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NS Faculty - Elizabeth Villegas

Elizabeth Villegas

Assistant Dean

Office: N723B

​Dr. Villegas has a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and was recently hired as a Lecturer Biology at UHD.  Her graduate work in development and cancer makes her an excellent faculty member to teach introductory courses in Anatomy and Physiology.​

  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston-Downtown, 2005
  • ​Ph.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine, 2014​​

  • BIO 1303/1103 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

  • BIO 1304/1104 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

  • BIOL 1301 General Biology I​

  • BIOL 3320 Human Physiology 

  • BIOL 3305 Human Anatomy

​​Teaching Experience

  • 2021-present, Adjunct Faculty, Natural Sciences Department, University of Houston-Downtown

  • ​2018-present, Assistant Dean, College of Sciences and Technology, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas​

  • 2​014-present Lecturer Biology, UHD

  • 2012-2014 Adjunct Faculty, Anatomy and Physiology, University of Saint Thomas, Houston TX​

​​Research Interest

The anatomy and physiology of the human body as well as developmental biology specifically mammary gland development.​​


Gao, Y., Kabotyanski, E., Shepherd, J., Villegas, E., Acosta, D., Hamor, C., Sun, T., Montemayor-Garcia, C., He, X., Dobrolecki, L., Westbrook, T., Lewis, M., Hilsenbeck, S., Zhang, X., Perou, C., Rosen, J. (2021). Tumor Suppressor PLK2 may serve as a Biomarker in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer for Improved Response to PLK1 Therapeutics. Cancer Research Communications. 1(3):178-193​

​Villegas, E., Kabotyanski, E.B., Shore, A.N., Creighton, C.J., Westbrook, T.F., Rosen, J.M. (2014). Plk2 regulates mitotic spindle orientation and mammary gland development. Development. 141(7):1562-71.

Santorelli LA, Thompson CRL, Villegas E, Svetz J, Dinh C, Parikh A, Sucgang R, Kuspa A,   Strassman JE, Queller DC, and Shaulsky G. 2008 Facultative cheater mutants reveal the genetic complexity of cooperation in a social amoeba. Nature 451:1107-1110.

Last updated 2/9/2022 4:47 AM