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Lora Hooper
Dr. Lora Hooper
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Welcome to the Hooper lab home page. We are in the Department of Immunology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. We are broadly interested in understanding how resident intestinal bacteria influence the biology of humans and other mammalian hosts. Our projects generally involve a mix of experimental approaches, ranging from work with animal models to structural methods for understanding protein function. Please explore our website to find out more about the lab's ongoing research and the people doing the work.

News & Events

April 28, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Lora Hooper on her election to the National Academy of Science, one of the highest honors attainable by American scientists

January 21, 2015
Manuel and Breck's paper on intestinal bacteriophage purification methods has been published in BMC Genomics. You can access the article at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/7

January 20, 2015
Sohini Mukherjee's review article on Antimicrobial Proteins has been published in Immunity. There is free full-text access through this link through March 11, 2015, so check it out: http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QPEq3qNrULk-S

December 31, 2014
We welcomed 4 new lab members in 2014: Mihir Pendse - Jan 5; Dr. Yun Li - June 16; Dr. Tamia Harris-Tyron- Sept 2 and Brian Hassell - Oct 13 and said good-bye to Xiaofei Yu - Dec 12, and Dr. Shipra Vaishnava - Dec 22.

December 22, 2014
After 8 years working in the Hooper Lab and completing a very successful postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Shipra Vaishnava spread her wings and joined the faculty at Brown University, Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Good luck Shipra!

December 17, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Mehabaw Derebe: His recent eLife paper was selected for special recognition. According to the eLife website: "The academic editors of eLife have selected four new studies to represent the breadth, quality, and importance of papers invited by the journal, and be featured through the eLife-sponsored presentation series." Mehabaw's paper on the retinol binding function of serum amyloid A was selected as one of the four, and he will have a special opportunity to present his work. Website link: http://elifesciences.org/eLife-news/Four-more-early-career-authors-invited-to-participate-in-a-meeting-at-one-of-eLifes-founders

October 18, 2014
Mehabaw Derebe was invited to present his poster at the AUMF Inaugural meeting at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

September 1, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Breck Duerkop for being awarded a NIH K01 Fellowship.

June 16, 2014
Congratulations to Lora for receiving the Jonathan Uhr Endowed Chair.

June 13, 2014
Tamia Harris-Tyron presented a poster entitled, Antimicrobial peptides in ocular and cutaneous rosacea, at the John Hopkins Department of Dermatology Research Day

May 6, 2014
Mehabaw Derebe presented his poster entitled, Crystal Structure of Mouse Serum Amyloid A3 and its Implication for Retinol Binding by SAAs, at the HHMI Science Meeting at Janelia Farms, Ashburn, Virginia.

March 5, 2014
Breck Duerkop was an invited speaker at the 4th ASM Conference on Enterococci in Cartagena Columbia, South America. The title of his presentation: Enterococcal bacteriophages, intestinal colonization, and the host innate immune response.

November 21, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Shipra Vaishnava, who was awarded a Career Development Award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Way to go!

May 13, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Propheter, who was awarded an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH.

March 20, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Mehabaw Derebe, who was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from UNCF-Merck.

February 28, 2013
A hearty Hooper Lab welcome to new technician Tess Leal. She'll be joining Cassie and Charmaine in maintaining the gnotobiotic mouse facility.

February 19, 2013
Congratulations to Xiaofei Yu for being selected to give a talk at the AAI Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 3-7. Xiaofei has also received a travel award to attend the conference. Aloha!

February 18, 2013
Jamaal Benjamin gave an excellent talk at the 2013 Keystone Symposium on Autophagy, Inflammation, and Immunity. Way to go!

January 17, 2013
Lora is the winner of the 2013 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Medicine from the The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). There's even a video

January 1, 2013
We're delighted to have several excellent new students joining the lab. A special welcome to Xiaoming Zhang, Yuhao Wang, and Sureka Gattu!

October 30, 2012
Congratulations to Jamaal Benjamin for winning a travel award to attend the 2013 Keystone Symposium on Autophagy, Inflammation, and Immunity.

October 12, 2012:
Congratulations to Jamaal Benjamin for having his abstract selected for a talk at the 2012 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Clinical and Research Conference in Hollywood, Florida. The conference will take place December 13 - 15, 2012.

October 8, 2012:
Post-doc Breck Duerkop's paper on intestinal bacteriophage is available on the website of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

April 12, 2012
Dr. Shipra Vaishnava has won the Spring 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America. Congratulations to Shipra!

March 8, 2012
Congratulations to Jamaal Benjamin for being selected to receive a Graduate Fellowship from the United Negro College Fund and The Merck Company Foundation. Nice work, Jamaal!

February 1, 2012
Congratulations to Dan Propheter for being selected for a slot on the Molecular Microbiology Training Grant.

January 17, 2012
Medical student Tom Ju wins a Best Poster Presentation Award at the 2012 UT Southwestern Medical Student Research Forum. Congratulations Tom!

December 23, 2011
Postdoctoral fellow Shipra Vaishnava gives birth to a healthy baby girl, Rohana. Congratulations to Shipra and Raghu!

October 3, 2011
Dr. Daniel Propheter joins the group as a post-doctoral fellow. Welcome Dan!