New faculty spotlight - Paras Mishra, Ph.D.

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Paras Mishra, Ph.D.
Paras Mishra, Ph.D., is the newest faculty member recruited with extramural funding that meets strategic recruitment needs for cardiovascular science.

Here's a brief rundown of his background and the expertise he brings to UNMC.

  • Name: Paras Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Title and department: Assistant professor, cellular and integrative physiology; courtesy appointment, anesthesiology

Research interests:

  • Specialty: MicroRNomics of cardiovascular diseases and diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • Major Interest: Understanding the mechanism of heart failure in diabetic set up, using innovative approaches including miRNA and stem cell with the goal to develop intervention tool to ameliorate cardiomyopathy.

Professional Interests:

  • Review committee member of grants of National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Co-editor of scientific books, editorial board member of seven international journals, ad-hoc reviewer of 18 international journals
  • Organizing committee member of International Conference, chair and co-chair of scientific sessions of American Physiological Society in Experimental Biology meeting, and chair of Cardiovascular Research session in Diabetes and Obesity Conference, Target meeting.


  • Award in Physiology from the Association Of Scientists Of Indian Origin In America
  • AHA-Harry Goldblatt New Investigator Award-Finalist
  • Best Poster Award in 2nd International Conference on H2S Biology and Medicine
  • Invited presentation in the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research
  • Travel Award from Department of Science and Technology and Indian National Science Academy, India.

Ph.D. - Banaras University, India, 2006


  • American Heart Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America, Inc. (ASIOA)
  • Nebraska Physiological Society

How I fell in love with physiology:
The first encounter with frog dissection during high school engendered my interest in physiology, which grew incessantly during my MS, where Guyton's physiology book provided better understanding of human physiology. I studied genetic mechanism regulating physiology, but it was during my postdoc when my interest increased towards heart failure, the leading cause of death in the world. I developed keen interest in diabetes and diabetes-mediated heart failure because diabetes is the most rapidly increasing menace across the globe and it increases the incidence of heart failure. Diabetes and heart failure are a major challenge to clinical regime, and finding a novel therapeutic target for these diseases is an exciting area for my research.

Three things you don't know about me:

  • I like teaching, learning and discussing science.
  • I love to play both outdoor (badminton) and indoor (chess, cards) games.
  • I like traveling to new places and love to see wildlife.


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