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Pruitt
   
   
     Kevin Pruitt, Ph.D.
     Associate Professor
     E-mail: kevin.pruitt@ttuhsc.edu
     Phone: 806-743-2523
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Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2006)
  • PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)
  • BS: University of Texas at Austin (1996) 

 

Biography

Kevin Pruitt, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Pruitt received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Afterwards, he pursued post-baccalaureate research training in the biological sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and under the direction of Channing Der, PhD, completed doctoral training in Pharmacology in 2001. Dr. Pruitt’s interest in epigenetics began during a short stint of postdoctoral training with Yi Zhang, PhD, HHMI, at the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC. Dr. Pruitt continued postdoctoral training under the direction of Stephen Baylin, MD, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Oncology. There, Dr. Pruitt focused on cancer epigenetics. Dr. Pruitt has received numerous research awards during his career, some of which include the Hoechst-Celanese Corporation Research Scholarship Award, Graduate School Excellence Award, National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship and American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship. Research in the Pruitt lab is supported by NIH R01 funding, and Dr. Pruitt recently received the Rising Star Award from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), relocating his laboratory from LSUHSC-Shreveport to TTUHSC in Lubbock. Dr. Pruitt is a member of the NIH/NCI Cancer Genetics study section, has served as an Ad-hoc reviewer for the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program and has published his work in several journals with diverse readership such as PNAS, Molecular Endocrinology, Oncogene, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Genes & Cancer and Nature Genetics.

 

Research Interests

 

Pruitt Project 1

Pruitt Project 2

Current and Former Students & Postdocs

Ph.D. Students:

  • David Vartak, 2016-present 
    Pruitt Lab
    Ph.D. Candidate
    Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

  • Monica Sharma, 2017-present
    Ph.D. Candidate
    Depatment of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

 

  • Kimberly Holloway, Ph.D. 2011  Assistant Laboratory Director
    Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • Madhurima Saxena, Ph.D. 2014
    Postdoctoral fellow
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Harvard Medical School
  • Somnath Pandey, Ph.D. 2016
    Postdoctoral fellow
    Lewis Katz School of Medicine
    Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology
    Temple University

Post-Doctoral Training:

  • Jamie Newman, Ph.D. 2011-2012
    Assistant Professor
    College of Applied and Natural Sciences
    Louisiana Tech University
  • Glenn Simmons, Ph.D. 2012-2014
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    University of Minnesota
  • Isabel Castro-Piedras, Ph.D. 2017-present
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Pulak Manna, Ph.D. 2014-present
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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