Postdoctoral Scholar

Amanda  Muñoz

Postdoctoral Scholar


Mentor:  Alexei Tumanov


ORCID iD:  0000-0002-8534-5037


2010 BS NMSU


2019 28th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer Scholarship (HHMI, NCI)
2016 Bio-Techne AACR Travel Award
2015 Best Presentation (South Padre Conference on Advances in Cell Signaling, Cancer Prevention & Therapy)
2009 Du Pont Award for Immunology (SACNAS)
2009, 2008 SACNAS Travel and Lodging Scholarship
2007 Joy Bennin Jefferson Scholarship (NMSU)
2018-present UT-Health San Antonio SABER (IRACDA) Postdoctoral Scholar (NIH K12)
2014-2015 Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Predoctoral Training Fellow (R25 GM095480)
2007-2010 Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Program Undergraduate Fellow (R25 GM061222)


  1. Gong J, Muñoz AR, Chan DE, Ghosh R and Kumar AP (2014) Stat3 down regulates LC3 to inhibit autophagy and pancreatic cancer cell growth. Oncotarget 5(9): 2529-4 PMCID: PMC4058024. 
  2. Gong J*, Muñoz AR*, Pingali S, Payton-Stewart F, Chan DE, Freeman JW, Ghosh R and Kumar AP (2017) Downregulation of STAT3/NF-κB potentiates gemcitabine activity in pancreatic cancer cells. Molecular Carcinogenesis 56(2): 402-411. PMCID: PMC5800424. *Co-first author publication.
  3. Muñoz AR, Chakravarthy D, Gong J, Halff GA, Ghosh R and Kumar AP. (2017) Pancreatic cancer: current status and challenges. Current Pharmacology Reports 3(6): 396-408. PMID: 29404265
  4. Chakravarthy D, Muñoz AR, Su A, Hwang RF, Keppler B, Halff GA, Chan DE, Ghosh R and Kumar AP. (2018) Simultaneous inhibition of COL1A1 and survivin by palmatine suppresses proliferation, invasion and enhances sensitivity to gemcitabine. Cancer Letters 419: 103-115. PMCID: PMC5858579.
  5. Thapa D, Huang S, Muñoz AR, Yang X, Bedolla RG, Reddick RL, Miyamoto, Kumar AP and Ghosh R. (2020) Attenuation of NADPH:Quinone Oxidoreductase 1 aggravates prostate cancer and tumor cell plasticity by TGFβ signaling. Communications Biology 3(12). PMCID: PMC6941961
  6. Huang S, Thapa D, Muñoz AR, Hussain S, Yang X, Bedolla RG, Osmulski P, Gaczynska ME, Lai Z, Chiu Y, Wang L, Chen Y, Rivas P, Shudde C, Reddick RL, Miyamoto H, Ghosh R and Kumar AP. (2021) Androgen deprivation-induced elevated nuclear SIRT1 promotes prostate tumor cell survival by reactivation of AR signaling. Cancer Letters 505: 24-36. PMID: 33617947
  7. Shou Y, Koroleva E, Spencer CM, Shein SA, Korchagina AA, Yusoof KA, Parthasarathy R, Leadbetter EA, Muñoz AR* and Tumanov A*. (2021) Redefining the role of lymphotoxin beta receptor in the maintenance of lymphoid organs and immune cell homeostasis in adulthood. Frontiers in Immunology: Cytokines and Soluble Mediators in Immunity. In press. *Co-senior author manuscript.