Research Spotlights

Investigating HIV Comorbidities and Disparities in Women, Minorities and Immigrants

As program director of HIV Translational Research within the UA Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Lori Fantry is involved in several studies related to sexually transmitted diseases, HIV in women, HIV and comorbidities (including cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis), HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and latent TB among immigrants…


Comorbidities in Valley Fever & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Dominck Sudano's major research interest zero in on diagnosis and management of coccidioidomycoses or Valley Fever in patients with rheumatic disease who are treated with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers (BRMs or biologics)...


Down to the Bone with Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases

Dr. Kent Kwoh's research focuses on outcome assessment and examination of risk factors for the development and progression of a broad spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, most notably identification of MRI imaging biomarkers for the development and/or progression of knee osteoarthritis and related pain characterization...


Evaluating Aging-Related Issues in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Sasha Taleban’s research focuses on clinical characterization and management of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, aka inflammatory bowel disease, particularly those of advanced age...


Toward a Better Understanding of Pulmonary Vascular Disease & Heart Failure

Dr. Ankit Desai's research focuses on pulmonary vascular disease and related heart failure. His lab at the UA Sarver Heart Center works closely with both cardiology and pulmonology to determine genetic roots of pulmonary hypertension and develop translational solutions...


Regenerating Arthritic Joints

Dr. John Szivek’s research interests in rheumatology revolve around orthopedics, including bone remodeling and bone and cartilage tissue engineering for those suffering from arthritis or other degenerative conditions affecting the body’s joints...


Role of Mitochondrial ROS in Chronic Wound Healing

Dr. Jana Jandova's research focuses on mitochondrial DNA mutations and their role in the development of skin cancer; identification of potential targets for non-melanoma skin cancer chemo prevention and the role of mitochondrial ROS in chronic wound healing...


Pursuing Collaborative Efforts in Diabetes Prevention among High-Risk Populations

Dr. Craig Stump collaborates with other UA investigators regarding co-morbidities related to cardiovascular and kidney disease as well as to implement the Diabetes Prevention Program into specific high-risk populations. He also works with an Arizona State University team dedicated to developing and bringing to clinical utility personal devices designed to monitor and improve metabolic health...


Studying Turmeric's Effects on Arthritis, Cancer & Stroke

Dr. Janet Funk leads an NIH-funded cross-disciplinary translational research program investigating the pathogenesis and treatment of resorptive bone diseases including breast cancer bone metastases and rheumatoid arthritis...


Discovering the Genomic Roots of Prostate Cancer

Dr. Andrew Kraft's lab has been a leader in studying the Pim, a protein kinase that enhanced ability of the c-Myc gene to induce lymphomas. Over expression of Pim enhances the growth of human prostate cancer...


Management of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Dr. Emad Elquza specializes in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, which include colon cancer, rectal cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, and cancer of the pancreas. He is actively involved in research and development of novel treatment options for patients with pancreatic cancer...


Breast Cancer and Bleeding/Clotting Disorders

Dr. Pavani Chalasani's lab focuses on development of biomarkers for patients with breast cancer. She has several ongoing translational and clinical projects and is PI on several industry sponsored and co-operative group protocols. Her funding comes from the NIH/NCI, American Cancer Society, Better Than Ever and UA Cancer Center-pilot funding mechanism....


Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplantation

Dr. Faiz Anwer's work focuses on clinical studies to improve care for patients undergoing treatment for acute leukemia and stem cell transplantation. His major focus is on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in adults with hematologic malignancies and treatment for acute leukemias...


Hepatology and Liver Disease

Dr. Archita Desai's research focuses on pre- and post-transplant care for sufferers of liver disease, and bridging the quality divide between current evidenced-based guidelines of care and the care actually delivered to individuals with cirrhosis...


Infection Prevention in Valley Fever and Transplant Patients

Dr. Tirdad Zangeneh's research interests focus on HIV management, Valley Fever and prevention of infection in heart, kidney and liver transplant patients...


Battling Infectious Diseases from Kissing Bugs to HIV

Research of Dr. Steve Klotz spans a range of interests. Bites from kissing bugs are the most common cause of bite-associated anaphylaxis in the United States and, in his HIV research, his team is combatting depression and frailty in patients with computer-driven, virtual reality exercise games...


Lung Immunology and Biomarker Discovery for Pulmonary Disorders

Dr. Ken Knox's research includes correlating the lung microbiome/virome and inflammatory responses to clinical phenotypes in HIV as part of the NIH-funded INHALD consortium...


Alternate Healing Approaches for Mainstream Medicine

We are developing methods and devices to measure stress and immune biomarkers non-invasively in sweat , and methods to link human physiological, behavioral and psychological responses to environmental attribute exposures in real-time...


Hospitalists Focus on QI for Inpatient Medicine

In the Division of Inpatient Medicine, Dr. Tejo Vemulapalli's team is actively involved in multiple process improvement projects, outcomes research and educational innovation, in addition to supporting other divisions with their enrollment of patients as we come across patients suitable for related research projects...


Pathogenic and Therapeutic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Vascular Diseases, Right Heart Failure

Dr. Jason Yuan is looking into how elevated pulmonary vascular resistance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)—a progressive and fatal disease that predominantly affects women—causes an increase in afterload in the right ventricle, leading to right ventricular hypertrophy (or heart failure) and death...


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