Rama Gullapalli, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Medical Director of Biomedical Informatics

Email: RGullapalli@salud.unm.edu
Lab Website: The Gullapalli Laboratory

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  • Hepatobiliary cancer biology
  • Circulating biomarkers in cancer
  • Systems biology and high-throughput genomics
  • Clinical molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical and translational bioinformatics
  • Translational research in molecular pathology

Education and Certification Information

Fellowship: Molecular Genetic Pathology (2012)
Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Residency: Clinical Pathology (2011)
Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Bioengineering (2008)
Department of Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Master of Science (M.S.) – Electrical Engineering (2005)
Department of Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S.) (1999)
Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Board Certifications:
American Board of Pathology: Clinical Pathology (Board certified – 2011)
American Board of Pathology: Molecular Genetic Pathology (Board certified – 2013)
American Board of Pathology: Clinical Informatics (Board certified – 2015)

Clinical Work:

Clinical Pathology, Molecular Pathology, Clinical and Translational Bioinformatics

Journal Publications:

  • Martin DR*, LaBauve E, Pomo JM, Chiu VK, Hanson JA, Gullapalli RR* “Site-Specific Genomic Alterations in a Well-Differentiated Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor With High-Grade Progression” Pancreas. 2018 Apr;47(4):502-510.

  • Pomo J.M., Taylor R.M., Gullapalli R.R., “Influence of TP53 and CDH1 genes in hepatocellular cancer spheroid formation and culture: a model system to understand cancer cell growth mechanics”, Cancer Cell International, 2016, 16:44, PMID:27303212; PMCID:PMC4907104

  • Broehm C.J., Wu, J., Gullapalli R.R., Bocklage T., “Extraskeletal Myxoid Chondrosarcoma with a t(9;16)(q22;p11.2) Resulting in Fusion of FUS and NR4A3”, Cancer Genetics, 2014, 2014 Jun;207(6):276-80.

  • Berry R.S., Gullapalli R.R., Wu J., Morris K.T., Hanson J.A., “Diffuse Glutamine Synthetase Overexpression Restricted to Areas of Peliosis in a β-Catenin Activated Hepatocellular Adenoma: A Potential Pitfall in Glutamine Synthetase Interpretation”, Virchows Arch, 2014, Aug;465(2):241-5

  • Taylor R.M., Monson T.C., Gullapalli R.R., “Influence of carbon chain length on the synthesis of fatty amine-coated iron-platinum nanoparticles”. Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:306

  • *Gullapalli R.R., *Desai K.V., Santana-Santos L, Kant J.A., Becich M.J., “Next Generation Sequencing in Clinical Medicine: Challenges and Lessons for Pathology and Biomedical Informatics”, J Pathol Inform 2012;3:40.

  • Gullapalli R.R., Demirel, M., Butler, P.J., "Molecular dynamics simulations of DiI-C18(3) in a DPPC lipid bilayer", Phys Chem Chem Phys., 2008 Jun 28;10(24):3548-60 £.

  • *Gullapalli R.R., *Tabouillot, T., Mathura, R., Dangaria, J., Butler, P.J., "Integrated multimodal microscopy, time resolved fluorescence, and optical-trap rheometry: toward single molecule mechanobiology", J Biomed Opt. 2007 Jan-Feb;12(1):014012.

For a full listing of publications, please refer to the CV above.

Book Chapters:

  • Diagnostic Pathology: Molecular Oncology, Amirsys Publishing; 1 Har/Psc edition (2015): Chapters by Gullapalli R.R. 1) Hepatocellular Carcinoma 2) Cholangiocarcinoma and 3) Next Generation Sequencing

  • R.R.Gullapalli, M. Lyons, P. Petrosko, R. Dhir, M.J. Becich, W.A. LaFramboise, “Clinical Integration of Next Generation Sequencing Technology”, Clin Lab Med. 2012 Dec;32(4):585-99. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2012.07.005.

  • Butler P.J., Gullapalli R.R., Tabouillot, T., Ferko, M., "Fluorescence methods in cellular and molecular mechanobiology", The Annual Reviews in Fluorescence, Editor: Chris Geddes and Joseph Lakowicz, Springer press (2010)

Popular Press Articles:

  •  “The Saga of Theranos: Crucial Lessons for Clinicians and Pathologists”, Tracy I. George and Rama R. Gullapalli, The Hematologist, American Society of Hematology. (Article Link) (Podcast)

  • “Pathology in the Genome Era”, Rama R. Gullapalli and Michael J. Becich, ADVANCE For Administrators of Laboratory, September 1, 2012 – Volume 21, Number 9.

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