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Bassaganya-Riera, Josep , Ph.D.
Faculty - Bassaganya-Riera, Josep

Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
Director, Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Phone: (540) 231-7421
Email: jbassaga@vbi.vt.edu
Fax: 540-231-2606

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Assistants

  • Administrative Assistant: Kimberly Borkowski
    Phone: (540) 231-3270
    Email: kborkows@vbi.vt.edu
    Fax:(540) 231-2606

Professional Preparation

  • Iowa State University (ISU), Nutrition and Immunology, Ph.D., 2000
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona, Veterinary Medicine, D.V.M., 1997
  • Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2011-present
  • Director, Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory, 2002-present
  • Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Blacksburg, VA, 2011-present
  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2011-present
  • Associate Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2008-2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2008-2011
  • Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Blacksburg, VA, 2008-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2003-2007

Fellowships

  • 2007-European Union
  • 2007-Ministry of Education, Spain

Research Interests

  • Nutritional immunology
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity
  • Modeling Immune Responses

Biography

Dr. Josep Bassaganya-Riera is the Director of the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (www.nimml.org) at VBI. He has held and currently holds many research grants from various sources including the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and industrial corporations. He is the Principal Investigator and Director for the Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens (MIEP) project, a $10.6 million Center that investigates the immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying infections with gut pathogens by applying mathematical systems to mucosal immunology. He is also Principal Investigator on an RO1 award designed to study the mechanisms of immune modulation by abscisic acid. Dr. Bassaganya-Riera has published over 70 scientific papers, 3 patents and manages a research portfolio of $12M.

Selected Publications


Bassaganya-Riera J Guri A.J. Noble A.M. Reynolds K.A. King J. Wood C.M. Ashby M. Rai D. Hontecillas R. Arachidonic acid-and docosahexaenoic acid-enriched formulas modulate antigen-specific T cell responses to influenza virus in neonatal piglets. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85(3):824–836.

Hontecillas R, Bassaganya-Riera J. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma is required for regulatory CD4+ T cell-mediated protection against colitis. J Immunol. 2007;178(5):2940–2949.

Bassaganya-Riera J Reynolds K. Martino-Catt S. Cui Y. Hennighausen L. Gonzalez F. Rohrer J. Benninghoff A.U. Hontecillas R. Activation of PPAR gamma and delta by conjugated linoleic acid mediates protection from experimental inflammatory bowel disease. Gastroenterology. 2004;127(3):777–791.

Bassaganya-Riera J Guri A.J. Lu P. Climent M. Carbo A. Sobral B.W. Horne W.T. Lewis S.N. Bevan D.R. Hontecillas R. Abscisic Acid Regulates Inflammation via Ligand-binding Domain-independent Activation of Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor γ. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2011;286(4):2504–2516.

Carbo A Hontecillas R. Kronsteiner B. Viladomiu M. Pedragosa M. Lu P. Philipson C. Hoops S. Marathe M. Eubank S. Bisset K. Wendelsdorf K. Jarrah A. Mei Y. Bassaganya-Riera J. Systems modeling of molecular mechanisms controlling cytokine-driven CD4+ T cell differentiation and phenotype plasticity. PLoS Computational Biology.. 2013;4(9).