Biography Kevin J. McCarthy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in 1977 and did his graduate training in the laboratory of Gordon Kaye, Ph.D. in the Department of Anatomy at Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. He received his Ph.D. from Albany Medical College in 1987 and subsequently trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the laboratory of John Couchman, Ph.D. to study extracellular matrix and proteoglycan biology. In 1990 he joined the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor. In 1997 he moved to LSU Health Sciences Center as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology. During his early years as a faculty member in Pathology he helped establish and subsequently lead the Division of Research from 1999-2016, first serving as Acting Director of Research (1997-2006). He was promoted to Full Professor in Pathology and Director of Research (2006-2016). He also held a joint appointment in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy. In 2016, he was asked by the Chancellor at LSUHSC-S to take over as Interim Chairman of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy and was promoted to Chair in 8/17
During the course of his career, Dr. McCarthy has served on 60+ Peer Review Grant Panels for National Institutes for Health, American Diabetes Association, and the Department of Defense. He served a 4-year term on the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease Study Section (PBKD 2011-2015) for NIDDK/NIH and a six-year term on the American Diabetes Association Resesarch Grant Review Panel (2002-2008). He rejoined the American Diabetes Association Resesarch Grant Review Panel in 2015. He served as a panel member for the NIDDK-sponsored Special Emphasis Panel for the George O’Brien Renal Research Centers (2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013) and served as the overall Chairman for that panel in 2017 and 2018. In addition, he has been asked to serve as Chairman for grant review panels for the Department of Defense over the past several years.
The McCarthy laboratory has been funded by extramural agencies (NIH, ADA, JDRF) since 1990. The current NIH grant award entitled “The Role of Glycosaminoglycan N-sulfation in Glomerular Biology/Pathobiology” received a perfect score of 1.0 at the June 2017 grant review panel. This is the largest NIH grant awarded to Dr. McCarthy and his longtime collaborator, Deborah Wassenhove-McCarthy, the total costs for this grant $2,573,434, the grant spanning a five year funding cycle. The grant focuses on exploring key areas that affect cell-matrix adhesion within the renal glomerulus in homeostasis and in diabetic nephropathy.
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