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

 Contact Info

 
Tel: +1 301 496 8356
Email: mariaa@intra.niddk.nih.gov
 

 Training and Experience

 
Ph.D., School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, 1995

Staff Scientist, NIDDK, NIH, 2005–present

Research Fellow, NIDDK, NIH, 1999–2005

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Dentistry, University of Louisville, 1996–1999

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, 1995–1996

Doctoral Fellow, School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, 1991–1995
 
Instructor, School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, 1990-1996
 
Biological Chemist, School of Chemical Sciences, National University of Cordoba, 1985-1989
 

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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.