Diana Cruz-Topete, Ph.D.
Ph.D., 2008, University of Notre Dame
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
LSU Health Sciences Center
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130
My Lab is interested in understanding the association between sex and stress hormones and heart disease. Heart failure is a leading cause of death in the United States. Events such as heart attacks are associated with a significant increase in the risk for sudden death and progression to heart failure. My research is focused on elucidating the link between stress and heart disease. Stress itself is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying its effects are unknown.
Major areas of interest:
Major Research Areas
Nuclear receptors in cardiovascular disease, glucocorticoid receptor signaling in cardiomyocytes, estrogen receptors signaling crosstalk with GR in the heart, obesity and stress.