PhD | National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, 2007
MS | Biotechnology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2001
BS | Human Biology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1999
Dr. Neha Parikh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic & Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She received her PhD from National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India where her research focused on determining the molecular regulation of pro-apoptotic protein Bax using mammalian cells and Drosophila model systems. During her postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine (2008-2017), she deciphered age-associated changes in mouse model of lung cancer, determined molecular mechanisms regulating tissue specific tumorigenesis in mutant K-ras mice and experimentally validated new p53 target genes and kinases predicted by bioinformatics based analyses.
At UTSD, Dr. Parikh teaches Human Physiology, contributes to the Neuroscience and Oral Biology I courses and facilitates Clinical Application I course for the first year dental students. Currently she is the co-course director of Oral Biology I where she contributes to the lectures related to virology. Prior to joining UTSD, Dr. Parikh was Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Natural Sciences at University of Houston Downtown (2014-2017) where she taught undergraduate courses such as Human Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and General Biology. In addition, she has guest lectured on Molecular Biology topics to undergraduates at University of St. Thomas and MD/Postdoctoral Fellows at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Parikh’s academic interests include incorporating student-centered methodologies in the classroom and determining molecular mechanisms involved in cancer signaling.