Wayne State College

Gustavo Zardeneta

Dr. Gustavo Zardeneta is an associate professor of chemistry at Wayne State College. Before coming to Wayne State, he served a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Helath Science Center in San Antonio. He served as the director of research and associate professor at the same place. He was also a specialist faculty at the University of California-Irvine.

Dr. Zardeneta has filled many roles, such as:

  • American Association of Dental Research (San Antonio Chapter) president
  • Space and facilities committee chair
  • Research Space Advisory Task Force chair
  • Elections and Nominations Committee chair
  • Chemical Safety Committee at UTHSCSA chair for three years
  • Ad hoc reviewer of several peer-reviewed professional journals
  • INBRE Associate at the University of Texas Medical Center
  • Board member of AHEC Nebraska

He has received many awards and grants, including:

  • NIH Fellow, Postdoctoral Grant in Biophysical Biochemistry
  • NIH Fellow, Postdoctoral Training in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • NIH Fellowship, Predoctoral Cancer Training Grant, University of Texas-Austin
  • Fellow, Dental Hispanic Center of Excellence

Dr. Zardeneta is a member of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Association University Professors, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) San Antonio Chapter, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has published several articles of original research in scholarly journals, four book chapters, and has given numerous presentations at local, national and international scientific meetings.

Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Texas-Austin
M.A., Chemistry, University of Texas-Austin
B.A., Chemistry, University of Texas-Austin

Academic Interests
Dr. Zardeneta's research interests include studying extracellular matrix proteins, protein folding, chaperones and artificial chaperones; biochemistry of temporomanidbular joint disease; biomaterials; pain and nociceptors; integrins and cell adhesion; diabetic effects on periodontium; oxidative stress and chaperones; chlamydia vaccine development; recombinant protein isolation; protein folding; and genomic studies.