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Lora Hooper
Dr. Lora Hooper


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

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!