Vicki J. Swier , PhD
Vicki J. Swier , PhD

Vicki J. Swier , PhD

Research Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Academic Appointments


  • Clinical and Translational Science


  • Research Assistant Professor


  1. Chen S, Swier VJ, Boosani CS, Radwan MM, Agrawal DK. 2016. Vitamin D Deficiency Accelerates Coronary Artery Disease Progression in Swine. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol Aug; 36(8):1651-9.
  2. Sur, S., V. J. Swier, M. M. Radwan, and D. K. Agrawal. 2016. Increased Expression of Phosphorylated Polo-like kinase 1 and Histone in Bypass Vein Graft and Coronary Arteries following Angioplasty. PLoS One 11(1): e0147937.
  3. Dale, M.A., M. K. Suh, S. Zhao, T. Meisinger, L. Gu, V. J. Swier, D. K. Agrawal, T. C. Greiner, J.S. Carson, B. T. Baxter, and W. Xiong. 2015. Background differences in baseline and stimulated MMP levels influence abdominal aortic aneurysm susceptibility. Atherosclerosis Oct 8; 243(2):621-629.
  4. Yin, K., Y. You, V. Swier, L. Tang, M. M. Radwan, A. N. Pandya, and D. K. Agrawal. 2015. Vitamin D Protects Against Atherosclerosis via Regulation of Cholesterol Efflux and Macrophage Polarization in Hypercholesterolemic Swine. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Nov; 35(11):2432-42.
  5. Swier, V.J., L. Tang, K.D. Krueger, M.M. Radwan, and D.K. Agrawal. 2015. Coronary Injury Score Correlates with Proliferating cells and Alpha Actin Expression in Stented Porcine Coronary Arteries. PLOS One 10(9): 1-13.
  6. Swier, V.J., L. Tang, M.M. Radwan, W.J. Hunter, and D.K. Agrawal. 2015. The Role of High Cholesterol-High Fructose Diet on Coronary Atherosclerosis. Histology and Histopathology Aug 11:11652.
  7. Parlos, J.A., R.M. Timm, V.J. Swier, H. Zeballos, and R.J. Baker. 2014. Evaluation of Paraphyletic Assemblages within Lonchophyllinae, with Description of a New Tribe and Genus. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 320: 1-23.
  8. Ordóñez-Garza, N., V.J. Swier, J.D. Hanson, C.G. Sotero-Caio, and R.D. Bradley. 2013. The Karyotype of Peromyscus grandis (Rodentia: Cricetidae). Therya 4(3): 575-580.
  9. Swier, V.J., F.A. Anwarali Khan, and R.J. Baker. 2012. Do Time, Heterochromatin, NORs, or Chromosomal Rearrangements Correlate with Distribution of Interstitial Telomeric Repeats in Sigmodon (Cotton rats)? Journal of Heredity 103(4): 493-502.
  10. Anwarali Khan, F.A., S. Solari, V. J. Swier, P. A. Larsen, M. T. Abdullah, and R. J. Baker. 2010. Systematics of Malaysian Wooly bats (Vespertilionidae: Kerivoula) Inferred from Mitochondrial, Nuclear, Karyotypic, and Morphological datasets. Journal of Mammalogy 91(5): 1058-1072.
  11. Hanson, J.D., J. L. Indorf, V.J. Swier, and R.D. Bradley. 2010. Molecular Divergence in the Oryzomys palustris complex:evidence for multiple species. Journal of Mammalogy 91(2): 336-347.
  12. Pedersen, S.C., G.G. Kwiecinski, P.A. Larsen, M.N. Morton, R.A. Adams, H.H. Genoways, and V.J. Swier. 2009. Bats of Montserrat - population fluctuations in response to hurricanes and volcanoes: 1978-2005 in Island Bats: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation (T. H. Fleming and P. Racey, eds.) University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  13. Swier, V.J., R.D. Bradley, W. Rens, F.F.B. Elder, and R.J. Baker. 2009. Patterns of Chromosomal Evolution in Sigmodon, evidence from whole chromosome paints. Cytogenetics and Genome Research 125: 54-66.
  14. Baker, R. J., M.M. McDonough, V.J. Swier, P.A. Larsen, J.P. Carrera, and L.K. Ammerman. 2009. New species of bonneted bat, genus Eumops (Chiroptera: Molossidae) from the lowlands of western Ecuador and Peru. Acta Chiropterologica 11(1): 1-13.
  15. Anwarali Khan, F.A., V. J. Swier, S. Solari, P. A. Larsen, B. Ketol, W. Marni, S. Ellagupillay, M. Lakim, M. T. Abdullah, and R. J. Baker. 2008. Using Genetics and Morphology to Examine Species Diversity of Old World Bats: Report of a recent collection from Malaysia. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 281: 1-28.
  16. Swier, V.J. 2006. Recent Distribution and Life History Information for bats of Eastern South Dakota. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 264: 1-21.
  17. Pedersen, S.C., H.H. Genoways, M.N. Morton, V.J. Swier, P.A. Larsen, K.C. Lindsay, R.A. Adams, and J.D. Appino. 2006. Bats of Antigua, Northern Lesser Antilles. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 249: 1-18.
  18. Cantrell, M.A., M.M. Ederer, I.K. Erickson, V.J. Swier, R.J. Baker, and H.A. Wichman. 2005. MysTR: an endogenous retrovirus family in mammals that is undergoing recent amplifications to unprecedented copy numbers. Journal of Virology 79(23): 14698–14707.


  • PhD. Texas Tech University.
  • M.S. South Dakota State University.
  • B.S. South Dakota State University.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Conducting research on the role of vitamin D in the inflammatory process of coronary artery disease; the response of interventional procedures (balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting) to the restenosis and intimal hyperplasia of coronary arteries; and how diets enriched in fructose lead to atherosclerosis of coronary arteries.

Current Research Projects

  • Conducting research on the response of interventional procedures (balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting) to restenosis and intimal hyperplasia of coronary arteries; and the inflammatory process of metabolic syndrome in a hypercholesteremic swine model.