Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, University of PittsburghBiography
Radosveta (Rada) Koldamova, MD, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Koldamova research has been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the area of Nuclear Receptor biology in brain and their targets, relevant to AD pathogenesis and therapy. Prior to her appointment at Pitt in 1995, Dr. Koldamova served as a General Practitioner and an Instructor and Lecturer in Biochemistry at the School of Medicine, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She defended her PhD thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 1995 to 2005, she was a postdoctoral fellow and then Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine University of Pittsburgh. While at Pharmacology, Dr. Koldamova discovered the role of cholesterol transporter ABCA1 and its transcriptional regulators LXR/RXR in AD using in vitro and in vivo model systems. The original reports published by Dr. Koldamova on biology of brain LXR, ABCA1 and therapeutic approaches for AD based on ligand activated NR established a new and fruitful area of AD research. Dr. Koldamova has served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment, and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and is a Principal Investigator on Federal Agencies and Private foundations funded grant awards.