Graduated, B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry (Honors School, Chardigarh, India)
Doctoral degree in Pharmacology from Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India-1978
Post Doctoral Fellowships at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India (1978-1979) and University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, 1979-1982
Dr. Suresh C. Sikka is a Professor of Urology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry from Chandigarh University in India and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, India (1978). Upon completion of his postdoctoral fellowships at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1979 and the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California (1982), Dr. Sikka served as the Director of the Urology Laboratory Research in the Department of Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1982, subsequently joining Tulane’s Department of Urology in 1989, where he has been associated with developing CLIA-approved clinical laboratories and directing andrology research for the last 33 years.
The Board-Certified High-complexity Clinical Lab Director (HCLD) and Clinical Consultant (CC/AAB) of the Andrology Clinic and Research Laboratories at Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Sikka has set up a unique state-of-the-art standardized semen analysis training program with quality control and trouble-shooting management. This program caters to the needs of many pharmaceutical companies for their multicenter clinical trials on drug safety evaluation targeting male reproductive effects as mandated by the FDA. Dr. Sikka has also developed a Central Reader Facility for sperm morphology evaluation, using the latest WHO protocols that have been used for diagnostic aspects of Tulane’s Andrology patients as well as for the subjects enrolled in such multicenter studies across the globe. For such multicenter studies, which bring significant amount of funding to Tulane University and the Department of Urology (total of $27 million +), Dr. Sikka has thus far trained and certified more than 900 technicians and managed their quality control throughout these studies.
An Expert Panel Member on Standardization of Penile Doppler Ultrasound Technology and a Study Section Reviewer for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies in the area of reproductive toxicology, Dr. Sikka has published more than 220 peer-reviewed articles, many book chapters, numerous abstracts, and recently authored a book titled, Bioenvironmental Issues Affecting Male Reproductive & Sexual Health.
Sikka SC. (2001) Relative Impact of Oxidative Stress on Male Reproductive Function. Current Medicinal Chem 1: 851-862. Rajasekaran M, Hellstrom WJG, Sikka SC. (2001) Nitric oxide induces oxidative stress and mediates cytotoxicity to human cavernosal cells in culture. J Androl 22: 34-39.
Sikka SC, Champion H, Bivalacqua TJ, Estrada L, Wang R, Rajasekaran M, Aggarwal B, Hellstrom WJG. (2001) Role of genitourinary inflammation of infertility: detrimental effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and nterferon-gamma on human spermatozoa. Int J Androl (in press).
Nguyen A, Jing S, Mahoney S, Davis R, Sikka SC, Agrawal KC, Abdel-Mageed AB. (2000) In vivo gene expression profile analysis of metallothionein in renal cell carcinoma. Cancer Letters 160: 133-140.
Bivalacqua TJ, Champion HC, Mehta YS, Abdel-Mageed AB, Sikka SC, Ignarro LJ, Kadowitz PJ, Hellstrom WJG. (2000) Adenoviral gene transfer of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to the penis improves age-related erectile dysfunction in the rat. Int J Impotence Res 12: 8-17.
Armstrong JS, Rajasekaran M, Chamulitrat W, Gatti P, Hellstrom WJG, Sikka SC. (1999) Characterization of reactive oxygen species induced effects on human spermatozoa movement and energy metabolism. Free Radical Biol Med 26(7/8): 869-80.
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