Dr. Vijay Boggaram received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He then did postdoctoral research at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He was recruited as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and is currently a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology. Dr. Boggaram has studied the regulation of lung surfactant proteins which are critical for lung health and is currently engaged in research on lung inflammation and lung injury triggered by exposure to dust. Inhalation of dust can lead to the development of lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypersensitivity pneumonitis and others. Understanding of lung diseases is very important as they are a leading cause of death world-wide.

Dr. Boggaram has taught in the biotechnology graduate program since its inception and has trained many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has also served the university as a chair or member of several institutional committees. He serves as a reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals, and Federal and Private funding agencies.

Education and Training

  • Research Instructor, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • PhD, Biochemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • MSc, Biochemistry, University of Mysore, India

Courses Taught

  • BIOT 5211 Advanced Biotechniques
  • BIOT 5221 Proteins & Nucleic Acids
  • BIOT 5310 Fundamentals of Biomedical Research
  • BIOT 6311 Biotechnology I

Research Interest

  • Mechanisms of lung inflammation and lung injury caused by exposure to organic dust
  • Regulation of lung cytokine expression
  • Lung surfactant

Recent Publications

  • Meganathan V, Hamilton CE, Natarajan K, Keshava S, and Boggaram, V. NADPH oxidases control induction of inflammatory mediator expression by organic dust. FASEB J 36: e22381; 2022.
  • Meganathan V, Moyana R, Natarajan K, Kujur W, Kusampudi S, Mulik S and Boggaram, V. Bacterial extracellular vesicles isolated from organic dust induce neutrophilic inflammation in the lung. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 319: L893-L907, 2020.
  • Natarajan K, Meganathan V, Mitchell C, and Boggaram V. Organic dust induces inflammatory gene expression in lung epithelial cells via ROS-dependent STAT-3 activation. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 317(1): L127-L140, 2019.
  • Natarajan K, Gangam K, Meganathan V, Gottipati K, Mitchell C, and Boggaram V. Organic dust inhibits surfactant protein expression by reducing thyroid transcription factor-1 levels in human lung epithelial cells. Innate Immun 25(2):118-131, 2019.