U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Maria Allende
 

 Contact Info

 
Tel: 301-496-8356
Email: mariaa@intra.niddk.nih.gov
 

 Select Experience

 
  • Staff ScientistNIDDK, NIH2005–present
  • Research FellowNIDDK, NIH1999–2005
  • Postdoctoral Research AssociateSchool of Dentistry, University of Louisville1996–1999
  • Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba1995–1996
  • Doctoral FellowSchool of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba1991–1995
  • InstructorSchool of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba1990-1996
  • Biological ChemistSchool of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba1985-1989
  • Ph.D.School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba1995
 

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    Specialties
    • Cell Biology/Cell Signaling

    Research Summary

    Research Goal

    The goal of my research is to understand the role that these lipids play during the development of different organs in the mouse and also during disease.  This knowledge can be extrapolated to human physiology.

    Current Research

    My research involves the study of sphingolipids, a type of lipid that has both structural and signaling functions in the cell.  In our laboratory at the NIDDK, I am involved in a series of projects aimed at understanding the function of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) and its receptors during development and in the process of disease.

    Applying our Research

    This basic research could potentially be clinically relevant in many areas of human disease, including autoimmunity and inflammatory processes, obesity, and obesity-related complications such as type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis.​

    Need for Further Study

    Therapies related to sphingolipid biology.