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Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, PhD

General Information

Danuta  Szczesna-Cordary, PhD


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  • English
  • English, Polish


  • Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Research Interests

• General areas of interest: Biochemistry, biophysics and physiology of striated muscle contraction.

• Specific areas of interest: The role of myosin, and myosin light chains, regulatory (RLC) and essential (ELC) in the heart in health and disease.

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Invited to NIH/SMEP study section - 2012-2018
Center for Scientific Review – 2010 Appreciation of Service Award (NIH/CCHF study section member - 2006-2010)
Robert J. Boucek, MD Research Award – 2005 American Heart Association


1993-1994 Postdoctoral
Florida State University
1990-1993 Postdoctoral
Boston Biomedical Research Institute
1989 PhD
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences
1976 M.Sc.
University of Warsaw





- Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Research Associate/Adjunct (1983-1990)

- Institute of Cytology Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia
Visiting Research Fellow (1984-1985)

- Institute of Molecular Biology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Salzburg, Austria
Visiting Research Fellow (1986-1987)

- Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Postdoctoral Fellow (1990-1992)

- Florida State University, Institute of Molecular Biophysics, Tallahassee, FL
Postdoctoral Associate (1993-1994)

- Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (MCP), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL


  • Sr. Postdoctoral Associate (1994-1995)
  • Instructor (1995-1997)
  • Research Assistant Professor (1997-2003)
  • Research Associate Professor (2003-2006)
  • Associate Professor Tenure track (2006-2012), tenured (June 2010)
  • Professor with tenure (2012-present)

Director, Training Program in Cardiovascular Signaling (2011-2013)
Member of the Vascular Biology Institute (2012-present)
Member, Scientific Awards Committee (2011-2014)
Member, Graduate Program Committee (2009-present)
Member, Graduate Faculty (2003-present)