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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Ruchi Sharma, Ph.D.

Ruchi Sharma

Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Thesis Title: Dynamic In Vivo Imaging to Assess Lymphatic and Axonal Transport Processes

Basic Science Mentor: Robia Pautler, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Clinical Science Mentor: Lawrence Chan, D.Sc., M.B.B.S.
Department of Medicine-Endocrinology


Ph.D., Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
M.E., Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

Position after graduation: Medical Student at Baylor College of Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • Lymphatic Research Foundation Young Investigator Travel Award
    Gordon Research Conference on Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Diseases, Ventura, CA, 2008
  • Young Investigator Travel Award
    Society for Molecular Imaging Conference, Providence, RI, 2007
  • Prize Winner in Clinical Research Poster Presentation
    Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center Symposium, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2007
  • Susan G Komen Young Investigator Travel Scholarship
    Gordon Conference on Molecular Mechanisms in Lymphatic Function and Disease, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 2006 (declined)
  • John R Kelsey, Jr. Student Speaker Award
    Graduate Student Symposium, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2006


  • Sharma R, Buras E, Massaad C, Terashima T, Serrano F, Hu L, Bitner B, Taeko I, Chan L, Pautler RG. Overexpression of SOD-2 Reduces Superoxide and Improves in vivo Axonal Transport Deficits in a Mouse Model of Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes. Submitted March 2010.
  • Sharma R, Wendt JA, Rasmussen JC, Adams KE, Marshall MV, Sevick EM. New horizons for imaging lymphatic function. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences. 2008. 1131:13-36.
  • Sevick EM, Sharma R, Rasmussen JC, Marshall MV, Wendt JA, Pham HV, Bonefas E, Houston JP, Sampath L, Adams KE, Blanchard DK, Fisher RE, Elledge R, Mawad ME. Imaging of lymph flow in breast cancer patients after microdose administration of a near-infrared fluorophore. Radiology. 2008. 246:734-40.
  • Joshi A, Bangerth W, Sharma R, Rasmussen JC, Wang W, Sevick EM. Molecular tomographic imaging of lymph nodes with NIR fluorescence. Proceedings of 2007 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. 2007. 564-7.
  • Sharma R, Wang W, Rasmussen, Joshi A, Houston JP, Adams KE, Cameron A, Ke S, Mawad ME, Sevick EM. Quantitative imaging of lymph function. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory. 2007. 292:H3109-18.

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