Metabolic and Cardiovascular

The Metabolic and Cardiovascular Research Division focuses on understanding the pathogenesis, molecular mechanisms and cell signaling of metabolic and heart diseases and to bring translational research into the clinical environment to serve our community.

Faculty members have contributed significantly in research on myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis, lipid metabolism and lipoproteins, diabetes, inflammation in atherosclerosis, aging, mitochondrial roles in disease pathogenesis, energy metabolism, oxidative stress, stem cells, genetic disease models in aging, molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease development, and regenerative medicine.

We are working on enhancing the division in the areas of research that include cardiac imaging, vascular and perivascular diseases, creating human tissues, tissue engineering, inflammation and lipid metabolism, development and progression of cardiac diseases that lead to cerebral stroke, cellular models of drug toxicity, and vascular regenerative medicine. We are employing cutting-edge technologies such as single-cell sequencing, genetically-engineered human cell and mouse models and 3D/4D bio-printing to investigate underlying causes of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.  One of our primary goals is to develop and use these investigative strategies to uncover novel new therapies and preventative measures that will ultimately lead to reduced morbidity and mortality as well as improved quality of life for patients suffering from metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

Another major goal of our division is to expand translational research through partnerships within UCF and with our community partners, including the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital at Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, the Orlando Heart Institute, the Orlando V.A. Medical Center, Sanford Burnham Prebys Biomedical Research Institute and others. Clinical partnerships expand our division vision on cardiovascular epidemiology and public health.

 

Major Areas of Research

 

Division Faculty

    Dr. Victor L Davidson
  • Title: Professor
  • Office: BBS 237
  • Phone: 407.266.7111
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    Dr. Steven Ebert
  • Title: Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program Coordinator and Immediate Past President, College of Medicine Faculty Council
  • Office: BBS 421
  • Phone: 407.266.7047
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    Dr. Michal Masternak
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Office: BBS 333
  • Phone: 407.266.7113
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    Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy
  • Title: Associate Dean for Research and Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Science, Professor
  • Office: BBS 101G
  • Phone: 407.266.7119
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    Dr. Shadab A. Siddiqi
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Office: BBS 349
  • Phone: 407.266.7041
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    Dr. Dinender Singla
  • Title: Professor, Cardiovascular Division Head
  • Office: BMS 320A
  • Phone: 407.823.0953
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    Dr. Antonis S. Zervos
  • Title: Professor
  • Office: Biomedical Research Annex (BRA) 130
  • Phone: 407.882.2263
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