Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D.
Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti is the Carolina Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Basic Science at the School of Medicine, University of South Carolina (USC), as well as the Director of the NIH-supported Center of Research Excellence in Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases. From 2005 to 2010, he served as an Advisor to the Vice President for Research at USC. He joined Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 1986 and rose to become Full Professor. In 2000, Dr. Nagarkatti joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University as Wazeter Distinguished Professor and Director, Immunotoxicology. Dr. Nagarkatti is considered a pioneer in the field of immunotoxicity beginning work in the early 1980s. His lab investigates the effect of a wide range of environmental contaminants, endocrine disruptors, drugs, and botanicals on the immune response. His laboratory was instrumental in demonstrating that dioxin (TCDD) was an endocrine disruptor. Current research is focused on how exposure to endocrine disruptors during pregnancy alters T cell development in the fetus and how this impacts the immune response and susceptibility to immunological disorders, infections and cancer, during adult life.