Victor Hsia

Victor Hsia, PhD.
Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Hsia received his B.Sc. degree from National Taiwan University and later obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1999-2004.

Dr. Hsia has been teaching courses of basic sciences such as pharmacology, immunology, physiology, pharmacogenetics since 2004. Dr. Hsia obtained two NIH research grants as the Principal Investigator: R01 from NINDS and R15 from NEI.

The current research focus of Dr. Hsia is to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of herpes simplex virus replication during latent infections and reactivation supported by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS). He utilizes tools of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry to study the effect of viral infection in neuronal cells by nuclear hormonal receptors and to measure cellular responses to the viral replication/gene expression. Dr. Hsia is a UMES graduate faculty and now has postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D. students, and undergraduate students.

Dr. Hsia is a member of the following professional organizations: American Society of Virology, American Association of College of Pharmacy, Society of Toxicology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

When Dr. Hsia is away from his office and laboratory he loves a number of outdoor activities including tennis, baseball, swimming, ice skating, and skiing, etc. He also enjoys indoor events such as playing violin in the community symphony orchestra. Dr. Hsia and his wife have three children.

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