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Michael Lehker

Dr Michael Lehker  

Michael Lehker, Ph.D
Chair/Associate Dean of CBSHP
Molecular Genetics, Microbiology

 

Degrees:

Ph.D. Microbiology from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
M.S. Biological Sciences from The University of Texas at El Paso
B.S. Biological Sciences from The University of Texas at El Paso

CV/VITAE: lehker.pdf

Classes Taught:

General Biology Laboratory, Animal Parasitology Laboratory, Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, Medical Microbiology Laboratory, Dental Microbiology Laboratory, Introductory Biology for non-majors, Molecular Cell Biology, Introductory Biology, Introductory Biology, Molecular Pathogenesis, Cell Physiology, Pathogenic Microbiology, Seminar, Molecular Parasitology, Molecular Pathogenesis, Molecular Techniques, Microbiology Laboratory, Microbiology, Bioethics, Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology, Molecular Techniques and Laboratory Instrumentation, General Biology, Topics in Biology. Chemical Logic of Life, Principles of Biology, Genetics.

Joined UTB:

2003

Area of Specialty and REsponsibility:

Infectious disease research is critical for our region where tuberculosis and other pathogens may find a suitable host in our poor population. Sexually transmitted diseases whose prevalence is significantly higher among minority populations, especially impact the health and reproductive health of our primarily young border population. Despite this knowledge, and continuing public sexually transmitted disease (STD) education and improvements in diagnosis and treatment the epidemic spread of STD organisms has not diminished nor halted. The ongoing threat of STDs and HIV to public health, especially by heterosexual transmission, has made efforts aimed at developing effective vaccines imperative. Trichomonas vaginalis is the major, non-viral sexually transmitted disease in this country and not only infects 167 million people annually but persists at a prevalence of 5-46%. Recent publications indicate that this parasite is a major factor in promoting transmission of HIV, in causing adverse pregnancy outcomes, and in predisposing women to atypical pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer and infertility. My area of specialty deals with the elucidation of cellular iron metabolism in STD organisms with special emphasis on trichomonad pathogenesis.

Previous Positions and Where:

University of Texas at Brownsville And Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX Department of Biology, Professor 2007- present. University of Texas at Brownsville And Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, TX Department of Biology Associate Professor 2003- 2007. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX Department of Microbiology, Assistant Research Professor 2000-2003. University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX Department of Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor 1993-2000. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, Department of Microbiology Instructor 1992-1993. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX Department of Microbiology, Post-Doctoral Fellow 1991-1992. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX Department of Microbiology Teaching Assistant 1985-1991. University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX Department of Biological Sciences Teaching Assistant 1983-1985. Cathedral High School, El Paso, TX Chemistry Instructor 1984-1985.

 

Contact Information 

Office hours: Tue,Wed, Th 12:30 – 2:00pm
Or by appointment
Office: BRHP 2.101
Phone: 956-882-7960

 

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