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Dr. Ramona Salcedo-Price Ph.D.

Dr. Salcedo Price

Ramona Salcedo Price

Assistant Professor
PhD: The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: (512) 245-6202
Office: FCS 287K

Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Texas State University. Dr. Price earned her B.S. in Dietetics and Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Thereafter, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin to continue her research on dissecting the obesity-cancer link.

Dr. Price’s research focuses on the impact of obesity on prostate cancer, liver cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Understanding these relationships is critical due to the higher incidence rates of obesity and cancer among individuals in Central and South Texas. Dr. Price’s research integrates basic science and translational research by employing cell culture, animal models, and biospecimen analysis as it relates to obesity, cancer, and fatty liver disease. The goal of this work is to optimize nutritional strategies to reverse the impact of obesity on cancer progression.

Current Projects

Obesity and Prostate Cancer

  • Investigating the role of calcium in obesity-induced prostate cancer progression.
  • Characterizing the timing of weight loss in invasive prostate cancer.

Obesity and Liver Cancer

  • Characterizing the role of adipokines in promoting invasive liver cancer.
  • Investigating the role adipocyte-liver cell crosstalk to further understand
  • Investigating the association of dietary aflatoxin load and liver cancer/NASH incidence among Hispanics in Central Texas.

 

Research Interests:

  • Obesity
  • Nutrition and Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Inflammation
  • Dietary aflatoxin and liver disease

Join Our Team:

Currently, seeking graduate and undergraduate students to assist with current projects. Email Dr. Price to schedule a meeting to discuss volunteer opportunities (rsp44@txstate.edu).

Collaborations:

Dr. Price is currently seeking opportunities to collaborate with others to understand the role of diet, obesity and liver cancer among Hispanics in Central Texas (Hays, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Caldwell counties). Please email Dr. Price at rsp44@txstate or call 512-245-6202.

 

Publications:

Miethe C, Nix H, Martin R, Hernandez AR, Price RS. Silibinin reduces the impact of obesity on invasive liver cancer. Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal DOI: 10.1080/01635581.2017.1367935 accepted July 27, 2017. Impact Factor: 2.447

Galván GC, Price RS, Johnson C, Jolly CA, Liss MA and deGraffenried L. Effects of obesity on the regulation of macrophage population in the prostate tumor microenvironment.

Bower LW, Maximo IF, Brenner AJ, Beeram M, Hursting SD, Price RS, Tekmal RR. Jolly CR, deGraffenried LA. NSAID use reduces breast cancer recurrence in overweight and obese women: Role of prostaglandin-aromatase interactions. Cancer Research. 2014:74(16):4446-57.

Impact factor: 9.329 Acceptance rate: 22%

Price RS, Cavazos DA, deAngel RA, Hursting S, deGraffenried. Obesity-related system factors promote an invasive phenotype in prostate cancer cells. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. 2012:15(2):135-43. Impact factor 3.803

Cavazos DA, Price RS, Apte SA, deGraffenried LA. Docosahexaenoic acid selectively induces human prostate cancer cell sensitivity to oxidative stress through modulation of nf-kb. The Prostate. 2011:71(13):1420-8. Impact factor: 3.565

 

Courses Currently Teaching:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • NUTR 3367 Nutrition Physiology
  • FCS 4303 Nutrition Research Methods

 

Current Lab Members:

Graduate Students:

Candace Miethe

Blaine Sherman

 

Undergraduate Students:

Rebecca Martin

Geovana Tolentino

Linda Torres