Researcher Investigates New Targets for Cardiovascular Disease

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Daniel L. Baker, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, has received a four-year $260,000 American Heart Association National Center grant.

Daniel L. Baker, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, has received a four-year $260,000 American Heart Association National Center grant.

“We will examine the distribution and formation of LPA (lysophosphatidic acid) within human lipoproteins, and characterize the factors that influence its biological activity within the vascular system. We intend to shed light on this relatively unknown process with the hope that we can identify novel targets for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” explained Dr. Baker.

After earning a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Arizona, Dr. Baker obtained postdoctoral training in the departments of physiology and neurology at UTHSC. In addition to his UTHSC faculty appointment, he is also a member of the Vascular Biology and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Centers of Excellence, as well as an associate member of the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute.