Faculty and trainees in our program study all aspects of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in animal models and in human cells, including the mechanisms leading to altered immune system activation and regulation, the impact of these alterations on organ function, the identification and validation of potential therapeutic targets, and the design of novel therapeutic strategies. The prototypic diseases investigated by our teams include asthma and other inflammatory lung diseases, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases, scleroderma, septicemia, inflammation-induced thrombosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and many others.

This work is enhanced by access to resources of the Biology of Inflammation Center, the Center for Translational Research on Inflammatory Diseases, cutting-edge Advanced Technology Cores, and collaborations with clinicians within Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Medical Center.

A-K: Profiles of Faculty Working on Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

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…

Christine Beeton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5030

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

Robert M Bryan Jr, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7720

Min Chen

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8507

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

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

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

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

Joseph Michael Hyser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4514

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

Farrah Kheradmand, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8622

Immune cells and lung disease; Matrix metalloproteinases; Cytokine function

L-Z: Profiles of Faculty Working on Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases

Na Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2335

To investigate novel molecular mechanisms underlying cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy.

Anthony Maresso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7369

Pathogenesis of bacterial infections

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

Professor & Interim Section Chief

Phone

  • (713) 798-0316

Microvascular inflammation, platelets, microvascular thrombosis

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…

Huaizhu Wu, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4141

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

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