Research Associate Professor, Immunobiology
Associate Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP
Dr. Kiela has been involved in basic research on various aspects of the gut development, physiology, and pathophysiology for over eighteen years. His particular interest is in the therapeutic and pathophysiological aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. His laboratory is involved with pre-clinical studies on the effectiveness and mechanism of action of curcumin (a natural non-specific inhibitor of NF-kappa-B) in mouse models of CD and UC (chemically induced colitis and spontaneous colitis in IL-10 or TCR-alpha knockout mice); the role of NHE3, the major intestinal Na+/H+ exchanger, in the maintenance of epithelial integrity of the gut, and in modulation of the immune response in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
Dr. Kiela is also interested in the effects of acute and chronic colitis and inflammatory mediators on key players of systemic inorganic phosphate homeostasis, and its contribution to osteopenia and osteoporosis frequently associated with IBD.
Dr. Kiela's membership in the University of Arizona Cancer Center has opened up opportunities to contribute his expertise in collaborations with other members.
2011-2016 Fixed term appointment as a faculty member of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (as a mentor to one PhD student who completed her PhD thesis in my lab. Currently inactive).
2007-Present Associate Professor, Department of Immunobiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Member of the Molecular Pathogenesis Faculty of the Immunobiology Graduate Program.
2006-Present Associate Professor, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (tenured in 2012)
2001-2006 Assistant Professor, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2000-2001 Research Assistant Scientist, Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2011 Nominated for “Outstanding UBRP Faculty Mentor” in recognition of mentoring undergraduate student members of the University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Program (honorable mention)
2009-Present Editorial Board Member of World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology (WJGP) (a new monthly open-access peer-reviewed journal)
2009-Present Editorial Board Member & Section Editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Cell Biology/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)
2007-2014 Session chair for various DDW sessions, e.g. “Mechanisms, consequences and preclinical treatment of intestinal inflammation”, “Inflammatory cytokines in IBD pathogenesis and treatment”
1993 Training Scholarship at the Institute for Animal Physiology, Rakuno Gakuen University, Ebetsu, Japan
1990-1994 Merit Scholarship for outstanding achievements as a student of the School of Veterinary Medicine