UNT Health Science Center
Anuja Ghorpade, PhD

Anuja Ghorpade, PhD

Professor - Microbiology,Immunology & Gene, VP For Research
Microbiology,Immunology & Genetics
Research interests:HIV-related dementia

Dr. Anuja Ghorpade joined UNT Health Science Center as a researcher for the Health Institutes of Texas (HIT). She established a research program in HIV/AIDS, glial biology and a Brain Bank for neurodegeneration research that is designed to study the effects of HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease on the brain.

As a leading researcher of HIV-related dementia, Dr. Ghorpade and her team investigate the responses of astrocytes to HIV and inflammation and the effects of neurodegeneration. Astrocytes are the nurturing cells of the brain, and their function changes when introduced to HIV and inflammation. These changes affect disease and contribute to neurodegeneration. The team also compares brain tissues from patients affected with the disease to those unaffected. Recently, the Ghorpade Lab has begun investigations on the role of Health Disparities in HIV patients in the metro area in the context of neuro-AIDS.

Prior to coming to UNTHSC, Dr. Ghorpade successfully established an independent research program and a Brain Bank at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Life Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University - India

Master of Science, Biotechnology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda - India

Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Bombay

Honors:2013 - Regular Member, Neuro-AIDS and End Organ Diseases Study Section, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

2012 - Distinguished Service Award, Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology

2012 - Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Graduate Students Association, UNTHSC

2011 - Benjamin L. Cohen Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, UNTHSC

2010 - Health Care Hero, Fort Worth Business Press

2009 - Chair, Neuro-AIDS Special Emphasis Panel, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

2008 - Chair, NIAAA Special Emphasis Panel, Center for Scientific Review, NIH

2007 - Joseph P. Gilmore Outstanding Investigator Award, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

2003-2007 - Regular Member, Neurodegeneration and Glial Biology Study Section, NIH

2002 - Vada Kinman Oldfield Research Scholar in Alzheimer's Disease Research, The Kinman-Oldfield Foundation, Nebraska