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L. Ashley Cowart, Ph.D.

Director, VCU Lipidomics/Metabolomics Shared Resource

Research program member: Cancer Cell Signaling

Box 980614
1101 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23298




Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine


PhD, Vanderbilt University (2001)

Research description

We are interested in how obesity contributes to an increased risk of cancer. We are especially interested in pathways that may mediate the increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We have identified a lipid signaling pathway that may link these two conditions and, which we propose could be therapeutic targeting.

Research keywords

Obesity, NAFLD, NASH, sphingolipids, sphingosine-1-phosphate

Published research

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Awards and honors

Award for Outstanding Research, 1995, Furman University Biology Department