Dr. Hodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology and holds a joint appointment with the Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, Dr. Hodge is the Basic Science Research Chair for the National Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. She also serves on the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (national) and the Comission for Osteopathic Research, Practice and Promotion (international). Dr Hodge is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Blood and Lymph and the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Currently, her lab is investigating the effect of manual therapies, such as osteopathic manipulative treatments (OMT), on the host response to infection, inflammatory diseases and cancer. Understanding the mechanisms by which manual therapies enhance the lymphatic and immune systems and alter disease progression will provide scientific support for their clinical use.