Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ethan Anderson, PhD, recently joined the UI College of Pharmacy as an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics.

Anderson came to Iowa from eastern North Carolina, where he began his professional career in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at East Carolina University. He migrated to ECU in 2006 as a Yale PhD student when his mentor moved the lab. He decided to stay on as post-doctoral fellow.

Anderson’s research is directed toward understanding how mitochondria (energy factory of the cell) become unhealthy in the heart, and in turn how this causes heart disease. Much of the research is focused on cardiac complications of diabetes, cardiac inflammation and fibrosis, and towards development of novel therapeutics and biomarkers of heart disease risk. He and his research team were recently awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the NIH to validate biomarkers in either heart or blood that could be used to predict adverse post-operative complications in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. 

Originally from southeastern Minnesota, Anderson and his family are happy to be back in the land of snow and four seasons. To see the work that goes on in his lab, go to