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Learn more about the members of the Divanovic Lab and their particular research focus.
The Divanovic Lab is currently recruiting for new members. Follow the links below to apply for available opportunities:
Research Assistant II
Graduate Student, Immunology Graduate Program and Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine / Cincinnati Children's
My graduate training focuses on uncovering cellular and molecular immune mechanisms governing adipocyte biology in the development of obesity and progression of obesity-associated sequelae. Specifically, I aim to define a novel function for B cell activating factor (BAFF) in regulating the development of obesity. Additionally, in a separate project, I am interested in determining the role of the type I interferon axis in the pathogenesis of obesity-associated sequelae.
My postdoctoral training aims to unravel cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying adipocyte-intrinsic immune/inflammatory potential and the contribution of such inflammation to pathogenesis of obesity-associated metabolic diseases and various infections. Specific focus is on defining how immune mediators modify adipocyte core metabolism; how core metabolism alters adipocyte-intrinsic immune-like capacity/function; and how these pathways in unison propagate disease pathogenesis.
My postdoctoral training aims to unravel how altered pregnancy environment impacts maternal, fetal, and offspring health. Specific focus is on the interplay among immune, metabolic and epigenetic axes in the etiology of preterm birth, fetal development, and vertical transmission of disease susceptibility.
Graduate Student, Molecular Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
My graduate training focuses on the determining the impact and mechanisms of maternal obesity and obesity-associated inflammation on pregnancy outcomes (preterm birth, recurrent spontaneous abortion and gestational diabetes) and consequent transmission of disease risk to offspring (obesity and NAFLD).
My postdoctoral training focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying the role of the IL-17 axis and beta-oxidation in NAFLD Pathogenesis. Specific focus is on defining the signaling pathways and cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying immunopathogenesis of NAFLD.
My graduate training aims to uncover mechanisms underlying the contribution of mitochondrial and peroxisomal function in pathogenesis of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Specific focus is on defining pathways that modify immune-cell core metabolism; how core metabolism alters immune-cell inflammatory and anti-inflammatory balance; and how these pathways in unison propagate inflammation-associated NAFLD pathogenesis.
Research Assistant IV
In addition to management of the laboratory and mouse colony, my work focuses on the roles of IL-4 axis, IL-17 axis, Beta-oxidation and mitochondrial function/metabolism in the development and progression of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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