Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Phoenix
Director, Flow Cytometry, College of Medicine, Phoenix
Research Assistant Professor, Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix
Dr. Kala received her PhD specializing in Immunology in 1998. Her post-doctoral trainings were in the laboratories at The Scripps Research Institute and at University of California, San Francisco. During her post-doctoral training, she developed additional skills in immunology, especially in HIV, autoimmune diseases and extensive expertise in cytometry.
She was appointed Assistant Professor (research track) at Barrow Neurological Institute in 2006, where she worked on Multiple Sclerosis through several independent grants. She was appointed Director of the Flow Cytometry Core in 2010 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, where she directs the operation and development of the facility. Dr. Kala laid the foundation of the flow cytometry core at the University Of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and since then, has been very instrumental in the development and expansion of the core. Initially, flow cytometry services focused on cell sorting and analyses of a variety of samples for animal and human research. In more recent years, Dr. Kala has expanded the core services for immunology, clinical trial work, as well as developing the testing services for lymphoid malignancies. The clinical flow cytometry testing services for lymphoid malignancies are done in partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Molecular Medicine Laboratories at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
In addition to the normal services provided by the core, Dr. Kala also specializes in education and training of professional and support staff, budgeting, core management and marketing. She is also actively involved in providing mentorship and helping the College with the Scholarly Project Students. She is actively involved is collaborating on different projects, two of which culminated into a clinical partnership.