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Barabutis named Researcher of the Semester by OSPR

Published May 24, 2024


MONROE, LA – Dr. Nektarios Barabutis has been named Researcher of the Semester for Spring 2024 by the ULM Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR.) Dr. Barabutis is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at ULM. He joined forces with the School of Basic Pharmaceutical and Toxicological Sciences in October 2017 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  

His basic research endeavors are focused on elucidating cellular mechanisms involved in human disease in order to try to promote our understanding of disease pathogenesis and contribute to the development of new pharmacotherapies against severe disorders. Special emphasis is given to delineating the molecular network dictating endothelial barrier function since vascular leak is the hallmark of potentially lethal conditions. Based on that expertise, he was invited to participate as an ad-hoc reviewer in The Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research standing study section of the National Institutes of Health. 

Since joining the University of Louisiana Monroe, Dr. Barabutis has published 68 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including Endocrinology, American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. The investigator was recently invited to submit an article to Trends in Cell Biology (Impact Factor: 19), in order to review and articulate deliberations on the topic of endothelium regulation and advanced therapeutics. He also serves as a Section Editor in Data in Brief (Elsevier) and MethodsX (Elsevier), as an Associate Editor in Frontiers in Pharmacology, and participates in the editorial board of BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Springer Nature). His research program has been continuously funded by extramural resources since 2018, and it is currently supported by the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (NIGMS/NIH P2O GM103424-21). A full list of his publications in PubMed can be found here. 

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research commends Dr. Barabutis for the important research and work he is doing on behalf of the University of Louisiana Monroe and his impact on the world.