Dr. Tucker is an Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty and Education Initiatives. Dr. Tucker was trained as a cell biologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a focus on diseases of the lung, specifically cystic fibrosis. He came to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as a postdoctoral fellow in 2007 and joined the faculty in 2009. His current research investigates the causes of pleural scarring and subsequent fibrosis. He also studies pathways involved in the development and progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Education and Training

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004 - 2007

University of Alabama at Birmingham
PhD, 1999 - 2004

University of Alabama
BS, 1995 - 1999

Courses Taught

BIOT 6335 - Tissue Culture
BIOT 5211 - Advanced Biotechniques
BIOT 5140 - Emerging Techniques
BIOT 5132 - Critical Reading II

Research Interest

Identifying factors that contribute to the development and progression of pleural fibrosis.
Understanding the role that GSK-3b plays in scarring of the lung surface.
Determining the role of myocardin in the progression of pleural fibrosis.

Publication Highlights

Jeffers A, Qin W, Owens S…Tucker TA. Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β Inhibition with 9-ING-41 Attenuates the Progression of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sci Rep. 2019;9(1):18925.
Tucker T, Tsukasaki Y, Sakai T, et al. Myocardin Is Involved in Mesothelial-Mesenchymal Transition of Human Pleural Mesothelial Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019;61(1):86–96.
Boren J, Shryock G, Fergis A, Jeffers A, Owens S, Qin W, Koenig KB, Tsukasaki Y, Komatsu S, Ikebe M, Idell S, Tucker TA. Inhibition of Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3β Blocks Mesomesenchymal Transition and Attenuates Streptococcus pneumonia-Mediated Pleural Injury in Mice. Am J Pathol. 2017 Nov;187(11):2461-2472.