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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Toledo Health Science Campus

3000 Arlington Avenue, MS #1118
Toledo, OH 43614-2598
Phone: 419.383.3697
Fax: 419.383.3041

David Kennedy, Ph.D. — Lab

David J. Kennedy, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine
Office: 419.383.6822
Laboratory: 419.383.6823
Fax: 419.383.3344

The overall aim of my research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of the pathogenesis of accelerated cardiac and renal dysfunction during cardio-renal syndrome. Thus, we seek to identify novel mechanisms of cardiac and renal injury in order to aid and improve diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive strategies in this high-risk population of patients. One of the primary scientific objectives of my laboratory is to understand the pathophysiology whereby endogenous counter-regulatory mechanisms become maladaptive and contribute to disease progression in patients with cardio-renal syndrome.


B.S., Biology, John Carroll University, 1995
M.S., Biological Sciences, Medical College of Ohio, 2001
Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, Medical University of Ohio, 2006

Postgraduate Training

  • University of Toledo Health Science Center, Department of Medicine, Toledo, Ohio (Director: Professor Joseph I. Shapiro, Mercy Health Partners Endowed Chair of Medicine), 2006-2007
  • David and Lindsay Morgenthaler Endowed Fellowship, Lerner Research Institute Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Cell Biology, Cleveland, Ohio (Director: Professor Roy L. Silverstein, Vice Chair (Translational Research), Jan Bleeksma Endowed Chair in Vascular Biology Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University), 2007-2011

Academic Appointments

  • Research Associate, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2011-2013
  • Secondary Appointment to Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2011-2015
  • Project Scientist, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2014-2015
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, 2015-present

Awards and Commendations

  • Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • American Heart Association, Predoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • Dr. Roberto Franco-Saenz Memorial Scholarship in Internal Medicine, 2004
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Lerner Research Institute, David and Lindsay Morgenthaler Endowed Fellowship, 2007-2010
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Program for Excellence in Science, 2007
  • American Heart Association, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Travel Award, 2009
  • Manuscript of the Quarter, Department of Cell Biology, Lerner Research Institute, 2009
  • The William E. Lower Award for Basic Science Research, 2010
  • The Chairman’s Award for Art & Science, 2010
  • The Department of Cell Biology Elsa Albrecht Fellow Award, 2010
  • Fifth International Conference on Paraoxonases Young Scientist Travel Award, 2012
  • American Society of Nephrology Advances in Research Travel Award, 2013
  • Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research Early Career Development Award, 2016
Last Updated: 9/27/17