis to measure cell characteristics.
Kala’s research focuses on developing a high-throughput 3D glomerular platform that will help in identifying the key biomolecules and their relevant signaling pathways involved in the disease pathogenesis of multiple renal diseases. Kala was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship for Summer 2021.
Haleigh’s research mainly focuses on identifying biomarkers that discriminate pediatric SLE samples from the adult population. Her research focuses on using ELISA on urine samples collected from pediatric SLE patients to compare urine proteins in active LN samples to those from healthy controls.
Sylvia’s research focuses on the development of a novel EGFR-targeted nanoparticles drug delivery system for the treatment of lupus nephritis.
His research focuses on developing microfluidic devices for isolating specific immune cells for immunotherapy applications.
Rajalakshmy Ayilam Ramachandran
Malikah Al Alshaikh
Rose Ann Huynh
Visiting Research Scholars
Aurélie De Groof
Eric Zhiyan Liang
High School Students/Interns
Sai Harish Dharmavaram
Jae Won Joh