As a result of success in mentoring and good people interactions, my research program was started in 1989 when I was given the role of a scientific leader at the University of North Texas Health Science at Fort Worth in 1989. During my time there (1989-2011), I was privileged to teach Medical Students and train Research Assistants, Physicians, Post-doctoral fellows, Masters and Doctoral mentees, as well as summer undergraduate interns and regional high school students of all diverse ethnic and gender backgrounds. Again, while the development of more innovative methods expanded and the number of publications first-authored by my pupils steadily grew at an average of two/year, the most rewarding experience was the daily interactions with a research team of between 4 and 12 members. Obviously, the success in the research-training of younger scientists and the stable productivity of scientific reports was facilitated by securing financial approval for more than 15 research grant proposals from agencies like: 1) the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at NIH; 2) The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: 3) The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation; 4) The Petroleum Research Fund; and 5) private and scientific societies including the American Chemical Society, ASBMB and the American Society for Cell Biology, amongst others, from a total of ~60 grant proposals (~ 3/year) submitted for funding consideration. Our rate of success with:1) extramural research funding over the years (~25%); 2) the 100% job- placement of laboratory alumni; and 3) the quality of the Journals publishing our scientific data strongly emphasize my ability to write accurate progress reports succinctly and persuasively. Due to my oral and written communication skills, I have been invited to deliver more than 20 International Research Seminars and more than 50 National and International Scientific Meetings.
Faculty Member, as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology from 1989 to 1995, and as a Tenured Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas System at Fort Worth from 1995 to 2011.
Enzyme Mechanisms; Carcinogenesis; DNA Damage and Repair; Epigenetics; DNA Metabolism; Pharmacology of DNA:Protein Interactions; Metabolic Diseases; Vitamin Metabolism; NAD Metabolism; ADP-ribosylation Reactions; Chronic Diseases; Cancer.
Any other information:
I have edited a Book for Kluwer Publishers in 1999 entitled:
"(ADP-ribosyl)ation Reactions: From Bacterial Pathogenesis to Cancer".
What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:
Open Access Journals serve the international scientific community, and more importantly, the public at large as long, as the integrity of the peer-review system is maintained in a pre-publication format to properly validate the reliability of the results to be reported