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Oliver, Kendra

Kendra Oliver, Graduate student
Department of Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University Medical center
2200 Pierce Avenue
Nashville, TN, 37232

Bachelor of Science, Loyola University Chicago, 2010

Research Interests: 

With at least 10.3 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes and an additional 5.4 million estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes, I am interested in studying the increased cardiovascular risks contributing to the cause of death in approximately 65% of diabetic patients. Specifically, I would like to elucidate the impact of serotonin both internally via serotonylation of small G proteins and externally via the G protein coupled 5HT2A receptor. I would like to understand how serotonylation and 5HT2A activation affect platelets predisposition for aggregation and activation in the diabetic platelets. I am currently using both human samples and mouse models to further clarify the impact of serotonin on platelet physiology.




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