Teaching: Investigative Approaches in Biology, Organismal Physiology & Ecology
Research: Cell & Molecular Physiology, Endocrinology (Women’s health), and Ocular Inflammation
Degrees: BSc in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Medical Lab Technology, Andhra University, India;
Ph.D., in Cell and Molecular Physiology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (814) 332-5375
Office Location: Steffee Hall B.303
My research aims at understanding the molecular basis of human diseases. Too little or too much of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) and changes in sex hormone levels (estrogen and testosterone) have been linked to vision problems. I am investigating the function of these hormones in cornea and retina using rodent models and cells derived from human eyes. I am also interested in investigating the role of hormone-mimicking chemicals (more commonly called Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) on ocular cells and tissues and how they might influence ocular health.