Dr. Sonika Patial
Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS)
Dr. Patial received her DVM (1998-2003) from College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Palampur (India) and MVSc (2003-2005) from Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar (India). She received her PhD (Cell and Molecular Biology) from Michigan State University in 2010. Thereafter, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship (2011-2016) at The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina; and residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Patial Joined LSU as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Dr. Patial is a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).
Developmental and Microscopic Anatomy (VMED 5127)
Problem Based Learning (PBL 5001)
Biomedical Cell and Molecular Biology (CBS 7103)
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Host Responses to Infection (PBS 7003)
Post-transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression in Innate Immunity, Inflammation, and Cancer
Innate immunity is a highly conserved response that quickly detects and attempts to clear pathogens and harmful environmental stimuli by inducing inflammatory responses. These responses are orchestrated via temporal and highly coordinated regulation of a number of genes. In addition to regulation at the transcriptional level, a majority of these genes are also regulated by post-transcriptional mechanisms that modify mRNA stability and/or translation. The focus of our research is to understand the association between environmental stimuli, post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene expression, and disease pathogenesis. We are specifically interested in: 1) understanding how environmental exposures affect post-transcriptional mechanisms, in order to cause inflammation and immune-mediated disease; 2) understanding how post-transcriptional mechanisms induce changes in gene expression that confer a competitive advantage to cancerous cells and contribute to tumor development.
Training Positions Available
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