Ilka Pinz, PhD


Assistant Professor of Medicine



BS, MS, Technical University of Darmstadt
PhD, Physiology & Biochemistry, Alfred Wegener Institute, University of Bremen
Postdoctoral Training, Harvard Medical School


Campus: MMCRI Scarborough, ME
Laboratory: 20322

Contact Information

Office Phone: 207-396-8280
Lab Phone: 207-396-0361
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Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

The research focus of my laboratory is lipotoxicity in the heart. With the growing incidence of obesity, and the burden this puts on the health care system, it is important to understand the mechanisms by which certain fatty acids and their metabolites cause a decline in contractile performance. We are particularly interested in caveolae, small plasma membrane domains that are hot spots for cellular communication. Caveolin proteins line the intracellular membrane leaflet and many receptors bind to their scaffolding domain. Increasing the intake of certain lipids changes the localization of these proteins and we investigate the consequences of this loss on cardiomyocyte signaling and contractile function. I also lead the small animal imaging core facility and have an interest in high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging and high resolution ultrasound techniques


Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research