Ronald R. Watson, PhD

Professor, Public Health
Adjunct Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Research Professor, Family & Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine
1295 N. Martin Campus

P.O. Box 245163
Tucson AZ 85724-5163

(520) 626-2850
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  • Michigan State University, 1971 (Ph.D., Biochemistry)
  • Harvard School of Public Health (Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Honors & Awards: 
  • Future Leaders Award of Nutrition Foundation, 1978, 1979
  • Wise and Helen Burroughs Lectureship at Iowa State University
Major Areas of Research Interest: 
  • Role of nutrition in cancer prevention by immunomodulation
  • Role of drugs of abuse on immunomodulation in IV drug users or mice
  • Effects of alcohol on immunity to explain increased risk of cancer with alcohol use
  • In vitro studies of immunomodulators on T-cells
  • Use of beta carotene to change cellular immunity in breast cancer patients
  • Development of AIDS treatment in a mouse model
Selected Publications: 

Alwardt CM. Yu Q. Brooks HL. McReynolds MR. Vazquez R. Watson RR. Larson DF. Comparative effects of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate on ventricular diastolic function with young and aged female mice. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative & Comparative Physiology. 290(1):R251-6, 2006.

Sepulveda RT. Marchalonis JJ. Watson RR. T-cell receptor vbeta8.1 peptide reduces coxsackievirus-induced cardiopathology in aged mice. Cardiovascular Toxicology. 5(1):21-8, 2005.

Yu Q. Watson RR. Marchalonis JJ. Larson DF. A role for T lymphocytes in mediating cardiac diastolic function. American Journal of Physiology - Heart & Circulatory Physiology. 289(2):H643-51, 2005.

Watson RR. Zibadi S. Vazquez R. Larson D. Nutritional regulation of immunosenescence for heart health. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 16(2):85-7, 2005.

Sponsored Research Through MSRP: 

Steven Thornquist (MSRP 1985): "Retinoids and human cell-mediated immune response in vitro."

Tuan Nguyen (MSRP 1988): "The isolation and biochemical characterization of the tumor cytotoxic factor (TCF)."

Kim Rutherford (MSRP 1989): "A study of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the immunosecretory products."

NIH High School Student Research Program: 

-Alicia Day Powers, University High School, 1991
-Carrie Laechelin, Sahuaro High School, 1992
-Kunjan Ashvinkumar Bhatt, University High School, 1993
-Michelle Christine Parra, Cholla High School, 1994
-Omar David Call, Sabino High School, 1995
-Ariana Call, Sabino High School, 1996
-Dennis Serrano, Canyon del Oro High School, 1998
-Julian A. Martinez, Tucson High Magnet School, 1999
-Christian Sabah Soto, Luz Academy, 2000
-Danine M. Fisher, Sunnyside High School, 2001
-Katrina L. Simpson, Amphitheater High School, 2002

NIH K-12 Science Teacher Program: 

-John Anthony Lopez, Roskruge Middle School, 1993

-Henry Matz, Rincon High School, 1996

-William Cummings, Eloy Junior High School, 1997

-Heather Deaver, Sierra Middle School, 1998
-Herman R. Lucero, Cragin Elementary School, 1999
-Albert D. Arvallo, Catalina High Magnet School, 2000
-Debra Hickman, Carmichael Elementary School, 2001
-Cynthia Mlakar, Tortolita Middle School, 2002
-Martin Drozdoff, Cholla Magnet High School, 2003

Last Updated: 
November 18, 2015