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Sakhila K Banu

Associate Professor


Phone: (979) 458-3613

Mailstop: 4458

Department: VIBS

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  • Post-Doc Molecular Oncology, University of Montreal, Canada 2004
  • Post-Doc Reprod Endocrinology, Laval University, Canada 2003
  • Ph.D. Endocrinology, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India 2002
  • MPhil Endocrinology, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India 1993
  • MSc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University 1992
  • BSc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University 1989


  • Environmental Health
  • Toxicology
  • Reproductive Biology

Interdisciplinary Activities

  • Toxicology
  • Reproductive Biology

Scholarly Interests

Endocrine toxicology; endocrine oncology; reproductive toxicity of chromium-VI on ovarian development and function, pregnancy, and fetal development; vitamin C and nutrioxidants' intervention on heavy metal-induced toxicity; prostaglandin E2 biosynthesis, signaling and transport on mammary gland cancer development


PPARγ activation inhibits growth and survival of human endometriotic cells by suppressing estrogen biosynthesis and PGE2 signaling.
Lebovic DI, Kavoussi SK, Lee J, Banu SK, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2013 154(12):4803-13.
Postnatal exposure to chromium through mother's milk accelerates follicular atresia in F1 offspring through increased oxidative stress and depletion of antioxidant enzymes.
Stanley JA, Sivakumar KK, Nithy TK, Arosh JA, Hoyer PB, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 61C:179-196.
Hexavalent chromium-induced apoptosis of granulosa cells involves selective sub-cellular translocation of Bcl-2 members, ERK1/2 and p53.
Banu SK, Stanley JA, Lee J, Stephen SD, Arosh JA, Hoyer PB, Burghardt RC
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2011 251(3):253-66.
Gene expression profiles and functional characterization of human immortalized endometriotic epithelial and stromal cells.
Banu SK, Lee J, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Fertil Steril. 2008 90(4):972-87.
Cyclooxygenase-2 regulates survival, migration, and invasion of human endometriotic cells through multiple mechanisms.
Banu SK, Lee J, Speights VO Jr, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2008 149(3):1180-9.
Edaravone mitigates hexavalent chromium-induced oxidative stress and depletion of antioxidant enzymes while estrogen restores antioxidant enzymes in the rat ovary in F1 offspring.
Stanley JA, Sivakumar KK1, Arosh JA, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Biol Reprod.. 91(1):12.

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