Maria Sabbatini

Assistant Professor

Maria Sabbatini

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Sabbatini earned her PharmD (2000) and PhD (2006) degrees at the University of Buenos Aires. She studied the effects of Natriuretic Peptides in digestive system, especially pancreatic secretion. Then, she completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan where she studied the small G proteins regulating pancreatic secretion. During the last year, she studied the physiological action of adenylyl cyclase 6 in pancreatic exocrine cells. In 2013 she joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Augusta University. In her current position as an assistant professor, she has developed an independent research program studying pancreatic disorders, including pancreatic cancer and alcoholic pancreatitis.

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  • SCI C2014


  • Ph.D., Physiology, General Universidad de Buenos Aires (I, 2006

  • MS, Pharmacy (PharmD [USA] PharmD, Universidad de Buenos Aires (I, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Favorite Faculty Augusta University Housing and Residence Life, Augusta, GA, 2017

  • Excellence in Research College of Sciences and Mathematics, 2017

  • Scholarly Activity Award, Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence Office, 2016

  • Scholarly Activity Award, Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence Office, 2015

  • Young Investigator Travel Award American Pancreatic Association (APA) , 2011

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOL 4720

    Principles of Pharmacology
  • BIOL 4990

    Undergrad Research
  • CURS 4990

    Undergrad Research III
  • BIOL 4950

    Selected Topics: Pathophysiology
  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I

Teaching Interests

She is particular interest in active learning. There is a big difference between studying and learning. A student can study but can not learn. For that reason it is necessary to use activities for active learning. In her lecture she creates a good balance and variety of student learning activities. Her lecture style involves asking a series of guided questions. She poses and encourages questions that build up the concepts she wishes to convey, and actively engages students in finding the answers. Whenever possible, she prefers to use activities and demonstrations to raise and resolve questions. She tends to respond to relevant questions by breaking down into simpler questions and guiding the students to the answer. She like encouraging teamwork because is one of the best ways to learn a concept: explain it to someone else. She also explains each concept in different ways, knowing that everybody has a unique way of learning.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Contrasting roles of H3K4Me3 and H3K9Me3 in regulation of apoptosis and gemcitabine resistance in human pancreatic cancer cells. , 2018
  • Di-N-Octylphthalate Acts as a Proliferative Agent in Murine Cell Hepatocytes by Regulating the Levels of TGF-β and pro-Apoptotic Proteins , 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • RCAD/BiP Pathway is Necessary for the Proper Synthesis of Digestive Enzymes and the Secretory Function of the Exocrine Pancreas, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The MLL1-H3K4me3 axis-mediated PD-L1 expression and pancreatic cancer immune evasion, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Adenylyl cyclase 3/adenylyl cyclase-associated protein 1 (CAP1) complex mediates the anti-migratory effect of forskolin in pancreatic cancer cells, 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

She is been working in two projects: 1) Identify which adenylyl cyclase isoforms are upregulated by the oncogene GNAS and promote the differentiation of PanIN and IPMN lesions. 2) Identify the role of Ufmylation (Ufm1-mediated conjugation) for the proper folding and sorting of pancreatic enzymes, and in consequence, for the normal exocrine function of the pancreas.

Department Service

  • 2014: member of the Faculty Search Committee. 2014 - 2014

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Ad Hoc Curriculum Committee for MS in Biomolecular Science, Augusta University 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • CSM Faculty Development Committee, Augusta University 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Biosafety 2014 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Food and Chemical Toxicology 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • PlosOne 2017 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • External reviewer, National Agency for Scientific Promotion and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina 2016 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • ACS Chemical Biology 2006 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2006 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article

Public Service

  • Earth day at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park 2017 - 2017

    Role: Other
  • the Augusta Earth Day at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta 2016 - 2016

  • the Augusta Earth Day at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta 2015 - 2015