UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Kudolo, George B

School of Health Professions
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
(210) 567-4316

My primary responsibility is teaching clinical chemistry and research courses in the undergraduate Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, teaching laboratory Medicine to the Masters in Physician Assistant Program and the only instructor for Graduate Toxicology Program. I developed all the courses in the Graduate Toxicology Program and have been the sole teacher for all the didactic courses since its inception in 1998. As Director of the graduate program, I have administrative responsibilities for advising the graduate students, coordinating all didactic courses, practicums and serving as the supervising professor or serving a member of their supervising committees for their research and thesis work. As our students are usually part-time students, each students course plan is individualized. I originally trained as a research scientist and have conducted research in nutrition, diabetes, reproduction and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). I consider myself a very versatile scientist, who has worked with animal models, from rats to non-human primates, and performed research on systems ranging from the female reproductive tract to the kidney and studied compounds from steroids to prostanoids. I have conducted human clinical trials with with orthodox medications as well as the herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba extract. I believe my research experience helps me to teach effectively in my clinical chemistry and toxicology courses. My current interests are the effect of herbal remedies on clinical laboratory tests and postmenopausal symptoms, drug-herb interactions and toxicity, and soy phytoestrogens. I have expertise in laboratory medicine and forensic toxicology and so would like to explore some research interests on the role of pharmacogenomics on producing adverse/fatal drug reactions when individual drug levels are within the therapeutic window but adverse reactions are still evident. As the first scientist to demonstrate that the ingestion of Ginkgo biloba extract induces an increase in pancreatic insulin production, I am also interested in whether Ginkgo biloba can stimulate insulin production in the brain and alter cognitive function.
In summary, my research activity has decreased as I have had to be the only instructor, advisor and director of the Graduate Toxicology Program.

9/2008 - Present Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional campus University of Texas School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional campus, San Antonio, TX
9/2005 - Present Full Professor with tenure and Graduate Toxicology Program Director University of Texas HSC, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, San Antonio, TX