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Silva Mora; Ph.D., ERAMUS, B.S.

Dr. Mora is currently a lecturer at the University of Liverpool in Liverpool England. Dr. Mora’s current research interests at the University are to unravel the molecular mechanisms that regulate the activation of glucose transport by insulin and trafficking of adipose released hormones (adipokines). Her research program is funded by Diabetes UK and by the Wellcome Trust. Earlier, she was an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Even earlier Dr. Mora Research Scientist, Dept. Pharmacology, at the State University of New York in Stonybrook, NY. Earlier still, she was a lecturer in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Mora has published and co-published several research articles including: Kanzaki M., Mora S., Saltiel A.R., and Pessin J.E. (2004) Atypical Protein Kinase C (PKCλ/ζ) is a convergent downstream target of the insulin-stimulated Phosphati-dylinositol 3 Kinase and TC10 signaling pathways. Atypical Protein Kinase C (PKCλ/ζ) is a convergent downstream target of the insulin-stimulated Phosphatidylinositol 3 Kinase and TC10 signaling pathway, 164(2),pp.279-290; Mora S., Durham P.L., Smith J.R., Russo AF,Jeromin A., and Pessin. J.E. (2002) NCS-1 Inhibits insulin-stimulated GLUT4 Translocation in 3T3L1 Adipocytes through a Phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase Dependent Pathway. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277(),pp.27494-500; Mora S., Yang C., Ryder J.W. Boeglin D.and Pessin J.E. (2001) The MEF2A and MEF2D isoforms are differentially regulated in muscle and adipose tissue during states of insulin deficiency. Endocrinology, 142(5), pp.1999-2004; Gupte A. and Mora S. (2006) Activation of the Cbl insulin signaling pathway in cardiac muscle; dysregulation in obesity and diabetes. . Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, 342(), pp.751¿757; Mora S. and Pessin J.E. (2004) Glucose/sugar transporters in mammals. In:WJ Lennarz and MD Lane eds eds. The encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry Elsevier pp.208-213; Kimura A., Mora S., Shigematsu S., Pessin J.E. and Saltiel A.R. (2002) The Insulin receptor catalyzes the Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Caveolin 1. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 277(), pp.30153-8; and Mora S and Pessin J.E. (2002) An adipocentric view of signaling and intracellular trafficking. Diabetes/ Metabolism Research and Reviews,18,pp.345-356. Dr. Mora holds a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, a ERAMUS degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona.


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