Arnold H. Zea

Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, USA

Arnold H. Zea was born in Cali, Colombia. In 1986, he received his M.S. degree in microbiology from the University del Valle, Cali, Colombia, and, in 2001, he received his Ph.D. degree in immunology from University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. In 1989, he was a Fogarty Fellow at John Hopkins University, and, in 1992, he worked at the National Cancer Institute (NIH-US). In 1997, he was recruited by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans Department of Microbiology, La, USA, where he is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of microbiology. He holds a secondary appointment in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at LSUHSC. Dr. Zea’s laboratory is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying immune dysfunction in cancer (renal cell carcinoma) and tuberculosis. In renal cell carcinoma, he is studying the tumor microenvironment and the mechanisms leading to tumor suppression, tumor killing, and tumor resistance. In tuberculosis, he is focused on studying the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis modulates L-arginine metabolism to survive inside macrophages. Currently, Dr. Zea is the Director of the Biospecimen Core Laboratory at LSUHSC. He has obtained funding from local and federal agencies. His work has resulted in 42 peer-reviewed publications. He serves as a Scientific Reviewer for the Department of Defense and for different scientific journals.

Biography Updated on 5 April 2011

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