Maria Ansar
Year in Program: MY3
Undergrad University: The University of Maryland - College Park
Mentors: Roberto Garofalo, MD and Antonella Casola, MD
Graduate Program: Microbiology and Immunology

Maria Ansar

  • Pulmonary inflammatory responses, disease pathogenesis, mucociliary clearance, and lung pathobiology.
  • Specific focus on Respiratory syncytial virus, antioxidant enzyme response, and interferon signaling
  • Michael Tacheeni Scott Endowed Scholarship - 2017
  • National Student Research Forum – co-Director - 2016-2017
  • Clinical and Translational Science NRSA TL1 Fellowship Award - 2016-2017
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship - 2011-2012
  • Cellular Biology and Molecular Genetics Departmental Honors
  • Recipient of High Honors - 2010-2012
  • Dr. P. Arne. Hanson Memorial Award - 2012
  • Office of Multi Ethnic's Students Excellence Award - 2012
  • University of Maryland Honors Program - 2008-2012
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon - 2012
  • John J. Leidy Scholarship - 2009-2011
  • Ansar, M.; Serrano, D.; Bhowmick, T.; Papademetriou, I.; Muro, S. (2013). Biological functionalization of drug delivery carriers to bypass size restrictions of receptor-mediated endocytosis independently from receptor targeting, ACS Nano, 7 (12), pp 10597–10611. PMCID: PMC3901850 
  • Ivanciuc, T.; Sbrana, E.; Ansar, M.; Bazhanov, N.; Szabo, C.; Casola, A.; and Garofalo, R.P. (2016) Hydrogen sulfide: An antiviral and anti-inflammatory endogenous gasotransmitter in the airways. Role in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 55, 684-696. PMCID: PMC105180
  • Bazhanov, N.; Ansar, M.; Ivanciuc, T.; Garofalo, R.P.; Casola, A. (2017). Hydrogen sulfide: a novel player in airway development, pathophysiology of respiratory diseases and antiviral defenses. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. PMID: 28481637
  • Komaravelli, N.; Ansar M.; Garofalo, R.P.; and Casola, A. (2017). Respiratory syncytial virus induces NRF2 degradation through a PML-RNF4 dependent pathway, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 113, 494-590. PMCID: PMC5699968
  • Ansar, M.; Komaravelli, N.; Casola, A.; and Garofalo, R.P. (2017) Interferon related regulation of innate antioxidant response in respiratory syncytial virus infection. American Thoracic Society colloquium, Washington D.C, MD.
  • Ansar, M.; Komaravelli, N.; Casola, A.; and Garofalo, RP. (2017). Interferon-mediated modulation of innate immune responses. Abstract for poster presentation. McLaughlin Colloquium on Infection and Immunity, University of Texas Medical Branch, TX
  • Ansar, M.; Ivanciuc, T.; Casola, A.; and Garofalo, R.P. (2016). Effect of antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase 1 upregulation on respiratory syncytial virus infection. Abstract for Poster Presentation. 4th Annual Clinical and Translational Research Forum, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Ansar, M.; Ivanciuc, T.; Casola, A.; and Garofalo, R.P. (2016). Interferons modulate innate inflammatory responses and exacerbate respiratory syncytial virus infection. Abstract for poster presentation. Texas Regional Immunology Conference, MD Anderson, Houston, TX
  • M. Ansar1, T. Bhowmick1, I. Papademetriou2, D. Serrano3, and S. Muro1,2. (2013). International Translational Nanomedicine Conference- Poster Presentation: Biological Functionalization of Drug Delivery Carriers to Bypass Size Restrictions of Receptor-Mediated Endocytosis.
  • M. Ansar1, D. Serrano2,3, and S. Muro2,3.1 (2011). Bioscience Research and Technology Review Day- Poster Presentation: Sphingomyelinase Facilitates Endocytosis of Micrometer-Size Objects, Such as Drug Carriers. Cellular Biology and Molecular Genetics. 1Cellular Biology and Molecular Genetics 2Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and 3Fischell Department of Bioengineering - U. Maryland College Park, MD