T Cooper Woods, PhDT. Cooper Woods, PhD

Tulane University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor – Research, Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute and Department of Physiology

Role of non-coding RNA in the cardiovascular complications of diabetes


Dr. Woods received his PhD in Biophysical Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then completed post-doctoral fellowships studying drug delivery in cardiovascular biology at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology and the interplay of diabetes and cardiovascular disease at Columbia University Medical Center. He founded the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2006 to focus on translational approaches toward better understanding the effects of comorbidities such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease on the progression of atherosclerosis. In 2013, Dr. Woods moved his laboratory to the Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute and the Department of Physiology at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center. His laboratory is currently focused on the emerging role of microRNA and circularRNA, two forms of non-coding RNAs, on the acceleration of cardiovascular disease by diabetes and insulin resistance.

Ongoing research projects related to diabetes and obesity

Acceleration of intimal hyperplasia by Diabetes induced increases in miR-221 and -222.

This project, funded by the American Diabetes Association, will provide important information as to how diabetes changes the way the arteries respond to insulin and how this leads to the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. In doing so, it will identify new targets for therapies aimed at preventing the increased cardiovascular disease seen in the diabetic population.

Lab Member

Daniel Lightell, Jr. – Medical Research Technician

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