Helena Parfenova received the M.S. degree in biology from the Leningrad State University and the Ph.D. degree in cell physiology from the Institute of Cytology, Leningrad (currently Saint Petersburg), Russia, in 1971 and 1975, respectively. Since 1993, Parfenova is with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA. Presently, she is a Professor at the Department of Physiology. Her main interests are in brain vascular biology, cerebral blood flow regulation, stroke, blood brain barrier functions, and cerebrovascular disease caused by oxidative stress, inflammation, asphyxia/hypoxia, and epileptic seizures in neonates. She is the Principal investigator on two current R01 research grants from NHLBI and NINDS investigating the role of heme oxygenase in cerebral vascular injury caused by neonatal epileptic seizures and the mechanisms underlying endogenous antioxidant cytoprotection in the brain. The ultimate goal of these projects is translating the knowledge from the animal models to pediatric practice for timely diagnostics and potential correction of adverse neurological outcome of neonatal cerebrovascular disease.
Biography Updated on 16 March 2011