Research Focus Areas
In particular, the cardiovascular group is studying the connections between salt intake or obesity on blood pressure control mechanisms.
At MSU we identify specific receptors and signaling mechanisms involved in disease processes such as hypertension and heart disease, inflammation and fibrosis, cancer, epilepsy, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson.
We examine the harmful effects of various chemical, biological and physical agents on living organisms.
Faculty in the department are working to understand mechanisms by which liver damage occurs, particularly focusing on the role of inflammatory factors.
Research in this area is broad in scope and ranges from studies focused on elucidation of cell and molecular mechanisms of cannabinoid and dioxin-mediated immune modulation to investigations identifying the underlying role of the innate immune system in idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury.
We are discovering the mechanisms of cellular neurotoxicity in brain cells that affect common life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular, Parkinsons, and neurodegenerative diseases.