Dr. Troy Camarata is an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at New York Tech College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. Dr. Camarata earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida before attending Northwestern University, where he earn a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Genetics. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Camarata pursued post-doctoral training in the Nephrology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined NYITCOM in 2014 and is a member of the inaugural faculty that opened the NYITCOM at Arkansas State University site in 2016.

Dr. Camarata serves as part of the course leadership team for the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine Course and is the site director for Case-based Learning-1. He also has significant roles in student mentoring, remediation, and the prematriculation program, KickStart.

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Camarata conducts various research projects. He runs a research laboratory in the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University. The research laboratory focuses on understanding cell identity and differentiation in the developing kidney utilizing multiple model systems including zebrafish and reptiles. Dr. Camarata also mentors several medical students in a population health research project, in collaboration with faculty at Arkansas State University, which aims to understand the impact of prescribed agricultural burning on air quality and population health outcomes. Dr. Camarata is also active in several medical education research projects.

Awards and Honors

2019, Standard of Excellence, NYITCOM-Arkansas

Recent Projects/Research

  • Functional characterization of Six2 paralogs in the zebrafish pronephros
  • Nephrogenesis in embryonic and adult reptiles
  • Prescribed rice field burning, air quality, and population health


  • Camarata, T. and Slieman, T. (2020) Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. Improving student feedback quality: A simple model using peer-review and feedback rubrics. (accepted, in press).
  • Slieman, T. and Camarata, T. (2019) Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. Case-based group learning using concept maps to achieve multiple educational and behavioral outcomes. https://doi.org/10.1177/2382120519872510.
  • Thigpen, C., Best, L., Camarata, T. (2019) Zoomorphology 139:111-121. Comparative Morphology and Allometry of Select Extant Cryptodiran Turtle Kidney. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00435-019-00463-3.
  • Datta, R., Wong, A., Camarata, T., Tamanna, F., Ilahi, I., Vasilyev, A. (2017) J Vis Exp (124) e55606. Precise cellular ablation approach for modeling acute kidney injury in developing zebrafish.
  • Camarata, T., Vasilyev, A., Hadjiargyrou, M. (2016) Gene 593: 235-241. Cloning of Zebrafish Mustn1 orthologs and their expression during early development.
  • Camarata, T., Howard, A., O’Connor, A., Chow, P., Mukta, S., Raza, S., Elsey, RM., Conrad, J., Beatty, B., Solounias, N., and Vasilyev, A. (2016). PLoS ONE 11(5): e0153422. Post-natal nephrogenesis and maintenance of Six2 expression in the reptilian kidney.
  • Camarata, T.D., Weaver, G.C., Vasilyev, A., and Arnaout, M.A. (2015) PLoS ONE 10(6):e0129561. Negative regulation of TGFβ signaling by Stem cell antigen-1 protects against ischemic acute kidney injury.
  • Palmire, A., Lee, J., Ryklin, G., Camarata, T., Selig, M.K., Duchemin, A., Nowak, P., Amin Arnaout, A., Drummond, I., and Vasilyev, A. (2014) PLoS One 9:e101304. Collective epithelial migration drives kidney repair after acute injury.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Human Genetics
  • Skeletal Muscle Physiology
  • Female Reproductive Physiology
  • Cell Physiology (cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix)
  • Histology and Anatomy of the Urinary System
  • Case Based Learning

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