Dr. Siddhartha Das maintains a strong research program in Biological Sciences at UTEP. His laboratory investigates the lipid metabolism and lipid signaling in parasitic protozoan, Giardia lamblia. Giardiasis caused by Giardia lamblia, is transmitted via infective cysts through contaminated water and prevalent in the US-Mexico Border Regions. He is also interested in identifying the role of arachidonic acid (present in high fat diet) in inducing inflammatory reactions in breast cancer. His laboratory has recently observed that leukotriene B4 (LTB4) is synthesized under the influence of excess arachidonic acid that plays a significant role in triggering inflammatory reactions and determining the metastatic migration and invasion of breast cancer cells. Dr. Das has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is on the editorial board and a permanent reviewer for various prestigious journals devoted to biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and parasitology. The work in Dr. Das’ laboratory is supported by the grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over the years, he has mentored many students, post-doctoral fellows, and new faculty members. Currently, he is the director of Immunology and Infectious Disease Program of the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) supported by a grant from the NIH. At UTEP he teaches microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.