- Siva Somasundaram
- Director of Undergraduate Biology Studies, Associate Professor of Biology - University of Houston, Victoria
- Brazos Hall #306
Dr. Somasundaram began teaching at UH-Victoria in 2002. He has accumulated 32 years of research experience and has been teaching Biochemistry for a total of 15 years.
Dr. Somasundaram trained graduate Medical students from 1985-1990.
He was a visiting scientist at MRC-Clinical Research Center, Harrow, UK between 1990 and1992. Then he moved to Kings College, London as an Associate Clinical Biochemist, between 1992 and 1997 and established pathogenesis and prevention of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs induced intestinal inflammation. There he has applied a novel noninvasive method to study small intestinal permeability and absorptive capacity in HIV-AIDS, liver transplantation, cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and IBD patients.
He moved to University of Washington, Seattle as a senior fellow (1997-2000) and carried out the transcriptional regulation and function of ileal bile acid transporter gene in human, hamster, CFTR mice and rats by RT-PCR and immunofluorescent histochemistry. He has served as a Research Associate in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2000-2002) and contributed for the study of molecular signal transduction in apoptosis, mainly the inhibition of chemotherapy induced apoptosis of human breast cancer cell lines invitro and invivo xenograft animal model by dietary antioxidants supplements. He has also participated Phase II clinical trial research and contributed for breast cancer research. He has also been selected as NIH-sponsored regional fellow to conduct “Inside Cancer Workshops” 2009-2010.