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Meenakshi Maitra

Meenakshi Maitra

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Professional Preparation

Post Doctoral Fellow - Cancer Genetics and Genomics
UT Southwestern Medical Center - 2015
Ph.D. - Human Genetics
Indian Institute of Chemical Biology - 2008
M.S. - Zoology
Banaras Hindu University, India - 2002
B.S. - Zoology
Lady Bethune College, India - 1999


IL1B Induced Smad 7 Negatively Regulates Gastrin Expression 2011 - Journal Article
Identification of GATA6 Sequence Variants in Patients With Congenital Heart Defects 2010 - Journal Article
Surfactant Protein A2 Mutations Associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis Lead to Protein Instability and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress 2010 - Journal Article
IL1B promoter polymorphism regulates the expression of gastric acid stimulating hormone gastrin 2009 - Journal Article
Interaction of Gata4 and Gata6 with Tbx5 is critical for normal cardiac development 2009 - Journal Article
Association of specific haplotype of TNF withα Helicobacter pylori-mediated duodenal ulcer in eastern Indian population 2008 - Journal Article
Interaction betweenIL1Bgene promoter polymorphisms in determining susceptibility toHelicobacter pyloriassociated duodenal ulcer 2006 - Journal Article
Gilbert’s syndrome: High frequency of the (TA)7TAA allele in India and its interaction with a novel CAT insertion in promoter of the gene for bilirubin UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1 gene 2006 - Journal Article


Program Director
STEM Outreach and Education Center [2024–Present]
Directs K-12 and undergraduate STEM outreach research programs and projects at the Office of Campus Resources and Support.
Assistant Professor of Instruction
University of Texas at Dallas [2017–Present]
Adjunct Faculty
Dallas College [2015–2023]

News Articles

Transfer Research Initiative - UT Dallas
YWISEi Program - UT Dallas


Faculty Mentor at the Young Women in Science and Engineering (YWISE) Investigator program / Office of DEI, University of Texas Dallas, TX
As a faculty mentor, I provide collaborative leadership with members from different academic schools at UTD leading to a successful and enriching student experience. 

Lead Faculty Mentor at the Transfer Research Initiative / Office of Undergraduate Education, University of Texas Dallas, TX
Lead the creation of, programming, evaluation as well as other aspects of student engagement during the 5-week summer TRI research program at UTD. The program supports the success and retention of transfer undergraduate students from underrepresented minority communities. The TRI program, through inter-departmental collaborations, seeks to expand participant knowledge of STEM, cognitive sciences, arts and technology, data sciences and digital marketing storytelling concepts. 
Lead Coordinator of Biology Outreach Programs at the Department of Biological Sciences / University of Texas Dallas, TX
Design and implement academic outreach programs for middle and high school students across the DFW metroplex and outside. Collaborate with the Smithsonian Learning Lab team, Perot Museum, faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt University and more to develop unique courses that pique the interest in science among kids. These programs have been designed to encourage participation of diverse students with limited resources through free registrations and mentorship.

Faculty Mentor for the Undergraduate Success Scholars Program / University of Texas Dallas, TX
Serve as a mentor for the USS program, continuing to support, mentor and guide minority student family leaders from the Undergraduate Success Scholars (USS) program.