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Neha Parikh, PhD

Dr. Neha Parikh, PhD
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Office: SOD-5359
  • Phone: 713-486-4109
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  • Administrative Area(s): Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
  • Education:

    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 School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Parikh serves as the course director for Human Biology where she teaches Physiology and co-course director for Oral Biology-I where she teaches Virology to DS1 students. She also facilitates the Clinical Applications I and II courses in the problem based learning format for DS1 students. In collaboration with faculty in the Department of Endodontics, she is currently addressing the toxic effects of combinatorial irrigant solutions using eukaryotic model systems. In addition, she is conducting educational research related to students’ undergraduate background and academic performance in basic science courses at UTSD. Dr. Parikh currently serves as the Chair-Elect for the ADEA section on Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Prior to joining UTSD, Dr. Parikh was a Research Scientist at Baylor College of Medicine where she validated new p53 target genes/kinases, and determined molecular mechanisms regulating aging and cancer using mouse models. She has guest lectured on Molecular Biology topics at University of St. Thomas and Texas Children’s Hospital and taught undergraduate courses in the Department of Natural Sciences as Adjunct Faculty at University of Houston Downtown. Dr. Parikh’s academic interests include incorporating student-centered methodologies in the classroom and determining molecular mechanisms related to aging and cancer signaling.

Recent Publications:

*Choi BK, *Dayaram T, *Parikh N, *Wilkins AD, Nagarajan M, Novikov IB, Bachman BJ, Jung SY, Haas PJ, Labrie JL, Pickering CR, Adikesavan AK, Regenbogen S, Kato L, Lelescu A, Buchovecky CM, Zhang H, Bao SH, Boyer S, Weber G, Scott KL, Chen Y, Spangler S, Donehower LA, Lichtarge O: Literature-based automated discovery of tumor suppressor p53 phosphorylation and inhibition by NEK2. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (2018) 115: 10666-10671

*Equal contribution

Parikh N, Shuck RL, Gagea M, Shen L, Donehower LA: Enhanced inflammation and attenuated tumor suppressor pathways are associated with oncogene-induced lung tumors in aged mice. Aging Cell (2018) 17: e12691