Dr. John Henry Dasinger
My research is focused on the role of the immune system in the amplification of hypertension and renal damage with a special emphasis on the development of preeclampsia.
Mentor: Dr. David Mattson
Dr. Perenkita Mendiola
My overall research interest is to better understand mechanisms which control vascular function and how perturbations in these mechanisms lead to disease. Current work aims to address the impact of cardiovascular diseases (e.g. hypertension) on the functional integrity of the neurovascular unit.
Mentor: Dr. Jessica Filosa
Dr. Denisha R. Spires
Dr. Denisha R. Spires was born and raised in Jackson, MS where she attended Tougaloo College, a noteworthy HBCU. While earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, she focused on the pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetic nephropathy in relation to endothelin 1. She received her PhD in Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (November 2020) where her thesis was centered on examining the sex-based differences in the progression and severity in type 2 diabetic kidney disease. Currently as a postdoctoral fellow she is continuing her studies of the pathophysiological role of ion channels in the kidney and on the progression of renal disease in relation to mitochondrial dysfunction with Dr. Daria Ilatovskaya, MS, PhD, FAHA.
Mentor: Dr. Daria Ilatovskaya