Ashok Kumar Chopra, CSc, PhD

Ashok Kumar Chopra, CSc, PhD
Professor (Tenured), Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Scientific Staff Member
Shriners Burns Institute, Galveston, TX
Member UTMB Center for Tropical Diseases
Senior Scientist, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Member, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Phone: (409) 747-0578
Lab: (409) 772-4987
Fax: (409) 747-6869
Education: PhD, 1982, Kurukshetra University, India
CSc, 1984, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czechoslovakia
MSc, 1978, Kurukshetra University, India
BSc, 1976, Kurukshetra University, India

Overview: Virulence gene regulation; pathogenic mechanisms; cell signaling; vaccine development; inflammation.

Research Interests

Dr. Chopra's research focuses on host-parasite interactions; molecular pathogenesis of pathogenic microorganisms; structure-function relationships of bacterial virulence determinants; regulation of virulence gene expression, cell signaling, oxidative stress responses, expression of genes under simulated microgravity conditions, in vivo expression of virulence genes, host responses to microbial agents and bacterial vaccines; antiviral agents; regulation of inflammation in inflammatory bowel, pulmonary, and cardiovascular diseases, role of antioxidants in burn patients, and studies on anthrax and plague.

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