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Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo, M.D.

Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Linda and David Roth Chair for Cardiovascular Research
Center for Vascular Biology
Academic Office Location:
263 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: (860) 679-2463

Rodriguez-Oquendo Lab Page

M.D.New Jersey Medical SchoolMedicine
B.A.Rutgers CollegeBiology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Elected member, CT Academy of Science and EngineeringCT Academy of Science and Engineering
Patents issued based on discovery work done at UConn Health. USPTO US2015/0355203. Use of lymphocyte activation gene3 (LAG-3) expression profiling as a biomarker for assessing inflammasomes, chronic inflammatory diseases and dysfunctional HDL.USPTO
Women in Innovation, Research and Leadership AwardConnecticut Technology Council
Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis Vascular Biology Special Recognition AwardAmerican Heart Association
Scientist of the YearGreat Minds in STEM
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
HDL WorkshopProfessional/Scientific OrganizationLeadershipExternalInternational20182020
NIH Study section, Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular SciencesStudy SectionReviewerExternalNational2018
NIH, Anonymization StudyStudy SectionReviewerExternalNational2018
American Heart Association, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis Vascular Biology, Member-at-Large, Nomination CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationLeadershipExternalInternational20152021

The Rodriguez-Oquendo lab is studying the genetic link between healthy HDL cholesterol, heart disease, and infertility in women. This work suggests that variations within the SCARB1 gene, connected to HDL levels, are associated with heart disease risk as well as hormonal and fertility problems in women. The goal of the research discoveries is the development of methods to diagnose and, ultimately, treat heart disease and improve a woman’s ability to conceive.

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Fall 2022

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