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Tariq Haqqi Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology



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Tariq M. Haqqi, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology
College of Medicine

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1972                            Aligarh Muslim University, India
B.Sc.(Hons.) in Zoology

1974                            Aligarh Muslim University, India
M.Sc. in Zoology

1975                            Aligarh Muslim University, India
M.Phil. in Zoology

1979                            Aligarh Muslim University, India
Ph.D. in Zoology

1998                            University of Oxford, England
Certificate in Bioinformatics

Professional Experience

2012- Present             Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Professor (Tenure in process)

2009 - 2012                 MetroHealth Medical Center/ Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Department of Medicine/Rheumatology, Professor with Tenure

2008 - 2009                 University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine, Professor with Tenure

2003 - 2008                 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Professor of Medicine

1997 - 2003                 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Associate Professor of  Medicine

1990 - 1997                 Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Pathology & Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Assistant Professor of Medicine

1989 - 1990                  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Division of Rheumatic Diseases, Department of Medicine, Senior Research Associate

1986 - 1989                   Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Department of Immunology, Senior Research Fellow (Mentor: Professor Chella S. David)

1984 -1986                    Centre D'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, Marseille, France.
Fellow, Title of Project: Isolation, cloning and characterization of genes specifically expressed in cytotoxic T lymphocytes (Mentor: Professor Dr. Pierre Golstein)

1983 - Oct. 1984            Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.
Department of Science and Technology, Research Associate, Title of Project: Cloning the structural genes of restriction endonucleases EcoR1 and EcoRII (Mentor: Dr. S. M. Hadi)

1983 - Sept. 1983          Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Department of Zoology, Lecturer

1981 - 1982                     Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Indian Council of Medical Research, Senior Research Fellow

1978 - 1979                     Aligarh Muslim University,  Aligarh, India
CSIR, Senior Research Fellow

Research Interests

Chondrocyte Biology, Gene Regulation, miRNAs, Signal Transduction, Alternative Medicine

More than 25 years of experience working in the field of inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases. Well versed in guiding post-doctoral fellows and research assistants in the use of molecular biology techniques including DNA, RNA preparation, cDNA synthesis and cDNA library construction, subtractive hybridization, isolation of genes, screening libraries, PCR, cloning and sequencing, Cytokine ELISAs, ELISA Spot Assay, Western blotting, DDRT-PCR, Real- time Quantitative PCR, Microarray Profiling, miRNA cloning and expression, etc.

More than two decades experience in the field of arthritis and inflammation, exploring the role of T cell receptor genes and T cell cytokines in the induction and pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. Other funded projects are focused on determining the efficacy of specific plant products in vitro and in vivo. Additional studies are focused on determining the mechanism of gene regulation by miRNAs, modulation of signal transduction pathways by polyphenols and gene expression. Currently have my own small but focused group (2 Ph.D. Post Doctoral Fellows and 1 RA) supported by Two RO1 grants from NIH.

Recent Publications

Haseeb A, Haqqi TM. Immunopathogenesis of osteoarthritis. 2013. Clin Immunol (in press)

Haseeb A, Cheng D, Haqqi TM. Delphinidin inhibits IL-1-induced activation of NF-B by modulating the phosphorylation of IRAK-1Ser376 in human articular chondrocytes. 2013. Rheumatology (in press)

Rasheed Z, Haqqi TM. Endoplasmic reticulum stress induces the expression of COX-2 through activation of eIF2α, p38-MAPK and NF-κB in advanced glycation end products stimulated human chondrocytes. 2012. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1823:2179-89

Akhtar N., Haqqi TM. 2012. Current neutraceuticals in the management of osteoarthritis; a review. Ther Adv Musculoskel Dis. 4:181-207.

Akhtar N, Haqqi TM. MicroRNA-199a* regulates the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX- 2) in human chondrocytes. 2012. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. 711073-80.

Akhtar N and Haqqi TM. 2011. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate globally protects human chondrocytes from IL-1β-induced inflammatory response. Arthritis Res Ther Jun17;13(3):R93. [PMCID in process]

Singh R, Akhtar N, Haqqi TM. 2010. Green tea polyphenols epigalocatechin-3- gallate:Inflammation and arthritis. Life Sci. 2010 Jun 19;86(25-26):907-18. Erratum in: Life Sci. 2010 Jul 31;87(5-6):196.

Rasheed Z, Akhtar N, Khan A, Khan KA, Haqqi TM. 2010. Butrin, isobutrin, and butein from medicinal plant Butea monosperma selectively inhibit nuclear factor-kappaB in activated human mast cells: suppression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin(IL)-6, and IL-8. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 333(2):354-63. PMCID in process

Akhtar N, Rasheed Z, Anbazhagan AN, Voss FR, Haqqi TM. 2009. MicroRNA-27b Regulates the Expression of MMP-13 in Human Osteoarthritis Chondrocytes. Arthritis Rheum. 62:1361-1371.

Rasheed Z, Akhtar N, Anbazhagan AN, Ramamurthy S, Shukla M, Haqqi TM. 2009.Polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) suppresses PMACI-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting the activation of MAP Kinases and NF-kappaB in human KU812 cells. J Inflammation (London) 6:1 tea polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate inhibits advanced glycation end products- induced expression of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and matrix metalloproteinase-13 in human chondrocytes. Arthritis Res Ther. May15;11(3):R71. [Epub ahead of print]