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Villalba, Maria

Pharmaceutical Sciences

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  • Graduate Student / Research Assistant

Lab Phone: 806-414-9256
E-Mail: heidi.villalba@ttuhsc.edu
Mail Address: 1300 S Coulter
Amarillo, TX 79106-1712

Biography

Maria (Heidi) Villalba completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, in 2010. She received her Master of Science in Biology from the same university in 2014. Heidi joined the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences as a PhD student in January 2013, and is presently working in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Abbruscato with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Education:

  • MS: Biology, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, 2014.
  • BS: Biology, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, 2010.

Research Interests:

Heidi’s research interests include blood-brain barrier, stroke, sodium glucose transport, and brain drug transport.

Publications

  • Prasad S, Sajja RK, Kaisar MA, Park JH, Villalba H, Liles T, Abbruscato T, Cucullo L. Role of Nrf2 and protective effects of Metformin against tobacco smoke-induced cerebrovascular toxicity. Redox Biol. 2017 Aug;12:58-69. doi: 10.1016/j.redox.2017.02.007. Epub 2017 Feb 12
  • Kaisar MA, Villalba H, Prasad S, Liles T, Sifat AE, Sajja RK, Abbruscato TJ, Cucullo L. Offsetting the impact of smoking and e-cigarette vaping on the cerebrovascular system and stroke injury: Is Metformin a viable countermeasure? Redox Biol. 2017 Jun 17;13:353-362.

Presentations:

  • Heidi Villalba, Bhuvaneshwar Vaidya, Taylor Liles, Luca Cucullo and Thomas J. Abbruscato. “Determining the potential neuroprotective role of myo-inositol in pre-clinical models of cerebrovascular injury: stroke and/or cigarette smoke exposure”. Sixteenth Annual Research Days, TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Amarillo TX; June 2017.
  • Heidi Villalba, Bhuvaneshwar Vaidya, Ali Sifat, and Thomas J. Abbruscato. "The Effects of Myo-Inositol during Ischemic Stroke: In-Vitro and In-Vivo Studies." Student Research Week, TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Lubbock, TX; March 2017. [Invited to present poster at Donor Reception.]
  • Heidi Villalba, Kaushik Shah and Thomas J. Abbruscato. “Behavioral Tests to Assess the Neuro-Protective and Restorative Effects of Myo-Inositol in Animal Stroke Model.” Fifteenth Annual Research Days, TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Amarillo, TX; June 2016.
  • Heidi Villalba, Kaushik Shah, Thomas J. Abbruscato. "Optimizing Behavioral Test to Assess the Neuro-Protective and Restorative Effects of Myo-Inositol in Focal Ischemia." Student Research Week, TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Lubbock, TX; March 2016.
  • Heidi Villalba, Kaushik Shah and Thomas J. Abbruscato.  "Cylinder Test and Wire-Hanging Test, Behavioral Tests for Ischemic Stroke Mouse Models".  Fourteenth Annual School of Pharmacy Research Days, TTUHSC, Amarillo, TX; June 2015.
  • Heidi Villalba, Kaushik Shah and Thomas J. Abbruscato. "Expanding behavioral tests for ischemic stroke mouse models". Student Research Week, TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Lubbock, TX; March 2015.

Seminars:

  • 11/02/2016 "Possible Mechanism of Protection Against Stroke Using Cannabinoids" [Oral Qualifying Exam public presentation]
  • 05/04/2016 "An Investigation on the Role of Myo-Inositol in Ischemic Stroke Injury"
  • 04/29/2015 "Expanding behavioral tests for ischemic stroke mouse models"

Memberships:

  • Graduate Student Association at Amarillo - President, 2016-2017.
  • Graduate Student Association at Amarillo - Vice-President, 2015-2016.
  • Graduate Student Association at Amarillo - Secretary, 2014-2015
  • Graduate Student Association at Amarillo, 2012-present.
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