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Cecilia (Steffie) Villanueva

Graduate Student - Hagenbuch Lab

Professional Background

I earned my B.S. degree in Microbiology from The University of Kansas-Lawrence in 2018. In May of 2018, I joined the IGPBS program at The University of Kansas Medical Center and joined Dr. Hagenbuch’s Lab in December of 2019.

Research Interest:

Human hepatocytes contain many transporters that are vital for the uptake of various compounds like bile acids, hormones, and drugs (i.e. statins). Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptides 1B1 and 1B3 (OATP1B1 & OATP1B3) are two specific uptake transporters that I am interested in. I am currently studying how S-palmitoylation, a reversible posttranslational modification that results in the addition of a fatty acid (palmitate) to cysteine resides on proteins, impacts OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 function and expression.

School of Medicine

The University of Kansas Medical Center
Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics
Mailstop 1018
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160