Michael Sturek PhD
The general aim of Sturek’s research program is to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms for in vivo cardiovascular complications in metabolic disease states. His focus is ion transport adaptations in vascular smooth muscle and endothelial and cardiac myocytes after several in vivo manipulations: 1) dyslipidemia, 2) metabolic syndrome (“pre-diabetes”), and 3) diabetes. Sturek’s in vivo (whole animal) studies involve hemodynamic, glucose, and lipid metabolism measures. This is the only research group in the world with a breeding colony of Ossabaw swine that express the full spectrum of metabolic syndrome through type 2 diabetes and profound atherosclerosis.