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High-Profile Faculty Hires

The following faculty hires were supported with funds from the President’s Senior Hires Initiative and the Chancellor’s Research Initiative.

Weihsueh A. Chiu

Dr. Weihsueh A. Chiu

Until joining Texas A&M in January 2015, Chiu was an environmental health scientist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment. Chiu earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University and then worked at the U.S. Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), where he conducted investigations for Congress on various risk assessment-related topics, prior to joining the EPA. His research specialties include quantitative health risk assessment, dose-response assessment, statistical modeling of environmental and biological systems, and pharmacokinetics. He is particularly interested in integrating data across multiple disciplines to provide quantitative estimates of risk and/or benefit.

Joe Kornegay

Dr. Joe Kornegay

Dr. Joe Kornegay, DVM class of ’73, completed residency and graduate training at the University of Georgia. Kornegay then spent 11 years at North Carolina State University in companion animal and special species medicine before going to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he served as clinical department chair/hospital director and later as dean. Kornegay, who was named a Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Outstanding Alumni in 2003, studies a canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) relates to the broader concept of “One Health,” an initiative that connects veterinary, human, and environmental health to benefit all life forms.

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Ken Muneoka

Dr. Ken Muneoka

Muneoka’s research on regeneration focuses on the cellular and molecular factors that can reprogram stem cells to be more embryonic. Doing so may maximize the body’s natural potential to regenerate. Building on previous research in salamanders and on the regenerative responses of mice digits, Muneoka’s lab developed a mammalian model for endogenous regeneration. Muneoka’s inquisitive drive continues to extend the impact of his research at Texas A&M, where he promotes graduate and undergraduate education in multiple academic departments.

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Ivan Rusyn

Dr. Ivan Rusyn

Rusyn received his MD from Ukrainian State Medical University in Kiev and his Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering until coming to Texas A&M. Rusyn’s areas of research include toxicology and environmental health sciences, especially developing highly mechanistic approaches to study the potential effects of environmental pollutants and other anthropogenic stressors on human health. He also focuses on the mechanisms of action of environmental toxicants, the genetic determinants of the susceptibility to toxicant-induced injury, and computational toxicology. Rusyn is recognized as a national and international authority and leader on complex problems in environmental health and human health assessments.

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Morgan Scott

Dr. Morgan Scott

Scott researches zoonotic disease control to improve food safety and public health and ultimately hopes to reduce resistance to antibiotics among zoonotic bacteria, which can be transferred from animals to humans. He examines and observes how bacteria compete against each other in areas with finite resources, like within an animal’s digestive system. Scott and his team use microbiological and molecular methods to measure whether certain bacteria are resistant to antibiotics.

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David Threadgill

Dr. David Threadgill

Threadgill, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a leader in genomics, is equipped with a notable history of developing scholarly teams in highly successful interdisciplinary programs. Threadgill works to position Texas A&M as a global leader in genomics by aligning teams from diverse expertise and disciplines currently located at the university and establishing rich collaborations both nationally and internationally.

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TIAS Fellow

Leif Andersson

Dr. Leif Andersson

As a Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) faculty fellow, Andersson has been collaborating with researchers in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) since November 2013. His research involves comparing the genomes of many species of domestic animals to discover the molecular mechanisms and underlying traits that are important to human and veterinary medicine.

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