Owen Kinsky, PhD

My graduate dissertation research focuses on the effects of methyglyoxal, a toxic byproduct of glycolysis that is elevated due to hyperglycemia, has in the progression of complications from type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In particular, I am exploring the role of adduction by methylglyoxal on arginine residues of plasminogen, a critical protein in the fibrinolytic cascade. Additionally, I'm studying a mechanism of the T2DM drug metformin that reduces the amount of circulating methylglyoxal that may ultimately play a role in the reduction in T2DM complications observed in patients on metformin.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Regulatory Specialist, Ecolab, Eagan, MN
Dissertation Title: 
"Dicarbonyl protein adduction: plasminogen as a target and metformin as a scavenging therapeutic in type 2 diabetes"
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B.A., Chemistry (2009)
University of Minnesota, Morris

Honors and Achievements: 
1. Travel Award SOT Meeting, 2010-11.
2. NIEHS Training Grant - Environmental Toxicology of Human Diseases, 2011 (31).
3. Mary E. Caldwell Memorial Scholarship, 2011-12.
4. ASPET Meeting Travel Award, 2011-12.
5. SOT Award, Second Place, Carl C. Smith Mechanisms Specialty Section, 2012.
6. NIEHS Training Grant - Environmental Toxicology of Human Diseases, 2012 (32).
7. SOT Mechanisms Specialty Section Carl C. Smith Award Honorable Mention, 2013-14.
8. ASPET Graduate Student Best Abstract in Molecular Pharmacology, 2013-14.
9. ASPET Graduate Student Travel Award, 2013-14.
10. NIEHS Training Grant - Environmental Toxicology of Human Diseases, 2013 (33).
1. Owen R. Kinsky, O.R., Hargraves, T.L., Anumol, T. Jacobsen, N.E., Dai, J., Shane A. Snyder, S.A., Monks, T.J. and Lau, S.S. A cyclized imidazolinone derivative is the predominant methylglyoxal scavenging product from the anti-hyperglycemic drug metformin: A potential alternative therapeutic mechanism, Submission to Diabetes.
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