Rick Dobrowsky

  • Professor
  • School of Pharmacy - Pharmacology & Toxicology
785-864-3531
Office
Malott Hall, Room 5064
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, KS, 66045-2505

Education

  • Postdoctoral Training - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (1990)

Biography

Rick Dobrowsky started his research on the role of lipid rafts as compartments for signaling via neurotrophin receptors. As changes in neurotrophin signaling are known to contribute to nerve degeneration in diabetic neuropathy, he extended their work to diabetic animal and cell culture models, which is the current focus of the lab.

Dobrowsky was a psychology major initially interested in cognitive psychology. However, after performing some undergraduate research, he realized that this field was not that exciting to me. During this same semester, a course in physiological psychology caught his interest and helped foster his long-standing interest in neurochemistry, although this interest was put on hold while he obtained a M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmacology. During this period, he studied the synthesis and metabolism of bioactive alkyl-linked glycerophospholipids lipids. His experience with bioactive lipids continued during her postdoctoral studies at Duke University Medical Center but switched to a new class of signaling molecules, sphingolipids. He had a strong mentor who encouraged him to tie together his expertise in sphingolipid signaling with his interest in neurochemistry.


Events
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU