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  • Aihua Tang, PhD, RN

     Tang, Aihua_061112 .jpgInstructor
    Phone: (601) 984-1713

    PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center 

    Primary research interest

    • Role of proteases in the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa corneal infection
    • Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa small protease (PASP)
    • Development of therapies against bacterial ocular infections

    Other activities

    • Scientific director of the Bacterial Surveillance Laboratory, Department of Microbiology
    • Member of the American Society for Microbiology
    • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    • Reviewer for Molecular Microbiology

    Selected Publications

    • Tang A, Caballero AR, Marquart ME, O’Callaghan RJ. Pseudomonas aeruginosa small protease (PASP), a keratitis virulence factor. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013;54(4):2821-8.
    • Tang A, Balzli CL, Caballero AR, McCormick CC, Taylor SD, O'Callaghan RJ. Staphylococcus aureus infections of the rabbit cornea following topical administration. Curr Eye Res. 2012;37(12):1075-83.
    • Beaufort N, Seweryn P, de Bentzmann S, Tang A, Kellermann J, Grebenchtchikov N, Schmitt M, Sommerhoff CP, Pidard D, Magdolen V. Activation of human pro-urokinase by unrelated proteases secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Biochem J. 2010;428(3):473-82.
    • Nayak DK, Tang A, Wilson M, Miller NW, Bengten E. Channel catfish soluble FcmuR binds conserved linear epitopes present on Cmu3 and Cmu4. Mol Immunol. 2010;47(6):1306-16.
    • Tang A, Marquart ME, Fratkin JD, McCormick CC, Caballero AR, Gatlin HP, O'Callaghan RJ. Properties of PASP: a Pseudomonas protease capable of mediating corneal erosions. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2009;50(8):3794-801.
    • Dutta S, Kolli BK, Tang A, Sassa S, Chang KP. Transgenic Leishmania model for delta-aminolevulinate-inducible monospecific uroporphyria: cytolytic phototoxicity initiated by singlet oxygen-mediated inactivation of proteins and its ablation by endosomal mobilization of cytosolic uroporphyrin. Eukaryot Cell. 2008;7(7):1146-57.