Principle Investigator

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David Ford, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research Email: fordda@slu.eduPhone: 314-977-9264
Education and Lab Experience:

  • Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Reseach, Saint Louis University (2008-present)
  • Professor, Saint Louis University (2005-present)
  • Associate Professor, Saint Louis University (2000-2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University (1996-2000)
  • Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University (1989-1996)
  • Research Instructor of Medicine, Washington University (1988-1989)
  • Research Fellow, Washington University (1987-1988)
  • Postdoctoral Research, Washington University (1985-1987)
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Missouri-Columbia (1985)
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia (1985)

Professional Societies and Awards:

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • International Society of Heart Research
  • Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Research Interests:
Our research focuses on discovering biochemical mechanisms that are responsible for the pathophysiological sequelae of cardiovascular diseases, such as are coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis, which are primary causes of heart attacks, stroke, and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in the United States and the delineation of the biochemical mechanisms responsible for the initiation and progression of cardiovascular diseases has been and remains an important public health concern in the United States and other industrialized nations. We have directed our efforts toward identifying biochemical mechanisms, including the breakdown of membrane phospholipids, alterations in fatty acid utilization, activation of protein kinases, and production of reactive oxygen species, as key mechanisms involved in cardiovascular diseases.