Diana Cruz-Topete, Ph.D.

Diana Cruz-Topete, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., 2008, University of Notre Dame 

Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology 
LSU Health Sciences Center 
1501 Kings Highway 
Shreveport, LA 71130 
Phone: 318-675-5128
Fax: 318-675-6005
E-mail: dcruz2@lsuhsc.edu

Research summary

My Lab is interested in understanding the association between sex and stress hormones and heart disease. Heart failure is a leading cause of death in the United States. Events such as heart attacks are associated with a significant increase in the risk for sudden death and progression to heart failure. My research is focused on elucidating the link between stress and heart disease. Stress itself is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying its effects are unknown.

Major areas of interest:

Major Research Areas

Nuclear receptors in cardiovascular disease, glucocorticoid receptor signaling in cardiomyocytes, estrogen receptors signaling crosstalk with GR in the heart, obesity and stress.