Subaramanain Dhandayuthapani, Ph.D., has been appointed associate professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso Center of Excellence for Infectious Disease. Dr. Dhandayuthapani graduated from the University of Madras, India and completed postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Leprosy Research in Tokyo and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antionio. He was associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before joining TTUHSC at El Paso. During his postdoctoral research, he specialized in molecular pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycoplasma genitalium. He has published several groundbreaking discoveries on both species and continues to investigate the mechanisms behind the persistence of these organisms in human tissues. In addition, Dr. Dhandayuthapani’s laboratory focuses on the development of genetically engineered vaccines against tuberculosis (TB) and interaction of Myocoplasma genitalium with HIV in the urogenital tissues. Dr. Dhandayuthapani was the organizer for the Texas Tuberculosis Symposium in San Antonio last year. He recently co-edited a supplemental issue of the journal “Tuberculosis”.