Department of Biomedical Sciences: Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology: Secondary Appointment
Dr. Agrawal has a rather extensive research team and sometimes has up to 10 graduate students working under his advisement, as well as post-doctorates and lab technicians.
Dr. Agrawal's Research Team:
Research topic is "VEGF and Angiopoietin-1 in Airway Remodeling in Chronic Asthma".
Halvor Sim McGee:
Research topic is "T-regulatory cells and Immunomodulation in Bronchial Asthma".
Research topic is "Regulation of Eosinophil Apoptosis: Role of Novel IAPs".
Zhifei Shao, MD:
Research project is "Ion-channels in Immune Cells".
Research project is "Unique Phenotype of Lung Dendritic Cells: reversal of Allergic Airway
Inflammaiton and Airway Hyperresponsiveness".
Graduate Student Amanuel Yohannes
Doctoral Student Halvor McGee
Doctoral Student Lanre Makinde
Doctoral Student Zhifei Shao - poster presentation
Doctoral Student, Benjamin Moore
Pathophysiology of Allergy and Bronchial Asthma
Role of Inflammatory cells and mediators in bronchial asthma; mechanisms underlying beta-adrenoceptor desensitization in chronic asthma; effect of second-generation anti-histamines (non-sedative) in bronchial asthma; Th1 and Th2 cells, mycobacterial antigens, Flt3-L and other immunomodulators in asthma; dendritic cells and T cells interaction and immune tolerance; Ion channels in eosinophils and monocytes.
Mechanisms underlying Intimal Hyperplasia, Restenosis, and Plaque Stability
Cell adhesion molecules and leukocyte-endothelial cell interaction; Role of polypeptide hormones and IGF-1; Apoptosis; Involvement of protein kinase C, tyrosine kinases, mitogen-activated protein kinases; Transcription and translation of cell adhesion molecules in the vessels; Comparative effect of various intravascular stents on the development of restenosis in central and peripheral arteries; Methods to prevent restenosis by coating the stents with polymer-based drugs, and by local drug delivery; Ion channels in vascular smooth muscle cells, human blood monocytes, and epithelial cells; Inflammation in spinal cord injury and role of bradykinin receptor antagonists.