Kostantinos Drosatos, a research scientist from Columbia University Department of Medicine, will speak about “Curing an Inflamed Heart by Feeding It” at the University of Bridgeport (UB) on Tuesday, April 24.

His presentation begins at 12:25 until 1:20 p.m. in room 116 of the Tech Building, 221 University Avenue.

The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by Double-Helix, a club for biology and pre-med majors at UB.

Heart disease is “the leading cause of death in the Western world,” said UB Biology Department Chairman Spiros Katisifis. “Dr. Drosatos’s research findings will help to treat certain cardiac conditions that recent treatments are not effectively addressing and his presentation should be both educational and informative to the public in general. We are pleased to have him share his expertise.”

Drosatos’s research focuses on heart failure triggered by the stress conditions of septic shock, which frequently results from bacterial infection and is characterized by hypotension, multiple organ failure, and increased mortality.

Anti-inflammatory treatment of septic patients has not improved mortality, and Drosatos research focuses on the interplay between lipid metabolism and signaling pathways, such as the G-protein coupled receptor, the Protein Kinase -C and the JNK signaling pathways.

His current research aims to delineate the pathway that mediates the effects of sepsis on cardiac lipid metabolism and function. He aims to apply interventions that can rescue the organ function by increasing fatty acid oxidation and energy production in the heart.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu
Drosatos earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2000 and PhD in Molecular Biology-Biomedicine from the University of Crete in 2007. Since 2012, he has been president of the World Hellenic Biomedical Association.