Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD

Jamboor Vishwanatha, PhD

Professor - Microbiology,Immunology & Gene, VP for Diversity & Intl Prog
Microbiology,Immunology & Genetics
Research interests:Cancer molecular biology, experimental therapeutics and nanotechnology

Dr. Jamboor Vishwanathais a Special Assistant to the Provost for the Center for Diversity and International Programs, Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, Director of the Texas Center for Health Disparities, and Director of the Institute for Cancer Research at UNT Health Science Center.

He serves as director of the Texas Center for Minority Health, Education, Research and Outreach (Texas Center for Health Disparities), a Center of Excellence funded by the National institutes of Health. In this role, Dr. Vishwanatha has directed health disparity research, education and community outreach programs. For the past nine years, he has organized the annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities that attracts national speakers and participants.

His laboratory is investigating genetic markers that predict development of aggressive prostate and breast cancers. Dr. Vishwanatha is developing nanotechnology-based therapies for breast and prostate cancer metastases.

Actively involved in programs to diversify the biomedical research workforce, Dr. Vishwanatha serves on the external advisory committees for St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas; Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.; and Savannah State University, Savannah, Ga. He has been an active member of the GREAT Group, SACNAS and ABRCMS.

Dr. Vishwanatha’s global perspective has led to the establishment of a number of relationships between UNTHSC and international educational institutes. These relationships allow students and faculty to participate in exchange programs and collaborate on research.
Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, University Of South Carolina

Master of Science, Genetics, University of Agricultural Sciences – Bangalore, India

Bachelor of Science, Genetics, University of Agricultural Sciences

Honors:2014 – Teaching Professorship, awarded by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)

2012 – Who’s Who in Healthcare: Health care professionals who create innovative solutions every day, Dallas Business Journal

2012 – Outstanding Achievement Award, Society of Asian American Scientists in Cancer Research

2010 – Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Graduate Student Association, UNTHSC

2008 – Visiting Professor, Naresuan University, Thailand

Member, Executive Team, UNTHSC

Senior Editor, Journal of Carcinogenesis