DepartmentDepartment of Kinesiology and Health Science (KHS)
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationLim Center 220

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Degrees

  • M.D. Doctor of Medicine/Ph.D. Philosophy in Medical Sciences Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • M.P.H. Master of Public Health in Epidemiology University of Texas School of Public Health
  • B.S. Biology (minors in Chemistry and Mathematics) Texas Christian University

Biography

Don Galbadage’s teaching focuses on the disciplines of public health, medical sciences and applied health sciences. His areas of expertises are in epidemiology, biostatistics, disease control, preventative medicine, human physiology, pathology, microbiology, molecular biology and wellness promotion. Galbadage’s goal in teaching is that at the end of a course, students will be able to accomplish five broad objectives: 1) Define important concepts pertinent to the discipline, 2) identify the creative work of God in science and health, 3) solve theoretical problem using definitions they learned, 4) critique the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies used and 5) combine these methodologies to address any research hypothesis.

To accomplish his teaching goals and enhance students’ learning experience, Galbadage uses several different strategies. His teaching strategies promote a student-centered learning environment based on four learning principles: core-competencies, personalization, student-ownership and versatility. Galbadage encourages active student learning by giving his students ownership of their learning experience. This increases student engagement and helps foster a successful education. Education attained through meaningful learning is an invaluable foundation needed for students to build better lives and better careers. His mission as a teacher is to guide students through the process of meaningful learning and empower them to be independent lifelong learners.

Outstanding professors are not only effective teachers and researchers but also excellent mentors. Inspired by many exceptional professors Galbadage has benefited from, he makes himself available as a mentor for any students who want to discuss their research, career plans, educational goals, or professional applications. His goal in mentoring students is to invest in their lives, be an example of Christ-centered living, and see them succeed in life.

Affiliations

  • 2007-2008 Member, Texas Public Health Association (TPHA)
  • 2008-2012 Member, American Medical Association (AMA)
  • 2008-2012 Member, American Medical Students Association (AMSA)
  • 2008-2012 Member, Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • 2010-2017 Member, American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)
  • 2010-2017 Member, American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • 2014-2017 Member, American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • 2018-Present Member, Texas Genetic Society (TGS)

Awards

  • “1st Place Graduate Student Poster Category” at the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat, Houston, TX (2013)
  • “2nd Place Oral Presentation Competition” at the 18th Annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Research Symposium, TAMHSC (2013)
  • Co-recipient 1st Place Design a Better Pathogen, Department of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis at Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX (2011)
  • “2nd Place Undergraduate Presentation” at the 40th Minutes in Miniature, American Chemical Society, DFW Section (April 2007)
  • “1st Place Undergraduate Research” in the Department of Biology at the Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU (April 2007)
  • “Dr. Arthur J. Ehlmann Scholarship for Research Excellence & Travel Award” - $1200, at the Student Research Symposium, College of Science & Engineering, TCU (April 2007)
  • TCU Scholar Award (2006)
  • TCU Deans List (2006)
  • Transfer Deans Scholarship (2005)

Publications (Selected)

  • “Hetero-Multivalency of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lectin LecA Binding to Model Membranes.” Worstell N. C., Singla A., Saenkham P., Galbadage T., Sule P., Lee D., Mohr A., Kwon J. S., Cirillo J. D., Wu H.J. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 8419. 2018. 
  • “In vitro results of flexible light-emitting antimicrobial bandage designed for prevention of surgical site infections.” Greenberg M., Sharan R., Galbadage T., Sule P., Smith R., Lovelady A., Cirillo J. D., Glowczwski A., Maitland K. C. Proceedings Volume 10479, Light-Based Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases 104790M. 2018. 
  • “The Caenorhabditis elegans p38 MAPK Gene plays a key role in protection from mycobacteria.” Galbadage T., Shepherd T. F., Cirillo S. L., Gumienny T. L., Cirillo J. D. Microbiology Open, 5(3), 436-52. 2016 February 25. 
  • “Coliform and Escherichia coli contamination of desserts served in public restaurants from Guadalajara, Mexico and Houston, Texas.” Vigil K. J., Jiang Z. D., Chen J. J., Palumbo K. L., Galbadage T., Brown E. L., Yiang J., Koo H., DuPont M. W., Ericsson C., Adachi J. A., DuPont H. L. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 80(4), 606-8. 2009. 
  • “Improvement in detection of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in patients with travelers' diarrhea by increasing the number of E. coli colonies tested.” Galbadage T., Jiang Z. D., DuPont H. L. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 80(1), 20-3. 2009. 
  • “Repeated temperature fluctuations extend the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans in a daf-16-dependent fashion.” Galbadage T., Hartman P. S. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 129(9), 507-14. 2008 May 2. 

Presentations

  • Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Research Symposium, College Station, TX. Presented on “Efficacy of peptides and peptoids against pan-resistant K. pneumoniae.” Galbadage T., Sharan R., Sule P., Eijk M., Lin J. S., Didwania M., Jenssen H., Haagsman H. P., Seo J., Kirshenbaum K., Schepers U., Barron A. E., Cirillo J.D. September 2018.  
  • Texas Genetic Society (TGS) Platform presentation at the Annual Meeting, College Station, TX. Presented on “In vivo action of molecular nanomachines increases mortality in eukaryotes and destroys prokaryotes.”Galbadage T., Ayala-Orozco C., Dongdong L., Troutman B., Pal R., Liopo A., Cirillo J. D., Krishnan S., Tour J. M., Gunasekera R. S. March 2018. 
  • Poster presented at the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat, Houston, TX. Presented on “Light-activated molecular machines cause cell death in bacteria and C. elegans.” Galbadage T., Dongdong L., Pal R., Tour J. M., Cirillo J. D., Gunasekera R.S. February 2018. 
  • Post-doctoral presentation at the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat, Houston, TX. Presented on “Light-activated molecular machines cause cell death in bacteria and C. elegans.” Galbadage T., Dongdong L., Pal R., Tour J. M., Cirillo J. D., Gunasekera R.S. February 2018. 
  • Poster presented at the American Physician Scientists Association 10th Annual Meeting, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Chicago, IL. Presented on “Caenorhabditis elegans as a Mycobacterium marinum virulence model.” Galbadage, T., Cirillo S. L. G., Gumienny T. L., Cirillo, J. D. April 2014. 
  • Poster presented at the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat, Houston, TX. Presented on “Caenorhabditis elegans as a novel virulence model for Mycobacterium marinum.”Galbadage T., Cirillo S. L. G., Gumienny T. L., Cirillo J. D. March 2013.  
  • Oral presentation at the 18th Annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Research Symposium, TAMHSC, Bryan, TX. Presented on “Caenorhabditis elegans as a novel virulence model for Mycobacterium marinum.” Galbadage T., Cirillo S. L. G., Gumienny T. L., Cirillo J. D. April 2013.  
  • Poster presented at the 17th Annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Research Symposium, Bryan, TX. Presented on “Virulence gene regulator luxR1 (MMAR_1239) in Mycobacterium marinum.” Galbadage T., Patel D., Subbian S., Zinniel D. K., Cirillo S. L. G., Barletta R. G., Cirillo J. D. April 2012. 
  • Poster presented at the Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Retreat, Houston, TX. Presented on “Virulence gene regulator luxR1 (MMAR_1239) in Mycobacterium marinum.” Galbadage T., Patel D., Subbian S., Zinniel D. K., Cirillo S. L. G., Barletta R. G., Cirillo J. D. March 2012. 
  • Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association, San Antonio, TX. Presented on “Repeated temperature fluctuation extends the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans in a daf-16 dependent fashion.” Galbadage, T., Hartman, P. S. June 2007.

Research Interests

  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Multidrug Resistance
  • Public Health

Courses

  • BIOS 236 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOS 236L Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • KNES 107 Lifetime Wellness 
  • KNES 350 Principles of Public Health Practice
  • KNES 456 Health Care Systems
  • KNES 460 Topics: Introduction to Epidemiology
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