Member Spotlight – Roberto Ivan Mota Alvidrez MD, MS

My name is Roberto Ivan Mota Alvidrez, I am from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I am a Research Assistant Professor working at the University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Department of Surgery. I study the role of platelets in diabetic vasculopathy looking particularly at anti platelet and immunothrombotic approaches while maintaining coagulation hemostasis in translational research. I am a physician scientist working in basic and translational research focusing in the consequences of diabetic disease in cardiovascular and metabolic function particularly atherosclerotic vascular disease. My research program focuses in understanding the molecular mechanisms that guide why diabetic patients have worst and accelerated vasculopathy with life threatening complications in sex-specific disease progression. My research has helped develop the first diabetic, atherosclerotic, obese and dyslipidemic rat model and a non-invasive, longitudinal pre-clinical SPECT/CT imaging tool to externally evaluate inflammation in atherosclerosis from my training at UNM, UNC and UTSW. As a result of my research, I have been able to obtain independent funding for my research project as a Principal Investigator as well as a postdoctoral fellow. My research program identifies timely and accurate preclinical diagnostic modalities that can be translated to the clinic in diabetic vasculopathy. My research program also focuses in identifying therapeutic targets and vascular drug delivery and immunotherapies in the still unresolved and important biomedical problem of diabetic vasculopathy with innovative approaches. I am married to my gorgeous wife Nahomi and have 3 beautiful kids (Oliver, Isabella and Thiago).

Roberto Ivan Mota Alvidrez MD, MS
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
F1271.2 PUH 200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone number: 505-415-8005

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