Project Investigators

CMDRC Project Investigators

The CMDRC supports three major research projects and several pilot research projects of junior investigators who focus on cardiovascular, renal and metabolic diseases, which are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States, especially in Mississippi which has the highest prevalence in the nation of these diseases.

The CMDC has assembled a unique team of junior investigators who have previous research experience in obesity, cardiorenal or metabolic diseases, strong records of research productivity, and an excellent scientific background. The team of junior investigators work together in an integrated environment to translate findings from the bench to bedside to significantly impact the epidemic of obesity in the nation. This focused, in-depth research experience promotes continued growth of their research programs and lays the foundation for them to successfully compete for NIH funding.

Project II - Differential Control of Metabolic and Cardiovascular Functions by Leptin

  • Jussara M. do Carmo, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Project III - The Role of MMPs in the Progression of Diabetes-Induced Renal Injury

  • Jan M. Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Project IV - Mechanisms Linking Obesity to the Development of Hypertension in Pregnancy

  • Frank T. Spradley, PhD, Instructor
    Department of Surgery/Physiology and Biophysics