Dr. Blanca Lupiani serves as the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost at Texas A&M University. After receiving a Ph.D. in 1994, as a Fulbright Scholar, from the University of Maryland, College Park, she did post-doctorals programs at the Agriculture Research Service in Beltsville, MD, East Lansing, MI and at Michigan State University. Dr. Lupiani joined Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2002 and is currently a full Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
In 2019, Dr. Lupiani was appointed Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost after serving as Executive Associate Dean, Interim Dean of Faculties, and Associate Provost for seven months, and as Associate Dean of Faculties from 2012 to 2019. Dr. Lupiani has received numerous honors and awards, including ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar.
Dr. Lupiani’s research focuses on investigating molecular mechanisms of virus pathogenesis and better understanding the ecology and evolution of avian influenza viruses. Her research has resulted in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and has been funded by grants from federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations. Dr. Lupiani’s research has led to the development of vaccines to control leukemia in chickens, for which two U.S. patents have been granted. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Avian Diseases, has been on the guest editorial board of a number of special issues, and has served as a reviewer for numerous national and international scientific journals and funding agencies.