Explore profiles of faculty below or visit our research page to learn about the various areas in which our faculty work and find investigators whose interests match your own.

"The collaborative culture here is my favorite part of being at BCM. You can bring up your project to anyone and everyone has a different point of view which helps you expand your project beyond your original thought." - Brittany Armstrong, Ph.D. Student

Faculty A-D: Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbiology

Sandeep Krishna Agarwal, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Section Chief

Phone

  • (713) 798-3390

Clinical : Diagnosis and management of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis…

Robert Legare Atmar, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6849

Respiratory viral pathogens; Enteric viruses and environmental virology

David B. Bates

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7747

Chromosome dynamics, molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, and cell cycle control in E. coli

Christine Beeton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5030

Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis); Identification of therapeutic targets and drug development…

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Phone

  • (832) 824-0510

Robert Allen Britton, Ph.D.

Professor

Therapeutic microbiology, probiotics, genomics and genetics of the human microbiota

Robert M Bryan Jr, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7720

Douglas G Burrin, Ph.D.

Research Physiologist

Phone

  • (713) 798-7049

Andre Catic, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-1567

We study protein quality control mechanisms and their involvement in gene regulation, metabolism, and aging.

Min Chen

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8507

Autoimmunity and inflammation; Dendritic cells in immune regulation; Cytokine signal transduction

Margaret Ellen Conner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3590

Pathogenesis of and immunity to enteric pathogens

David B Corry, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7313

Asthma; Cytokine receptors; T cells; Airway physiology; Proteases

Miguel Cruz, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 794-7775

Thrombosis, von Willebrand factor, platelet adhesion, DIC, extracellular hemoglobin, inflammation, vimentin, tranlational medicine

William K Decker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cancer immunotherapy; Dendritic cell vaccination; TH polarization; Innate immune signaling

Cintia S De Paiva, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2124

Dry Eye, Ocular Surface Diseases, Animal Models of Sjogren Syndrome, Microbiome, Aging

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

David J Durgan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Role of the gut microbiota in cardiovascular disease

Faculty E-K: Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbiology

Tony Eissa, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3190

Regulation of Autophagy in Innate Immunity; Cellular Regulation of Nitric Oxide Synthesis in Inflammation; Cellular regulation of misfolded proteins

Hana Mohammed El Sahly, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2058

Vaccines; Tuberculosis

Mary K. Estes, Ph.D.

Distinguished Service Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3585

Human mini-gut cultures to understand gastrointestinal virus-host interactions and mechanisms of pathogenesis and immunity

Brian Edward Gilbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4022

Aerosolized drugs for pulmonary diseases

Darryl L. Hadsell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7043

Lactation Biology, Mammalian Genomics

Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2126

Epigenetic inheritance and phenotypic variability

Helen E Heslop, MD, DSc (Hon)

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4662

Cell and Gene Therapy

Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine

Phone

  • (713) 798-1199

Drug and Vaccine Delivery; Tropical Medicine

Joseph Michael Hyser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4514

Enteric Virus Calcium Channel Blockers; Exploitation of Host Calcium Signaling Pathways by Microbes…

Ronald T Javier, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3898

Adenoviruses and viral oncology

Kathryn Marie Jones, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Wendy A. Keitel, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5250

Vaccine development and evaluation

Farrah Kheradmand, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8622

Immune cells and lung disease; Matrix metalloproteinases; Cytokine function

Jason Thomas Kimata, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4536

HIV Replication, Pathogenesis, and Cure

Katherine Yudeh King, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Role of interferon-gamma in hematopoietic stem cell regulation

Faculty L-P: Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbiology

Ann Marie Leen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4690

T cell immunotherapy for viruses and cancer

Jonathan Michael Levitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8820

Immunotherapies, dendritic cell vaccines, and biomarkers for BPH and prostate cancer

Na Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2335

To investigate novel molecular mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy.

Paul Dalling Ling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8474

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV); Gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis

Richard E. Lloyd, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8993

Control of translation in virus infection and apoptosis

Job E. Lopez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Maksim Mamonkin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Immunobiology of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells; Adoptive T cell therapy of cancer and autoimmune diseases…

Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7369

Pathogenesis of bacterial infections

Susan Jean Marriott, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4440

Viral transformation and transcription control

Leonid S. Metelitsa, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4395

Timothy Gerald Palzkill, Ph.D.

Chair/Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5609

Protein structure/function and functional genomics; Enzymology; Structural Biology; Membrane Proteins; Drug Resistance Mechanisms…

Robin Parihar, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Pediatric solid tumors; Solid tumor microenvironment; Natural Killer (NK) cell biology; Cellular therapies for solid tumors

Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7912

Metagenomics and genetic interactions between commensal microbiota and the host.…

Pedro A. Piedra, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5240

Reduction of respiratory virus illness burden in infants

B V Venkatar Prasad, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5686

Protein Structure-Function and Protein Folding; Virology, biochemistry, immunology and cell biology of viral and microbial pathogen…

Faculty Q-U: Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbiology

Sasirekha Ramani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4445

Viral gastroenteritis, immune response to infection and to vaccines

Robert Franklin Ramig, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4830

Phage Therapy for Human Infections; Genetics of viral replication and pathogenesis

Rebecca Rico-Hesse, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3010

Pathogenesis of mosquito-transmitted viruses

Antony Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2664

Let-7 in COPD and asthma pathogenesis; Omics-miRNA regulatory networks; Let-7 in inflammatory disease(s); Let-7 in Alzheimer's Disease

Cliona M Rooney, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4693

Virus-specific T cells for treatment of viral diseases

David R Rowley, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6220

Mechanisms of reactive stroma in cancer progression.

Rolando Rumbaut, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor & Interim Section Chief

Phone

  • (713) 798-0316

Microvascular inflammation, platelets, microvascular thrombosis

Buck Samuel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-9110

Genetics and genomics of host-microbe interactions; Microbiome programming of host physiology and development…

Michael Scheurer, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8082

Functional Genomics and Transcriptome analysis; The evolution of social behavior in Dictyostelium; Allorecognition in Dictyostelium…

Andrew Sikora, MD, PhD

Vice Chair for Research and Co-Director Head and Neck Cancer Program

Head and neck cancer; Tumor immunology; Cancer immunotherapy; HPV-associated head and neck cancer; Cancer biology…

Betty L. Slagle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3006

Pathogenesis of viral hepatitis

Masataka Suzuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4673

The application of helper-dependent adenoviral vectors (HDAds) to cancer immunotherapy…

Francis T.F. Tsai, D.Phil.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8668

Protein Structure-Function and Protein Folding; Structural Biology and Macromolecular Assemblies; Cryo-electron Microscopy and Tomography…

Faculty V-Z: Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbiology

Jesus G Vallejo, M.D.

Professor

Sepsis, Myocarditis, LVAD infections, Clinical trials

James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Milton J. Finegold Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3710

Microbial Genomics, Human Microbiome and Metagenomics, Mucosal Immunity, Gut Inflammation and Intestinal Neoplasia

Tiphanie Phillips Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-1319

Scott Edward Wenderfer, M.D.-Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3800

Immune Complex Glomerulonephritis; Kidney biopsy; Genetic Kidney Diseases; Mouse Models of Disease; Tissue culture; Translational Research…

Thomas Michael Wheeler, M.D.

Senior Vice Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-4664

Laila E. Woc-Colburn, M.D., DTM&H, FACP, FIDSA

Associate Professor & Director of Medical Education

Phone

  • (713) 798-2900

Tropical Medicine; HIV/AIDS patient care; Medical Education; Endovascular infections; Fungal infections; Non-Tuberculous mycobacterium

Huaizhu Wu, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4141

Obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance; Lipids, monocytes/macrophages and atherosclerosis; Basic and translational research

Jianhua Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4572

Functional analysis of molecular targets in cancer.

Qizhi Cathy Yao, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery

Phone

  • (713) 798-1765

HIV vaccines; Pancreatic cancer pathogenesis; Nanoparticle targeted delivery

Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4770

Immune and inflammatory responses and regulation; Mitotic kinases in cell cycle regulation; Cytokinesis and aneuploidy; Cell migration and metastasis

E. Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.

Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Phone

  • (713) 798-5126

DNA supercoiling, DNA topoisomerases, antibiotic resistance, gene therapy

Xiang Zhang, Ph.D

Professor