Each month, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso employee who contributes to the university’s Employee Giving Campaign will be featured. Participating in this campaign sends a powerful message to the community that employees not only work here, but also truly believe in our mission to serve all people through exemplary patient care, education and research. They are dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s employee is Zuber D. Mulla, Ph.D., assistant academic dean for faculty development and professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
Reaching new heights in his personal and professional lives comes easily for Zuber Mulla, Ph.D., assistant academic dean for faculty development and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. A scientist, teacher and also an amateur aviator, Dr. Mulla has a diverse set of passions and skills that he’s always trying to cultivate.
“Had I not become a public health scientist, I would’ve probably had a career in aviation,” said Dr. Mulla. “I’ve taken up flying lessons in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. If you ever see me on campus staring up at the sky, now you know why.”
His extracurricular passions may be in the sky, but his work and life are rooted in the American Southwest.
“I was born in India and raised in Pennsylvania and Arizona. My parents still live in Phoenix. I love the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. I’ve spent most of my life in the Southwest.”
Dr. Mulla attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, receiving his Bachelor of Art degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. He continued his studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Public Health and a doctorate in public health, both focusing on epidemiology.
He joined the faculty of the El Paso Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston in 2002, bringing him to the Borderland. In 2006, he became part of the TTUHSC El Paso family.
Dr. Mulla has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the El Paso Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, and a recipient of the 2017 University of South Florida College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Award. His dedication to education and knowledge is something he credits to his family.
“My parents valued education when I was a child,” said Dr. Mulla. “My father comes from a humble background. He was raised in a village in India. His home didn’t have any electricity when he was a child in the 1930s and 1940s. When my family and I returned to his home in India in 1976 for a vacation, there was still no electricity. Running water was only available a few times a day. I’m grateful for the life I have now, which is due in large part to the hard work of my parents.”
Dr. Mulla’s upbringing has led him to give back to the organizations he values. He donates to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, while also volunteering with the local chapter of the University of Arizona Alumni Association. TTUHSC El Paso and its students are also part of Dr. Mulla’s giving heart.
“Recently, I was inspired to give after hearing a presentation that Dr. Stephanie Woods, dean of the Hunt School of Nursing, gave during this year’s leadership retreat on our nursing students,” said Dr. Mulla. “That motivated me to donate to a scholarship fund for them.”
Giving back has never been so easy now that the Employee Giving Campaign form is online. Click here to join the Employee Giving Campaign.