Rick Dobrowsky

Professor
785-864-3531
  • Ph.D., 1990, North Carolina State University
  • Postdoctoral Training - Duke University Medical Center

Preparing for a career in science is a fun, fascinating and some times unpredictable venture. As an undergraduate, I was a Psychology major initially interested in cognitive psychology. However, after performing some undergraduate research I realized that this field was not that exciting to me. During this same semester, a course in Physiological Psychology really caught my interest and helped foster my long standing interest in neurochemistry, although this interest was put on hold while I obtained a M.S. degree in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Pharmacology. During this period, I studied the synthesis and metabolism of bioactive alkyl-linked glycerophospholipids lipids. My experience with bioactive lipids continued during my postdoctoral studies at Duke University Medical Center but switched to a new class of signaling molecules, sphingolipids. I was fortunate to have a strong mentor who encouraged me to tie together my expertise in sphingolipid signaling with my interest in neurochemistry. At this point, I joined the faculty at the University of Kansas where I started my research program on the role of lipid rafts as compartments for signaling via neurotrophin receptors. As changes in neurotrophin signaling are known to contribute to nerve degeneration in diabetic neuropathy, we extended our work to diabetic animal and cell culture models, which is the current thrust in the lab.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
Patrea L. Pabst, J.D., will be presenting the next lecture in our "Beyond the Lab" series on Thursday, September 25 @ 1:30PM at the School of Pharmacy, Room 3004. Her seminar is titled "Intellectual Property -- What is it, and Why it's Important."