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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Laura Adhikari, MD

Laura Adhikari, MD

Assistant Professor

Sepideh Nikki Asadbeigi, MD

Sepideh N Asadbeigi, MD

Assistant Professor - Pathology

Dermatopathology

Adjunct Faculty - Dermatology

Gregory Blakey, MD

Gregory Blakey, MD

Interim Chair and Associate Professor
Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair in Pathology
Interim Chief of Pathology Services and Director of Clinical
Pathology, OU Health

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

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

Director of Anatomic Pathology

Adjunct Professor Urology
Director of Neuropathology
Director of Electron Microscopy

Bradley C Gehrs, MD

Bradley C. Gehrs, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Staff Pathologist, OU Medical Center

Asish K. Ghosh, PhD

Asish K. Ghosh, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Lewis A Hassell, MD

Lewis A. Hassell, MD

Professor of Pathology

Judith James, MD, PhD

Judith James, MD, PhD

Associate Vice Provost of Clinical & Translational Science

Professor, Department of Medicine

George Lynn Cross Research Professor

Adjunct Professor of Pathology

OUHSC

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Professor and Program Chair

Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Research Program

OMRF

Michael Magguilli, MD, MS

Michael Magguilli, MD, MS

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

Jeffrey McBride, MD, PhD

Jeffrey McBride, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director of Dermatopathology

Adjunct Faculty - Pathology

Cindy McCloskey, MD

Cindy McCloskey, MD

Professor of Pathology
Director, Microbiology and Virology Laboratories, OU Health

Priyabrata Mukherjee, PhD, FRSC

Priyabrata Mukherjee, PhD, FRSC, FAIMBE, FAAAS, 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

James F. Papin, PhD

James F. Papin, PhD

Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research

Associate Professor of Pathology
Director, Institutional Research Core Facility
Associate Director and Head of Technical Services, Division of Comparative Medicine

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

Geeta Rao, PhD

Geeta Rao, PhD

Assistant Professor

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

R. Hal Scofield, MD
Teresa Scordino, MD

Teresa Scordino, MD

Assistant Professor

Associate Director, Hempath

Dena Shibib, DO

Dena Shibib, DO

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Associate Director, Microbiology and Virology Laboratories, OU Health
Director, Microbiology Laboratory, Oklahoma City VA Health Care System

Michael Talbert, MD

Michael Talbert, MD

Emeritus Professor

 

Takemi Tanaka, Ph.D.
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
Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar

Zhongxin Yu, MD

Zhongxin Yu, MD

Professor of Pathology

Oklahoma State Association of Pathologists Endowed Professor

Director, Pediatric Pathology

Director, Pediatric Autopsy Service

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

Emeritus Professor

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.