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1981 …2020

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Research interests

Dr. Kent Vrana has more than 30 years of research experience in molecular neuropharmacology.

Notably, he has been actively involved in the neuroenzymology and molecular neurobiology since he was a graduate student in 1979. Over the years, his laboratory was the first to create a full-length cDNA clone for tyrosine hydroxylase and to characterize the role of catecholamine-derived quinones in neuronal toxicity. He is currently using next-generation sequencing technologies to explore the roles of naturally-occurring sequence variants in the progression and severity of Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, he has a long history of studying the proteomics and transcriptomics of substance abuse (alcohol, cocaine and heroin).

Dr. Vrana’s laboratory was part of a team that established a new mechanism for generating embryonic stem cells. He has published widely on stem cell biology and has also patented a method for using nanoliposomal delivery of the bioactive lipid ceramide to maintain human induced pluripotent and embryonic stem cells in their undifferentiated state. More recently, he has been investigating the role of synthetic cannabinoids in colon cancer, glioblastoma and neuroblastoma.

From a technical standpoint, Dr. Vrana's laboratory has been instrumental in developing and disseminating tools for analyzing gene and protein expression, as well as characterizing normal and pathological processes.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

… → 1983

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  • Research Output

    Dopamine beta-hydroxylase and its genetic variants in human health and disease

    Gonzalez-Lopez, E. & Vrana, K. E., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of neurochemistry. 152, 2, p. 157-181 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Abstracts of Presentations at the Association of Clinical Scientists 139th Meeting Hershey, PA, May 15-18, 2019

    Donaldson, K., Buchanich, J. M., Grigson, P. S., Deneke, E., Vrana, K. E., Sacks, D. B., Kuehn, G. J., Cardamone, D., Pesce, A., Smiley, S., Nickley, J., Krock, K., Thomas, R., Wilkerson, M. L., Farag, H. A., Challa, S. R., Tice, A. M., Wolk, D. M., Prichard, J., Grant, M. L. & 102 others, Regmi, S., Kerbacher, B., Quinton, L. E., Tice, A. M., Olson, J., Haynes, A., Yu, E., McCully, K. S., Assi, J., Wong, M., Zarrin-Khameh, N., Nifong, T. P., Hawker, C. D., Carlton, G. T., Rivera, J. M., Foulis, P. R., Zuraw, A., Morlote, D., Peker, D., Reddy, V., Harada, S., Crutchfield, C., Zander, D., Barbhuiya, M. A., Pederson, E. C., Straub, M. L., Scott, S. C., Neibauer, T. L., Salter, W. F., Creer, M. H., Zhu, Y., Bornhorst, J. A., Theobald, J. P., Algeciras-Schimnich, A., Cao, L., Knox, J., Hardy, R., Texas, H. J., McGuire, M. F., Hunter, R. L., Brown, R. E., Hicks, J., Cai, Z., Brown, R. E., Ali, Y., Cheng, K. C., Katz, S. R., Ding, Y., Vanselow, D. J., Yakovlev, M. A., Lin, A. Y., Clark, D. P., Vargas, P., Xin, X., Copper, J. E., Canfield, V. A., Ang, K. C., Wang, Y., Xiao, X., De Carlo, F., van Rossum, D. B., La Rivière, P. J., Newell, J., Hossler, C., Roche, M., Warrick, J., Phaeton, R., Kesterson, J., Myers, C., Barrios, R., Mintz, P., Robyak, K., Hamilton, C., McGhee, P., Pederson, C., Straub, M., Scott, S., Neibauer, T., Salter, W., Robyak, K., Singh, N., Morlote, D., Vnencak-Jones, C., Yemelyanova, A., Harada, S., Shah, M., Moghadamtousi, S. Z., Lan, C., Duose, D., Hu, P., Esquenazi, Y., Luthra, R., Ballester, L. Y., Koenig, A. N., Liu, C. G., Zhang, J., Kalia, A., Al-Habib, A., Van Arsdall, M., Dhingra, S., Patel, K. & Tatevian, N., May 1 2019, In : Annals of clinical and laboratory science. 49, 3, p. 403-416 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations
  • 2 Scopus citations

    Prizes

    Fellow (Elected)

    Kent Vrana (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Honorary award