Kevin Pruitt, PhD | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    Kevin Pruitt 

     Kevin Pruitt, Ph.D.

     Associate Professor
     Phone: 806-743-2523


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


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:
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Current and Former Students & Postdocs

Ph.D. Students:

  • Kimberly Holloway, Ph.D. 2011
    Associate Director of Translational Oncology
    Iterion Therapeutics
  • Madhurima Saxena, Ph.D. 2014
    Translational Medicine Scientist
  • Somnath Pandey, Ph.D. 2016
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Miami
  • David Vartak, 2016-2019
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Immunology & Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Monica Sharma, 2017-2021
    Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Dalia Martinez-Marin, 2021-Present
    Ph.D. Candidate, Depatment of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

Post-Doctoral Training:

  • Jamie Newman, Ph.D. 2011-2012
    Associate Professor
    College of Applied and Natural Sciences
    Louisiana Tech University
  • Glenn Simmons, Ph.D. 2012-2014
    Assistant Professor of Cance Biology
    Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Pulak Manna, Ph.D. 2014-2019
    Research Associate Professor
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Isabel Castro-Piedras, Ph.D. 2017-2021
    Senior Research Associate
    Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
  • Fahmida Rasha, Ph.D. 2019-2021
    Senior Research Associate
    UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX