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Biomedical Sciences

Department of Biomedical Sciences: Professor

Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology: Secondary Appointment

Research Team

 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:

Guanghong Jia
Ferhat Ozturk

Lab Technician:
Tanya Lott


Michaela Anez
PhD Student

Brati Das
PhD Student

Lanre Makinde:
PhD student
Research topic is "VEGF and Angiopoietin-1 in Airway Remodeling in Chronic Asthma".

Halvor Sim McGee:
PhD student
Research  topic is "T-regulatory cells and Immunomodulation in Bronchial Asthma".

Benjamin Moore:
PhD student
Research topic is "Regulation of Eosinophil Apoptosis: Role of Novel IAPs".

Melissa Schraufnagel
PhD student

Zhifei Shao, MD:
PhD student
Research project is "Ion-channels in Immune Cells".

Arthur Stallworth:
PhD student
Research project is "Unique Phenotype of Lung Dendritic Cells: reversal of Allergic Airway
Inflammaiton and Airway Hyperresponsiveness".

Amanuel Yohannes
MS Student

Dalia Youssef
MS Student

Graduate Student Amanuel Yohannes

Doctoral Student Halvor McGee

Doctoral Student Lanre Makinde

Doctoral Student Zhifei Shao - poster presentation

Doctoral Student, Benjamin Moore

The Research

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.