Robert. M. Schilke

B.S. (2014), M.S. (2017), University of North Carolina Wilmington

Research: Atherosclerosis is a hypercholesterolemia-induced inflammatory condition of arteries mediated by macrophages. We have demonstrated that lipin-1, a key enzyme in the glycerolipid synthesis pathway, regulates oxidized low-density lipoprotein-induced macrophage inflammatory response. Lipin-1 also has transcriptional co-regulatory activity and its contribution to atherosclerosis has yet to be elucidated. My project will seek to identify protein-protein interactions between lipin-1 in macrophages in response to oxLDL to provide insight into the regulation of lipin-1 activity that may contribute to atherogenesis.