Biography Manikandan Panchatcharam is a graduate of the MS program in Biochemistry and the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Madras. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of endothelin-1 and angiotensin-2 signaling in fibroblasts and endothelial cells with an emphasis on integrin cross-talk and their contribution to myocardial ischemia. In December 2004, he joined Dr. Susan Smyth’s laboratory at the University of North Carolina as a post-doctoral fellow. When Dr. Smyth joined the University of Kentucky in 2006, Dr. Panchatcharam elected to continue his studies in Kentucky. His research group was the first to establish an endogenous role for lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) signaling in the vasculature and was recognized by Young Investigator Award at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology conference in 2008.
Dr. Panchatcharam was appointed to a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level at the University of Kentucky in 2008 and has been making the important transition to becoming an independent investigator. He was awarded a Beginning Grant-In-Aid from the American Heart Association and in 2010 he received an AHA Scientist Development Grant. His recent work entitled “Lipid phosphate phosphatase 3 negatively regulates smooth muscle cell phenotypic modulation and limits vascular inflammation and intimal hyperplasia,” was selected for the ATVB Early Career Young Investigator award from the American Heart Association in 2013. Dr. Panchatcharam came to the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in January 2013 at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy.
During the course of his career, Dr.Panchatcharam has served 15+ Peer review grant panels for American Heart Association and his service towards the scientific community was honored with FAHA (Fellow of American Heart Association) status by the American heart association in 2015. Dr. Panchatcharam laboratory is funded by extramural agencies (NIH, AHA, Diabetic Association) since 2007. The current NIH grant focuses on the chronic effect of alcohol on the regulation of lysophosphatidic acid in the brain vasculature.
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