Silvana Constantinescu, PhD

Professor, Biology

Silvana Constantinescu earned her doctoral degree in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Constantinescu also received a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a master’s degree from the University of Bucharest in Romania.

During her doctoral research, Dr. Constantinescu used rat skeletal muscle cells to study the effect of a high-fat diet on fat metabolism and glucose metabolism and on proteins involved in insulin signaling pathways. Dr. Constantinescu was also involved in genetics studies using Drosophila melanogaster, and during her postdoctoral studies, she investigated the effect of myostatin on total body homeostasis and fat mass using transgenic mice.

Dr. Constantinescu teaches biology, biochemistry and genetics. She likes to engage students through research questions on topics such as cures for diabetes, and she works with them in the lab.