I have broad background in biochemistry, molecular biology and environmental toxicology, with specific training and expertise in several research areas. My current research focuses on molecular mechanisms of lung injury/fibrosis, lung cancer and breast cancer. I have developed a guinea pig model of lung injury/fibrosis induced by direct and environmental smoke and mustard gas, a chemical warfare agent and currently investigating the potential role of an antioxidant liposome containing N-acetylcysteine and tocopherol as an antidote against lung injury/fibrosis. We have validated translocator protein as biomarker of breast cancer and established that dietary soy protein has a beneficial effect in delaying the development of breast cancer and controlling its aggressiveness. As PI on several NIH, DOD and FAMRI -funded research projects, I have trained a large number of postdoctoral (20), graduate (10), medical (24), dental (12), undergraduate (15) and high school students (8) in my laboratory. I have the expertise, leadership and enthusiasm necessary to participate in the summer research training of medical students as proposed in this project.
I am member of Biochemical Society (London), American Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Society of Sigma Xi, American Oil Chemists Society, Association of American Advancement of Sciences.