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SELECTBIO Conferences Extracellular Vesicles 2023: Drug Delivery, Biologics & Therapeutics

Michal Toborek's Biography

Michal Toborek, Professor and Vice-Chair for Research

Michal Toborek is a Leonard M. Miller Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami. Prior to getting a PhD (1989) in Biochemistry from the Silesian School of Medicine in Katowice, Poland, he obtained an MD degree in 1985 from the same institution. After completion of his PhD degree, he moved to the University of Kentucky for his post-doctoral work and gradually rose to the ranks. In 2011, we moved to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The main research interest in his laboratory is focused on the involvement of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in the pathomechanisms of cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disorders. He extensively published on the role of the BBB in HIV trafficking into the brain. Other projects in his laboratory have also been focused to study the interactions between drugs of abuse, exercise, and BBB integrity. His research is supported by several NIH grants. Dr. Toborek is a founding member of the International Brain Barriers Society and a member of the Scientific Council for the International Symposia on Signaling at the Blood-Brain Barriers. Dr. Toborek served on numerous NIH study section and is the past President of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP). In 2014, he received the Wybran Award from SNIP, the highest honor bestowed by SNIP in recognition of the very best scientific contributions that have resulted in the preservation and expansion of the field of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. His most recent recognitions include Doctor honoris causa titles from the Academy of Physical Education, Katowice, Poland and from the Silesian School of Medicine, Honorary Membership in the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Distinguished Services Award from SNIP. He was also recognized as an Expertscape World Expert in the Blood-Brain Barrier.

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