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Research Programs & Priorities

Each component of Texas A&M Health has a research office that is responsible for local administration of its research programs and an associate dean (or equivalent) who reports to the Vice President for Research. Each component also has a number of signature research programs and priorities.

School of

Kathy Svoboda
Interim Associate Dean for Research

Signature programs and priorities:

  • Tooth development and genetics
  • Dentin, bone and cartilage matrix biology
  • Temporomandibular joint function, dysfunction and pain
  • Implants, bone regeneration devices and devices to move teeth
  • Stem cell applications for regenerative strategies and scaffold design
  • Use of biomarkers to detect oral cancer

School of

Allison Ficht
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Research

Research priorities:

  • Brain, behavior, psychiatric and neurological disorders
  • Biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Cancer, cell and developmental biology
  • Cardiovascular, lymphatic and metabolic disease
  • Genetics, genomics and networking biology
  • Infection, immunity and inflammation

School of

Linnae Hutchison
Director of Research

Signature programs and priorities:

  • Forensic nursing
  • Health promotion and risk reduction
  • Disease management and prevention
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Health professional education

Irma Lerma Rangel
School of Pharmacy

Chendil Damodaran
Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

Research areas:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Clinical trials
  • Community health
  • Drug design and discovery
  • Drug delivery
  • Drug abuse
  • Health disparities and biomarkers
  • Infectious diseases
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacy education and pedagogy
  • Pharmacy services
  • Women's health
  • Formulation development (FDD)
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence (BA/BE)

School of
Public Health

Tiffany Radcliff
Associate Dean for Research

Signature programs and priorities:

  • Asthma research and education
  • Healthy aging through long-term care issues
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Global health research
  • Health law and policy
  • Reproductive and child health

Institute of
Biosciences and Technology

Kenneth S. Ramos
Executive Director

Signature programs and priorities:

  • Cancer and stem cell biology
  • Environmental and genetic medicine
  • Infectious and inflammatory diseases
  • Translational cancer research