UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Dahia, Patricia Leal de Melo

School of Medicine
Medicine
(210) 567-4866
dahia@uthscsa.edu

I am an MD/PhD, currently holding the academic position of Professor of Medicine and a Faculty at the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). I am also a member of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at UTHSCSA. Throughout my career as a researcher I have developed a thematic program focused on genetic studies of hereditary cancers. This research has uncovered multiple genes involved in predisposition to tumors of neuroendocrine origin, in particular pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas, has defined the transcription-based classification of these tumors. This widely adopted classification remains the basis of genetic and functional subgrouping of pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas and has served as a resource for additional tumor susceptibility discovery by multiple groups. By exploring integrative genomics and signal transduction we have also uncovered links between oncogenic signals and the energy metabolism. On a translational level, this body of work has contributed to genetic risk assessment of susceptible individuals. Throughout my independent career I have maintained continuous funding by Federal, State and Private grant agencies, have completed and published multiple research studies, trained pre- and postdoctoral fellows, developed multidisciplinary collaborations and led multi-investigator consortia.

9/2015 - Present Tenured Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Medicine, San Antonio, TX
8/2005 - Present Faculty Member and Member of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) at UTHSCSA University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX