Rick Dobrowsky

Professor
Primary office:
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
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
We are pleased to announce our 2014 incoming graduate students have made lab selections. They are excited to start their research on dissertations. Amanda Ladd and Khushboo Kapadia are joining Dr. Muma's Lab Zhaoqi Dong will work with Dr. Yan's Lab Ken McFarlin will be in Dr. Bortolato's Lab Xian Liu has joined Dr. Dobrowsky's Lab Mohammed Almutairi is working in Dr. Shi's Lab