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Sai Sudha Koka, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Preclinical & Research

Dr. Sai Sudha Koka is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM). She obtained Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2008 followed by postdoctoral training in cardiovascular pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Before joining ARCOM in 2021, she worked as an Assistant Professor at University of Houston College of Pharmacy and is a registered pharmacist in Texas.

As an inspiring educator, she has participated in several courses teaching advanced pharmacology and physiology to medical, PharmD and graduate students. In 2018, Dr. Koka received Teaching Excellence Award for group teaching in cardiovascular and renal pharmacology from University of Houston.

Her research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating the development of cardiometabolic disorders and identifying novel pharmacologic strategies to combat cardiovascular diseases. She has active grants from NIH and American Heart Association that aim to understand the role of gut microbe-derived metabolites in endothelial cell signaling, inflammation and cardiovascular dysfunction.

Koka has authored or coauthored six book chapters and over 47 peer-reviewed journal articles and serves as a peer reviewer on several journals. She is grateful to have the opportunity to balance three things she loves – being a mom, an educator and a cardiovascular scientist.

Education

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, Andhra University, India
  • Master of Pharmacy, Andhra University, India
  • Ph.D. Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany

Accomplishments

  • Donna Garff Marriott Research Award, AHA
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston
  • American Radiolabeled Chemicals Junior Scientist Award in Pharmacology
  • AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award
  • Sudhir Gupta Young Scientist Award, ASIOA
  • NIH High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)

Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Cardiovascular pharmacology and toxicology
  • Inflammation and cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Gut microbial metabolites in endothelial and vascular injury