David Cistola, MD, PhD, Vice President for Research at the UNT Health Science Center, provides strategic direction for the university’s research and scientific portfolio and the infrastructure that supports it. He oversees the Division of Research and Innovation, which includes the Offices of Grants and Contracts Management, Research Compliance, Research Development and Commercialization and the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He also serves as the Institutional Official responsible for the protection of human and animal research subjects and for bio-safety compliance.
He joined the UNTHSC faculty in July 2012.
Dr. Cistola is Principal Investigator of the Nanoparticle Diagnostics Research Laboratory. His current research interests include the development of new diagnostic and screening methods for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and military blast injury.
Previously, he served as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. While there, he established Operation Re-entry North Carolina, a university-wide research initiative focused on the concerns of military personnel and their families after deployment, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
He also served for 18 years on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as a tenured professor.
Dr. Cistola earned a BS in biochemistry in 1978 from State University of New York at Binghamton, and MD and PhD degrees in 1985 from Boston University School of Medicine. He was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the Biophysics and Cardiovascular Institutes at Boston University and a Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Fellow at both Boston University School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine.
In addition, he served as a member and chairman of the NIH F04 Study Section, which reviews pre- and post-doctoral fellowship applications in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and bioengineering. He served on the Rehabilitation Peer Review Panel of the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, and the Military Relevance Review Panel of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the U.S. Department of Defense.