Surgery Education - Our Residents & Fellows
General Surgery Resident
MD, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 2012
Other Post-Graduate Training:
M.Biol.S., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response, 2012
Alpha Omega Alpha (Member of AOA)
American College of Surgeons
Assn of Women Surgeons
American Med Assn
American Med Student Assn
Student National Med Assn
American Soc. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
American Assn of Immunologists
Actors Equity Assn
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Inc
2005-2007, University of Miami, Microbiology/Immunology Dept, Miami, FL. (Research Associate, Lisa Plano, M.D./ Ph.D.) Conducted research in a bacteriology lab at the University of Miami on a project funded by the NIH, which evaluated Staphylococcus aureus virulence factors and their influence on local immune response. S. aureus has a large variety of virulence factors including a library of 40 secretory proteins and enzymes which act to establish and maintain infection. This project focused on evaluating S. aureus isolates from infected skin lesions for their potential to produce immune system-modulating toxins, mainly exfoliative toxin A, exfoliative toxin B and Panton-Valentine leukocidin (ETA, ETB and PVL). Toxin production was then compared to white blood cell counts of the respective skin lesions from which the S. aureus isolates were cultured. My work culminated in a publication of the research findings in the Archives of Dermatology.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts:
Cardenas TC, Johnson C, Pratap S, Nde PN, Furtak V, Kleshchenko YY, Lima MF, Villalta F. Regulation of the Extracellular Matrix Interactome by Trypanosoma cruzi. Open Parasitology Journal. 2010 Aug; 4(001): 72-76.
Mertz PM, Cardenas TC, Snyder RV, Kinney MA, Davis SC, Plano LR. Staphylococcus aureus Virulence Factors Associated with Infected Skin Lesions: Influence on the Local Immune Response. Archives of Dermatology. 2007 Oct; 143(10): 1259-1263.
Nde PN, Johnson CA, Pratap S, Cardenas TC, Kleshchenko YY, Furtak YA, Simmons K.J, Lima MF, Villalta F. Gene Network Analysis During Early Infection of Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells by Trypanosoma cruzi and its gp83 Ligand. Chemistry and Biodiversity. 2010 May; 7(5): 1051-1064.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts (Other than Published):
Rolle CE, Chen J, Pastar I, Cardenas TCP, Perez R, Ferracci F, Snyder R, Tomic-Canic M, Davis SC, Plano LR. Keratinocytes Produce IL-6 in Response to desmoglein 1 Cleavage by Staphylococcus aureus Exfoliative Toxin A. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 2011 Jun; Pub Status: Submitted.
Cardenas, T., Kinney, M., Snyder, R., Mertz, P., Davis, S., Plano, L.. (2007, May). Staphylococcus aureus Toxins Associated with Impetigo and Infected Skin Lesions. Poster presented at: Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting 2007; Toronto, Canada.
Cardenas, T., Kleschenko, Y., Nde, P., Villalta, F.. (2009, March). Molecular Characterization of a Host Cell Receptor for Trypanosoma cruzi. Poster presented at: Meharry Medical College Annual Research Symposium 2009; Nashville, TN.
Cardenas, T., Kleschenko, Y., Nde, P., Villalta, F.. (2010, March). Activation of the MAP Kinase Pathway in Heart Myoblasts by Trypanosoma cruzi gp83, a Molecule Which Mediates Trypanosome Attachment to Host Cells. Poster presented at: Meharry Medical College Annual Research Symposium 2010; Nashville, TN.
Cardenas, T., Kleshchenko, Y., Madison, N., Nde, P., Johnson, C., Furtak, Y., Lima, M., Villalta. F.. (2010, May). New Mechanism of Innate Immunity Mediated by Human defensin alpha-1 Against Trypanosoma cruzi. Poster presented at: American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting 2010; Baltimore, MD.
Johnson, C., Nde, P., Pratap, S., Cardenas, T., Kleshchenko, Y., Furtak, Y., Lima, M., Villalta. F.. (2010, April). Gene Network Analysis During Early Infection of Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells by Trypanosoma cruzi and its gp83 Ligand. Poster presented at: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting 2010; Anaheim, CA.
Nde, P., Cardenas, T., Johnson, C., Pratap, S., Kleshchenko, Y., Furtak, Y., Lima, M., Villalta. F.. (2010, April).
Trypanosoma cruzi and its gp83 Ligand Modulate Host Thrombospondin-1 and Laminin gamma-1 Gene Networks to Recruit Trypanosomes in the Early Infection Process. Poster presented at: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting 2010; Anaheim, CA.
Honors & Awards:
2009 NIH Fellow, T32 Research Grant from National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Masters degree project
2010 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/ Minority Access to Research Careers Program (FASEB/MARC), Travel Grant for American Assn. of Immunologists Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD
2008 Council for Opportunity in Education Minority Research Grant for medical school summer research
2008 American College of Surgeons conference attendance in San Francisco, CA
Medical student awards:
2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Meharry Dean's List
2010 1st Place-Meharry Medical College Research Symposium Poster Competition
2010 Crawford Wilfred Ernest Dyer Memorial Scholarship
2010 Eleanor Chippey Grier Endowed Scholarship
2010 Parnell N. Avery M.D. Academic Scholarship
2010 Pfizer Minority Medical Research Scholarship
2009 Meharry National Alumni Assn. Scholarship
2009 Horace M. Frazier Academic Scholarship
2008 Gabriel & Harriet LeFebvre Academic Scholarship
2008 Gertrude E Skelly Scholarship
Dr. Cardenas was born in Houston, TX and raised in Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2005 with a B.S in Microbiology and Immunology. Having trained as dancer for most of her life, she took a leave of absence during her studies at the University of Miami to perform in NYC in the Broadway show '42nd Street: The Musical'. In 2007 she was accepted into Meharry Medical College School of Medicine and graduated in 2012 with her M.D as well as her M.S in Biomedical Sciences. During her matriculation at Meharry she received honors and awards including The Pfizer Minority Medical Scholarship and induction into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Outside of work she still enjoys dance, boating, traveling, being on the water, hot weather and Brazilian soccer. Dr. Cardenas is looking forward to learning and growing through her training experiences in the Department of Surgery at UTHSCSA.
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