Mahua Choudhury, PhD
Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Medical Research Foundation
Scientist Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Rangel College of Pharmacy
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Plasticizer: Foe or Friend? An Epigenetic View
Dr. Choudhury investigates epigenetic regulation using a variety of models using rodent, non-human primate, and human derived cells and tissues. Her lab’s primary research interest is in maternal-fetal health and metabolic syndrome, with a focus on epigenetics and the biology of microRNAs. Dr. Choudhury’s research team members investigate epigenetic regulation (DNA methylation, microRNA, and histone modifications) as an early step towards diminishing mortality in human populations who are at high risk with pregnancy disorders or metabolic complications.
Dr. Choudhury earned her BS (1999) in Zoology, Botany, Chemistry and MS (2001) in Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Genetics from the University of Calcutta and her PhD (2008) in Medical Pharmacology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. From 2008 to 2011 Dr. Choudhury was an American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellow and subsequently a Research Instructor in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Colorado-Aurora. In 2012, Dr. Choudhury became an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Texas A&M Health Science Center at Kingsville, Texas. Dr. Choudhury’s research is funded by several organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mitsubishi, the American Diabetes Association, and the Morris L. Lichtenstein Foundation. With their support Dr. Choudhury’s research team is working toward understanding and controlling interactions of diet and environmental chemicals on genetic control of metabolism, especially during gestation.