Eugenia Sabbatini

Associate Professor

Eugenia Sabbatini

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Science and Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences

The Graduate School


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 associate professor, she has developed an independent research program studying pancreatic disorders, including pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis.

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  • SCI C2014


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

  • MS, Pharmacy Universidad de Buenos Aires In, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Augusta University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Mentor Excellence Award Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, Augusta University, 2020

  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award College of Science and Mathamatics, 2019

  • 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

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOL 2111

    Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 6720

  • CHEM 6720

  • BIOL 4720

    Principles of Pharmacology
  • BIOL 4990

    Undergrad Research
  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I
  • BIOL 6990

    Biological Research
  • BIOL 4680

  • BIOL 6680


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

  • Cyclic Nucleotides as Mediators of Acinar and Ductal Function. In: Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Exocrine Pancreas. , 2022
    Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New
  • The Inhibition of NOX1/PDI Recovers GADD34, Which Facilitates Bim-Induced Cell Death via Accumulation of Unfolded Proteins in Pancreatic Cancer, 2021
    Conference Proceeding
  • Twist1 Evokes Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 Secretion in Activated Pancreatic Stellate Cells, 2021
    Conference Proceeding
  • Pancreatic Stellate NADPH Oxidase 1 Facilitates the Invasion of Pancreatic Cancer Cells Through the Production of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9. , 2020
    Conference Proceeding
  • NADPH Oxidase 1 Mediates Caerulein-Induced Pancreatic Fibrosis in Chronic Pancreatitis , 2019
    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

  • faculty search 2020 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Search Committee 2019 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • 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

  • Intramural Grant Program Research Advisory Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal
  • Biosafety 2014 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Cells 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • OncoTargets and Therapy 2021 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Bioscience Reports 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Molecular Medicine 2019 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology 2018 - 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