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Department of Surgery

Luis Ulloa, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor
Center Immunity & Inflammation

Department of Surgery
Research Office

Medical Science Building (MSB)
185 South Orange Avenue Room
Newark, NJ 07101
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
Phone: (973) 972-3971
Fax: (973) 972-1146



Dr Ulloa studies neuromodulation of the immune system in sepsis. In 2007, he joined
NJMS to study the mechanisms mediating Neuromodulation of the immune system and their
clinical translation for infectious and inflammatory disorders. Dr Ulloa received
prestigious awards and has published over 70 peer-review articles with almost 15,000
citations. He is invited to write review in journals like Nature Reviews and Trends
in Mol Med.
2013- : Associate Professor. Dpt. of Surgery. Rutgers University, NJ.
2009-13: Associate Professor. Dpt of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, NJ.
2007-09: Assistant Professor. Dpt of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, NJ.
2004-06: Assistant Investigator. North Shore University Hospital. NYU-School of
2000-04: Research Associate. North Shore University Hospital. NYU-School of Medicine.
1997-99: Postdoctoral Research. Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, NY.
1991-96: Assistant Professor. University Autonoma of Madrid.
1991-96: Spaniard National Research Council.
2015 NIH R01 grant
2015 New Jersey Health Foundation grant
2014 AAI Laboratory Travel Award
2012 UMDNJ-Seed Faculty Research Award
2012 UMDNJ-High Impact collaborative Research Award
2007 International Sepsis Forum.
2006 National Scientist Award. American Heart Association.
2006 Heritage Award of the American Heart Association.
2000 International Human Frontier Science Award.
1991 Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Award.



Ph.D., 1996, University Autonoma Madrid, Spain
M.S., 1991, University Autonoma Madrid, Spain


Curriculum Vitae

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Relevant Publications:

Torres-Rosas R, Yehia G, Peña G, Mishra P, Del Rocio Thompson-Bonilla M, Moreno-Eutimio MA, Arriaga-Pizano LA, Isibasi A & Ulloa LNature Medicine,   2014.
Ulloa L. Cell Research, 2013.
Vida, G., G. Peña, A. Kanashiro, M. Del Rocio Thompson-Bonilla, Deitch EA & Ulloa L. FASEB J, 2011.
Peña G, Cai B, Ramos L, Vida G, Deitch EA & Ulloa L. J Immunol, 2011.
Vida G, Peña G, Deitch EA & Ulloa L. J Immunol, 2011.
Huston J, Ochani M, Liao H, Ochani K, Ashok M, Czura C, Foxwell B, Tracey K, Ulloa L. J. Exp. Med., 2006.
Wang H, Liao H, Justiniani M, Lin X, Wang H, Metz C, Miller E, Tracey K & Ulloa L. Nature Medicine, 2005.
Ulloa L. Nature Rev. Drug, 2005.
Wang H, Yu M, Ochani M, Amella CA, Tanovic M, Li JH, Wang H, Yang H, Ulloa L, Tracey KJ. Nature, 2003.
Ulloa L, Doody J, Massague J. Nature, 1999.


Current Research

Neuromodulation of sepsis

My current research focuses on the physiological mechanisms of vagal modulation of
immune system in experimental models of sepsis. From a cellular standpoint, we were
pioneers reporting that the vagus nerve controls inflammation via inducible T
lymphocytes. During the few last years, we have studied the regulation of immune
cells by
typical neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine and catecholamines. One critical
consideration in our studies is the translation of our physiological and cellular
mechanisms to novel therapeutic and pharmacological strategies for the treatment of

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