Kevin J. McCarthy, PhD

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Chairman of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

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BS Pharmacy, Duquesne University 1977
PhD Albany Medical College, Albany, NY (1987)
Postdoctoral Fellowship 1987-1990 University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) 
In 1990, Dr. McCarthy joined the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology at UAB as an Assistant Professor. In 1997 joined LSU Health Shreveport as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, where he helped establish and subsequently lead the Division of Research from 1999-2016. He was promoted to Full Professor in Pathology (2002). In 2016, he was asked to lead the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy.
Dr. McCarthy has served on 60+ Peer Review Grant Panels for National Institutes for Health (NIH), American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). He served a 4-year term on the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease Study Section (PBKD 2011-2015) for NIDDK/NIH and a six-year term on the ADA Research Grant Review Panel (2002-2008). He rejoined the ADA Research Grant Review Panel in 2015-2018. He served as a panel member for the NIDDK Special Emphasis Panel for the George O’Brien Renal Research Centers (2001-2013) and served as the overall Chairman for that panel (2017- 2018). In addition, he has been asked to serve as Chairman for grant review panels for the Department of Defense over the past several years.
The McCarthy laboratory has been funded by extramural agencies (NIH, ADA, JDRF) since 1990. The current NIH grant award entitled “The Role of Glycosaminoglycan N-sulfation in Glomerular Biology/Pathobiology” received a perfect score of 1.0 at the June 2017 grant review panel. This is the largest NIH grant awarded to Dr. McCarthy and his longtime collaborator, Deborah Wassenhove-McCarthy, the total costs for this grant $2,573,434, the grant spanning a five year funding cycle. The grant focuses on exploring key areas that affect cell-matrix adhesion within the renal glomerulus in homeostasis and in diabetic nephropathy.