Dr. Srinivas Mummidi, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, Department of Human Genetics, University of Texas Health Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Edinburg, Texas, USA. Dr. Mummidi obtained B.V.Sc. & A.H. from the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad, M.V.Sc. in Immunology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar and Ph.D.in Immunobiology from the Iowa State University and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Health, San Antonio. He served as a faculty member in the School of Medicine, University of Texas Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX for 15 years before he moved to UTRGV in 2016. Dr. Mummidi’s research interests include genetics and epigenetics of infectious diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS) and metabolic diseases (e.g. Type 2 Diabetes and Gallbladder Disease) and functional genomics. Over the years, his work has been supported by grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the American Heart Association. His ongoing work is focused on dissecting the functional role of disease-associated noncoding polymorphisms in inflammatory/immune system genes on their expression. In addition to his primary interests, Dr. Mummidi has extensive ongoing collaborations with the faculty in UTRGV and institutions across the U.S. in the areas of metabolic complications of HIV infection, genetic epidemiology of metabolic diseases, animal models of cardiovascular diseases, and substance abuse disorders. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed papers which include publications in high impact journals such as Nature Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Dr. Mummidi is a member of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Genetics Consortium and has served on the NIH and Department of Veterans Affairs study sections. Over the years, he has mentored or trained more than 50 junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, graduate and undergraduate students.