"The Efficacy of Antiviral Components from Plant Products against Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1," Hamida Qavi and Tyra Hessel, Annals of Virology and Research, 2015, Volume 1, No. 1, p. 1001.
"The Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP)," Tyra Hessel and Karen de Olivares, The Advisor - The Journal of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, June 2014, Volume 34, No. 2, p. 37.
In collaboration with Dr. Hamida Qavi, Dr. Hessel studies the efficacy of extracts from garlic, saffron, turmeric, black onion seeds, and neem leaves on Herpes Simples Virus – Type 1 (HSV-1) and on Breast Cancer Cells in Vitro.
In 2001 Dr. Hessel received the UHD University-wide Teaching Excellence Award, and then in 2008, she received the Outstanding Alumna Award from her undergraduate institution. She has received 9 grant awards since 1998 for chemistry research, chemistry education and Joint Admission Medical Program activities.