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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Gregory Blakey, MD

Gregory Blakey, MD

Vice Chair and Associate Professor
Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair in Pathology
Director of Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program
Vice Chief of Pathology Services and Director of Clinical
Pathology, OU Medical System

Kenneth E Blick, PhD

Kenneth E. Blick, PhD

Professor of Pathology

Director of Clinical Chemistry

Director of Immunoassay/Endocrine Laboratories

William Brinkley, DVM

William Brinkley, DVM

Associate Professor

Director, Rodent Resources Program

Chelsey D. Deel, MD

Chelsey D. Deel, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology

Wei-Qun Ding, PhD

Wei-Qun Ding, PhD

Associate Professor of Experimental Pathology 
Research/Molecular Oncology

S. Terence Dunn, PhD

S. Terence Dunn, PhD

Laboratory Director of Molecular Pathology

Kar-Ming Fung, MD, PhD

Kar-Ming Fung, MD, PhD

Professor Neuropathology/Surgical Pathology
Adjunct Professor Urology
Director of Neuropathology
Director of Electron Microscopy

Bradley C Gehrs, MD

Bradley C. Gehrs, MD

Interim Director of Transfusion Services

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Staff Pathologist, OU Medical Center

Asish K. Ghosh, PhD

Asish K. Ghosh, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Elizabeth M Gillies, MD

Elizabeth M. Gillies, MD

Associate Professor, Pathology

Director of Surgical Pathology

Director, Pathology Programs, Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Lewis A Hassell, MD

Lewis A. Hassell, MD

Professor of Pathology

Professor of Excellence in Anatomic Pathology

Director, Anatomic Pathology

Yeuchueng Liu, PhD

Yeuchueng Liu, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Wenyi Luo, MD, PhD

Wenyi Luo, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Michael Magguilli, MD, MS

Michael Magguilli, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Autopsy Services and Education
Autopsy, Cytopathology, and Surgical Pathology

Cindy McCloskey, MD

Cindy McCloskey, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Pathology Residency Program Director

Director, Microbiology and Virology Laboratories
OU Medical Center

Priyabrata Mukherjee, PhD, FRSC

Priyabrata Mukherjee, PhD, FRSC, FAIMBE, FNAI

PHF Presidential Professor

Associate Director of Translational Research, Stephenson Cancer Center

Peggy and Charles Stephenson Endowed Chair in Laboratory Cancer Research

Professor of Pathology

Co-Director, Nanomedicine Program, Stephenson Cancer Center

Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar

Aravindan Natarajan

Aravindan Natarajan, MS., MPhil., PhD., CCA.

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology,
Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Anesthesiology,
Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Pathology
Course Director, Radiation Biology for Radiation Oncology Residents
Graduate Faculty, College of Medicine
Member, Cancer Biology Program

James Papin, PhD

James Papin, PhD

Assistant Professor, OUHSC Dept. of Pathology
Associate Scientist, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Jo Elle Peterson, MD

Jo Elle Peterson, MD

Assistant Professor

Rajagopal Ramesh, PhD

Rajagopal Ramesh, PhD

Jim and Christy Everest Endowed Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics
Professor of Pathology
Director, Experimental Therapeutics and Translational Cancer Medicine
Chair, Fellowship Training and Mentoring Program
Member, OU Cancer Institute

Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, PhD

Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Medicine

Graduate Faculty, College of Medicine

Associate Member, Stephenson Cancer Center

Ravi Sawh, MB, BS, DM

Ravi Sawh, MB, BS, DM

Assistant Professor
Site Coordinator for Resident Training
Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service
Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, Oklahoma City, OK

Teresa Scordino, MD

Teresa Scordino, MD

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Hempath

Dena Shibib, DO

Dena Shibib, DO

Assistant Professor

Michael Talbert, MD

Michael Talbert, MD

Lloyd E. Rader Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology 

Chief of Pathology Services and Laboratory Director
OU Medical System

Takemi Tanaka, Ph.D.

Takemi Tanaka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cody Thomas, MD

Cody Thomas, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Henry Tran, MD

Henry Tran, MD

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Wellberg, BS, PhD

Elizabeth Wellberg, BS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center

Stephenson Cancer Center

Roman F Wolf, DVM

Roman F. Wolf, DVM

Assistant Director, Division of Comparative Medicine

Associate Professor, Pathology

Contract Veterinarian, Animal Resources Facility, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Oklahoma City

Jie Wu, PhD

Jie Wu, PhD

Professor of Pathology
Peggy and Charles Stephenson Endowed Chair in Cancer Translational Research
Co-leader, Cell Signaling and Oncogenes Team, Stephenson Cancer Center
Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar

Zhongxin Yu, MD

Zhongxin Yu, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Oklahoma State Association of Pathologists Professorship

Director, Pediatric Pathology

Director, Pediatric Autopsy Service

Roy Zhang, MD

Roy R. Zhang, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Joe Zhao, PhD

Joe Zhao, PhD

Alfred M. Shideler Professor of Pathology 
Director, Experimental Pathology 
Director, Pathology Graduate Program

Rosemary Zuna, MD

Rosemary Zuna, MD

Section Head, Gynecologic Pathology

Professor of Pathology

Adjunct Faculty

Amr H. Sawalha, MD

Amr H. Sawalha, MD

Assistant Member
Arthritis and Immunology Research Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Department of Medicine

Staff Physician 
Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Oklahoma City

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Pathology


The University of Oklahoma 
Health Sciences Center
Department of Medicine 
825 NE 13th St, Rm 24 
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-271-7977

amr-sawalha@omrf.ouhsc.edu


Education:

Jordan University of Science and Technology
Jordan 
MD, 1998


Clinical/Research Interests:

My current work focuses on the role of the MEK/ERK signaling pathway in the regulation of T-cell DNA methylation in lupus. DNA methylating enzymes, especially dnmt1, are in part regulated by MEK/ERK signaling. We are therefore developing a transgenic mouse line that overexpresses a dominant negative MEK in T cells. These mice show reduced dnmt1 expression and overexpression of the methylation-sensitive genes in T cells. In addition, female mice expressing dominant negative MEK develop anti-dsDNA antibodies that are lupus specific.


Select Publications:

  1. Sawalha AH, Potts R, Schmid WR, Scofield RH, Harley JB. The genetics of primary Sjögren's syndrome. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2003 Aug;5(4):324-32.

  2. Sawalha AH, Schmid WR, Binder SR, Bacino DK, Harley JB. Association between systemic lupus erythematosus and Helicobacter pylori seronegativity. J Rheumatol. 2004 Aug;31(8):1546-50.

  3. Sawalha AH, Harley JB. Antinuclear autoantibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus.Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2004 Sep;16(5):534-40.

  4. Sawalha AH, Saint S, Ike RW, Bronze MS. Clinical problem-solving. Still consider the source. N Engl J Med. 2005 Oct 6;353(14):1503-7.

  5. Sawalha AH, Jeffries M. Defective DNA methylation and CD70 overexpression in CD4+ T cells in MRL/lpr lupus-prone mice. Eur J Immunol. 2007 May;37(5):1407-13.

  6. Sestak AL, Nath SK, Sawalha AH, Harley JB. Current status of lupus genetics. Arthritis Res Ther. 2007;9(3):210.